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The Board has nine Directors elected by the voting membership. These Directors are elected to three-year terms, with three of the seats open for contest each year. In addition to these elected Directors, the Board can co-opt up to three additional Directors.

CHOICE is committed to ensuring that the Board has the right mix of skills to guide the organisation on behalf of voting members. Each year, the Board identifies the skills it believes are required, so that these can be used as a guide for voting members in the election of Directors.

As well as meeting the skills identified by the Board, Directors must be free from conflicts of interest, to ensure the organisation's continued independence from industry, business or government interests.

The Board Charter explains how the Board goes about its role as defined in the constitution.

  • Sandra Davey

    Sandra Davey Chair

    Sandra is an experienced digital and internet executive and managing director of Product Space. Her love is coaching and helping organisations streamline their digital product practices to improve agility, innovation and product success. Increasingly she works with organisations to unpack the cultural and structural issues that impact their ability to create value.

    Sandra’s industry experience crosses telco/broadband, digital media, interactive TV, sport, libraries, industry associations and consumer advocacy.

    She served as a director and chair of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) during the 2000s and was one of the co-founders and inaugural directors of the Australian Domain Name Authority (auDA). For her contribution to the digital media industry, Sandra was inducted into AIMIA's Hall of Fame in 2015.

    She joined the Board of CHOICE in 2012 and was elected Chair in 2017. She chairs the Commercial Sustainability Committee and Investment Committee, and is a member of the Governance and Culture Committee and Technology and Data Committee. She also serves on the Board of auDA Pty Ltd and with the Editorial Board of the Business Agility Institute.

  • Robert Southerton

    Robert Southerton Deputy Chair

    Robert is an experienced professional in marketing, digital, analytics and statistics. He has a broad range of experience across IT, telecommunications, finance and biotechnology industries, having worked for companies including BT Financial Group, ING Direct and Unwired. He has a strong interest in data-driven decision making, and holds qualifications in statistics and operations research. He also holds a Foundations of Directorship qualification from the AICD, gained in 2015. 

    Robert is currently the Managing Director and co-founder of Gondwana Genomics, an Australian biotechnology start-up exporting genetic technology developed in Eucalyptus.

    He joined the CHOICE Board in September 2014, and was elected Deputy Chair in 2020. He is Chair of the Governance and Culture Committee and is a member of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee.

  • Nic Cola

    Nic Cola

    Nic Cola is currently a director at Satinay Partners, a consulting and advisory firm focused on advising media, market places, education and digital businesses. He also acts as Advisory Chair at Ford Peterson, a recruitment company focused on accounting and professional services, and Advisory Chair of Picaluna, a disruptor in the funeral industry.

    Nic has over 22 years of general management and CEO experience in high growth, sales and marketing-led organisations, with expertise in delivering revenue and share growth across a diverse range of business models in traditional and digital media, education, and e-commerce. His key strengths are strategy, mergers and acquisitions, operations, digital transformation and change management. His roles have included CEO of Open Colleges and CEO of Marketplaces at Fairfax Media where he was one of the founding executives of Fairfax Digital.

    He was active in building the digital industry in Australia having been on the board of the Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry association (AIMIA) for several years as well as serving as Chairman of the Australian Internet Advertising Bureau.

    Nic has a Bachelor of Business from UTS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. He joined the CHOICE Board in November 2019 and is a member of the Commercial Sustainability Committee.

  • Fiona Guthrie AM

    Fiona Guthrie AM

    Fiona has over 30 years' experience in consumer advocacy, including a number of years on the executive of the Consumers Federation of Australia. Her main interest has been in advocating for people on low incomes or in vulnerable circumstances to get a fair go, particularly in the financial services marketplace.

    Fiona has been the CEO of Financial Counselling Australia, the peak body for financial counsellors, for more than a decade. She has held directorships on Energex Retail Pty Ltd, the Insurance Ombudsman Service and the Financial Ombudsman Service, and was previously chair of ASIC's Consumer Advisory Panel. Fiona is currently a member of the ACCC’s Consumer Consultative Committee and a member of the boards of Way Forward Debt Solutions and the Queensland Competition Authority. Fiona holds a BA, LLB and MBA and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for her work in social welfare and financial counselling.

    She joined the Board in November 2015 and is a member of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee and the Investment Committee.

  • Alexandra Kelly

    Alexandra Kelly

    Alexandra is Director of Casework at the Financial Rights Legal Centre, which operates the National Debt Helpline in NSW, Mob Strong Debt Help and the Insurance Law Service. She is a member of the Law Council's Australian Consumer Law Committee and is the consumer representative on the Life Insurance Code Compliance Committee. She served on the Board of the Financial Counsellors of NSW from 2009 to 2012.

    Alexandra has considerable experience developing consumer rights in the financial services sector through lobbying, working with regulators and government, and raising public awareness of issues in the media and through online financial literacy campaigns. She brings to the CHOICE Board high-level legal expertise, extensive sectoral knowledge, and understanding of social enterprises.

    Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Laws. She was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a member of the Governance and Culture Committee and Impact and Engagement Committee.

  • Ben Naparstek

    Ben Naparstek

    Ben has almost a decade's experience managing cross-functional teams across content, marketing and emerging technologies.

    He's headed up online services at SBS and served as the digital director of communications marketing firm Edelman, leading the Australian office's team of videographers, designers, UX experts, social curators, paid media specialists, programmers and producers.

    Ben has served as editor-in-chief of Fairfax Media's Good Weekend magazine and national current affairs magazine The Monthly

    Currently, Ben is Director of Audible Originals, overseeing original documentaries, dramas and series for Audible, the Australian arm of the world's largest seller and producer of spoken word entertainment.

    Ben was appointed to the CHOICE Board in October 2018 and is a member of the Governance and Culture Committee and Impact and Engagement Committee.

  • Anita Tang

    Anita Tang

    Anita has a strong background in public policy reform and community organising, having spent 12 years with the Cancer Council where she led the transformation of its advocacy work. She now holds the position of Community Organising Director at Centre for Australian Progress, building capacity of civil society, following five years running her own advocacy and campaigning consultancy working with a range of NGOs to bring about social change. Anita has also held senior roles in policy and advocacy at the Community Services Commissions and the Social Issues Committee of the NSW Legislative Council. She has completed the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change program through Harvard University, as well as the Stanford Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. Anita has served on the Boards of the Council for Intellectual Disability NSW, the Intellectual Disability Rights Service and the Centre for Australian Progress. She is currently Chair of the Board of Democracy in Colour, a racial justice campaigning organisation.

    She is a long-standing member of CHOICE and while at the Cancer Council led a number of collaborative projects with CHOICE, including campaigns against junk food advertising to children and the regulation and eventual ban of commercial solariums.

    Anita joined the Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Commercial Sustainability Committee and Impact and Engagement Committee.

  • Helen Wiseman

    Helen Wiseman

    Helen Wiseman is a non-executive director, professional mentor and philanthropist with over 30 years business experience across a range of sectors including technology, food, pharmaceutical, insurance, energy and not for profits. A former KPMG partner, Helen is a highly experienced audit committee chair having held this role for a number of boards.

    Helen is currently a non-executive director and audit committee chair for the South African holding company of the global Bidfood foodservice business. She is also a director of Elixinol Global Limited and AIME, and completed the 2018 INSEAD International Directors Program.

    Helen has a deep interest in supporting children of prisoners through her role as a Vice-Patron of SHINE for Kids. She also established the By My Side sub-fund of the Sydney Community Foundation to further her philanthropic support in this area.

    Helen joined the CHOICE Board in November 2014 and is Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Members and the Board

Join the Board

Each year, voting members are invited to nominate as a Director of the Board. The Board sets the nomination requirements, which usually include:

  • a nomination form that sets out the candidate's suitability for the role, signed by two other voting members
  • a 200-word candidate statement
  • a declaration of interests.

Candidates are considered by a Nominations Committee, which makes recommendations to the Board about information to be provided to voting members as part of the election process.

All voting members receive information on candidates and are able to vote online or request a paper ballot. The results are declared at the AGM in November of each year.

Become a voting member

Voting members are the custodians of the organisation whose role is similar to shareholders in a for-profit company. Voting members are consulted about any major changes to governance or strategy. They can vote in Board elections and on any changes to the organisation's constitution.

All voting members are invited to the Annual General Meeting in November, and can attend in person or via webcast. This includes and opportunity to put questions to the Chair, Directors and CEO.

Voting members also receive a short email briefing from the Chair after each Board meeting.


Anyone who is a member of CHOICE can apply to become a voting member.

There is no fee for voting membership but you must keep your CHOICE membership up to date.

Corporate or organisational CHOICE subscribers are not eligible to become voting members.

Applications for voting membership are reviewed by the CHOICE Board, which considers a range of factors including potential conflicts of interest. Applicants are informed of the Board's decision by email.

Download a voting member application form.