Meet our Board Members.

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. Richard is Chairman of the Board’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of its Risk Committee and its Audit Committee.

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.

MMkt, Grad Dip Comm, BComm Mkt & PR GAICD

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 was a partner at Perth based strategy consulting firm Black House and a founding director of Glue Marketing Consulting, a firm specialising in digital and marketing strategy. In 2018 Saschelle took up the role of Global Head of Marketing and Customer Experience at Tape Ark, an international provider for the secure management, restoration, migration and preservation of corporate data assets.  Saschelle is a Councillor of Scotch College and Chairman of the College’s Risk Committee. Saschelle is Chairman of the Board’s Risk Committee and a member of its Audit Committee.


Paul was appointed to the Board in June 2019. He has extensive experience in the health, insurance, government, not for profit and financial services sectors as a senior executive and external consultant. Paul’s early career involved working as a management consultant in London, primarily within the health and finance sector. After relocating to the Asia-Pacific region, Paul held roles in quality healthcare as a project director, as a senior executive at HIF, program manager for multi-national private hospital group Ramsay Health, executive manager in health partnerships at HBF and later on as a director within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health and government practice, working for clients in federal and state health departments, aged care, community and treasury, not for profit entities, private hospital groups and health insurers. More recently, Paul held the position of Chief Executive Officer of 360 Health and Community, a not for profit primary healthcare organisation. In 2017, Paul became a founding director of the Mavuno Group, a wealth, advisory and investments consultancy. Paul has held board positions within both the not for profit and private sectors, including at Pat Thomas House, Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre and Intium Energy. Paul is the Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee and a member of its Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

BEcon, Grad Dip Fin Plan

Karl Laufmann was appointed to the Board in April 2020. Karl is the Western Australian State Manager and Equity Partner of EL&C Baillieu Ltd, one of Australia’s oldest share brokerage firms founded in 1889. Karl has worked in financial markets for the past 25 years, holding positions with Salomon Smith Barney Inc., Citigroup Inc. and HSBC, focusing on capital raising, portfolio management and corporate advice. Through his career, Karl has advised and funded several ASX resource companies from early stage venture capital, through to IPO, and discovery. Karl is a non-executive director of NxGold Ltd, which holds assets in WA and North America, and he presently sits on its Audit Committee. Karl is a member of the National Compliance Committee of EL&C Baillieu. Karl is a member of the Board’s Risk Committee and a member of its Nomination and Remuneration Committee.