Meet the Board and Patron

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 was 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 Executive Director of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia. Born in South Africa, Graeme has extensive experience across a broad range of endeavours including advocacy, management, business development and community engagement. Graeme began his career managing National Parks in South Africa and progressed into the property sector after moving to New Zealand following a 3 year stint with the NZ Department of Conservation. He then took on the role of General Manager of Operations and Marketing for a property development company in 2001. A short stint in the financial services sector followed before taking on the role of General Manager, Southland Real Estate where he worked for 5 years leading a very successful team. Graeme then moved to Tamworth in 2012 as General Manager of Professionals Tamworth until 2016, when he moved to Leeton NSW in his current role. Graeme is a member of the Institute of Directors (NZ) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Graham

Director since 2014

David is the Warehousing and Procurement Manager for the Moree Plains Shire and has held the role of President at Can Assist Moree branch for the last three years. David’s strong ethical background and beliefs have seen him be involved with numerous fundraising committees, clubs and charities. Among his club memberships, he 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

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 wellbeing and access to appropriate medical support. In addition to this Emma has ongoing involvement in her local community and sporting associations. Emma holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gary Humphreys

Director since 2018

Gary has significant experience in operating large businesses and has been a senior executive for over 15 years in the electricity industry. From 2012 to 2017, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Essential Energy and prior to that held senior executive roles covering areas such as regulation, business development, customer service and asset management. Gary has also held various board positions during his career. Gary has a strong affiliation with regional and rural NSW. He lives in Port Macquarie and owns rural land in the North West and north coast parts of the state. Gary is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has completed the Advanced Management Program,

Catherine Corderoy

Director since 2018

Cathy Corderoy is a chartered accountant and prior to semi-retiring in June 2016 was a partner in an accountancy firm in Moree. Cathy grew up on a farm near Moree and has worked in Glen Innes, Inverell as well as Moree. In 2017, Cathy lived in Tonga and volunteered as a Finance Advisor for a Health Promotion organisation. At present, Cathy is working temporarily as an Accountant for a Moree retirement home. Cathy is involved as Treasurer of the Moree branch of Can Assist.

Phillip Ridley

B.Comp.E GradDip.Tech.Mgt
Director since 2018

Phil is a technology executive with 30 years’ experience in rural energy, precision agriculture, and telecommunications industries. He grew up on a farm in North Queensland, and his family owns a mixed business farm in the Mudgee region. Phil graduated from the University of Newcastle with BE(Hons) in Computer Engineering, and Deakin University with a Grad Dip in Technology Management. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Phil has personal experience with the challenges and hardships of cancer treatment, and the impact it has on families and finances.

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. Can Assist conferred an Honorary Life Membership on John at the Annual General Meeting 2017. John’s mother, the late Jean Colvin, remains an integral part of Can Assist as one of the founding members of the society, creator of Can Assist Orange Branch, and namesake of The Jean Colvin Hospital, The Jean Colvin Cancer Centre and The Jean Colvin Cancer Fund.