Board of Directors

Richard Haire
Chairman

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 (where he is now Chairman) 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.

Yvonne Keane AM
Deputy Chair

Appointed to the Board 
26 May 2014

Yvonne Keane

Yvonne is the Chief Executive Officer of Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA), the peak national body promoting the interests of 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.

Yvonne is an award-winning TV producer, founder of SugarBaby Cosmetics, magazine columnist and TV presenter. She has also served as a 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. Her outstanding contribution has been recognised with several awards from her local community, the New South Wales Government and the United Nations.

Pedro Mendiolea

BE (Hons) GDMgt, MIEAust,RPEQ, CPEng

Elected to the Board 
22 November 2013

Pedro Mendiolea

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

He contributes much of his free time as a volunteer and is currently President of a North Queensland cultural organisation and member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) Regional Conference Committee.

His sister Ana is a long-term customer of Endeavour Foundation.

Scott Ellis

BBus, ASA, AAICD

Elected to the Board 
22 November 2013

Scott Ellis

Scott has a background in the commercial and corporate finance industry, dealing with many diversified industries for over 20 years. Scott is now CEO of a small property consulting business. He has both an older brother and brother-in-law with a disability and has been around the Endeavour Foundation community for over 40 years.

Having been raised in Cairns, Scott is acutely aware of the difficulties faced in regional areas in obtaining much-needed supports and is passionate about ensuring that people with disability have the best opportunities available for a happy and full life.

Robyn McGuiggan

PhD (Marketing), MCom, BSc (Hons), FAICD

Elected to the Board 
22 November 2021

Robyn McGuiggan

Robyn’s career has focused on supporting people to reach their full potential, primarily through education. Robyn has held numerous senior executive positions at universities across Australia for 24 years and has served on the boards of various organisations in the arts, health and community sectors. Robyn has also chaired Endeavour Foundation’s Far North Queensland Area Committee since 2019.

Robyn has spent a lot of her time volunteering too. She has raised money for the Spastic Centre of New South Wales (now known as Cerebral Palsy Alliance), led a volunteer group to establish a vacation childcare program at a not-for-profit childcare centre and written promotional plans for a country bowling club.

Since retiring, Robyn now has the time to support Endeavour Foundation. She is passionate about ensuring the people we support can reach their life potential and making sure Endeavour Foundation is in a financial position to continue our important work.

Robyn’s sister was supported by Endeavour Foundation for more than 10 years, and her parents and husband are members and have served on various Area Committees.

Beverley Knowles

BA, DipEd, MMktg, FAICD

Elected to the Board 
20 November 2017

Beverley Knowles

Beverley’s career focus has been on marketing, communications and stakeholder management. She has managed change and led complex projects across the public and private sectors, in diverse areas including health, education, philanthropy, governance, branding, community 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, a position she still holds.

She also has experience as a secondary teacher, as a CEO 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.

Max Voigt

DM, GDBA

Appointed to the Board 
22 November 2021

Max Boigt

Max has spent most of his career in senior management roles across the steel foundry, heavy engineering and manufacturing sectors, both in Australia and overseas. Throughout his life he has also been actively involved in not-for-profit organisations as an opportunity to contribute to the wider community.

Max has held numerous board positions at not-for-profit organisations and industry bodies, including Casting Technology International Ltd (UK), Australian Industry Group (Qld Division) and TAFE (Maryborough and Wide Bay).

Whilst working at Central Queensland Mining Supplies in Maryborough (now CQMS Razer), Max facilitated the recruitment of their first supported employee into mainstream employment. He has been a member of Endeavour Foundation’s Wide Bay Area Committee since 2019.

Max looks forward to imparting his business management and manufacturing knowledge and experience to help improve Endeavour Foundation commercial enterprises and overall performance.

Elizabeth Jameson AM

BA Law (Hons), BA (Japanese), LSDA, FAICD

Appointed to the Board
13 October 2020

Elizabeth Jameson

Elizabeth founded respected national governance consultancy, Board Matters, almost 20 years ago, in 2002.  This followed on from a successful 15 year career as a corporate/commercial lawyer, including as a partner of a national law firm,. She is also a highly respected facilitator of high level governance programs having spent over 15 years facilitating leading national and international programs for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elizabeth has had an active portfolio of directorships over the past 30 years.  She is presently Deputy President of RACQ, Chair of Queensland Theatre and a member of the Boards of two philanthropic trusts, John Villiers Trust and Pinnacle Foundation (also as Deputy Chair).

Elizabeth is welcomed back to the Endeavour Foundation Board after serving as a director from 1992 to 1997.  She is also a Life Member with a prior and longstanding family history (through her parents) with Endeavour Foundation dating back to its formation.