David’s career has been one of broad experience in hospital and primary health care, commencing with Intensive Care and Critical Care nursing in his youth until 26 years of age. The past 22 years have been marked by a unique and very successful management career in the pharmaceutical industry with medical, marketing, commercial and senior leadership depth in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries. His background qualifications are in Nursing Science with post graduate diploma qualifications in marketing and business management.
Prior to joining Alexion in July 2008, to lead the introduction of unique biological products for rare life threatening disease in Asia Pacific, David was Vice President, Asia Pacific and Australian Managing Director of the Swiss biopharmaceutical company, Actelion from 2001 - 2008. From 1989 – 2001 David worked in a variety of medical and marketing management roles in Australia and Switzerland, with regional and global responsibilities, for Roche.
Avril established Avril Henry Pty Ltd in 2003, focusing the business on leadership, change management, talent management, diversity, recruitment and retention strategies. In 2008 the business was one of the 5 finalists in the City of Sydney Business of the Year awards.
Avril is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Senior Associate of the Australian Institute of Banking & Finance, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Human Resources Institute.
In 2011 Avril was appointed as a Director of the board of the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was their Governance, Risk and Audit Committee Chair. Avril is Director of the board of Living Years, a social media networking organisation focussed on bereavement care and from 2007 - 2009 was a Director of the board of Hands Across the Water Australia, a charity which raises money to build and operate self sustainable orphanages in Thailand for Thai children who lost their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.
Martin has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry managing compliance infrastructure; cross-organisational change programs; process/productivity improvement; revenue enhancement as well as substantial project management experience. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board and holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Annette was admitted to practice law in 1991 and has worked for large, medium and small firms in the Sydney CBD and the suburbs. Her experience has included in excess of 15 years in corporate and individual insolvency, working for liquidators and external administrators as well as for creditors and directors of companies. Annette has strong experience in commercial and residential property including litigation, drafting agreements, leasing and conveyancing.
Annette has been a speaker for the Law Society's Speaker's Bureau for many years and a trainer for the Law Society's Mock Trial competition. She has been an active member of the Law Society's Inner West branch for a number of years arranging seminars and is currently a member of the Law Society's Business Law Committee. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a director on the boards of private and public companies.
Penny has worked in the field of marketing and advertising for 25 years spanning Melbourne, Sydney, and London. Most recently she spent 12 years at Clemenger BBDO as Strategy Planning Director, overseeing strategic developments for major communications projects. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), and has lectured and tutored at a range of Melbourne universities including RMIT, Monash and Swinburne. She is a full member of the Australian Social and Market Research Society (AMSRS), the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Penny is a skilled change agent, keen to explore new boundaries and horizons and find better ways to do things. It is her particular skill to bring fresh eyes to a scenario, logically and articulately identify and debate the key issues, bring intuition and grounded thought to a way forward, and then form a plan of action encompassing key stakeholders.
Avril Henry is a game changer who tells it like it is. She is an internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and provocateur who is passionate about transforming leadership models, building diversity capabilities and reforming outdated workplace practices.
Coming from a 23 year background in finance, IT, Human Resources and change management, in South Africa, Australia, the UK and USA, Avril founded her consultancy practise in 2003, Avril Henry and Associates.
Avril is the author and co-author of several books on leadership and the different generations at work, and her book, “Leadership Revelations II How Australians lead in Crises” was voted a “Must Buy, Must Read” and “Best Brain Food book of 2012”, by the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine. In 2010 she released her first children’s book.
Having spoken to hundreds of thousands of people globally since 2003, Avril is considered one of Australia’s premier and most engaging, entertaining, and practical keynote speakers who tells it like it is for each every subject she speaks on.
Smart, credible, bold, energetic, fresh, adaptable, nimble, practical, strong, nimble, frank, strong robust, solid research, experienced, daring, empowered and empowering, inspired and inspiring, authoritative, effective, dynamic, honest, bright, expert, energetic, open, fun , making complex simple, down-to-earth, forward facing, provocative, capable, educational, trustworthy, approachable, agile, driven, connected, savvy, insightful, professional, personable, confident, capable.
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Providing strategic advice & guidance, and bringing complementary skills to steer the business into the future our Advisory Board meets quarterly to monitor our business performance, provide options, insights and new ideas for the business. Their advice is non-binding and it provides an independent source of information that gives us insights and ideas to explore new business avenues to grow the business. Each member brings a unique skill set that covers all facets of our business.