Dry July Foundation Board

Black and white photo of Ian Elliot - Chairman

Ian Elliot is a Communications Specialist. He is the former Chairman and CEO of George Patterson Bates, Australia’s largest advertising agency. He retired from that role in 2002 and took up a career as a non-executive director.

He is the former Chairman of Promentum Ltd and former Non-Executive Director of Hills Ltd and Salmat Ltd. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director on the board of McMillan Shakespeare Ltd.

He is a former member of the fundraising committee ‘Friends of St Vincents,’ and former board member of The Starlight Foundation, acting as Chairman of the Star Day Program.

Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His book ‘Stop Bitching, Start Pitching’ was a best seller for publisher Murdoch Books.

Black and white photo of Brett Macdonald - CEO and Co-Founder

Brett is an experienced creative director with more than 15 years in branding and business communications. With a background in start-ups, creative agency and the corporate sector means his range of skill sets, personable approach and passion for the cause are well suited to the development of Dry July.

Brett holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Communication and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Black and white photo of Kenny McGilvary - Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Kenneth has ten years public relations consulting experience in ANZ and the UK and is well-versed in communicating brand strengths to both consumer and specialist audiences.

With considerable not-for-profit, corporate and consumer technology experience, he has key strengths in executive counsel, brand strategy, community engagement and problem-solving.

Kenneth holds an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University and the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s advanced certificate.

Black and white photo of Graeme Dennis - Non-Executive Director

Graeme is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Currently a partner of HWL Ebsworth, Graeme has advised the boards of some of Australia’s largest companies and State Government organisations.

Graeme has acted for a number of years as the honorary solicitor for the Wheelchair Sports Association Inc. He is a proud benefactor of the Northcott Society and is also a benefactor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Holding degrees in Law and Arts from both Sydney University and the College of Law (Sydney), Graeme has been admitted to practice as solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and New Zealand.

Black and white photo of Scott Abraham - Non-Executive Director

Scott is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia with over 20 years of commercial experience. Scott is a Director and owner of ABR Virtus Chartered Accountants in Canberra.

His role involves the specialisation in business advisory and taxation issues for private clients. Prior to the establishment of this business, Scott acted as an Executive Director of Canberra’s largest business advisory firm.

Scott has extensive business and taxation knowledge, holds a B. Bus (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and is also a Registered Tax Agent.

Black and white photo of Felicity Duffy - Non-Executive Director

Felicity has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, with the past 16 years working for the Westpac Group.

In 2017, Felicity was appointed Head of Women’s Markets for the Westpac Group, responsible for overseeing initiatives across the Group that help to build the financial confidence in women and girls. The initiatives include education, information and access to networking opportunities across Australia.

More recently Felicity has extended her portfolio to lead a variety of customer advocacy programs and to lead the St. George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne Foundations.

Black and white photo of Carolyn Breeze - Non-Executive Director

Carolyn is an experienced leader with more than 20 years in the technology sector, including extensive international experience within the fintech, e-commerce, and telecommunications sectors.

Her astute leadership and professionalism have resulted in Carolyn being awarded one of CEO Magazine’s IT and Telecommunications Executives of the Year in 2018 and again in 2020 as finalist for Service Professional of the Year. Carolyn is recognised as one of Business Insider's Top 20 Women in Fintech and receiving the prestigious 'Advocate for Woman' award at the 2019 Women in Payments symposium. In Dec 2021 Carolyn received the award 'Fintech Leader of the Year' at the Woman in Finance Awards.

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