Our Board of Directors

The board brings together respected leaders with a diverse range of employment, business, financial and philanthropic experience to our organisation.

The board governs our strategic direction and purpose acting as the centrepiece of corporate governance, ethics, fiduciary and overall responsibility for BUSY.

The board reflects the BUSY values and works continuously to ensure integrity, full transparency and accountability at all times while shaping the policy and direction of the organisation.

Martin Punch OAM

Martin Punch OAM

Martin Punch OAM is Chair and Founder of The BUSY Group Ltd. Martin founded BUSY in 1977 to assist disadvantaged young people on the Gold Coast find pathways into training and employment. Martin is also a co-founder of Jobs Australia, a not-for-profit association that supports other organisations in the employment, skills and training sectors.

Martin is passionate about creating opportunities for community members to train and find sustainable employment. It was for his relentless work in this field that Martin was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal in 1994.

Martin is a Senior Partner in successful Gold Coast legal firm, Short Punch & Greatorix.

Graeme Johnston

Graeme Johnston

Graeme has worked in the marketing, advertising and media profession for over 40 years, during which time he has been directly associated with some of the world’s largest multinational companies and Australia’s biggest broadcasting groups. He held a number of senior management and CEO positions within these organisations before launching his own Marketing and Management Consultancy in 1987. He currently remains Managing Partner of that highly successful Consultancy today. He is also a Lawyer, having been admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2005.

Graeme has tertiary qualifications in Economics, Marketing, Management and Law and has taught on a sessional basis in a number of subjects at both Griffith and Bond Universities in each of the faculties of Business, Marketing and Law.

He is also a ‘Fellow’ of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Marketing Institute and the former Advertising Institute of Australia.

Graeme has served on the Management Board of BUSY since 1993 and is currently Vice Chair. He is passionate about social justice and equality. He is equally passionate about Australia’s need for a skilled workforce and is committed to the important role that BUSY At Work plays in helping to develop not only essential grass roots employment programs in the community, but also in delivering vital apprenticeship and traineeship services to employers and employees alike.

Dr Kamal Singh Dhaliwal

Dr Kamal Singh Dhaliwal

Kamal is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 30 years experience and specialises in working with adult and adolescent clients presenting with anxiety, panic, depression, post traumatic stress and workplace stress, as well as working with couples experiencing relationship difficulties

Kamal graduated with an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Queensland, and also holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Griffith University.

For the past 15 years he’s been a registered professional supervisor for the Queensland Psychologist’s Board and in this capacity has supervised both provisional and fully registered psychologists for Griffith University as well as postgraduate Masters and PhD level students. Kamal has also acted as a professional mentor for the University’s Mentoring Program.

In addition to his clinical work, Kamal also has extensive experience in the area of child abuse, neglect and family dysfunction and has been actively involved in the Gold Coast community assisting youth in need.

Paul Miles, Managing Director

Paul Miles, Managing Director

Paul Miles, Managing Director of BUSY At Work, has been with BUSY since January 2007, initially as Deputy CEO and then appointed as CEO in late July 2012.

Paul has a degree in Law from Cardiff University, Wales, however retrained as an accountant within the energy industry and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

In between leaving the energy industry and joining BUSY, Paul worked within the financial services sector for major banking and insurance organisations in both Australia and the UK.

Paul is also very proud to have recently joined the Board of the Australian Industry Trade College.

Rod Booth

Rod Booth

Rod is from a North Queensland cane farming background and worked in a variety of jobs and industries. After a stint with the Australian Post Office/Telecom he commenced work for the Federal Department of Employment, Education and Training. Rod spent the last few years as Regional Manager (Commonwealth Employment Services) Gold Coast. During this period he undertook placements in Logan, Brisbane State Office and Cairns including Thursday Island.

He was also a committee member for the Woodridge Skillshare (WAYS) where as a CES officer he was involved in career talks to disadvantaged clients and youth placement activities. He completed a Bachelor Degree in Administration and Industrial Relations through Griffith University and a partial psychology degree through New England University.

After the privatisation of Federal Employment Services he commenced with a private provider as their National Manager (Research and Policy Development) implementing a major expansion of training and employment services in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA until his retirement.

Brett Gleeson

Brett Gleeson

Brett specialises in the provision of audit and advisory services to the private and public sectors including not-for-profit organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Marketing) and is a Chartered Accountant.

Having worked for KPMG Australia, Brett then spent several years overseas where he crafted significant experience in the financial services sector working for Morgan Stanley in London. Brett is now based on the Gold Coast and is the Financial Controller of a market leading online finance company.

Brett has extensive experience in statutory reporting obligations and detailed knowledge of corporate governance and risk management issues for companies, including appropriate company policies and procedures.

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