Ms Emma Brooke – President
Emma Brooke joined the board of United Way South Australia June 2014, and is an avid support of Not-For-Profit Organisations since moving to Adelaide in the past 18 months. Emma and her husband moved to Adelaide with their 2 young boys, who now attend Scotch College in Mitcham.
Through Emma’s retail, and banking/finance management career before children, Emma worked as a Bank Manager with ANZ through different regions on The Gold Coast and Sydney. A large amount of this time spent leading people and their careers, as well as building a strategy for customers that made sense to their financial goals. Being no stranger to diversity, Emma has spent several years at ANZ trying to make a difference around specific issues surrounding diversity, with particular focus on gender, cultural and age based diversity. Some of her work included a duration of time in arguably one of the most culturally diverse areas of Sydney, Lakemba.
Through Emma’s management career, she also built experience through roles in Lending, Financial Planning, outside of the Retail banking Segment. Emma obtained a Management Certificate in Business in 2007 from L.M.A, and also holds a Certificate III in Financial Services from Deakin in 2002.
Mr Geoff Vogt – Treasurer
Geoff has extensive experience in the financial services and insurance industries. He is currently CEO of the Industry Leaders Fund Inc. He is a director of a financial institution, a statutory authority, and two NFP’s, including United Way South Australia.
He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Reserve. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Accident Commission in South Australia, a Statutory Authority which has responsibility for the monopoly compulsory third party insurance scheme in that State, following periods working in finance in a major Australian life insurer, in merchant banking money market and advisory roles, as manager group funding for a major listed Australian corporation, and had shorter periods of experience in a home building company and as a ministerial advisor.
Mr Mark Phelps
Mark has significant commercial experience, having worked in the professional accounting services industry for over 25 years. Mark is a partner with Ernst & Young and the Service Line Leader Ernst & Young’s Adelaide Assurance practice. Mark’s core expertise is in the provision of audit and accounting advice to listed and large private companies. Mark also has significant experience in the not for profit sector.
Mark is a registered company auditor, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark joined the Board of United Way South Australia in 2012.
Mr Graham Goodwin
Graham joined the South Australia Police in 1987 after a short period in private industry as a manager. He has served in various country and metropolitan postings and in 2009 he was seconded to the Kent Police Force in the United Kingdom as an assistant area commander. He is currently in charge of the Serious and Organised Crime Branch.
Graham is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Reserve, again serving in a number of positions particularly in the areas of planning and workforce development. In 2012 he accepted a 12 month posting to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste as the Deputy Chief Military Liaison Officer. In 2013 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 10th/27th Battalion, The Royal South Australia Regiment.
He studies regularly and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and in 2007 was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College (Reserve), and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management. Graham and his wife Jenny have two children, Mitchell and Sophie. His leisure interests include cycling, bush walking, camping, and football.
Mr Peter Charlesworth
Peter brings extensive knowledge and industry experience to United Way SA as the Executive GM, Minelab & Codan Defence.
Peter joined Codan in 2003 as General Manager of Engineering and subsequently held various roles including New Business Manager and HF Radio Business Development Manager. He was appointed Executive General Manager of Minelab in 2008, following its acquisition by Codan in that same year. In addition to Minelab, Peter is Executive General Manager of Codan Defence Electronics.
He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours, and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Adelaide University. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2014. He was Chairman of the Technology Industry Association from 2006 to 2011 and was on the Adelaide University ARI Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015. He is presently on the Board of the charity United Way SA and is a member of the SA Government, Department of State Development, grant review committee.
Mr James Rock
James grew up in Elizabeth and attended Elizabeth High School, completing year 12 in 1976. After 17 years as an electrician with the former ETSA, James undertook full-time studies to became a lawyer. He was admitted to the SA Supreme Court in 2002 and his main fields of expertise have been employment law, Work Health and Safety, and workers compensation. James has very broad business and industry experience and is currently employed at the Office of the Small Business Commissioner as the Case and Education Manager.
James manages a busy team of Case Officers that facilitate the resolution of business-to-business disputes, or disputes between business and Government – State and/ or local.
The key aim of James’ role is to resolve disputes or complaints in a timely manner without the need for litigation.
James has two children, David and Maddie and continues to enjoy Masters football (soccer) well into his 50’s.
Mr Brenton James
Brenton has been acting in the legal industry for over 23 years primarily undertaking insurance and commercial work. He has appeared as counsel in a large number of trials and provides advice to the insurance industry on matters involving significant risk, general litigation, legislative interpretation and legal costs.
Brenton is a regular industry speaker. He is the Managing Principal of Jones
Ms Philippa Crawford
Philippa is the most recent recruit to the United Way Board joining in early 2017. Her energy and industry experience as the Business Development Manager at CMV Farms will add a new perspective and marketing focus to the Board.
Philippa profile will be updated shortly.