Corporate Governance

Interact Australia is a successful and innovative not-for-profit organisation. As a public company limited by guarantee, Interact Australia is committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance and maintaining transparency and accountability to its stakeholders.

The Board of Interact meets on a monthly basis and Finance and Risk Management Committees also meet regularly.

Board Members

Kevin Neville

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Kevin Neville has extensive industry experience in Funds Management with an established background as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman for both for profit and for purpose boards. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant by profession which led him to work for professional services firms Moore Stephens and later ShineWing Australia. His career has included roles as Managing Director (2003 – 2010), Chairman of the National Moore Stephens Network (2004 -2009) and Head of Assurance (1992 - 2003 and 2010 – 2014). He is also President of the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria.

Julie Busch

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Julie Busch, who joined the Board in 2012, has worked extensively in senior roles within private and publicly owned retail property, local government and community sectors.
With qualifications in journalism, psychology, shopping centre management and business, Julie brings expertise in diverse stakeholder management, business, consumer marketing and infrastructure development. Julie is now Chair of Dandenong Market Pty Ltd; a trustee member for the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust; a non executive Director at Dianella Community Health and Marriott Support Services. She is a member of the retail committee for Property Council; vice president Caulfield South Community House and a judge and mentor for Tourism Victoria and national Marketing Awards.

 Keith Grant

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Keith Grant has worked in the Local Government sector as both a Finance Manager and Financial
Consultant for over 18 years. Keith has experience in providing support and advice to the Community Services
Departments of various Councils in the delivery of HACC (Home and Community Care) Services.

Mark Ryan

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Mark has 20 years experience as a General Manager and Company Secretary at Loy Yang Power (LYP), Victoria’s largest power provider, specialising in Human Resource, Change Management and Business Administration. He was involved in the privatisation and sale of LYP including every facet of the change process. Mark has a long term interest in youth training, development and the transition to work.

Director and Group CEO

Poul Bottern

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 Poul Bottern joined IntoWork Australia as Group CEO in September 2012. He has 30 years experience in community and employment related services - many in senior management roles within well known not-for-profit organisations. Poul has worked with the Board and Management Team in building IntoWork Australia into a large national apprenticeship, employment, recruitment and training provider. Across 11 companies, IntoWork now employs 600 staff, thousands of apprentices, trainees, and short term placements, and also trains tens of thousands of students each year. Poul is involved in various forums and peak bodies, including his role as President of the National Australian Apprenticeship Association and a Board Member of national employment services provider CoAct.

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew James

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Andrew has worked primarily in Banking and Finance over the last 32 years. During this time, he has held Senior Management and Executive roles across a number of functional areas including Corporate Finance, Commercial/Business Banking, Retail Mortgages, Mortgage Broking and Operations, where he has guided teams through difficult periods and growth phases. Andrew has more recently branched out into General Management roles within private industry and Not for Profit.

Andrew has enjoyed Non-executive Directorship roles and was Vice Chairman for a Not for Profit in the Disability sector for 5 years. He has an affinity with altruistic roles and returning value to local communities. Andrew is passionate about Leadership and his philosophies have been published at Melbourne University. An inspirational Leader who guides his teams through the values of Integrity, Honesty and Trust, he has a desire to leave Legacies in all aspects of his life.

Andrew has also consulted privately for 20 years, assisting clients with Company restructures/workouts, Sales and Distribution strategies and Business strategy. He has become a trusted advisor to many corporate and businesses over this time and he is well networked within the Victorian business Community.

Andrew is Tertiary qualified, including an MBA from Melbourne University.

Married with 2 boys, Andrew is kept busy with family and sporting commitments most weekends. He enjoys classic cars and motor bikes, Tennis, Camping/Skiing, being with friends and working in the local Community where he is involved in all the local sporting clubs, including being President of the Park Orchards Tennis Club since 2007.