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Professor Angus Buchanan

BAppSc (OT) DSM DBA GAICD
Chairperson (Board Member from 2010)

Angus is a Professor and Head of School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology, Curtin University. Working as an occupational therapist for the past 34 years, Angus is passionate about people being given authentic opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of their lives. Prior to commencing at Curtin in 2008, Angus worked for 16 years at the Disability Services Commission where he held senior management and leadership roles. Angus is an active and published researcher, focusing on citizenship, inclusion and the social participation of adults with disabilities within communities.

Angus is an active member of the Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability, and recently held the position of Australasian President for five years. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Vice President – Asia Pacific for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. As well as having a strong research background in contemporary disability practice, he brings extensive senior executive experience of working within the WA disability sector across policy, program and operational areas.

Committee membership:

Chair of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the People & Culture Committee
Avivo Board member Nick Maisey

Nick Maisey

BSc(OT)
Board Member (from 2018)

Nick is a values-based leader with a passion for nurturing human connection, belonging and universal solidarity. With his background as an occupational therapist, he founded Perth-based organisation Befriend in 2010 to catalyse a movement of connectedness. Nick’s work with Befriend has mobilised thousands of citizens, cultivating connections for over 10,000 West Australians. Nick is a School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellow and a Westpac Social Change Fellow. He strives to bring the values of freedom, curiosity, courage, compassion and hope to life through organisational leadership, collaborative impact partnerships and design of organisations and services.

Committee membership:

Member of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the People & Culture Committee
Avivo Board member Bradley Wearn

Bradley Wearn

BBus (Information Processing)
Board Member (from 2019)

Brad is a passionate technologist with global experience in IT management, digital strategy and business process improvement across the mining, resources and financial services sectors. A career focus is shifting IT departments from traditional “one-stop shops” to facilitators of technology outcomes that drive effective consumption of fit-for-purpose technology platforms that are aligned with business needs and adapt as they change. Brad brings this experience to his role as a Director of Avivo Live Life to help guide the organisation through their digital transformation journey.

As a consultant, Brad helps organisations shape and align their digital strategy with the business strategy and define the pathway to successful execution. Before consulting, Brad worked at South32 as a technology leader, responsible for setting the direction of digital services in the Australian region, focusing on operational and functional requirements while delivering regional specific technology services. He was part of the BHP Billiton demerger team that led to the formation of South32. Prior to this, Brad was Chief Information Officer at BHP Billiton Iron Ore for 10 years.

Committee membership:

Chair of the Foundation Board
Member of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
Avivo Board Member Neil McGrechan

Neil McGrechan

BAppSc (Recreation)
Board Member (from 2019)

After holding a number of professional roles in both government and non-government organisations, a desire was ignited in Neil to build an organisation with a values-based approach to doing business. Neil fundamentally believes that people have a right to great places to work, and so, more than 25 years ago he founded MODAL, an organisational development and learning consultancy. MODAL specialises in building healthy culture, leadership and team development and coaching together with people change management.

Neil has had the pleasure of working with many great people who share the belief that leaders create organisations that are great places to work and deliver results. His coaching experience is extensive across all levels of organisations, and his most recent work was focused on developing high performance executive teams and executive coaching. Neil’s coaching relationships with leaders at all levels has resulted in improved clarity, a more open results-oriented approach, and leaders that realise their worth within the demanding business environment.

Neil has worked with industries including mining, oil & gas, financial services, manufacturing, engineering & construction, transport & logistics. He has also mentored executives in a variety of organisations such as BHP Billiton Iron Ore, BHP Billiton Nickel West, Racing & Wagering WA, Ramsay Health, Western Power, Rosslyn Hill Mining, Honeywell, Microsoft, and Woodside.

Committee membership:

Member of the Board of Director meetings
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
Avivo Board member Stewart Hart

Stewart Hart

BBA (Financial Accounting), FCPA, GAICD
Board Member (from 2015)

Stewart has a passion for working with organisations that are committed to developing a high performing culture and leadership development. Stewart is a highly regarded financial and strategic leader in the resources industry. Stewart is delighted to bring his commercial and cultural experiences to his role as a Director with Avivo Live Life to help the organisation deliver great customer outcomes.

Stewart joined BGC in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer at BGC Contracting, in 2018 he moved into the role of Executive General Manager Sales Processes responsible for various divestments of BGC assets and businesses. Stewart has led BGC teams that deliver financial and commercial services, and is responsible for leading and implementing strategies and change initiatives.

Prior to BGC he was Chief Financial Officer at Western Power, and previously held several global leadership roles over a 23 year period with BHP including CFO Iron Ore during the resources boom.

Committee membership:

Member of the Board of Director meetings
Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee
Member of the Foundation Board

Sarah Peyman

BCom, CA
Board Member (from 2020)

Sarah is a chartered accountant and finance professional with over 11 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has worked predominantly in corporate finance roles, which responsibilities include budgeting and forecasting, technical and management accounting.

Sarah is passionate about using her professional skills as well as her own personal experience with the home care services industry to support individuals to live fulfilling and enriched lives as part of their community.

Committee membership:

Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Liam McLagan

LLB
Board Member (from 2020)

Liam is a lawyer with extensive experience in commercial, corporate and finance law. He is passionate about social citizenship and personal responsibility, and is delighted to help Avivo’s efforts in ensuring that every customer lives an engaged, respected and fulfilled life. Liam has been part of a number of boards in both executive and advisory roles, and is keen to contribute his legal experience and enthusiasm to the Avivo Board.

Liam took a break from practising law to co-found a fintech start-up, and now truly appreciates the trials and tribulations that start-ups and small business owners face. These days, Liam practices law as a director at Lark Law where he advises clients on a variety of commercial and business issues. In his leisure time, he be can found playing tennis or walking his dog.

Committee membership:

Member of the Foundation Board