Danny Davis – Chairperson
Danny Davis has over 30 years experience as executive in his own firms and as executive mentor and innovation coach in commercial, government and NFP organisations of all sizes. He is on the Board of La Trobe University Faculty of Business Economics and Law, Bialik College (K-12), the Victorian Abalone Central Zone interim board, the Standards Australia committee for the development of international IT governance standards, and a number of commercial companies. He is completing a PhD in advanced Governance practices at La Trobe University. Danny is expert in the effective business application of technology, digital disruption, business innovation and strategic agility in mature stage Australian organisations. He is passionate about creating well run, effective organisations that maximise the use of funding and community passion in achieving their purpose.
Lars Schiphorst – Deputy Chairperson
Lars is a management consultant with over 30 years experience in the strategic design and delivery of fundamental business and technology change. He has broad-based experience gained with a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors in Australia, the UK and Asia. A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he is a Board member of the Australasian Sonographers Association and Connect Health & Community, also sitting on relevant finance, audit, risk and governance committees.
He is passionate about assisting organisations to become as efficient and effective as possible. In achieving this, he has particular focus on strategic design, sustainability and leveraging innovative technologies and information analytics underpinned by strong governance and risk management.
Sandhya Chakravarty – Treasurer
Sandhya (Sandy) Chakravarty joined the Australian Red Cross as the Chief Financial Officer in 2010. She is also a board member of the Blood Services division of the Australian Red Cross. At the Red Cross she has collaboratively assisted in setting the organisation towards the path of financial sustainability and resilience and effectively balancing this with the mission to assist vulnerable people.
Sandy has a strong commercial background with experience gained in the pharmaceutical, diversified industrial and consulting industries. Most recently she held the position of Head of Asia-Pacific Finance & Global Field Operations and International Controller for The Boston Consulting Group delivering efficiency measures reducing operating costs in Asia and positioning the organisation well to weather the 2009 economic downturn.
As Vice–President Asia-Pacific with Ingersoll Rand, Sandy led business-critical growth initiatives and re-engineered financial, HR and IT processes within the vital China and Asian markets. Sandy progressed to increasingly senior positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb in Australia and Asia achieving numerous business-enhancing objectives that included leading the establishment of Australia as a finance hub for Asia-Pacific, with shared services ( IT, Finance), and delivering savings through process re-engineering and organisational restructuring.
Co-led (with the CEO) the establishment of Bristol-Myers Squibb in India via joint venture and Greenfield operations.
Graduate Member of AICD she holds a Masters in Economics, and MBA and CPA.
Peter Alkemade – Secretary
Peter worked as a senior manager at Telstra for 20 years specialising in major service tenders and contracts, risk management for new contracts, and in the development of special service packages.
Peter also served as an Army Reserve Officer for 30 years, rising to the Rank of Brigadier as the Commander of the Reserve in Victoria. He is now the Colonel Commandant, Royal Australian Artillery for Victoria.
He is involved in a number of community and volunteer organisations including Scouts, President of the Defence Reserves Association – Victorian Branch, and a board member of Encompass. He is also a member of Leadership Victoria’s mentoring group and a member of AMES mentoring.
He grew up on a dairy farm near Bacchus Marsh and now lives in Strathmore with his wife Rose and two sons Robert and Paul.
Vincenzo (Vince) S Pirrottina – General Member
Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in childhood, Vince now lives in the community with his wife.
He is an advocate on disability issues, was guest speaker at the launch of the Companion Card and various conferences over the years. Vince has written for publications and has been interviewed by newspapers about his experience of disability. Vince participated on a Yooralla video project called INTERACTION and was an original committee member at the CAE, to make adult education more accessible.
A member of DASSI’s Management Committee over 10 years, one as president and was made a Life Member in 2003.
Currently a member of various committees – LINK’s Committee of Management & Life Member. Vice President of Australian Ventilator Users Network; Ventilator Houses Steering Committee; Darebin DAC (20 years) & Festival committee; Worked on a Photo project and Animation project for Darebin Council. Vince was awarded joint Darebin Citizen of the Year in 2005.