Chairman, CQ service 9 years
Diploma Applied Chemistry, RMIT
Human Resource Committee
Retired Chair and CEO of Dupont Australia,
Chair of Geyer Pty Ltd
1. What drew you to Camp Quality, and what do you love
most about it?
I was attracted to CQ by CEO Simon Rountree. His persuasive powers
convinced me that I could help make a difference. The changes to
CQ, under Simon's leadership, and the influence and enthusiasm of
the Board, have been of immense satisfaction to me. As
Chairman, I have learnt a lot from their experience and ideas.
2. What have you learnt most about yourself from your
It has reinforced my belief that when adverse things happen to you
and your loved ones that the reaction should not be to say, "Things
could be better" but rather to say, "Things could be worse".
When one sees the impact of cancer on our campers and their
families one's own problems tend to pale into insignificance. The
resilience of the kids and the positive attitude they often display
- to get on with their lives and have some fun - is an inspiration
to us all and has definitely impacted me in a positive way.
3. What signature strengths do you bring to
- Good corporate governance
- Developing a transparency at Board-level that has permeated
down through the organisation
- An understanding of sound business processes
- Listening for understanding
- Developing a safety culture in the organisation.
4.What's a CQ moment you treasure?
The presentation of a $1 million grant to CQ at the Randwick
Children's Hospital by Malcolm Turnbull and Steve Waugh. An
electric atmosphere came over the audience when Giggle rode in. To
see those two grown men kneeling down and speaking to Giggle
said a lot about his potential influence. Then, to see a six year
old boy who had not spoken to anyone for six weeks gradually warm
to Giggle and climb onto the back of his bike for a ride around the
oncology ward brought tears to my eyes. The memory still does.
5.What do you love to laugh about?
Simon Rountree in a hairy wig.
6.What are you optimistic about?
The amazing resilience of sick children and their ability to fight
back. Also, the benefit of strong family and good friends in
improving the quality of life.
7.What would you say to someone considering joining the
Know that your child will be in safe hands with caring,ethical
people and your family will be embraced by CQ. CQ can help you in
so many ways over the long haul.