The Bernie Banton Foundation is blessed to have a diverse Board of Directors. Each brings individual and unique strengths to the foundation to help guide, formulate and contribute towards its current operation and ongoing success.
Piers Grove [NSW] – Chair of the Board
Piers is a communications consultant, campaigner and producer.
Over the last 20 years he has worked with many of Australia’s top brands and leading organisations to help them connect with their audiences in meaningful ways. He has also executive produced over 30 hours of broadcast television – both comedy and documentary.
In addition to his corporate work, Piers is also currently a Governor of WWF-Australia, Founding Director Climate-KIC Australia, a director and co-chair of the Australian Republican Movement, Co-founder and Managing Director of Energy Lab Australia and is a past National Secretary of the Australian Fabian Society.
John Carter – AFAIM CPMgr [South Australia]
John is the Founder (1983) and a former director of Carter Corporation Pty Ltd (an asbestos management services and training organisation). He has been in the building Industry all his life, from being an apprentice carpenter, to project director, running projects in and out of Australia. He has been actively involved with the MBA, HIA, PIA, AIM, asbestos disease societies and councils/shires throughout Australia.
John has been passionate about asbestos awareness in the community since the 1990s. His commitment has been demonstrated by his tireless work with the Asbestos Diseases Society of South Australia (ADSSA), spending 6 years as its’ President and as a Director, looking after sufferers and promoting asbestos awareness in a variety of industry forums to maintain and improve safety, regulations, codes of practices and industry standards.
In 2013 John had a vision and began training students about asbestos awareness, and how to work safely around asbestos containing products, through the South Australian ‘doorways2construction’ programme.
Shaun Leech [WA]
Shaun is an environmental consultant with over 25 years experience in hazardous material remediation including asbestos removal and asbestos management.
From building his UK company, Armstrong York, to a team of over 40 staff and going on to achieve the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Shaun has a long history of involvement in construction, demolition, and large remediation projects. Shaun has been responsible for daily operations that include surveying and project management of a wide range of buildings, from domestic properties through to large office, industrial and commercial complexes.
Since moving from England to Australia in 2012 with his family, Shaun has played his part in laying the foundations for ANZ Enviro to become one of the leading hazardous material remediation companies in Australia and New Zealand.
Shaun is truly passionate about making the hazardous material removal industry as safe as it can be. He considers it an honour being a director on the board of the Bernie Banton Foundation, and is proud to work with ANZ Enviro, where the team offers a full, strategic management package, working in partnership with their clients throughout Australia and New Zealand.
David McGregor [NSW]
David McGregor is the National Organiser at the Australian Republican Movement. He was previously the National Digital & Campaigns Officer at The Australian Workers’ Union, where he campaigned for improved workplace safety and conditions. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Sydney, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a Researcher at The Australian Financial Review and Business Review Weekly.
Amanda Richards [QLD]
Amanda Richards is an experienced health and safety practitioner with well over two decades of professional experience. Amanda Richards has enjoyed a tremendously successful career filled with several significant accomplishments. Amanda originally had a nursing background and went on to work for the Queensland Nurses Union for 20 years. She was then elected as the Assistant General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions. Following a short stint with the Queensland Government Amanda went on to become the General Manager and later the Chief Executive Officer of the Asbestos Disease Support Society.
An expert in occupational health and safety, workers compensation, and corporate governance Amanda has served on a number government boards, state and national committees, such as the QSuper Board, QComp Board, QLeave Board, WHSQ Board to name a few.
In recent times Amanda has specialised in corporate governance, particularly in relation to the not-for-profit sector.
Prof Bruce WS Robinson AM MBBS MD FRACP FRCP DTM&H FCCP [Western Australia] – Founding Director Bernie Banton Foundation
Winthrop Professor Bruce Robinson is a respiratory physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and conducts teaching and research through the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology. Bruce is the Co-Founder and immediate past (and inaugural) Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) in Perth WA, he is credited with co-founding the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) in 1991, and is a founding Director of the Bernie Banton Foundation.
Bruce graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Australia and during his career has worked and studied in Australia, the UK and the USA. He is recognised internationally for his work in the field of asbestos-induced cancer, having designed the world’s first blood test for the diagnosis, monitoring and early detection of mesothelioma, conducted a world-first cancer immuno-gene therapy trial, and initiated seven other world-first tumour therapies. In addition Bruce has published over 160 scientific papers, three books and written over thirty invited book chapters.
He has received a number of prestigious awards, including the international Wagner Medal, the Research Medal of the Thoracic Society of Australia and NZ and the Premier’s Science Award (WA). In 2013 Bruce was awarded an Order of Australia and Western Australian of the Year.
Eva Scheerlinck [VIC]
Eva Scheerlinck holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Community Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. She previously held the role of CEO with the Australian Lawyers Alliance. Eva has extensive experience with professional industry bodies in financial services and the legal profession with a key focus on economic, legal and social policy. Eva is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.
Michelle Wood MAICD BMedia MARes(Bus) [NSW]
Michelle Wood has spent over 15 years working in public affairs, marketing and communications and is currently the general manager of communications at the Australian institute of Company Directors. Prior to joining the AICD, Michelle was the Director of Communication at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and also held marketing and communication roles with the University of Sydney and the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York. Michelle is the Deputy-Chair of the Australian Republican Movement and the Executive Director of the Sydney Salon – Sydney’s leading discussion forum. Michelle is completing a PhD in business at MGSM, to add to her Masters of Research (business) and also has as Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University.