The Foodbank Queensland Board of Directors:
John Debenham (Chair)
Foodbank is extremely fortunate to benefit from the wealth of experience and knowledge attained by Board Member, John Debenham. Currently the Head of Business Banking at Suncorp Banking, John has an incredible work history and continues to excel in his field.
John has accomplished some wonderful achievements during his time and is now highly regarded in Queensland’s business community as an experienced leader of large teams in finance – knowledge and expertise he now shares with Foodbank.
Greg Phillips (Deputy-Chair)
Greg holds a BA (Psychology) and an MBA. His career, until he commenced his own business, was in Human Resources and General Management. In 1985 he started a Human Resource software company after spending a number of years designing the system. It grew to become the largest HR software company in Asia/Pacific. The company floated on the ASX in 2000. Greg retired from full time work in 2004.
He joined the Board of Foodbank in 2011 after being Chairman of the Australian Stem Cell Foundation.
“I was drawn to Foodbank after witnessing the incredible work it does and starting the understand the size of that task it has in front of it. Helping our own community in such an important way, is what I want to do.”
Helen is a management consultant working with boards and senior management teams on strategy and governance. For 35 years, she has consulted to a wide range of clients in private, public and for-purpose sectors. She has served on the WorkCover Queensland Board for nine years and Gladstone Ports Corporation for six years. Currently she is also non executive director at Help Enterprises, supporting people with a disability.
Helen fills the role of FBQ Company Secretary and is delighted to contribute to the continued success of such a well-respected and vital community service.
David is a founding director of Foodbank Queensland, a solicitor and Partner at HWL Ebsworth and is the chair of the Clem Jones Trust. David also serves as Director of the Clem Jones Group Queensland, Real Republic and Queensland Broker Holdings. Growing up in central-west Queensland, David Muir, is passionate about ensuring Foodbank reaches out to those in the bush and rural areas. He is particularly inspired by the work of Aussie Helpers, one of the charities Foodbank supports, which takes food to outlying properties in the Charleville district – about 10 hours west of Brisbane.
Robert (Bob) Newey
Bob is the Principal for Newey Consulting and serves on the board as a Non-Executive Director for Bakers Delight, Capilano Honey and Saleslink. Bob Newey has been a part of the Foodbank story since he mentioned to friends on Christmas that he’d like to lend his services to a non-for-profit. Lucky for us, that meant he was put in touch with Foodbank Queensland almost 3 years ago.
Michael (Mike) Hill
Michael joined the Foodbank Queensland team in 2016 as an opportunity to provide his expertise and give back to the community. Michael is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, he currently works as a Forensic Partner for McGrath Nicol and brings a wealth of financial knowledge to the Foodbank Queensland team.
Craig is General Manager for Lindsay Australia and has been associated with the Queensland horticulture sector for 20 years. Craig has been a supporter of Foodbank for the past five years sourcing fruit and vegetables from Queensland farmers that would otherwise go to waste. He is passionate about farming in regional Queensland and reducing waste at the farm gate.
Mark has 30 years experience across Banking, Telecommunications, Construction, Insurance, and Packaging Industries in Australia and the United States. Most recently Mark was Chief Customer Experience Officer for the Suncorp Group, and brings extensive experience in strategy, marketing, commercial partnerships and digital technology.
Ian joins the board of Foodbank Queensland following a successful executive career with some of Australia’s and Queensland’s iconic brand organisations’ including, qantas, Tourism Queensland and the RACQ. He currently serves as a member of the Queensland Cricket Board and has also served on a range of boards over a period of 20 years including, Skills Queensland and most recently on the Cairns based indigenous tourism experience Tjapukai.
Ian has joined the Foodbank Queensland team following his positive first experience with the organisation in it’s formative years and looks forward to contributing to the great work undertaken by Foodbank, it’s staff and volunteers to address the growing hunger relief challenge within Queensland communities.
Natasha is a founder and the Chief Executive of OnTalent a leading talent advisory firm specialising in recruitment, career development and outplacement services. She has been a leader in the sector for 23 years and is also the Chair of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association. Natasha’s mission is to ‘Connect People and Purpose’ and she brings broad and valuable connections and deep relationships to support the fabulous work of Foodbank in Queensland.