IBSA operations are overseen by an experienced, independent board of directors.

Graeme Russell – CHAIR

Graeme Russell is Chair of the IBSA Board. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Media Super, the $6 billion industry super fund for print, media, entertainment and arts professionals, and former CEO of industry fund First Super.

Graeme has senior management experience across a range of companies in the financial services, business services and media industries, as well as management and consulting experience in the education and training sector. Graeme was previously CEO of First Super, held senior management roles with University of Melbourne companies, and consulted to a number of universities and TAFE institutions.  He has extensive experience at Board level with industry super funds, private companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Graeme has held senior community leadership roles, including as a Councillor and Mayor, and has been involved in challenging change environments in his roles in private and public organisations.

Graeme holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance.  He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (FCA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (FAIST) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).


Chris Walton

Chris Walton is CEO of the Union Innovation Hub. Prior to this, he was CEO of Professionals Australia for 11 years and worked at the ACTU for 14 years including as ACTU Assistant Secretary from 2002-2008.

Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Graduate Diploma in Labour Law and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Rhyll Gardner

Rhyll is a director and portfolio executive with over thirty years of senior corporate experience.   She balances her non-executive director roles in finance, education, the arts and start-ups with her consulting and executive coaching practice.

Over a long career in banking and financial services at St George Bank, Westpac, Suncorp and BOQ, Rhyll filled executive and general management roles in treasury, risk and compliance, marketing, corporate banking, retail banking and group strategy. She has lead and managed teams of up to 1000 people. She played a key role in St George’s considerable growth and achievements as a business bank and extended this expertise to encompass retail banking, increasing performance and profitability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. Her roles in St George include Queensland Managing Director and General Manager of Group Strategy. She also held the role of Head of Group Strategy at BOQ, where she led the $440 million acquisition of Investec. Rhyll also has over 15 years of board experience as a director in the finance, education, social services and arts sectors.

Rhyll is currently a director of Community Sector Bank, Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) Ltd, and Foodbank (Qld). She is a past director of Social Investments Australia Ltd, Foresters Community Finance Ltd, Qld Symphony Orchestra, St. Margaret’s School, Expressions Dance Company and the YWCA.

Rhyll’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics, Master of Applied Finance and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. She is a former finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and the winner of the Finsia Award for excellence in financial services. She has been a participant in the AICD’s Chair’s Mentoring Program and is a certified Executive Coach.


Susan Wilson

Susan Wilson has a recognised national profile in innovation from a public and private sector career across industry, government and research. She is Founder/Director of human-centred design and innovation consultancy, Bounce Partners.

Originally an R&D scientist, Susan has international commercial leadership experience in start-up to global multinational tech and manufacturing companies, government and NGOs. She has widely contributed to Australia’s national innovation, science and economic development capability and capacity building through her governance, advisory and C-suite appointments.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration and professional governance qualifications. She also holds professional certifications in design thinking, culture and change leadership from world leading US innovation consultancy, IDEO.


Anne Younger

Anne Younger is the General Manager, Education and Training at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), responsible for policy development and major projects that highlight skills, education and training issues impacting businesses’ competitiveness.

At Ai Group Anne previously worked as an economist, managed training services and, prior to that, managed a national team of business advisers under the Enterprise Connect program to improve productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises.  Anne was also the National Industry Career Specialist for Innovation and Business under the Career Advice Australia program.

Before joining Ai Group, Anne worked for more than 25 years in the VET sector in a range of roles involving project management, policy, planning, research and quality management. Anne holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management, a Bachelor of Economics and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.


Jodi Schmidt

Jodi is an experienced CEO with a track record of successful business transformation. Jodi now consults across industry sectors including education & training, property & real estate, manufacturing, ICT and digital businesses in the areas of strategic planning, CEO/executive coaching, leadership & culture development and business performance & advisory.

She has had extensive experience in the Vocational Education & Training sector.  Serving as the Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment with the Queensland Government, then as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of TAFE Queensland establishing it as a commercial entity with an annual turnover of $700 million. She also served as the Chair of the National Education & Foundation Skills – Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

She held various senior executive positions in both Australia and the UK in health, defence and local government in both the public and private sectors and holds qualifications in Marketing, Accounting and Market Research.

Jodi has served on several Boards including the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) Consortium Board, Construction Skills Queensland and TAFE Directors Australia. She is currently the Chair of ASD Learning Ltd an organisation dedicated to providing education for individuals with Autism.  Jodi has been a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) for more than 10 years.


James Moran

James Moran is a Director of BDCU Alliance Bank, a successful community focused financial institution.  He has over fourteen years’ experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector, through his role as National General Manager of Chambers Apprenticeship Support Australia, as part of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, and as a 50% shareholder and Executive Director of a successful national RTO. During this time James also worked with Industry Associations to address skill shortage concerns, developed Youth & Indigenous employment programs and worked with national employers to build staff capability programs.

James has a Master of Commerce – Majoring in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Commerce – Majoring in Accountancy and Management. Both were achieved at the University of Wollongong. He also completed the Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.