Executive

Gerard Brody (Chair) is CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre, an independent, not-for-profit consumer organisation based in Melbourne. Consumer Action provides financial counselling, legal advice and representation to support vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorian consumers, and draws on its direct knowledge of the consumer experience in modern markets to pursue consumer interest campaigns and policy reform at both state and national levels. Gerard represents consumer interests on a range of bodies, including the Australian Securities & Investments Commission External Advisory Panel and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s Consumer Consultative Committee.

Gordon Renouf (Deputy Chair) is one of the team at Ethical Consumers Australia and organisation dedicated to making it possible for consumers to buy products and services that match their values. ECA created Good On You, a service that provides comprehensive ethical ratings for clothing and accessory brands via the Good On You app [goodonyou.eco]. Gordon represented consumers on the Banking Code Monitoring and Compliance Committee and the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. He is Deputy Chair of Justice Connect and a board member of Good Environmental Choice Australia. Gordon was previously Director, Policy and Campaigns, for CHOICE, a member of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council, Director of the Northern Territory Alcohol Framework, and Foundation Director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre.

Oliver Derum (Treasurer) is Associate Director of Advocacy and Communications at Energy Consumers Australia. He was previously the Policy Team Leader in the Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), where his achievements included leading a $2 billion appeal of an electricity network price decision, the first of its kind by a consumer group to be given leave by the Australian Competition Tribunal. He is also the current consumer representative on the Clean Energy Council’s Product Listing Review Panel. Oliver is passionate about the fair and reasonable provision of products and services that are important to peoples’ lives.

John Furbank is Secretary of Consumers Federation of Australia Executive Committee, Secretary of Consumers Association of South Australia and member of the National Measurement Institute’s Consumer, and Industry Liaison Committee. John represented Australia as Head of Delegation ISO COPOLCO 2011-2016 and is Chair ISO PC 294 Guidance on unit pricing and SA CS-113 (mirror committee for PC 294) and member of Standards Australia Standards Development and Accreditation Committee. John is a compliance professional specialising in advising and auditing industry on compliance with Australian and international technical standards and consumer protection legislation.  Formally John held a number of senior positions with fair trading and consumer protection authorities in Australia, United Kingdom and, during mid 1990’s, was Director of Fair Trading, Fiji.

Ian Jarratt is a retired economist and policy analyst.  He is a member of the Queensland Consumers Association and undertakes research and advocacy on a range of topics including energy, market information, trade measurement, and labelling.  He lead the national campaign that in 2009 resulted in large supermarkets being required to display the unit price (price per unit of measure) for prepacked food and grocery products. Ian is a consumer representative on several advisory/consultative committees and represents CFA on FSANZ’s Consumer and Public Health Dialogue. In 2006, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study unit pricing in the USA and Europe, in 2010 he was the inaugural recipient of Choice’s Consumer Champion Award, and in 2017 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his consumer work.

Professor Gail Pearson is a leading academic in the fields of financial  services, commercial and consumer laws. She is the author of Financial Services Law and Compliance Cambridge (University Press 2009) and co-author of Commercial Law: Commentary and Materials (ed2) Lawbook 2004, the major Australian text in  this area. She has also published numerous articles in Australian and international journals including a piece on risk, self regulation and innovation in financial services.

Rachel Thomas is a Senior Policy Adviser with ACCAN. She currently works on a diverse range of telecommunication policy areas including Universal Service Obligation, broadband policy and issues related to the National Broadband Network. She previously worked in the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Unit. She has a Masters in Applied Economics.

Katinka Day is a campaigner and policy specialist with Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group, CHOICE. She is responsible for CHOICE’s food and health policy areas and has achieved positive change for consumers on free range eggs, dodgy health claims and country of origin food labels. Her background is in digital campaigning and marketing, previously working in animal welfare and food sustainability. Katinka is currently completing her MBA. 

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