Meet our directors.
HIF's Board currently comprises five directors:
- Richard Homsany (Chairman)
- Graeme Gibson (Managing Director)
- Mervyn Dudley
- Saschelle Blake
- Alan Carpenter
- Paul Hersey
Meet our Board Members.
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.
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.
Alan Carpenter – B Arts (Politics) MAICD
Alan was appointed a non-executive Director in November 2018. In 2018 before joining the Board, Alan stepped down after serving nine years at Wesfarmers as Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs. During this time, Alan worked with the senior Wesfarmers leadership and the boards of all the Wesfarmers business units including Coles, Bunnings, Kmart, Target, Officeworks and the industrials division. He has extensive experience in corporate affairs spanning private and public sectors across Australia and internationally. Before joining Wesfarmers, Alan served as a Labor Party member of the West Australian parliament for 13 years from 1996. In Government, Alan held the Ministerial portfolios of State Development and Trade, Energy, Science and Innovation, Federal Affairs, Education and Training, Indigenous Affairs, and Sport and Recreation. Following the retirement of Dr Geoff Gallop in January in 2006, Alan became the 28th Premier of Western Australia, holding that position until the state election in September 2008. Alan has a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in politics from The University of Western Australia. Alan was a journalist before entering politics, beginning his career at the Albany Advertiser Newspaper and then working with Channel 7 before joining the ABC as its political reporter and later taking the lead presenter role on the 7:30 Report before moving to the ABC’s Stateline program.
Paul Hersey - BSc, MBA, MAICD
Paul was appointed a non-executive director 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.