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ICA Past Presidents

Marie-Louise MacDonald (December 2007-November 2008)
Michael Kelson (April 2007-December 2007)
Angela MacRae (July 2005-April 2007)
Founding President: Bob Day (2001-July 2005)

Current Board 2018
The ICA Constitution requires the election of ten Board members, with four who are independent contractors, up to at least three who are company members, and up to three who are association members. The elected Board can then appoint an additional two members.


The Hon Norman Lacy
Former Minister for Educational Services and the Arts, Government of Victoria and former Executive Director ITCRA

Norman Lacy has been President of ICA since November 2008 and a board member from the founding of ICA in 2000. He has been an independent contractor since 1991.

Mr Lacy has been involved in management (corporate and government) for the past 20 years. From 2000 until March 2009, Norman was the founding Executive Director of the Information Technology Contract & Recruitment Association. From 1998 to 2000, he was Managing Director of the Swish Group Limited, one of the early Internet professional service providers in Australia. Prior to this, he provided management services to a range of organisations including the Australian Computer Society, ACIL Australia and Monash Mt Eliza Business School.

In 1991, Mr Lacy established the China Australia Management Centre in Beijing on behalf of the Australian Government through AusAID. Previously, he had been Director of International Programs at the Australian Management College and Manager, Corporate Communication at IBIS - Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. During the early 1980s, he was the Minister of Educational Services and Minister for the Arts in Victoria.

He holds a M.Sc in Management from Durham University Business School and a B.A (Hons.) from Monash University.


Ken Phillips
Executive Director, ICA

Ken Phillips is co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. Ken is an independent contractor operating as his own business, as a researcher, commentator and lobbyist, and consultant on workplace management issues.

Amongst his many activities, Ken is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. His strongest interest is management issues and the development of internal and external relationship building for organizations. Within this framework he promotes the concept of 'markets in the firm'. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment.

Ken was ICA's representative at the 2003 and 2006 International Labour Organisation debate on the 'Scope of Employment Relationship.' (Click here for reports.) The ILO outcomes formed the conceptual basis for Australia's Independent Contractors Act.

Ken has published a book entitled Independence and the Death of Employment. Information about the book is available here.

A fuller biography of Ken can be found here [PDF].


Michael Moore
Retired entrepreneur of agricultural businesses

Michael Moore is a retired company director with a wide experience in business and the community.

For all of his business life, Michael was very much the entrepreneur. He built one of the largest privately owned poultry breeding business in Victoria before turning his expertise to genetic engineering technology in the cattle breeding industry, breaking new ground in embryo transfer technology. He perfected the DNA technology for animal identification now in use world-wide.

Michael had an active involvement as a director of several listed companies over two decades, first in retail then as a director of building societies. He was a Councillor of Pakenham Shire and Shire President, a Melbourne City Councillor, committee member of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, advisor to government on agricultural issues and active in agricultural educational institutions, including TAFE.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Honorary Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management). He's been active in the horse racing industry and member of the Melbourne Cricket Club for 50 years.

Board members

Robin Buckham
Robin has had a varied career across the commercial and academic sectors. Most recently, Robin was CEO of Family Business Australia, a Not For Profit Association dedicated to sustaining and growing family businesses. Prior to that, Robin had her own consultancy practice following her substantive role as Deakin University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Development with responsibility for international and domestic marketing. Her portfolio extended to student administration and support. Robin has a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Masters of Commerce (Marketing).

Early in her career she worked for 15 years with Australian steel manufacturer and distributor Tubemakers. She had a variety of roles around Australia with the Company and was Manager Oil & Gas Pipelines, managing a $200 million steel pipe mill when she left. She was then Director Marketing, Recruitment & Partnerships at the University of Wollongong, where she managed the international and domestic student recruitment functions and alumni, community and fundraising portfolios.  She had a senior executive role in the University’s commercial arm and was a member of the TAFE Illawarra Advisory Council, and a Director of the Port Kembla Port Corporation.

John Findley
John Findley is a highly experienced senior executive and China specialist who has lived from time to time in China over a period of 30 years. His corporate experience includes project management for a listed company in Australia; strategic planning participating in an IPO listing of a HK company on the ASX and management of a property portfolio for a listed Australian company. John owns and operates his own business in Asia that involves agency representation in the construction, manufacturing and distribution sectors. He now lives in Newcastle. runs his own migration business (a genuine independent contractor) supporting high-end executives to work in Australia. John holds a B.E. (Hons) in mechanical engineering, a B.A. in philosophy, a M.Eng.Sc. from the University of Newcastle and a Diploma of Law.

See John's ICA blog here.

Matthew Franceschini
Matthew Franceschini is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Entity Solutions.
A background in recruitment, taxation, accounting and contractor management gives Matthew Franceschini a unique insight into the compliance and governance challenges organisations face when engaging white collar contractors (referred to as Independent Professionals or IPros by Entity Solutions) on a contract basis. As the CEO of Entity Solutions, Matthew is responsible for corporate governance and business strategy. He plays an active role in developing new business relationships and presents to the corporate sector in key areas of expertise and thought leadership such as the new world of work.

Yasmin King
Yasmin King is the CEO of Service Skills Australia and prior to that was the inaugural NSW Small Business Commissioner from 2011-2014.   A former chair of Brown Wright Stein Lawyers and with extensive experience in Negotiation coaching and consulting,  Yasmin is a sought after public speaker and presenter.  An economist by training, Yasmin has an MBA and is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant.


Peter Murphy
Peter Murphy is a senior social science academic with an extensive background in academic research and management. He has held appointments at James Cook, La Trobe, and Monash universities in Australia and at Victoria University in Wellington. Peter has taught in political science and communications disciplines and has been a visiting scholar at Ohio State University, Panteion University in Athens, Ateneo de Manila University, Seoul National University, the University of Copenhagen and Goldsmiths College University of London. Mid-career, he joined a prominent IT start-up company in editorial and analytic roles, and later worked for a decade in university academic management including as Head of School and Head of Academic Group. He is the author or editor of twelve books, and over a hundred scholarly articles. His recent work has looked at the growth of the self-employed sector and the implications of this for public policy. Peter is currently Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia, and Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, where he was previously Professor of Arts and Society. 


Graham Schorer
Graham Schorer has been a courier owner/operator, and consultant to members of the Melbourne courier industry since 1966. In 1973 Graham purchased Golden Messenger implementing a new business strategic marketing approach.  By introducing the first prepaid courier service he made Golden Messenger the predominant provider of services within the Melbourne CBD. In 1987 Golden Messenger installed the first purposely built computer despatch system the concept of which later became the dominant operating system within Australia’s courier and taxi truck industry.

Kathie Thomas
Kathie Thomas lives in Melbourne and is a highly experienced Virtual Assistant running her own business “A Clayton's Secretary”. She set up her own business early in 1994 after having 20+ years’ corporate and government experience as administrative and secretarial support.  She was well placed to help define the VA industry globally as it developed. Kathie is the past President of the Australian Virtual Assistants Association (AVAA) and is keen to educate Australian businesses that there is a difference between outsourcing (which can be done locally) and offshoring.  She advises that the VA industry in Australia is alive and well, and growing.

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