Board members

Spanning construction to innovation, accounting to aviation, our Board of Directors has cultivated success in a range of different industry sectors.

Ian Klug (Chairman), Company Director

Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a non-executive Director of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and formerly a director of the Wide Bay Water Corporation, where he also sat on the Audit and Risk Committee. Ian is also Chairman of both Place Design Group, an international planning and design company, and the Lord Mayor’s Economic Development Steering Committee. Previous roles and appointments include Partner of Pitcher Partners Chartered Accountants, Chairman of Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Director of Tennis Queensland and Councillor of Tennis Australia.

Liz Savage, Company Director

Liz is a full-time Company Director, experienced in scaling businesses organically and by acquisition, governance of organisations in change and with expertise in strategy, marketing & digital commerce. She applies customer-centred leadership to her portfolio of ASX200, private, local government & not-for-profit Director roles spanning the competitive tourism, travel, hospitality, workforce & tech sectors. Liz previously held C-suite executive roles in high growth, disruptive consumer businesses in the UK, Europe & Australia: as Business Development Director of easyJet & Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Australia. Alongside her Directorship at Brisbane Marketing, Liz is currently a Non-Executive Director of ASX200 Mantra Group Ltd, ASX-listed People Infrastructure Ltd and Triathlon Australia Pty Ltd.

Adam Penberthy, Founder and Creative Director - Fresh

Adam Penberthy is the founder and Creative Director of youth advertising agency Fresh. As a member of Gen Y (Adam is 29) Adam is regarded as a leader in communicating with youth, specialising in engaging under-30s through experiential marketing, new-media, social media, social networking and Web 2.0. Adam has worked on campaigns for various governments as well as brands such as Hell Pizza, QUT, Channel 10 and AOT Holidays.

John Shepherd, Managing Partner - Gallus Partners Pty Limited

John is an experienced Executive Director and Non-Executive Director, with more than 25 years’ experience across banking, finance, major projects, hospitality and manufacturing. Both highly disciplined and entrepreneurial, John brings experience, candour, and vibrancy to the board team. As the Managing Partner at Gallus Partners, a boutique investment banking advisory, he works on opportunities in urban renewal, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and the aged care sectors on projects with retail values of more than $20 million and up to $7 billion. John has a successful record in assisting organisations reach their full potential and believes that leading organisations must possess a strong sense of purpose and agility. He has also been a Non-Executive Director at Brisbane Racing Club, the Urban Development Institute of Australia and Brisbane Cruise Wharf Terminal.

Monica Bradley, Director - Purposeful Capital

Monica is a director with exceptional strategy and digital technology experience. She helps organisations transform and thrive in the innovation economy by crafting business models that are enabled by technology and centred around genuine customer needs. As a globally-connected professional, she brings a wealth of experience from her career in the USA and Middle East. She has developed an impressive portfolio of non-executive directorships, advisory roles, capital raising and board level strategy advice. At the board table Monica leads strategic discussions that help boards and executives better understand the risks and opportunities of the changing economy and exercise informed judgement in their strategy design, talent attraction and investments.

Helen Besly, Managing Director

Helen has more than 35 years’ experience providing strategic counsel in communication, issues management and organisational change. Helen is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in Australia’s communication industry and is known for her insightful and candid approach to business and communication challenges. Helen is managing director of Rowland, a communication, digital and creative agency. Prior to joining Rowland in 1996, Helen lived in Hong Kong where she was Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of global PR firm Burson-Marsteller. She is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chief Executive Women, the Queensland Community Foundation Board of Governors and QUT’s Business School Academic Board. An active member of the Queensland business community Helen was awarded a Centenary Medal for her services to Australian business leadership and has also won a Telstra Business Award