2022 AGM and Introduction of New Board Members

By Zoe Hopper November 15, 2022

On Wednesday, 9th November, Family Life held the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM). It was wonderful to share our impact and release our audited financial statements for the 21/22 year with our members, as well as past and present board members.

Family Life announced the commencement of three new board members – Michael Laps, Claire Harris and Catherine Parisi.

Acting Chair at the AGM, Judy Pridmore, acknowledged the appointments. “We are thrilled to welcome Michael, Claire and Catherine to the Family Life Board. Their commencement provides a balance of experienced and new members for the board – all with diverse skills, experience and knowledge”.

Former board member, Graeme Seamer, also spoke fondly of his time as Director “Being a Director with Family Life is an experience that gives back to you as an individual, so much more than you are able to contribute”.

Family Life extends a special acknowledgement to retiring Director, Georgina Cohen. It is with heartfelt thanks that we mark the end of Georgina’s eight year service to the Board in various roles including Company Secretary and Vice Chair.  Georgina has also made a meaningful contribution to our Social Enterprise Sub-Board in which her expertise has been invaluable.

“Thank you Georgina for your outstanding contribution and commitment to making a strong and long-lasting difference to Family Life and our community” Ms Pridmore said.

About Family Life’s new Directors

Claire Harris
Claire is a public health physician with 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in the health, government and disability sectors. She holds an adjunct position as Associate Professor at Monash University. She has been an expert adviser to government agencies and national programs in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Claire is passionate about using evidence to enable innovation and has initiated, designed and delivered award-winning projects in a range of settings including general practice, hospitals, community health and the NDIS.

Michael Laps
Michael has been building digital strategies for over 12 years. In that time he’s worked with household names like ANZ Bank, H&R Block, P&O Cruises, Converse, the NRL and many more. In 2014 he founded what has become one of Australia’s premier digital agencies, Yoghurt Digital, with a team of 35 across three countries. Since exiting Yoghurt in mid-2022, Michael has been helping companies by consulting on their broader business strategy, operational structure and capabilities and, of course, their marketing strategy. In his spare time, Michael is a guest speaker and trainer at Australia’s peak marketing body, the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), is a guest lecturer at Macquarie University and UNSW, and mentors young professionals through both the AMI and Pillar Initiative.

Catherine Parisi
Catherine has over 15 years of diverse experience in the Wealth Management industry, specialising in investment management, behavioural finance, and multi-generational wealth transition. With a background in innovation, she has held strategic roles in global banks leading large, multi-disciplined teams and change projects. She has worked in Melbourne, New York, London, and Singapore.  Catherine is passionate about financial literacy and empowering women to achieve financial security, because she believes financially capable women positively impact family and community outcomes.

Family Life also welcomed two new Board Observers, Ellen Pitman and Lisa Robins.

To find out more about Family Life and our Board of Directors, please visit our board webpage.

We look forward to sharing our impact and future plans with our broader community at our Public Meeting on Wednesday 16th November 2022.

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