Director since 2016
Jason Sandler is the Chief Financial Officer at TDM Growth Partners (TDM), a private investment firm founded in 2004. TDM has a long-term investment philosophy, focusing on companies with attractive growth profiles run by outstanding management teams.
Prior to joining TDM, Jason worked for Investec Australia Limited in Property Investments and Private Equity where he was responsible for finance and operations in those business. Prior to Investec Jason worked for PwC in assurance and business advisory services.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Accountant.
Director since 2016
Michele is CEO of Asthma Australia, having played a key role in the merger of several Asthma Foundations to form a stronger, national body. She was previously CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, an organisation which provides learning programs to support sustainable social enterprises.
Her career has spanned both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. A strategic thinker with a strong background in marketing and communications, she is passionate about deriving collaborative approaches to achieve progress where single organisations are limited and developing partnerships to increase organisational capacity and impact.
Michele has a Bachelor of Business from UTS, a a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumni of the Sydney Leadership Program.
Director since 2018
Michael is the Chief Operating Officer of Guzman Y Gomez, Australia’s fastest-growing restaurant business. With its focus on delivering clean, made-to-order Mexican food made using fresh produce to its guests, and with speed and innovation at the core of the business, Guzman y Gomez is redefining fast food by showing it’s possible to serve good food, fast, without compromising on nutrition. In 2020, Guzman y Gomez was awarded the QSR Media Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year and in 2021 won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers award. Guzman y Gomez operates over 140 restaurants in four countries.
Prior to that, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Accent Group Limited for over 20 years. During his career with the group, Michael was instrumental in transforming the business from a small private company into Australia and New Zealand's largest listed footwear business.
His role as both a senior executive and public company board member has provided Michael with a unique insight into the interface between efficiently functioning boards and their management teams. This has enabled him to develop deep skills across a wide range of complex business situations in order to distil key objectives, opportunities, priorities, risks and other important metrics to efficiently deliver optimal outcomes for all stakeholders.
Michael holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and was a Chartered Accountant. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Members of the Board
Members of the Board
Director since 2018
Ben is Executive General Manager for ATCO Australia developing renewable energy projects in Australia. Ben has previously held a number of senior executive roles in ASX listed energy and infrastructure companies, and has served on a number of investment and joint venture company boards.
Ben holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Auckland and was previously admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor and a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand.
Director since 2019
Caryn Sandler is a Partner and the Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer at Gilbert + Tobin. Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team and G+T Innovate. These teams provide specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery, and also deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. Caryn’s role encompasses responsibility for over 80 lawyers and business support staff working across Innovation and Legal Transformation, Legal Technology and Legal Project Management.
Prior to this role, Caryn worked as an ECM and M&A lawyer in both Australia and the UK.
Caryn is a regular speaker at global legal technology and innovation conferences and was recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. Caryn also won ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the Women in Law Awards in both 2019 and 2020.
Caryn is a director of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, member of the Gonski Jewish School Review Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Legal Innovation, College of Law.
Caryn has a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia). She is also a Certified Practising Project Practitioner and Certified ICAgile Professional.
Director since 2014
David is the Chief Strategy Officer and President Asia Pacific at Nanosonics Limited, and is a Non Executive Director of Technion Australia.
David has extensive experience in healthcare and medical devices, having served as the CEO and Managing Director of the Monash IVF Group. Before that position he was an Executive at Cochlear Limited, serving as Chief Strategy Officer, having previously been President of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solution, and Senior Vice President of Business Development.
Prior to joining Cochlear Limited, David worked at Accenture in the Strategy practice. He also has extensive Australian and International experience in consumer products, utilities and financial services.
David has a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. David completed the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David was elected to the board of JewishCare in 2014.
Dr Jonny Taitz, MBChB, FRACP, FCP(SA), FAAQHC, AFRACMA
Jonny is a Specialist General Paediatrician in private practice in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Until recently Jonny was also the clinical adviser to the Paediatric Patient Safety program at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission.
He is a Senior National Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Paediatricians and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of NSW. Jonny was on the editorial board of the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety for 4 years. Jonny is the author of two children’s health books.
Jonny did his paediatric training at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town and at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick where he then worked as a Consultant Paediatrician and Assistant Director of Clinical Operations. He was Director of Medical Services at Royal North Shore Hospital and was acting Executive Director of Medical Services for Northern Sydney Local Health District. Jonny was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in quality and safety and spent a year at Harvard Medical School, Boston.
Jonny is a director of MedEarth, he was a member of Variety The Children's Charity medical grants committee and was a long standing board member and former Vice Chairperson of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Jonny is immediate past Chairperson of the SMILE Foundation.
He was elected to the board in October 2021.
Director since 2019
Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI, a multi award-winning training and education company delivering learning to the ASX200, large government organisations, and individuals across Australia. She was responsible for the creation of MCI's online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. Jenna led the sale of MCI to APM, Australia's largest private human services provider.
Jenna has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She was on the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 list and serves on the boards of Mum for Mum and the Jewish National Fund.
Jenna has been on the Board of JewishCare since 2019.
Appointed Director 23rd May 2018
Jeremy is the founder and Managing Director of Anacacia Capital, which invests into leading small-medium enterprises. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director of Duncan Technologies, Opteon, Pump and Sureway. He was the former lead director for Anacacia's successful investments including: Appen, Yumi's, Rafferty's Garden, Lomb Scientific and Home Appliances.
Jeremy's great-grandfather, Aaron Blashki, was the founder in 1895 (and subsequent President for thirty years) of the Sydney Jewish Aid Society, which later merged with what is now JewishCare.
Jeremy holds an MBA from Yale University School of Management and Arts/Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.
Director since 2015
Mark is the Chief Strategy Officer for Afterpay, an international BNPL payments platform built to create fairness and financial freedom for all. Mark is responsible for developing, communicating, and executing strategy, innovating consumer experience, and driving merchant value leaning into his passion for consumer data and insights.
Previously Mark was the Chief Digital Officer of Australia's largest footwear retailer with over 500 stores across Australia & New Zealand. Mark was responsible for building the Digital business from inception to +$150m in revenue over 6 years.
Mark has developed a reputation as a change agent, leading several high-profile change management and strategic projects through digitizing retail organizations and re-imagining retail.
Mark was named #1 in Top 50 people in eCommerce in 2020, #11 in Top 20 people in Technology 2019, and #18 in Top 30 people in Australian Fashion Industry 2019 and received international recognition as Commerce Leader of the Year at Magento's world conference in Las Vegas 2018.
Mark holds a Masters of Management and MBA from MGSM, and has been involved in several communal organisations and initiatives for many years, including CSG and Big Brother Big Sister program.