OUR BOARD

 

david williamson

Chairman

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David became Chairman of SecondBite in September 2017, having been a Director since 2011. Reflecting his commitment to the less fortunate in our society, David has a long history of involvement with the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal in Victoria, and is also a Trustee of The Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust.

David is Deputy Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, a leading independent corporate advisory firm based in Melbourne. He was previously Head of Group Legal and Chief Compliance Officer of BHP Billiton and, for around 25 years, a partner of law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) where he occupied various leadership positions, and as a mergers and acquisition expert led a number of major transactions. David is a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.


FLAVIA GOBBO

Deputy Chair

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Flavia has been a Director of SecondBite since 2011 and is a Trustee of SecondBite Future Trust. Flavia has extensive experience as a senior corporate lawyer, including at Telstra Corporation Limited for the Innovation, Product and Marketing Group. She has over 12 years' experience in the Telstra Legal Services team, including acting as Assistant Company Secretary, and Company Secretary for the Telstra Foundation. Prior to this Flavia was a Senior Associate at King Wood & Mallesons.

Flavia has a wide range of both legal and management experience, particularly in the areas of Product Management, Corporate Governance, Treasury, Trade Practices, Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law. Flavia was Chair of QComp which was the independent statutory authority that regulated the workers’ compensation scheme in Queensland. Currently, Flavia is Chair of WorkCover Queensland and Chair of the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, as well as the Deputy Chair of Rowing Australia and is a Director of Employers Mutual Ltd.


GEORGIA BEATTIE

Director

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Georgia joined SecondBite as a Director in March 2016. Georgia’s passion for business and innovation has been a major focus in her studies with Business qualifications from RMIT University and Babson University (USA). Georgia became an Honouree Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society 2008 for receiving marks within the top 2% of her class, with her work also being published in Marketing Core Concepts & Applications, 2nd Edition (John Wiley 2007).

Georgia is also a Non-Executive Director with RMIT University and is currently the CEO of Corporate Venturing Australia. In 2010, Georgia founded Single Serve Packaging, specialising in pre-filled wineglasses with a focus on safety and convenience, designed for serving at large events.


REBECCA BEDFORD

Director

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Rebecca joined SecondBite as Director in March 2016 and is a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. Rebecca is a Partner with law firm MinterEllison, in the Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in distribution and supply chain issues in all industries including, automotive, energy, fast moving consumer goods, fitness and telecommunications.

Rebecca also regularly advises on regulatory compliance (including competition and franchising) intellectual property, comparative advertising and general dispute resolution. She regularly speaks at legal events, including the International Bar Association's annual conference, on legal issues arising from international distribution arrangements.


SIMONE CARSON (AM)

Director

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Simone is the Co-founder of SecondBite and was appointed Director in September 2006.

Simone was a Registered Nurse with a keen focus on children's health. Simone worked in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and coordinated research projects for the Infectious Diseases Department. She also gained a certificate in Paediatric Intensive Care and subsequently became a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Simone completed a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University and the Graduate Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has a special interest in volunteers who are the "golden thread" enabling the significant growth and expansion of SecondBite's work in the community and relationships within the Food Security Sector, Research and SecondBite Ambassadors. Simone is a member of the SecondBite Volunteer Committee and a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. She is a board member of the St Vincent's Institute Foundation. In recognition of Simone’s tireless work in the community, she was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2017 and awarded Melburnian of the Year in 2018. Simone was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 and will be looking to improve food rescue in Australia by examining best practices globally.


BRADLEY GORMAN

Director

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Brad joined SecondBite as Director in July 2017 and is currently General Manager Fresh Produce at Coles Supermarkets, responsible for a team of 75 people and a business of over $4 billion. With thirteen years' experience in buying and retail across Meat, Bakery, Delicatessens and Fresh Produce, Brad has developed an intimate understanding of fresh sourcing and supply chains, and has built a passion for working with Australian farmers to feed Australians nutritious, affordable, quality produce.

Previously Brad was with PwC specialising in corporate finance and strategy consulting across a variety of sectors, including finance, retail, media and construction. Brad holds qualifications from University of Technology, Sydney and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.


DAVID LOMAX

Director

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Dave was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 and is Chair of the SecondBite Finance & Risk Committee. Dave is a Partner in the Ernst & Young (EY) Transaction Diligence team with over 16 years of professional experience in the UK and Australia covering M&A and Audit. Since joining the EY Transaction Diligence team in 2006, Dave has gained significant financial due diligence experience, working with clients on a number of significant Australian and international M&A transactions.

Dave sponsored SecondBite through the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program in 2015, in which SecondBite was crowned EY Southern Region 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Dave is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.


JULIAN MARTIN

Director

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Julian was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 having previously been Chairman of the NSW Advisory Committee. Julian is the founding partner of BrandCentral, a Sydney based branding and research agency.

For almost 30 years, he has held CEO, Managing Director or board director roles for advertising agencies in Melbourne, Sydney, New York and London. He has co-founded two agencies that were subsequently purchased by public holding companies. Julian has had a 30 year career in marketing, communications and research. He has previously worked for Chiat/Day/Mojo (Sydney, New York and London), Bartle Bogle Hegarty London, and The Campaign Palace Melbourne.  Community roles have included being a Woollahra Councillor and on the board of the Holdsworth St Community Centre.

Julian is a Graduate of The Harvard Business School’s Owner President Program and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Finance) from Monash University.


ANDREW MONOTTI

Director

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Andrew was appointed Director of SecondBite in December 2011. Andrew is currently Partner, King & Wood Mallesons and Adjunct Senior Associate, Faulty of Law, Monash University.

Andrew specialises in competition law (including third party access), utility regulation, joint ventures, contracts and intellectual property. In competition law, he concentrates on transactions, Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) approvals of mergers and acquisitions and advice and compliance programs, including National Competition Policy reforms. He has been involved in significant Australian and international and global mergers and acquisitions and competition law issues across various essential industries. Andrew also specialises in franchising and other forms of distribution and dealer arrangements.

Andrew has co-lectured in competition law at Monash University for a number of years and holds a Non-Executive role as Adjunct Senior Associate, Faculty of Law with Monash University.


MATT PRESTON

Director

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Matt was appointed Director of SecondBite in October 2018 after a long association with our organisation. Matt is an award-winning food journalist and best-selling cookbook author. He is also the co-host and judge on one of the most-watched cooking shows in the world, MasterChef Australia and an active ambassador of SecondBite and food rescue and relief.

Matt writes a weekly column for delicious on Sunday read by 4 million Australians every week. He is also a senior editor for delicious and taste magazines, and contributes to one of Australia’s best-read website, www.taste.com.au with a monthly reach of 2 million food lovers.

Matt has released 5 best-selling cook books which have been published in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Portugal.


SAM SCHACHNA

Director

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Sam was appointed Director of SecondBite in July 2016 and is a member of the Risk and Finance Committee. Sam has over 18 years of experience across the Consumer Goods, Financial and IT Advisory Services industries. Sam's professional career commenced at KPMG, where for over six years he led projects and provided strategic, regulatory and financial advice to leading blue-chip clients.

In 2008, Sam joined Menora Foods, a national leader in fast moving consumer goods. As Managing Director, Sam led a nation-wide team of over 150 staff with responsibility across domestic and international operations. In 2015, Menora was acquired by Monde Nissin, one of the leading branded food manufacturers in the ASEAN region.

In 2017, Sam co-founded Simple Foods and the Whole Food Vitamin Company. Sam leads a team to develop and market a range of innovative natural and organic brands including Pana Organics, Simple Tribe, Tribe Organics and The Natural Vitamin Co.


IAN CARSON (AM)

Co-founder

Board member 2005 - 2017

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Ian is the co-founder of SecondBite and was appointed Chairman in 2005 until he retired from the Board in August 2017. Ian is an innovator who is routinely sought out by boards and governments requiring discreet advice on complex negotiations and problem solving.

Ian is well known for bringing people together and finding pragmatic solutions to difficult commercial problems, such as the settlement for Australian thalidomide victims. Ian led the PPB Advisory team that assisted the settlement negotiations. Ian developed a scorecard to assess Governance and Management of organisations which is regarded as industry leading.

In addition to his above roles, Ian is active in the community as a Trustee for the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Board Member of the Boykett Tall Ship Sailing Fund. Ian was awarded the Schwabb Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur Award in 2015 at Davos and the Southern Region (Australia) Social Entrepreneur award as part of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 program, and in the same year Ian was also awarded the La Trobe University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2017, Ian was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for his work in both the business and charity sectors. Ian was also awarded the 2018 Melburnian of the Year.