Board members

Spanning construction to coffee, accounting to aviation, our Board of Directors has cultivated success in a range of different industry sectors.

Ian Klug (Chairman), Company Director

Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a non-executive Director of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and formerly a director of the Wide Bay Water Corporation, where he also sat on the Audit and Risk Committee. Ian is also Chairman of both Place Design Group, an international planning and design company, and the Lord Mayor’s Economic Development Steering Committee. Previous roles and appointments include Partner of Pitcher Partners Chartered Accountants, Chairman of Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Director of Tennis Queensland and Councillor of Tennis Australia.

Phillip Di Bella, Founder, Di Bella Coffee

Phillip Di Bella is the Founder and Managing Director of Di Bella Coffee, Australia’s fastest-growing coffee company. Phillip is an awarded entrepreneur and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Griffith University. Knighted with the "Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity" for contribution to the community from the Italian Government, he is also Chair of the Queen Street Mall Advisory Board, Chair of The Valley Mall Advisory Committee and sits on the Lord Mayor’s Business Round Table.

Malcolm Hall-Brown, Company Director

Malcolm Hall-Brown is a property developer and Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants. He is Chairman of Ergon Energy Pty Ltd, and is on the board of  a number of property-related companies including Northeast Business Park Pty Ltd.

Liz Savage, Company Director

Liz Savage is an aviation industry professional. Most recently as Group Executive Commercial at Virgin Australia Group, Liz played a lead role in transformation from low-cost to full-service airline, with responsibilities including sales, marketing and the group’s holidays business. Prior to joining Virgin, Liz was Managing Director of Flights & Holidays at Monarch Travel Group and a senior leader at easyJet for 10 years. Liz has recently established a Brisbane-based consultancy, working with business leaders to deliver branded customer experience.

Adam Penberthy, Founder and Creative Director - Fresh

Adam Penberthy is the founder and Creative Director of youth advertising agency Fresh. As a member of Gen Y (Adam is 29) Adam is regarded as a leader in communicating with youth, specialising in engaging under-30s through experiential marketing, new-media, social media, social networking and Web 2.0. Adam has worked on campaigns for various governments as well as brands such as Hell Pizza, QUT, Channel 10 and AOT Holidays.

John Shepherd, Managing Partner - Gallus Partnerships Pty Limited

John comes from a banking, real estate and property development background working for large listed corporate institutions as well as boutique real estate and development companies. After studying at the University of Sydney, John worked at NAB and NatWest Australia Bank. In his roles John pursued new business origination across a range of industries including property development and property backed lending transactions, as well as debt workouts. John entered the real estate business in 1994, and has originated, delivered and structured small and large projects across the commercial, industrial, residential, retail and land subdivisions sectors. This has included large projects in Sydney, Brisbane and Dubai. John is currently a Board Member at Brisbane Marketing and the Brisbane Racing Club, as well as holding Advisory Board positions at other private companies.

Monica Bradley, Director - Purposeful Capital

Monica is a leading authority on Innovation Strategic Insights. She uses engaging real life examples to take organisations to the likely future, identify their business model vulnerabilities and determine the experiments and engagements required to give insights upon which strategic direction and innovation will be based. Her deep experience creating strategy across diverse sectors and on three continents and deep understanding of digital disruption, provides Monica with unique insights to define and reinvent how organisations deliver sustainable results. She accelerates the strategic planning responses to disruptive technologies and the changing world of work. In her capacity as a strategist, Monica has advised a variety of start ups, boards and organisations on improving their agility and nimbleness in strategy execution.