Governance


The National Seniors Australia Board and Executive Leadership team are committed to operating the organisation ethically and consistent with high standards of corporate governance.

The National Seniors Australia Board of Directors has established the following standing Board Committees:

  • Audit Risk & Finance Committee
  • Insurance & Travel Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • National Council
  • Board Appointments Committee

Each committee is comprised of a minimum of 3 members. The Chief Executive is a permanent invitee of all of the Committees. Membership of the Committees is subject to regular review.

Each Committee has a Charter which sets out its responsibilities and delegated authority. These Charters are approved by the Board and are regularly reviewed.

More about each Committee


Audit Risk & Finance Committee

The objective of the Audit Risk & Finance Committee is to examine any matters about the financial affairs of the company and about the external audit that it considers necessary. The committee also examines any other matters referred to it by the Board.

The Committee meets prior to every Board meeting wherever possible. Special meetings may be convened as required to fulfil the committee’s responsibilities.

Membership:

- Josephine Stevens, Committee Chair and Board Director
- Chris Guille, Committee member and Board Director
- Ross Glossop, Committee member and Board Director

Insurance & Travel Services Committee

The objective of the Insurance and Travel Services Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities. It will undertake this through:

- Overseeing the development of strategy for the company’s Insurance agency and Travel agency business activity including business plans, budgets, risk management and relationships
- Ensuring that agreements with third parties are in the best long term interests of the organisation and its members
- Ensuring that the organisation complies with all relevant laws, regulations and significant agreements in its function as an Insurance agency and Travel agency service provider
- Monitoring management’s reporting to the board.

The Committee meets at least three times a year and may convene special meetings as required.

Membership:

- Darryl Wilson, Committee Chairman & Board Director
- Peter Miller, Committee member
- David Warner, Committee member
- Caroline Cox, Committee member

Membership Committee

The objective of the Membership Committee is to assist the Board through oversighting the development and continuous refinement of the National Seniors membership strategy. This may include:
- supporting the development and review of business plans
- budgets
- relationships.

Membership:

- Marcia Griffin, Committee Chair
- Noela L'Estrange, Committee member
- Darryl Wilson, Committee member
- Valerie Pratt AO, Committee member

National Council

The National Council is a peak governance element within the National Seniors structure.

The National Council is established to provide a forum for the discussion of matters relevant to trends and strategic issues relating to older Australians and the National Seniors Australia organisation.

It will also provide reflections and advice to the Board relevant to the continued development of the organisation which will include:
- emerging trends, that impact on the over 50s population,
- societal attitudes to the over 50s and the impact of these on the organisation,
- the role of National Seniors Australia in the context of societal and other trends,
- the nature and direction of the priorities of National Seniors Australia; and
- ensuring the structure of the organisation remains relevant to the needs of National Seniors Australia membership and the older Australians generally.

Membership
The Board
Mr Christopher Guille – SA
Ms Valerie Pratt – NSW
Mr Darryl Wilson - QLD
Ms Marcia Griffin - VIC
Mr Ross Glossop - WA
Ms Josephine Stevens - QLD
Ms Noela L'Estrange - QLD

Regional Representatives
Dr Marjorie Green – QLD
Mr Peter Feeney – VIC/TAS
Mr Graeme Piggott – WA

General Representatives
Mr David Warner – QLD
Mr Robert Firth – NSW/ACT
Ms Mary Parsissons – TAS
Mr Andrew Dunn – SA

Board Appointments Committee

The Board Appointments Committee (BAC) is a key element of the Governance regime of National Seniors.

The key role for BAC is to provide recommendations to the Board for appointment to the Board itself as well as the National Council.

Membership:

Mr Ross Glossop, Committee Chair and Board Director
Ms Valerie Pratt, Committee member and Board Director
Dr Marjorie Green, Committee member and National Seniors Australia member
Ms Barbara Horton, Committee member and National Seniors Australia member
Mr Gary Byron, Commitee member and National Seniors Australia member

National Policy Congress


The National Policy Congress provides a more structured and transparent process for the development of public policy at National Seniors Australia, as well as enhances the opportunity to harness specific member expertise.

The National Policy Congress is comprised of National Seniors Australia Board Members, State or Territory Policy Advisory Group Chairpersons, five National Council members and up to five National Seniors Australia members appointed through an EOI process.

More about the National Policy Congress

Policy Congress members are appointed for rolling terms of one, two or three years to ensure a continuity of advice and experience. The Chairperson of the National Policy Congress will be appointed by the Board and be a Member of National Council.

Membership
The Board
Mr Christopher Guille – SA
Ms Valerie Pratt – NSW
Mr Darryl Wilson – QLD
Ms Marcia Griffin - VIC
Mr Ross Glossop - WA
Ms Josephine Stevens - QLD
Ms Noela L'Estrange - QLD

Members appointed through the EOI process
Mr Charles Morrissey – NSW
Ms Jane Evans – VIC

Members from National Council
Mr David Warner – QLD
Mr Andrew Dunn – SA
Ms Mary Parsissons – TAS

Chairs of Policy Advisory Groups
Ms June MacDonald - WA
Ms Vera Somerwil – QLD
Ms Mary Parsissons – TAS
Mr Bill Donovan – ACT
Ms Margaret Borger – NT
Ms Myrana Wahlqvist – SA
Dr Irene Stein – NSW

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