Chairman - Ellis J Wayland AM RFD ED
Ellis has enjoyed a dual career in the Finance and Banking Industry and in the Australian Army. He was a senior Regional Manager for Associated Midland Corporation (Midland Bank UK) in which he served for 23 years. After 34 years of continuous service he retired from the Australian Army Reserve in the rank of Brigadier, commanding the 9th Brigade (all Arms and Services in South Australia and Tasmania). He has been a Director of companies in South Australia, NSW and Tasmania. He has a history of public involvement in Local Government and government committees, and has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the community. He has also been awarded the Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD) with two bars and the Citizen’s Military Forces Decoration (ED) with bar.
Treasurer - Christopher Miller
Christopher is a former Managing Director of PKF Securities Limited. Previously he held the senior finance position in BTR Nylex (now part of Invensys plc), and was finance director in Elders. Christopher is an associate of the Australian Society of Chartered Professional Accountants and a Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australasia. He has served as deputy chairman of the South Australian State Professional Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He lectures for the Securities Institute of Australia on subjects including the valuation of options and derivatives, and has published on the financial theory of banking. Christopher now runs his own financial services consultancy.
Member - Pamela Casagrande
Pamela is a prominent member of the Queensland community, both in business and as a committed charity worker. She is a partner and director in her family's engineering firm which has undertaken major infrastructure projects in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. She also owns and operates her own couturier business in Hamilton, Brisbane, under the name of "Frockworks" which has been a corporate member of SOS Australia for many years. She holds national office in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem - an international ancient Order of Chivalry which supports charities in Australia and internationally. The Order has also been a supporter of SOS-Australia.
Member - Michael Manetta
Since 1995, Michael has been a barrister at the South Australian Bar practising in commercial litigation with specialties in equity, trusts, tax, admiralty and administrative law. Before joining the Bar, he served a term as a Judge's Associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia and was later a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison, solicitors, in their Commercial Litigation and Tax sections, during which time which he was seconded to the Crown Solicitor's Office as part of the team established to co-ordinate civil proceedings following the collapse of the State Bank of South Australia. He was educated at the Universities of Adelaide and Oxford; was formerly a member of the South Australian Constitutional Advisory Council, and is currently a member of the Board of Examiners of the Supreme Court (the body which regulates admission to the legal profession in South Australia). He is a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve.
Member - Peter Whatson BA, LLB, GDLP
Peter is a commercial and property lawyer with decades of experience in both private and public sector practice. He has worked for some of Adelaide’s premiere law firms and for the Commonwealth Government (Australian Government Solicitor) acting for the State Government, Telstra and the Department of Defence as well as a broad spectrum of private clients.
He has worked on projects as diverse as the $500 million redevelopment of the RAAF air base at Edinburgh, the hypersonic scram-jet (HI-FIRE) project and the Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament. Peter specialises in commercial and property law for local government and university clients. An experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge across many disciplines, Peter set up his own practice in 2013.
Member - Thomas Bauer
Thomas is the SOS Kinderdorf International nominee on our board. A German national based in Innsbruck, Austria, Mr Bauer is the International representative for Australia, Canada, UK & Netherlands in the office of Promoting and Supporting associations (PSA relations) for Western Europe, North America & Australia. He has held this position since March 2014. Prior to this, he was the Director of Programmes for Western European, North American & Australian operations in the International office. Prior to joining SOS Children's Villages, Mr Bauer held a number of management positions in the social services sector in Ireland and Germany. Previous organisations worked for include Barnardos Ireland and MistyCroft Ltd. In addition to holding a German Diploma in Social Work, Mr Bauer holds a Master’s Degree in Not for Profit Management from a university in Berlin.