Board of Directors

Tony Bellas
Chair

BEcon, DipEd, MBA, MAICD, ASA, FAIM

Appointed to the Board
14 February 2011

Tony Bellas

Tony is Chairman of ERM Power, CTM Travel, Shine Lawyers and Novonix Ltd, all of which are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Mr Bellas is also a director of a number of unlisted companies in Queensland. Mr Bellas has previously held Chief Executive roles at Seymour Group, Ergon Energy and CS Energy. Prior to these roles, Mr Bellas had a long career with Queensland Treasury where he reached the position of Deputy Under Treasurer with oversight of Fiscal Strategy, Office of Government Owned Corporations and Office of State Revenue.

In May 2012, Mr Bellas was appointed by the Queensland Government to chair an Independent Review Panel examining electricity network costs in Queensland. Mr Bellas has an MBA from QUT, and a Bachelor of Economics and Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of CPA Australia.


Yvonne Keane
Deputy Chair

Appointed to the Board
26 May 2014

Yvonne Keane

Yvonne is the Chief Executive Officer of Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA), the national peak body for ECI service providers for children with a disability or developmental delay. She is also the Chair of The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter and sits on the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity, appointed by the Premier.

Yvonne has enjoyed a career as an award winning TV producer, founder of SugarBaby Cosmetics, magazine columnist, and TV presenter. Until September 2017 Yvonne served as an elected Councillor and the Mayor of The Hills Shire Council. Yvonne’s life changed with the birth of her first child, Asher, who has a hearing impairment.

In 2009, Yvonne founded the Hear the Children Early Intervention Centre, which provides life-changing early intervention to hearing-impaired babies and preschoolers.

Yvonne’s outstanding contribution has been recognised with several accolades including 2011 United Nations Volunteer Award (Education), 2012 Hills Shire Citizen of the Year, 2012 NSW Woman of the Year (People’s Choice), 2013 Western Sydney University Women of the West (Highly Commended), and 2016 NSW Local Government Woman of the Year.

Yvonne delights in her family, which includes her husband Anthony and her children Asher and Saskia. Yvonne is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Deputy Chair of Endeavour Foundation, where she hopes to continue to use her skills and influence to ensure people living with a disability achieve the most wonderful outcomes.


Alison Semple

LTCL, BA, Grad Dip Tchg (Resource), Grad Cert Theol.

Elected to the Board
30 November 2012

Alison Semple

Alison’s passion is people, reflected in her career as a secondary teacher specialising in Mathematics, English and those with special needs. She has three children, including a special 38 year old who lives with a severe intellectual disability and communicates with an electronic device. Alison is a Brisbane girl; her husband was raised on a cattle property and they enjoyed living in a regional city. She and her husband have advocated for decades serving on management committees. She has been the parent representative on Endeavour Foundation working groups including the Complaints Advisory Committee.

She and her husband have an active network of families within the sector including other states that are trialling NDIS and other countries that use different models of service delivery.


Pedro Mendiolea

BE (Hons) GDMgt MIEAust RPEQ CPEng

Elected to the Board
22 November 2013

Pedro Mendiolea

Pedro Mendiolea is an Associate Director in the professional services company AECOM Australia and has worked for over 30 years in the civil and water infrastructure areas in both private practice and Government. He is a member of the North Queensland Area Committee of Endeavour Foundation.

He holds an honours degree in Civil Engineering with post Graduate qualifications in Management. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland.

He has successfully completed the Company Directors Course delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He contributes much of his free time as a volunteer and is currently on the Board of Saints Catholic College at James Cook University, President of a North Queensland cultural organisation and member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) Regional Conference Committee. In 2012 he was awarded the AWA Regional Service award for Queensland.

His sister Ana is a long term client and supported employee of Endeavour Foundation. He aims to contribute to ensuring that Endeavour Foundation adapts well to the challenges of the NDIS.


Scott Ellis

B.Bus – Accounting & Finance, ASA

Elected to the Board
22 November 2013

Scott Ellis

Scott has worked in the commercial and corporate finance industry for many years, dealing with many diversified industries ranging from smaller enterprises to large corporates. His experience has led him to recognise that every situation differs from the last, and he believes in working with people to find the best solution.

Scott has both an older brother and brother-in-law who have a disability. Scott has been around the Endeavour Foundation community for over 30 years. Having been raised in Cairns, Scott is acutely aware of the difficulties faced in regional areas in obtaining the services that meet the client’s needs. He has been involved with the local Area Committee since its formation. He is passionate about ensuring that Endeavour Foundation is successful so that people with a disability have the best options available for a happy and full life.


Paul Currie

B.Sc (Hons), PhD (Physics)

Elected to the Board
November 2014

Paul Currie

Paul has a strong focus on the continued growth and development of opportunities for people with a disability, as Endeavour Foundation prepares for the challenging new NDIS environment.

Paul and wife Judy are long-term volunteers with Endeavour Foundation and son Andrew began work at Endeavour Foundation Warwick in 2003. Paul is a member of the Warwick Support Group, a member of the South-West Area Committee, an Advocacy Champion and was inaugural Deputy Chair of the Endeavour Foundation National Council.

Formerly a Director of the Parent Education Centre in Brisbane and Administrative Principal of a private school in Warwick, Paul was instrumental in developing a joint State-Commonwealth funded program for youth at risk, Project Australia.

Paul has held senior executive support roles in a wide range of organisations from small not-for-profits to those with more than $1 billion annual turnover, including Griffith University and Toowoomba Regional Council. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics.


Beverley Knowles

BA, DipEd, MMktg, FAICD

Elected to the Board
20 November 2017

Beverley Knowles

Beverley’s primary career focus has been on marketing, communications and stakeholder management. She has managed change and led complex projects including marketing campaigns, state and national health and education campaigns, governance re-design, re-branding, stock exchange listing, community engagement around service-re-location, CEO succession, philanthropic and financial business cases, customer engagement, customer engagement and client relationship development.

Beverley’s commitment to improving opportunities for people with disability began with her appointment to the board of Network Q, Victoria in 1999. She joined the board of VATMI industries in 2005 before becoming chair of the Victoria Area Committee of Endeavour Foundation in 2013.

She also has experience as a secondary teacher, in corporate public relations, as a public relations consultant for 15 years, as a director of marketing and communications and as a board member of both for profit and not for profit organisations for over 20 years.

Beverley currently chairs the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council of Victoria’s Adult, Community and Further Education Board and is a director of the Australian Centre for Heart Health.


Richard Boys

BComm, MBA, MAICD

Appointed to the Board
5 September 2018

Richard Boys

Richard is a highly experienced and qualified Chief Financial Officer with over 30 years of exposure in the energy, mining and resources sectors. His key strengths are in executive management and leadership with achievements in major project development, joint ventures and financial governance.

He has significant board and company directorship experience in private and public companies having previously held Non-Executive Director positions with the Australian Institute of Management, the Cyber Institute, Leaderspace, and the Inclusive Communities Foundation. He was a Non-Executive Director of the Spinal Injuries Association until 2016, and Chaired the Association’s Audit Committee for eight years.

Richard has an MBA from Deakin University, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Oxford University, is a former Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Richard Haire

BEcon, Grad Dip Corp Mgt FAICD

Appointed to the Board
4 October 2018

Richard’s career has spanned accountancy, merchant banking, finance, chief executive and global executive roles, in primary production, agricultural marketing and commodity companies.

Richard was CEO of Queensland Cotton from 1990 until 2007 when it was acquired by a Singapore-based international commodity company Olam International. Following the acquisition, Richard assumed the role of Managing Director and Regional Head, Australasia for Olam. He was appointed to Olam’s global Executive Committee, and was subsequently appointed Chair of the company’s Investment Committee and a member of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Committee.

In 2012 Richard resigned from full time executive work and was appointed to the BOQ Limited Board of Directors in 2012, Reef Casino Trust in 2013 and BEC Stockfeed Solutions in 2014. In October 2016 Richard was appointed Chairman of the Australian Cotton Research and Development Corporation, a joint venture between the cotton growers of Australia and the Federal Government.

Richard completed a Diploma of Corporate Management at the Graduate School of Management in Sydney in 1987 and in 1999 attended IMD at Lausanne and completed the seminar for Senior Executives.

Richard is a Fellow and Past President (Queensland Division) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.