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.
Until the 2020 AGM, the Board comprises:
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.
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.
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.
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.
- David James, Editor of the RSA’s quarterly hard copy journal, the Australian Rationalist. Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brett Davis, Accountant (responsible to the Treasurer for financial book-keeping). Contact: email@example.com
For more information on the responsibilities of Committee Members, and how to become one, click here.