Our Board of Directors
The Board of HIF currently comprises six directors including the Managing Director of HIF:
The Board has overall responsibility for corporate governance, including the establishment, review and approval of policies, processes, procedures and practices, as well as assessing its own performance and that of each director individually and management and to regularly monitor and assess financial performance.
Richard Homsany (Chairman) - LLB (Hons) B Comm Grad Dip App Fin & Inv ASA F Fin MAICD
Richard was appointed to the Board in June 2010 and elected Chairman in September 2015. Richard is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Richard is Executive Vice President, Australia of Mega Uranium Ltd, a TSX listed company and is an experienced corporate lawyer having been admitted as a solicitor for over 20 years. Richard is also the principal of Cardinals Lawyers and Consultants. Previously he was Partner, Corporate and Commercial, of DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and prior to that was a partner of Gadens Lawyers. Richard has also worked for an ASX top 50-listed internationally diversified resources company in operations, risk management and corporate. Richard is a Certified Accountant (“CPA”) with CPA Australia, a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Richard has a Commerce Degree and Honours Degree in Law from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment from FINSIA. Richard has significant board experience with public listed companies including as Chairman of ASX listed Redstone Resources Ltd and TSX-V listed Central Iron Ore Limited, and as a non-executive director of ASX listed Toro Energy Ltd.
Graeme Gibson (Managing Director) - BBus Grad Dip Ed CPA GAICD
Graeme was appointed Managing Director and Company Secretary in December 2009 following very successful roles as HIF’s Chief Executive Officer and Secretary (2005 – 2009) and Commercial Manager (2004 – 2005). Graeme’s leadership is an integral part of HIF’s strategic progression that has delivered excellent results in member growth and satisfaction levels as well as strong financial stability. Through this focus on growth and financial management, Graeme has ensured HIF consistently delivers on its key commitments to HIF members relating to affordability, choice, benefits and the highest levels of service. In 2009 Graeme managed HIF’s transition from being an incorporated association to an Australian public company limited by guarantee. Prior to HIF, Graeme worked in senior management roles, including with Australia’s largest private hospital group Affinity Health (previously Mayne Health) before it was purchased by Ramsay Health and Healthscope. Prior to the health sector Graeme worked in senior management roles with Roche Mining, Pioneer Road Services, Department of Employment, Education and Training, Brambles Industries (Cleanaway), ANI Corporation (Steelmark) and Cockburn Cement Ltd.
Mervyn (Merv) Dudley - BComm AASA AAII AFPA MAICD
Merv was appointed a non-executive Director in June 2007 and served as Chairman from September 2008 until September 2015. Merv is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Merv was the Managing Director of a financial planning and accounting practice. Merv has extensive experience in the financial services industry spanning over three decades, during which time he held senior management positions in both Australia and New Zealand. Merv also holds Directorships in private companies involved in private investment, property development and child care facilities. Merv has served as a member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Newman College and Chairman of the Australian Association of Financial Planners.
Nicholas (Nick) Timoney BA - (Mod) Legal Science
Nick was elected to the Board in 1996. Nick is a Barrister and Solicitor and is currently a legal consultant. Previously, Nick was a partner in a commercial law firm in Perth for 25 years. Between 1984 and 1989 Nick worked for a number of law firms in England, gaining experience in commercial litigation acting for various organisations including international companies in various industries including insurance and motor vehicle manufacture. Nick was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1987. After moving to Australia, Nick was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in WA. Nick practices in general property, contract, commercial law, trade practices law, consumer finance, professional negligence, intellectual property law, IPOs and has appeared in the Federal Court and all State courts in his commercial litigation role. Nick is Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Harold (Harry) Zafer - MRPharms (UK) MPS PhCh (AUS) FAICD
Harry was appointed a non-executive Director in February 2012. Harry is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Harry has more than 18 years experience in general and indemnity insurance. In the last 10 years, Harry has been involved in the financial, superannuation and trustee services sectors. Harry joined the Guild Group of companies in 1994 and was elected Chairman in 1999, a role he held until 2011 when he took up the Deputy Chair role. The Guild Group of companies includes an insurance company, two superannuation funds, a trustee services company and a wholly owned insurance law firm. In addition, Harry also made contributions serving Western Australian state government boards, not for profit , university committees, community boards and as President of the Pharmacy Guild of Western Australia where his professional interests continue in his role as Vice President.
Saschelle Blake - MMkt, Grad Dip Comm, BComm Mkt & PR
Saschelle was appointed to the Board in September 2016. Saschelle has significant experience in building marketing growth strategies for clients, including in financial and professional services, utility, government, retail, hospitality, non-government and member-based organisations. Saschelle has held senior marketing leadership positions in a number of organisations, involving national promotions and communications strategy and product development, and lectured in marketing for professional practice at Curtin University. Saschelle is a partner at strategy consulting firm Black House and a founding director of Glue Marketing Consulting, a firm specialising in digital and marketing strategy. Saschelle is a Councillor of Scotch College and Chairman of the College’s Risk Committee.