Our Board

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Ian Elliot - Chairman

Ian Elliot is a Communications Specialist. He is the former Chairman and CEO of George Patterson Bates, Australia’s largest Adverting Agency. He retired from that role in 2002 and took up a career as a non-executive director.

He is the former Chairman of Promentum Ltd and former Non-Executive Director of Hills Ltd and Salmat Ltd. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director on the board of McMillan Shakespeare Ltd.

He is a former member of the fundraising committee ‘Friends of St Vincents,’ and former board member of The Starlight Foundation, acting as Chairman of the Star Day Program.

Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His book ‘Stop Bitching, Start Pitching’ was a best seller for publisher Murdoch Books.

Graeme Dennis - Trustee

Graeme is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Currently a partner of HWL Ebsworth, Graeme has advised the boards of some of Australia’s largest companies and State Government organisations.

Graeme is Chair of Dry July Foundation’s Governance Sub-Committee and has also acted for a number of years as the honorary solicitor for the Wheelchair Sports Association Inc. He is a proud benefactor of the Northcott Society and is also a benefactor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Holding degrees in Law and Arts from both Sydney University and the College of Law (Sydney), Graeme has been admitted to practice as solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and New Zealand.

Brett Macdonald - Trustee

Brett is an experienced creative director with more than 15 years in branding and business communications. With a background in start-ups, creative agency and the corporate sector means his range of skill sets and passion for the cause are well suited to Dry July.

Brett holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Communication and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Scott Abraham - Trustee

Scott is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia with over 20 years of commercial experience. Scott is a Director and owner of ABR Virtus Chartered Accountants in Canberra.

His role involves the specialisation in business advisory and taxation issues for private clients. Prior to the establishment of this business, Scott acted as an Executive Director of Canberra’s largest business advisory firm.

Scott has extensive business and taxation knowledge, holds a B. Bus (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and is also a Registered Tax Agent.

Kenny McGilvary - Trustee

Kenneth has ten years public relations consulting experience in ANZ and the UK and is well-versed in communicating brand strengths to both consumer and specialist audiences.

With considerable not-for-profit, corporate and consumer technology experience, he has key strengths in executive counsel, brand strategy, community engagement and problem-solving.

Kenneth holds an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University and the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s advanced certificate.

Annual Reports

All Annual Returns for Dry July NZ Trust can be found on Charities Services NZ.

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