Group 3

Rotation of Summer Foundation Directors

The Summer Foundation’s board renewal process continued with new appointments and planned resignations at the AGM and Board meeting.

After many years’ service, both Professor Jacinta Douglas and Jason Chequer have stepped down from the board. Jacinta and Jason have both made enormous contributions to the work of the Summer Foundation.  

As part of our active renewal process designed to strengthen the diversity, strategic capacity and breadth of expertise on the Board, we welcome 2 new directors – Tim Adam and Michelle Somerville.

Jacinta, who steps down after 7 years as a director, leading a long-running research partnership between La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation. The research measures the outcomes of interventions related to the lifetime support of people with ABI and neurological conditions such as MS and Huntington’s Disease. While Jacinta steps away from the board, she remains very much a part of the Summer Foundation in her ongoing role in the La Trobe University and Summer Foundation research partnership.

Jason Chequer joined the board in 2012, and in 2017 assumed the role of Chair of the Risk and Finance committee. Jason brought a wealth of financial services experience to the board with a special interest in social and environmental goals. Jason has served as a member of the Housing Hub’s Advisory Group, providing valuable input into the products and initiatives of the enterprise on a regular basis and as a sounding board to the Housing Hub’s general manager.

The Summer Foundation has been very fortunate to be guided by 2 such experienced and committed board members. We deeply appreciate the work they have done and wish them well.

Tim is a retired lawyer and businessman, having spent his career as a long-standing Partner of a Melbourne law firm. He was committed to both successful commercial legal practice and ethical and social justice issues. Tim was a leading practitioner in personal injury law and employment law. He is passionate about developing young people through social group interaction, sport and faith communities.

Michelle Somerville brings her deep finance, risk and governance experience to the Board, having worked in the financial services industry in both executive and non-executive roles. Previously she was an audit partner with KPMG Australia for nearly 14 years, with a focus on the financial services industry in both Australia and overseas. Michelle is currently a non-executive director on the boards of GPT Group, IOOF Holdings and the Epworth Foundation.

The Summer Foundation’s work is informed by the lived experience of people with disability. Both Tim and Michelle bring their own lived experience of disability to the Board and the Summer Foundation celebrates that 44% of our directors have a lived experience connection to disability.

We extend our deepest thanks to Jacinta and Jason for their significant contributions and we warmly welcome Tim and Michelle and look forward to working with them in our mission to solve the issue of young people with disability in aged care.

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