Cameron Geddes (Chair)
Cameron is one of the founding Board Members of the Joanne Tubb Foundation.
Cameron started his professional career as a physiotherapist the public health sector in Victoria, specialising in the care of children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis. He also worked across other acute care areas including paediatric and neonatal intensive care and was involved in the training of undergraduate students and the development of post graduate education programs.
Cameron now works as a consultant in a variety of roles and industries. He has undertaken projects for various government departments’ including Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. In the private sector he has been involved in coaching and mentoring small and medium sized businesses through key growth phases to achieve their objectives. Cameron also has a strong focus on developing leadership skills across his client group through customised personal development programs based on experiential learning models.
The role with JTF means a great deal to Cameron, having had a very close friendship with Jo. The ability to deliver value to the population both he and Jo were heavily involved with during their clinical careers is highly rewarding and is the passion behind Cameron’s commitment to the Foundation.
Carolyn O’Grady (Treasurer/Secretary)
I am a qualified CPA with 20 years of experience working as a budget analyst/manager within the public sector.
Being part of the Joanne Tubb Foundation provides me with an opportunity to give something back to the community. I am a soon to be first-time Mum and to know that there are organisations such as this, that support services and help to build the support networks for your child, is comforting.
To be a part of this Foundation that aims to help children with special needs by improving their ability to undertake day-to-day tasks and their general well-being is an absolute privilege.
Melissa is a founding board member of the JTF, Mum to Archer and Noa and wife to Scott. She is proud to have known Jo as her sister-in-law, and passionate about continuing her legacy and the difference she made in the lives of children with disabilities.
Melissa has worked as a Visual Merchandiser for some of Melbourne’s biggest retailers specialising in Furniture and home decor. During her time at the David Jones city store she was involved in many VIP nights including The Melbourne Fashion Week festival, Spring Flower Show, Waterford Crystal product launches and also helped set up and open some of the company’s suburban stores including David Jones Southland and Chadstone.
Melissa also went on to complete a short course in floristry so she could start doing friends weddings and private functions.
After having her children Melissa craved returning to her creative roots and decided to start he own online floristry business which she runs from home. To date Violet and the Fox is growing rapidly and gaining quite a name in the floristry and wedding industry.
Melissa is very involved in her children’s school and local community also. She loves how rewarding it is being involved with the JTF and knowing we are making a difference in someone’s life.
Justine is a business leadership strategist, who works with CEO’s, boards of directors, the best up and coming entrepreneurs and future leaders to reconnect and reengineer their mental, emotional and physiological state. To activate the fortitude required to navigate the turbulent waters that is leading a business and diverse teams of people across an ever changing landscape.
Justine has held many senior executive roles within the retail industry with over 20 years experience in operations, human resources, management, talent development and leadership.
Justine has a degree in Biological Science from La Trobe University and a Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Management from MGSM Sydney. She has performed at senior leadership levels across the Woolworths businesses for over 15 years. She brings a drive and energy to everything she does and is passionate about developing people, providing exceptional service to our customers and achieving results.
Justine is mum to Mitchell (10) and Grace (8) and she is very excited to continue the work that her sister started in providing a better life to disabled children.
Simon joined the Joanne Tubb Foundation Board in June 2015.
Simon is an experienced Non-executive Director, business executive and management consultant with expertise in strategic planning and risk management. He currently runs a start-up company in the materials technology space and has previously consulted across government, infrastructure, transportation and small to medium sized businesses.
Simon began his career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he worked on a range of foreign policy and international security issues including trade negotiations, counter terrorism and whole-of-government people smuggling initiatives. He then spent a number of years in the Middle East where he held several management and executive positions in consulting companies servicing urban development, national security and risk management requirements for the leadership of the UAE and their corporate interests.
Simon brings his skills in strategic planning, stakeholder relations and risk management to the Board of the Joanne Tubb Foundation where he hopes to contribute to the success of the organisation in the same way as he has for companies in the private sector.
Simon’s formal qualifications cover business, law, government and politics, project management and risk management. He currently serves on 3 other Boards:
- Kiteboarding Australia (President)
- Melbourne Forum
- Ionic Industries
General Manager Operations at Quest Payment Systems, an all Australian technology company headquartered in Melbourne providing diverse and innovative end-to-end payment solutions to retailers and financial institutions both locally and abroad. He has spent more than 20 years in the technology industry and has been in management and leadership roles in that industry since he was 23.
Shane is married and has three children Sophie (14), Aidan (11) and Angus (4). Aidan was born with mild Cerebral Palsy and it was this experience that opened Shane’s eyes to what the right paediatric care can achieve in both the child’s life and their family’s lives, as he is lucky enough that his son has made such significant improvement that he leads a normal healthy life like any other child. Most people are now unable to tell there is any issue such is the difference that the right care has made.
This is why he is so passionate about the JTF and helping it make the same difference to other families.
Shane also considers himself a midnight kebab specialist, a wonderfully average golfer and is a long suffering paid up St Kilda member still dreaming of that one day in September covered in glory.
An accomplished investigator within the retail sector with expertise in minimizing risk and asset protection. With a wealth of experience in the retail industry, particularly successful in partnering with customers to solve a variety of problems which impact on shrinkage results. An inspirational and results driven professional, who has a strong work ethic required to continuously excel, who brings a strong sense of urgency, responsibility and accountability to any project undertaken.
Suzanne has a strong connection with JTF as she has worked with Justine Robbins, Jo’s sister, for over 20 years within the retail sector and when asked to join the board she jumped at the challenge. Suzanne is a mother of two boys who live fit, healthy and happy lives and Suzanne sees that being on the JTF board helps her give back to her community and assist other well deserving children live fulfilled and happy lives. Suzanne loves a function and loves to involve all members of the community to come and join enjoy and raise some money for our fabulous foundation.
James is a Chartered Financial Analyst and works as an equities analyst at Janus Henderson Global Investors. James is responsible for researching companies, evaluating their corporate strategies, analysing their financial statements and valuing their businesses.
James has previously worked as a physiotherapist, initially in public health at the Austin Hospital before moving into private practice.
James has non-executive director experience and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and earned the GAICD designation.
James met Jo at university and was delighted to be able to join the JTF to honour her legacy of helping young people meet their full potential.
James is a father of three children. He loves spending time with them, teaching them to surf, fish and play music. He is excited about creating opportunities so that all kids can get the help and guidance they need to reach their potential in whatever it is that they wish to pursue.