The ShareLife Board comprises professionals from a range of disciplines including healthcare, business, communications, marketing, innovation, project management, accounting and law as well organ donation recipients and family members of donors. Together, they work to build effective partnerships to implement organ donation leading practice in Australia.
MARVIN WEINMAN (Chairman and Co-founder)
Marvin is a company director and business advisor with over 20 years' experience in managing companies in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Asia, Japan and Canada. He has a wide-ranging management background in marketing, supply chain management and financial and strategic planning within the fast moving consumer goods, apparel products and the building material industries.
With a track record of driving major change and improvement programs, his executive experience includes MD of George Weston Foods – with a turnover of over $1.6 billion – owners of some of Australian’s most iconic food brands such as Tip Top bread and Wagon Wheels. He was Managing Director of Boral Building products with sales in excess of $1.2 billion and he served as general manager for Laminex Industries and Formica Asia.
Marvin is currently a director for ProPlanet, T-BoxCanada, CoSports Australia and Walden Farms International. He holds economics and sociology qualifications and was a member of the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Since semi-retiring Marvin has developed a strong community interest. As a former Director for the Garvan Research Foundation and former Chairman of Transplant Australia, he is now enjoying imparting his business knowledge into non-profit community interests.
Marvin has been married to wife Linda for over 30 years and is a proud father of two sons, and grandfather to Charlie.
Gary is a successful author and global CIO.
Gary was the former CIO of BHP Billiton – Iron Ore, Aluminium, Diamonds and IT Businesses Gary’s CIO appointments in the mining industry saw him with responsibilities in locations such as Mozambique, South Africa, Suriname, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, England and Australia - he has lead large teams across the globe. Gary was also the CIO of CPA Australia and then worked on the IT supplier side with Wipro. In recent times he has provided high level business / technology advice to the Heart Foundation and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health (NACCHO).
WILLIAM (Gus) McIVOR
Gus is an Executive Director of BG Capital Corporation Limited.
He has over 29 years of experience working in property markets, funds management and business development. Gus has held numerous senior positions including co-founder and Director of Sakkara, Executive Director and CEO of Mirvac Funds and BZW Mirvac Funds Limited respectively as well as Head of Bankers Trust Property Advisory team.
Gus is a transplant recipient.
KATIE MALYON BA (Qld), LL.B (Hons) (Sydney), GAICD
Katie has nearly 30 years experience in law. Currently a part-time Member of the Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal, Katie was formerly an Executive Director with Ernst & Young.
This follows successful establishment of her own multi-award winning law firm that was recognised in the BRW's Fast 100 in 2010. Katie was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Award NSW in 2012.
After initially working as a teacher in Brisbane and Jakarta, Katie commenced her legal career with Clayton Utz and was a Partner with Australian Business Lawyers. She was recognised by her peers and named by the Australian Financial Review as one of the Best Lawyers - Immigration 2010 - 2014.
In early 2014, Katie was appointed to the Federal Government's panel set up to review the sponsored employee 457 visa program. Amongst her other board activities involving community work, Katie was for 6 years a Director of the Migration Institute of Australia Limited. She is regularly invited to give presentations to the legal profession (both locally and abroad) on strategy and practice management issues.
BRIAN MYERSON (Co-founder)
The inspiration behind ShareLife, Brian is a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient from a deceased donor whose wonderful family had made the kind and generous decision to donate his organs.
After 35 years of diabetes he succumbed to diabetic nephropathy and commenced dialysis. His experiences during dialysis, with people dying and others becoming depressed due to a shortage of donated organs, led him to dedicate his efforts to saving many more lives of those suffering from organ failure.
While searching for a solution to Australia’s extremely low organ donation rate (10.5 dpmp in 2002) it was suggested he meet with Marvin Weinman. The meeting on 8 April 2003 profoundly affected both their lives as they set about finding ways to establish Australia as a leader in organ donation for transplantation.
As an MBA graduate, Brian has worked for Standard Bank of South Africa, Bank of Montreal in Canada and Hill Samuel Australia, and then directed family companies in construction and development.
Holly is Assistant Professor in Critical Care Nursing at the University of Canberra, teaching at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. She is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with many years of experience in critical care environments, and is currently a doctoral scholar investigating “The factors that influence families who decline organ donation”.
Holly is a visiting scholar at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Holly is a founding member of Donor Families Australia; is a member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Organ Donation Advisory Committee.
Holly was an organ donor coordinator and manager for the ACT Organ and Tissue Donation Agency, now known as DonateLife ACT. Holly represented the ACT on national committees reviewing organ and tissue donation and served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Organ Donation Collaborative.
Holly is a 2006 Churchill Fellow, which enabled her to study organ donation in the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States.
PROFESSOR BRUCE PUSSELL
Bruce trained in renal medicine in Sydney, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1978 and then went to London where he obtained his PhD in immunology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London in 1982. After 40 years in the practice of kidney disease, he retired in 2014.
Professor Pussell was head of the Transplant Service at the Prince of Wales Hospital from 1998 to 2013. In 2007 he established the East Coast Renal Transplant Service that operates on the Prince of Wales Campus and incorporates the Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s, St George, St Vincent’s and Wollongong Hospitals. He has held positions as Chairman of Medicine and Director of Nephrology at POW Hospital, Area Director of Medicine and Nephrology for the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service and was a member and then Chairman of the NSW Health Transplant Advisory Committee (TAC). He holds a conjoint appointment as Professor of Medicine at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of NSW. Professor Pussell is a member of Australian & New Zealand, American, European and International Transplantation Societies.
John was previously General Manager Finance and Company Secretary of Metcash Limited. He joined the company in 1997 when it was Davids Limited and was a member of the team that reengineered the company to create the successful Metcash business.
He is a Director of Elanora Country Club Limited and The College of Law Limited. John’s previous roles include Chief Financial Officer of Metal Manufactures Limited and Overseas Telecommunications Corporation Limited.
John is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He has experience in financial, marketing and operational management roles.
John is the former President of the Accounting Foundation, University of Sydney, a former National President of the Group of 100 and NSW President and National Board Member of CPA Australia. In addition to his involvement in professional associations, he has been, and is, actively involved in charitable organisations.