Board of 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 (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


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.

Paul Currie

BSc (Hons), PhD (Physics)

Elected to the Board 
26 November 2014

Paul Currie

Paul has a strong focus on the continued growth and development of opportunities for people with disability. He and his wife Judy are long-term volunteers with Endeavour Foundation and their son Andrew has been a supported employee of Endeavour Foundation in Warwick since 2003.

Paul is a member of the Warwick Support Group, Chair of the South-West Area Committee, and was inaugural Deputy Chair of the Endeavour Foundation National Council.

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. All his roles have had a community service focus.

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.

Rodney Schulz

DipT, BEd

Elected to the Board 
26 November 2018

Rodney is a retired educator, with experience spanning junior primary, secondary school, specialist programs for children from the bush, and finally as Head of Junior School at Fraser Coast Anglican College. Rodney has also been a consultant for mainstream schools seeking educational options for children with disabilities, and led a curriculum project with the University of Southern Queensland.

Rodney has an adult son with disabilities who lives independently in Endeavour Foundation supported accommodation. He has been involved in disability advocacy – both personally and professionally – for many years, and has a particular interest in supports requiring an understanding of complex behaviour.

Rodney served for seven years on the board of Bay Support Services Group until it merged with Community Solutions, and later became part of Endeavour Foundation. Rodney is passionate about system reform, to better serve our vulnerable citizens to live full and meaningful lives in their communities. He is committed to ensuring Endeavour Foundation remains sustainable and responsive to the people it supports and their families, who are a crucial part of the care process.

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.