Our board

The Australian Shareholders' Association is overseen by an experienced Board of Directors comprising a chair and six directors.

Diana D’Ambra BCom MCom FCA GAICD

Diana was appointed Chairman on 7 May 2015. Diana is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Diana is also a non-executive director and Chairman of the Australian Design Centre, and a non-executive director of Australian Property Institute, The Sydney Community Foundation, and Breakthru Ltd. Diana has more than 25 years’ financial management and corporate finance advisory experience in a global accounting firm and more than 10 years’ non-executive board experience. Diana also provides independent advice to corporates on mergers and acquisitions, investment assessment and related strategy issues; and facilitates director courses at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and bespoke finance course for investment bankers.

Geoff Bowd BCom MCom

Geoff joined the ASA in 2005, has been a company monitor since 2007 and was Chairman of the Victorian Company Monitor Committee from 2012 to late 2016. Geoff also serves on the Policy Committee. Geoff worked in advertising for four years. For 35 years he was employed by Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd (which became Amcor Ltd in 1984). He held senior positions in domestic and international marketing, government relations and construction project management.

Alison Buxton BCom (Marketing) GAICD

Alison joined the board of ASA in 2017. She is also a non-executive director of Wiljuma Pty Ltd, Confoil Pty Ltd and Independent Director and Marketing Committee Lead for Women Sport Australia. She was previously an independent director of the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC) and a member of its Remuneration & Nominations Committee and Member & Stakeholder Communications & Engagement Committee. Alison has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive having built a successful career in blue-chip, multinational organisations across several industries. With a background in marketing and supply chains, she has led large teams across Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific market, driving transformational change in complex environments.

David Fletcher BAcc CA GAICD

David is Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. He has over 30 years’ experience in public and private companies, holding senior financial and operational roles in major companies in retail, wholesale, fast-moving consumer goods and financial sectors. David has previously been a non-executive director of a number of private companies as well as chairman of an ASX listed company. In recent years he has worked in his own consulting and advisory firm with clients, focusing on start-ups, turnarounds and performance-improvement opportunities.

Allan Goldin BA BLaw

Allan joined the ASA in 2009. He has been the NSW Company Monitor Chairman since 2012 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.

Don Hyatt BAppSc DipEd MEd MACE

Don joined the ASA in 2007 and was Chairman of the Education Committee until 2017. He has been the Victorian State Chairman since 2011 and is also a company monitor. Don taught in the state government secondary system for over 30 years, retiring as Assistant Principal after a varied career working in schools, Curriculum & Research Branch and the CSIRO Science Education Centre. A former President of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria, Don was involved in curriculum development in the sciences both at state and national level. He is a co-author of several chemistry texts and modules.

Stephen Mayne BCom GAICD

Stephen first joined the ASA as a member in the mid-1990s and has spoken at numerous ASA events and forums over the past 20 years. He was first elected to the board in May 2011, resigning in September 2012 to take up a paid consultancy as ASA Policy & Engagement Coordinator, a role he concluded in September 2014. He was re-elected to the ASA board in 2016 and sits on the Policy Committee. A Walkley Award-winning business journalist and founder of Crikey.com, Stephen is currently working as a contributor to Alan Kohler’s website, The Constant Investor, as well as being Communications Adviser at The Alliance For Gambling Reform. A respected shareholder activist, Stephen owns shares in more than 500 companies and has asked spirited questions at more than 400 AGMs. He was a Councillor for the City of Melbourne from 2012 to 2016 and during that time was Chairman of the Finance and Governance Committee.