Ben, a Partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, chairs the Gather My Crew Board. Throughout his career as a lawyer, Ben has stood out for his ability to understand the commercial impacts to his clients’ operations and tailor solutions that lead to favourable outcomes. He is known for his ability to keep his eye on the big picture when advising on a highly technical legal dispute. Ben’s expertise in managing negotiations and disputes, and experience in running cases in all jurisdictions has seen him act for a number of Corrs’ major clients across a range of industries.
Jane Fenton AM, FAICD, Ll.B
Jane has more than 20 years experience as a non-executive director, including as the chair of a number of not-for-profit boards. She founded the marketing communications consultancy Fenton Communications in 1987 where she is currently an advisor. She is also the Chair of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Deputy Chair of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd and Cancer Council Australia and a trustee of the MCG.
Dr Susan Palmer PhD, MPH, M.Psych
Susan, the founder and CEO of Gather My Crew, is a registered psychologist and health consultant. She has worked in public health and the not-for-profit sector for the past 20 years and has significant experience working with those suffering trauma. Susan has experience developing clinical psychology services, a research PhD investigating the impact of trauma on young people, experience conducting psychosocial research projects in hospital and health services, and has worked with large health organisations in her capacity as a health consultant advising on health design and service delivery. A passion to build healthier and stronger communities has been combined with this clinical, research and consulting experience to create the foundation of this unique project.
Chris is the founder, and co-founder of a number of companies, all with a digital and technology focus. Utilising his finance background Chris founded Lifebroker, a company that pioneered the digital space for life insurance. Lifebroker grew to be the largest life insurance broker in Australia, with operations in the UK and NZ, with the business being sold in to Dai-ichi Life of Japan. Most recently Chris has focused on sophisticated phone habit technology currently used to understand consumer behaviours. The technology is currently being trialed to enable proactive intervention in crisis situations using sophisticated data analytics.
Trent Peterson B.Comm CA
Trent is the Managing Director at Catalyst Investment Managers, a leading Australian mid-market private equity manager. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Director of Cirrus Media, Max and Home & Decor Holdings (Adairs & Dusk businesses) and a director of the SkyBus parent company. Trent spent two years with the Corporate Advisory Division of NM Rothschild & Sons and spent five years in the Taxation and Corporate Finance practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Craig Thompson B.Comm, CA, MAICD
Craig holds a number of Board roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors and is the co-founder of a capital advisory business. Craig is also an experienced CFO and company secretary with local and international experience gained in listed companies such as Shine Corporate, Gallagher Bassett, Flight Centre and Anglo American. He has experience in all aspects of business, with a particular interest in capital management, mergers and acquisitions and fit for purpose corporate governance processes.