Governance

 

The Rationalist Society of Australia Inc. (RSA) is an association incorporated in Victoria under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act.  It is governed by the RSA Rules, and managed by a Board, elected each year at the AGM.

The RSA also has two subcommittees: the Finance Advisory Committee monitors the Society’s income and expenditure and the performance of investments and recommends changes thought desirable to maintain a prudent investment strategy; and the Editorial Subcommittee oversees the development and production of the Society’s publications.

The funds of the RSA are managed by the Board on the advice of professionally qualified and experienced members of the Finance Advisory Committee.  The RSA Finance Advisory Committee Terms of Reference include the investment policy, which is to generate enough income to fund annual operating requirements of the RSA Inc. while maintaining a moderate level of risk.

Members can access the most recent Annual Report here and minutes of previous AGMs here.


RSA Board

Until the 2021 AGM, the Board comprises:

President

Dr Meredith Doig
Meredith Doig is a professional company director and governance consultant. After a career in manufacturing (Ford Australia), mining (Rio Tinto) and banking (ANZ Group), she has spent the last 20 years or so consulting in organisation effectiveness and on the boards of commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and university councils. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and for five years taught their flagship Company Directors Course. For 10 years she was a Moderator with the Cranlana Programme on Ethics & The Good Society. Her Australian honour was for service to business, higher education and the community. For 50 years she was a passionate motorcyclist and was Australia's first Chief Motorcycling Instructor.
Vice President

Luke Beck
Luke is a leading constitutional law scholar in the field of separation of religion and government and religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. The principal focus of his research is on developing a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of section 116 of the Australian Constitution in terms of its history and underlying purposes, its relationship and interaction with broader Australian constitutional culture and how it might be best interpreted and applied.
Secretary

Christopher Noonan
Christopher joined RSA in late 2018 as the Admin officer. In April 2019 he was invited to join the board as casual board member. At the 2019 AGM Christopher was elected to the board and became Secretary.
Treasurer

Brendan Liveris
Brendan Liveris has worked for a multinational in the construction industry for the past 9 years. The majority of the that time has been in logistics & operational management roles and is currently in sustainability. From 2017 to 2019, Brendan was working in Europe with business units in various countries, gaining significant exposure to different cultures, and the opportunities and challenges that brings. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Master of Business and current studying finance. Brendan has other social interests in homelessness & democracy, and fills spare time learning German, rock climbing & playing guitar.
Board member

Chris Botha
With qualifications in both Economics and Political Science, Chris has worked with various state government departments and has been an adviser in both state and federal MPs offices. He is secretary of the Victorian branch of Economic Development Australia, the agency responsible for the professional development of economic development specialists. Over the years, he has helped many local councils with their economic development strategies, and with securing grants to support jobs and capital projects. He has also developed investment strategies, major event plans, trade missions and public relations strategies for multiple business sectors.
Board member

Stella Thomas
Apart from being on the RSA board, Stella is a member of SA Humanists and is the SA contact for FIRIS (Fairness in Religion in Schools). Her journey with religion in schools began in 2005 when her own children were exposed to religious proselytising and she has been an indefatigable lobbyist for genuinely secular state schools ever since. She has a background in business management and administration with her family's truck repair business and is now studying environmental sustainability.
Board member

Vicki Caulfield
Vicki is a project manager and consultant with qualifications in political science, public policy, and arts management. She has vast experience in strategic planning, policy development, program and project evaluation, organisational development and change management.

She has been a Principal Policy Adviser in a state ministerial office, conducted wide consultations on indigenous governance and housing, and devised award-winning programs in diversity education and employment. 

Apart from her professional skills, Vicki served as Executive Director of the WA Music Industry Association and founded and managed "The Next Big Thing WA", an original music competition
Board member

Tanya Watkins
Tanya Watkins has been working in the secular community since 2011 when she first joined the Secular Society at university. Her role as Captain of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has included involvement in a long-running court case to have the organisation registered as a not-for-profit association, plus making numerous submissions to government inquiries such as prayers before parliament, voluntary assisted dying, abortion and religious discrimination.

 

Subcommittee Support

  • David James, Editor of the RSA’s quarterly hard copy journal, the Australian Rationalist. Email David at editor@rationalist.com.au
  • Brett Davis, Accountant (responsible to the Treasurer for financial book-keeping). Contact: info@rationalist.com.au

For more information on the responsibilities of Committee Members, and how to become one, click here.

 

 

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