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ICA Past Presidents

Peter Murphy (November 2018-June 2020)
Norman Lacy (November 2008-October 2018)
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 2019
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.


Judith van Unen
A lifelong entrepreneur, starting her first business while at school, Judith has gone on to own numerous and diverse successful businesses. While qualifications include Interior Design and Manufacturing Engineering, Judith’s experiences comprise long-term Business Performance Strategist with consultancies across international corporations and small business, all levels of government and not-for-profit organisations. Women in the workplace and gender specialist, working and providing business training in post conflict and post disaster countries, she is skilled in international relations and policy, nonprofit organisations and has been a civil society expert advisor for the Australian government numerous times at the United Nations and APEC WES, as well as numerous government consultative bodies. Judith is a prominent activist for women in business and the economy, nationally and internationally. She has had extensive community sector experience and a deep interest that encompasses disability and career and business mentoring, particularly for young people. Judith has extensive board experience over several decades.


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

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.

Franc Konstek 
Franc has had extensive experience within the Industrial Relations space since the late '90s. He owned and operated one of Western Australia's largest privately owned Industrial Relations consultancies, WRMC.

In the early 2000s he formed several workforce management businesses catering to the management and compliance of both employees and independent contractors. In the mid-2000s the group of businesses were amalgamated to create the Raykon group of companies.

Since the late 2000s, Franc's main focuses are working within aiding independent contractors' compliance along with devoting his time and passion mentoring indigenous business operators.

Jason Mills
Jason is a married father of 4 and lives on the Gold Coast. He works there as a builder with an emphasis on masonry. He started in construction in his 30s after 12 years in the WA Police and four years as a soldier in the Australian Army. He has a degree in Social Science and a keen interest in Philosophy. After working eight years as a bricklayer it became apparent that the lack of any strategic planning within the bricklaying community had us in a vulnerable position and unable to address the new market, the new customer. That has evolved into the implementation of National Bricklayers Australia on Facebook which he administers and has close to 5000 members nationwide. It is in this environment that he hopes to effect some cultural change which will transfer to the jobsite.

Annette Pike
Annette has been an independent contractor providing transcription and personal assistant services since 1990. She is currently the Managing Director of OutScribe Pty Ltd, a family business that has developed an online platform for the delivery of transcription services. Prior to entering the world of independent contracting she was involved in the agricultural industry (dairy and beekeeping) and continues to enjoy a rural lifestyle.

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.

Lauren Sherson
Lauren Sherson is an entrepreneurial behaviouralist who develops people, ventures and communities. She has spent a decade lecturing at Universities in Entrepreneurship, started and exited two data companies and was the Liberal Candidate for Melbourne in the 2019 Federal Election. Lauren looks at the psychology, entrepreneurship and politics of a situation, specifically the social interactions that make progress. She is the founder of Kaleidoscope, a volunteer management system that develops emerging Australian talent.

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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