SGCH Group Directors

The Directors of SGCH Group Boards are elected for service based on their expertise in finance, accounting, business, management and corporate governance.

Directors’ qualifications and experience

Annette Gallard (Chair)

BSoc Stud, MComm, GAICD.

Annette retired from the public service after a career of 28 years, 18 of which were in senior executive positions in the Community Services and Housing portfolios. Her most recent position was Chief Executive Officer, NSW Community Services. In 2012 she was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to the achievement of social justice for disadvantaged people in NSW, particularly Aboriginal people.

Appointment dates
SGCH – 27/08/2013
SGCH Sustainability – 08/07/2015
SGCH Portfolio – 23/04/2013


Victoria Weekes (Vice Chair)

BComm LLB, FAICD, SFFinsia.

Victoria is an experienced non-executive Director and serves on public and private sector Boards including OnePath Funds Management (Chair), ANZ Trustees, ETrade and the Sydney Local Health District. Prior to her governance career, she held senior financial services executive positions with Westpac and Citigroup Australia and was formerly the Special Policy Advisor to the Australian Securities Commission.

Appointment dates
SGCH – 27/03/2018
SGCH Sustainability – 28/07/2015
SGCH Portfolio – 23/04/2013


Philip Manidis

B Bus Sc, MCRP, FAICD.

Philip founded Manidis Roberts in 1988 and built a highly respected, successful and profitable professional services business. In 2012, Manidis Roberts had over 100 staff and a turnover over $25 million. Philip was the Managing Director until 2005 and Chairman from 2007 to 2012. In the last 10 years, Philip was also a member of several alliance leadership teams, providing sophisticated leadership and governance on major infrastructure projects in the transport, water and energy sectors.

Appointment dates
SGCH – 01/09/2019
SGCH Sustainability – 08/07/2015
SGCH Portfolio – 23/04/2013


Anna Buduls AO

BA, M Comm.

With experience in financial journalism, investment banking and investor relations, Anna has been a professional non-executive director since 1995 on a broad range of public, government and private company boards, including Mirvac. Anna has also worked in government advisory, including undertaking a 2013 review of the Centrepay system on behalf of the Minister for Human Services. Anna actively engages in developing and philanthropically funding outreach programs and research for the homeless and for disadvantaged citizens. She is currently owner and Chairperson of Tramada Systems, a software company.

Appointment dates
SGCH – 28/11/2019
SGCH Sustainability – 28/11/2019
SGCH Portfolio – 28/11/2019


Simon Shakesheff

M Comm.

Simon has over 30 years of analysis, advisory and operational experience in finance and real estate, including as an equities analyst at Macquarie Bank and JP Morgan, and as a corporate advisor at UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Simon has operational experience at Stockland Trust Group where he was responsible for Strategy, Research and Stakeholder Relations, and a member of the Executive Committee. Simon is a professional Non-Executive Director serving on the Boards of Cbus Property, Assembly Funds Management, Kiwi Property Group and the Management Investment Committee of NSW TCorp.

Appointment dates
SGCH – 28/11/2019
SGCH Sustainability – 28/11/2019
SGCH Portfolio – 28/11/2019


Karen Orvad

Karen Orvad

GAICD, CAANZ, MBA(Exec), B.Comm (Accounting)

Karen brings over 25 years experience working with some of the worlds’ most recognised brands in governance, risk, internal audit, board advisory and strategic human resources. Karen is a former KPMG Partner with a speciality in Governance, Risk Management and Internal Audit. Karen worked with corporate, government and NFP clients across sectors including Health and Human Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Transport, Retail and Financial Services.

Karen has held senior executive internal audit and risk roles in both the financial services and aviation sectors and operated as an independent consultant for a period. Karen is currently a Non-Executive Director at Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) where she is a member of both the Finance, People and Audit Committee and the Strategy Committee.

Appointment dates
SGCH – 05/10/2020

Barry Mann

BA Civil Engineering, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA),and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Barry has more than 30 years’ experience in the property industry. With expertise in urban renewal, property development, design and construction and infrastructure delivery, Barry has held senior executive roles with Lendlease and Stockland. He also has local and state government experience and is the former Chief Executive of the NSW Government urban renewal organisation.

An experienced non-executive Director, Barry serves on the Boards of NSW Aboriginal Land Council Housing and Auckland Real Estate (AKL.ASX and AKL.NZX). He is also an Independent Advisor to the Board of Ingham Property Group and the Independent Chair of the Building Regulation Advisory Panel of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, NSW

Appointment dates


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