The Soap Aid board comprises 10 volunteer directors who are passionate about using their skills to direct and support Soap Aid in its mission to save lives.
Tracy is a commercial lawyer with a profound interest in the improvement of health and education opportunities for children in the developing world.
A partner at Riordan & Riordan, a boutique commercial legal firm in Melbourne, Tracy provides corporate/commercial advice and transactional support to her clients who are high-net worth individuals and family owned SMEs. Broadly, she advises on the following matters: mergers and acquisitions, corporate structures and start-up issues, employment, intellectual property, supply and distribution arrangements.
Tracy has been involved with a variety of philanthropic and community-based causes including the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic, the Bushfire Legal Helpline (following the Black Saturday fires), Whitelion and Committed2Change.
Michael Matulick is one of Australia’s new generation of leaders, educated at Monash University with a Bachelor of Business and International Trade, with double major in Marketing and Chinese, he has over 15 years’ experience in the global hospitality industry.
Michael was appointed as CEO of Concept Amenities on July 1, 2009. He is responsible for leading the company, defining its purpose, developing its image and products, and driving growth in sales, profitability and market shares worldwide.
Michael is passionate in steering the company towards a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible platform both in its operations and the product ranges that Concept Amenities market globally.
Michael helped establish Soap Aid in 2011 and remains CEO of the program as a philanthropic response to needless deaths due to the lack of sanitation in many developing countries. As a witness to the waste in the hospitality industry, he sought to develop a soap recycling program that would save lives. With his vision realized, today Soap Aid is an independent charity managed by a board of experts and focused on life-saving missions.
Tim Clelland has over 15 years experience as a senior lawyer and risk practitioner, having worked in global financial services organisations such as Dresdnerbank AG, Barclays Bank plc and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He has extensive Australian and international experience, having managed legal and control teams across multi-jurisdictional, multi-product line financial services businesses.
Tim has managed major corporate change programs, regulatory issues, complex litigation and cross-border M&A activities. As a member of various senior management teams, Tim has helped steer significant businesses through periods of rapid expansions, as well as intense regulatory, media and government oversight.
Tim is a passionate advocate for community involvement in the charity sector. He has been actively engaged in various international charities over the years through the provision of both legal services and practical, community based engagement.
Clinton offers 17+ years’ experience in the Tourism and Hospitality scene having worked within hotels, luxury lodges and resorts throughout Australasia. He has held board positions within the arts and tourism sectors and is currently General Manager of his third Hilton Worldwide opening, DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street.
His experience ranges from personal company, non-profit organisational and local government (CCO) directorship positions as well as General and Senior Management roles within the hospitality industry throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Clinton is passionate about engaging with local community, wider industry and stakeholders to support ongoing and sustainable tourism practices.
Richard started his business career in England, working for the multi-national business equipment company AM International. After a successful career in the UK, he transferred to New Zealand to join the newly opened subsidiary. During his time Richard was top Asia Pacific sales manager of the year and became the youngest CEO in the global organisation (16 countries).
Richard started his own company, purchasing the plastic card component of AM Int. So successful was the growth of his business, he sold to the leading Australian security card manufacturer, for whom he then continued as the NZ Managing Director. After 12 successful years in this role, Richard transferred to the Australian parent company’s head office in Melbourne. With expertise in the Trans-Tasman card markets, Richard was subsequently invited to join the US-based DataCard Group Australian operation as business development manager.
Throughout Richard’s business life, Rotary International has played a significant part in his contribution community and global issues. He first joined in New Zealand where he was very much involved with building projects in the Pacific Islands. His enthusiasm continued when he moved to Australia, where his leadership and marketing skills led to new opportunities. He became his club president; took a young business group on a month’s exchange to California, was elected District Governor, brought his local community together by setting a Guiness world record and even ran a local radio show! More recently he was appointed Australia-wide Public Image Coordinator. This involved promoting Rotary throughout Australia incorporating a variety of new ideas via multiple medias. One notable event, lighting up Federation Square to promote Rotary’s programme for Polio eradication, earned him an international award.
Richard is enthusiastic about, and committed to, Rotary’s ideals of improving the quality of life in communities both locally and overseas. Soap Aid fits perfectly with Richards highest humanitarian values and strategic international sustainable ideals.
Professor Jeggo holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Master of Tropical Veterinary Science and a Doctor of Philosophy. He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship with Deakin University, Australia and is the Director of Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID). From 1996-2002, Prof. Jeggo worked for the United Nations as the Head of the Animal Production and Health Science Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA, Division of Agriculture here in Vienna. Prof. Jeggo oversaw the management of FAO/IAEA laboratory networks dealing with the control of many livestock diseases including rinderpest and contagious bovine pleuro- pneumonia in Africa, Foot and Mouth disease in Asia and brucellosis worldwide. During this period Prof. Jeggo managed projects in around 150 countries.
From 2002 – 2013 Prof. Jeggo was the Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL). As the world’s most advanced high containment laboratory, he managed an extensive program of research, and the delivery of diagnostic services for all the major diseases affecting livestock. His current interest centers around developing globally the concept of One Health which sees a strong partnership between human, animal and environmental health professionals to better manage the risks posed by new and emerging infectious diseases.
Marketing, brand strategy, and working with teams and individuals to bring their brands alive is the space Peter been consulting in for more than 20 years. Peter’s work has been defined by his sixth sense in unearthing brand propositions that are differentiating and inspiring. He has an excellent understanding of marketing, branding and strategic theory gained from his formal studies (B.Ec, MBA (Dux)) and his work as an academic in the early 90’s teaching Monash University MBA students Marketing and Strategic Marketing.
He has had the pleasure of working with a diverse range of organisations and individuals in sectors as diverse as food and wine, place branding, financial services, professional services, celebrity chefs, sporting organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals on their career journeys.
He established Brand DNA in 2000 and in 2010 merged with design specialist Storm to become the creative brand design agency Truly Deeply. In the past year Peter sold down his equity in Truly Deeply and established Singline & Co to focus on brand strategy and personal branding consulting.
Diana Siniakov is a senior marketing executive with over 15 years marketing, branding and communications experience. She has worked for large corporations and boutique marketing consultancies across many industry sectors including government, food, utilities, automotive and retail. Diana has experience in all aspects of marketing and advertising from new product launches, database management and customer loyalty programs through to integrated above and below the line advertising campaigns. Diana’s experience includes working with Boards and senior management teams to formulate and drive their marketing and communications strategy, whilst establishing the processes and business structures to achieve their goals.
Diana is passionate about community involvement, previously a committee member for the Foundation for Young Australians and is currently very active within her local sporting and school communities.
Kaajri is a Chartered Accountant and Lawyer. She currently works as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers advising private businesses on tax, accounting and general business matters. She primarily works on structuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and tax disputes, in addition to managing tax and accounting compliance obligations for her clients.
Kaajri holds a Master of Applied Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Juris Doctor from RMIT. She is also a qualified workplace trainer. Kaajri has a personal and professional interest in the not for profit sector. As part of her role at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she advises not for profits on tax matters and assists with the firm’s societal relevance initiatives. She also works with aid programs in the Philippines and Bangladesh and has volunteered with a number of Australian organisations.
Rachel has worked at a senior level in the health sector across a variety of roles including workforce policy, project management and education. These roles have been in the not-for-profit and government sectors, at both state and commonwealth levels. As a Senior Project Officer at Health Workforce Australia, Rachel was involved in the development of the strategic direction for the Simulated Learning Environments program, investing over $90 million into simulation-based buildings, equipment and education projects.This led to her role as Director of Education at Health Education Australia Limited, where she was responsible for the organisation gaining certification as a registered training organisation and for the development of an accredited program to train simulated patients. Prior to her involvement with the health sector, as a manager with a large national retailer, Rachel managed a team of 130 retail store administration officers across Australia and New Zealand.
Rachel has a Master of Social Science (International Development) and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers teaching English and holds a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.