Board Of Directors

Australian Shareholders' Association is overseen by an experienced Board of Directors comprising eight directors.

Allan Goldin BA BLaw

Allan was appointed Chair on 1 March 2019, having been elected as a director in May 2016. He joined ASA in 2009 and held the role of NSW Company Monitor Chair from 2012 to the end of 2018 and is a member of the Policy Committee. Allan has extensive experience in general management and marketing in wide-ranging fields from listed companies to well-established mid-sized firms. In his senior-level roles, including as CEO and executive director, Allan has been involved in establishing several highly successful start-ups. He has also been employed by private equity firms both to advise on acquisitions and to take on short-term change management transition roles. He was a director of a large ASX listed company in the 1990s and in addition has a number of international advertising and public relation awards to his name.

Michael Jackson  LLB GAICD

Michael was appointed as a director and company secretary of ASA in February 2021.  He has over 30 years’ experience as a director, company secretary and corporate executive.  His experience includes setting strategy, managing risk and structuring, negotiating and implementing complex projects and contracts.  He has experience in both the private sector and government.

Michael led a team of lawyers and contract managers at a global aerospace, space, transportation, defence and security group.  Earlier in his career he was Chief Operating Officer at a financial institution, with responsibility for a diverse range of corporate services.  He is an experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Michael has worked in environments with complex stakeholder relationships and has deep experience working with regulators.  He is a keen investor.

Andrew Kearnan

Andrew was appointed to the ASA Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in February 2020 and has joined both the Audit and the Policy committees.  He has extensive Executive, Corporate Advisory and Non-Executive Director experience, across a number of companies, at various life stages, and in multiple industries.

As a Country Head, Equity and Macro Research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Andrew helped lead a significant transformation of the business and concurrently was consistently rated as one of Australia’s best equity analysts, advising investors on portfolio composition and stock selection.

At CBA, he led a team of investment specialists accountable for making strategic, financial and risk-based recommendations to the Executive team on all internal and external investments including oversight of M&A, divestments and significant annual project spend and accountability for some of CBA’s responses to various regulatory actions.

He is a past Director of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, Complii FinTech Solutions, Hollard Insurance Australia, Greenstone Financial Services, Colonial First State Group Limited, Merrill Lynch Equities Australia and various CBA entities in Insurance, Wealth Management and Platforms markets.
Andrew has an Honours degree in Science (Biochemistry), an MBA and is a Member of the AICD. He is 53, married with twin, 20 year old daughters.  His passions include most water sports, including sailing, for which he has won National titles and competed in multiple Sydney to Hobart yacht races.


Carol was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2019. She is currently a non-executive director of The Whiddon Group, a member of its Audit & Risk and Property & Services Committees and was previously Chair of its HR & Nominations Committee and a member of its Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee of Australian Red Cross. Until recently Carol was Deputy Chair of Pyrmont Community (Bendigo) Bank where she is still an Adviser. She is a member of Jacksons Landing Pyrmont Community Association and also actively engaged in a range of local community organisations. Carol had a long career in the banking/finance industry, including senior executive roles, which took in human resources, public relations, retail banking and involvement in mergers and acquisitions. Carol has been an ASA company monitor for over 10 years.

Steven Mabb GAICD

Steven was appointed to the board on June 16th, 2020.  A successful entrepreneur, in 2007 he launched and developed the Vionic footwear brand with his business partners in the U.S., which went on to become a top 20 brand and was subsequently sold to a large U.S. listed company in 2018.  He then returned to Queensland with his young family to become a full time, committed investor and quickly joined the ASA after discovering the many benefits it could offer.  Steven has given several member presentations, contributed to Equity and ASA podcasts and also joined the company monitoring team.  His international business experience and exposure to the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific has helped him develop a plan for investing in the significant growth potential of some of these regions, using ASX listed ETF's as a part of his personal portfolio. He brings a range of skills to the board including strategies to develop culture and as a confident spokesperson on the benefits ASA can provide to potential members. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is passionate and enthusiastic about progressing the quality of education and advocacy support ASA will provide members going forward.  

Peter Rae Grad Dip App Fin

Peter has been a member of ASA for more than 25 years. Since retiring from full-time employment in 2014 he has been actively involved in ASA activities, including company monitoring, contributions to EQUITY, presenting to local groups and assisting in the development of educational programs. Peter has been ASA Victorian State Chair since February 2018 and has been a company monitor for four years. Peter has extensive experience in banking and finance in a career spanning four decades and currently works part-time as an investment analyst. He has held senior positions in bank balance sheet risk management and securities analysis and has led teams of analysts based in Australia and Asia. Peter is highly regarded in the investment industry and has been instrumental in achieving changes that benefit retail investors.

Mike Robey BSc PhD

Mike started his working life as a research scientist and spent 10 years with ICI in a range of applied R&D areas. He spent a further 18 years in Telstra in middle and senior management positions and was the founding COO of Telstra’s HK-based mobile Operator HKCSL. He returned to Australia to lead Telstra for the marketing of 3GSM services in Australia and left Telstra in 2009 to form his own business consultancy. He brings a range of skills to the board, from strategic planning, customer service management in digital businesses, technical management and organisational development to marketing and product management. He has a PhD in Chemical Physics from the ANU and was a recipient of the German Government Alexander Von Humboldt fellowship for Postdoctoral research in Munich. He has served as a Director of an ICI Credit Union and as an adviser to entrepreneurs in the Fudan Software Park in Shanghai. He has been a company monitor for three years and is currently joint Company Monitoring Committee Chair for Victoria.

Lelde Smits

Lelde Smits is an experienced finance journalist, awarded entrepreneur and advisor to ASX listed companies with more than 10 years of experience as a communications and governance professional working to drive economic empowerment in our community. Following a successful career as a broadcast finance journalist in Australia, Lelde relocated to Wall Street to work as the New York foreign correspondent for Australian Financial Review's digital division and a markets reporter inside the New York Stock Exchange for an independent media company in New York.

Returning to Sydney Lelde co-founded Australia's premier investor and media relations consultancy - The Capital Network. Under Lelde's leadership the growing team has serviced more than 150 listed companies and fund managers and has been recognised with industry awards. Lelde specialises in digital investor communications and has guided hundreds of people and companies to establish and grow their profiles and enhance communications. While her own online professional, informative and educational investor video content has been viewed more than 1 million times she has dedicated her voluntary work to providing independent thought leadership and service to the investment community to foster economic empowerment.