Board of Directors

Independence Australia Brian MeltzerMr Brian Meltzer

BCom, M.Ec

Brian has been Chairman of the Board since November 2010 and is a member of the Audit & Risk and Commerce & Planning Sub-Committees.  Brian was Chief Economist of ICI Australia (now Orica), prior to a 25 year career in investment banking.  His breadth of expertise includes major property transactions, corporate advisory, corporate finance, management buyouts, venture capital and large scale syndications.  He has held a number of Board and Board Advisory roles for private companies in the human resources, health, aged care, software, entertainment and finance sectors, including Director of a federal government licensed Innovation Investment Fund and co-founder of OSA Group, a provider of mental health services to corporates.  Brian is also a Director of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Prana Biotechnology and Chairman of a privately owned corporate health business.


Independence Australia Michael DaddoMr Michael Daddo

BBus (Marketing)

Michael is also a member of the Commerce & Planning Sub-Committee. He is the Managing Partner of The Shannon Company, with over 25 years of senior management experience in marketing and advertising including Director of Ogilvy & Mather Australia, Director of George Patterson Bates and Founding Managing Director and National Partner of M&C Saatchi Melbourne. Throughout his career, Michael has held a number of Board and Advisory roles including Strategic Advisor to Reach, Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre and Director of the Richmond Football Club. Michael is also Chair of the Remuneration & Nominations Sub-Committee and a member of the Commerce & Planning Sub-Committee.


Independence Australia Jeremy LongMr Jeremy Long


Jeremy is also a member of the Audit & Risk Sub-Committee. He is a Lead Quality, Environmental and Safety Auditor and Systems Consultant with DLCS International. Prior to an accident which left Jeremy a paraplegic, Jeremy worked as a Building Project Manager for several large construction organisations. Jeremy is the Managing Director of Jeremy R. Long Building Consultants Pty Ltd, and is a Director of Disability Sport & Recreation.


Ms Catherina TohIndependence Australia Catherina Toh

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), GAICD

Catherina is also Chair of the Audit & Risk Sub-Committee. Catherina is a Legal and Regulatory Compliance Consultant with extensive experience in risk management, compliance and legal and strategy development. Throughout her career, Catherina has held a number of senior executive positions across a variety of organisations including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and National Australia Bank. She is an experienced company Director, with Board and Committee experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. She is currently also a Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Chair of its Finance and Investment Committee and a Director of AMES Australia.


 Mr Paul Solomon

Independence Australia Paul Solomon


Paul is also Chair of the Commerce & Planning Committee.  Paul holds more than 20 years experience in the business, healthcare, finance, education and social sectors and is the Chairman of the International Parking Group (IPG) and Director of an International Management Consulting Company. His past positions have included Executive Chairman of the Somaia Group, National Executive for a major ASX Company, General Manager of the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre (VIC), Associate Professor with Wollongong University and Managing Director of the Central Health Department (WA). He has contributed to a number charitable Boards including Red Cross, Anti-Cancer Council (VIC) and Austin Research Institute and has been a member of a number of National Policy Committees including the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee.


Independence Australia Peter TurnerMr Peter Turner

Managing Director and CEO

Peter has been the Chief Executive Officer of Independence Australia since 2005. He has a Masters of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales, is a Fellow of CPA (Aust.), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter has worked in a range of senior management positions in the health and community services industry for over 25 years in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is a Harvard Club Fellow, an Alumnus of Leadership Victoria, a volunteer Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, Chairman of a Community Health Service and has also served as the probono Chief Executive of a charitable trust.