Meet The Board

Vicki Meyer

President & Chair
Director since 2014

Vicki has 30 years’ experience in Agribusiness throughout NSW Riverina and is partner and Chief Executive Officer of Deniliquin Freighters. Her career encompasses Transport Operations Manager and Pivot Agent (grain trading and fertiliser); assigned at corporate level on Business Alignment Project – Pivot Melbourne. Bendigo Bank Head Office Special Projects; setting up Community Banks Vic regional and metropolitan. Business Manager – International Grain trading Company, specialising in Change Management and business re-alignment. Vicki has previously been a director of Bendigo Community Bank – Coleambally; Griffith Business Enterprise Centre and Murray Irrigation Limited. She the chairman of Homes Out West (NFP) and Deniliquin Council – Finance and Audit. Vicki holds a private pilot licence, is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors; has completed Masters of the Boardroom and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Michael Jackson

Vice President
Director since 2014

Michael is the principal and owner of numerous companies in the New England and Central West regions. His companies include the Jackson Pastoral Company, a farming and grazing operation, Real Estate outfits Professionals Tamworth and Ray White Dorrigo and Guyra Fuels, distributors of fuel and oil throughout the New England Region. Michael has over 30 years experience providing key services for existing and prospective agriculture clients. Michael also holds a Directorship with a small PDF company, which invest in evolving internet companies, and successfully secured an ASX listing for one such company in 2016. He is a keen sportsman, and was invited to be member of the Australian Hockey team that competed at the World Masters Games, held in Auckland 2017. Michael is supported by his wife of 32 years Wendy and son Matthew.

Graeme Kruger

Nat Dip App Sci, B.Tech Sci 
Vice President
Director since 2014

Graeme is the General Manager of Professionals Tamworth and works alongside fellow board member, Michael Jackson. Born in South Africa, Graeme began his career managing National Parks and progressed into Real Estate after moving to New Zealand. He started working for a property developer in 2001 Kruger and became General Manager of Operations and Marketing. In 2005, Graeme had a short stint in the financial services sector before ending up as General Manager of Southland Real Estate where he worked for 5 years leading a very successful team. Graeme has lived in Tamworth since 2012.

Dan Taylor

Company Secretary & Acting Treasurer
Director since 2015

Dan is Director and the CEO of Alpin Advisory, a deals, performance and strategy firm focussing on small to medium enterprises. Dan has over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Dan’s relationship with Can Assist spans over 10 years, first as a volunteer at the Jean Colvin Hospital to his current position as a Director and Secretary, and most recently as Acting Treasurer.

David Graham

Director since 2014

David is the Warehousing and Procurement Manager for the Moree Plains Shire and is the President of Can Assist Moree. David’s strong ethical backgrounds and beliefs have seen him be involved with numerous fundraising committees, clubs and charities and has served as the President of Moree Lions Club, St Edwards Parents and Friends Association, St. Joseph's Parents and Friends Association and Secretary Coolamon Rovers Football Club.

Emma Phillips

Bachelor of Commerce UNSW
Director since 2016

Emma has had a long career in Global Banking working in both Sydney and New York for Citibank, ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland. As a Managing Director she was primarily involved in working with large corporates in developing their risk management strategies with respect to their exposures to currency, interest rates and commodities.
Emma has a strong affinity with the land and rural centres with her family previously owning properties in both Bathurst and Cowra. She continues to have strong links to rural NSW and understands the importance of supporting rural communities, their well-being and access to appropriate medical support.  In addition to this Emma has ongoing involvement in her local community and sporting associations.

Vicki Wade

BA (Admin), LLB, M App Law (Wills & Estate), Fellow COL
Director since 2014

Vicki was born in Griffith and raised on her parent’s farm at Rankin Springs, where her parents continue to farm today. She undertook most of her secondary education in Bathurst, completing year 12 at Griffith High School. Shortly thereafter she moved to Canberra where she lived for 23 years working in both the private and public sectors prior to finding her career niche in the law. She returned to Griffith in 1996 and commenced with Noyce Salmon & D’Aquino in 1997. She was made Partner in 2003. Her country based legal practice, is quite varied. While located in Griffith, she travels to Coleambally twice a month to attend clients. Vicki's previous Board experience is that of NEI (Ningana Griffith). NEI provide support, accommodation and work opportunity for those people within the community with disabilities. Vicki has been a member of the Griffith Branch of Can Assist for a number of years. In 2010 Vicki was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. She travelled to Sydney for surgery (twice) and for radiation treatment at Macquarie University Hospital.

Jim Phelan

Director since 2014

Jim has significant financial experience in the private and public sectors as well as being a Board Director and Company Secretary for several large multi-national engineering firms over the last decade. For 5.5 years until June 2014 Jim was Finance Director on the team responsible for the establishment of NSW Health Infrastructure and its subsequent ongoing operations. In addition Jim has had significant involvement with Sporting Associations - appointed Director of the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) in 2009 and Chairman from 2011 - 2015. Since 2014, Jim has been on the Committee and Secretary of Northern Sydney's Men of league.  

John Colvin

BEc (Hons) (Syd)MSc (Econ) (LSE) MA (Law) (Oxon) FAICD

John was a Can Assist director for 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. He served as Vice President from 1991 then President from 2008 to 2012 when he retired from the board and accepted our invitation to be Patron. John was a partner at Freehills law firm for many years before being appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2008. We acknowledge John’s enormous contribution to Can Assist over many years and thank him for his enduring commitment as Patron.