Board Changes Announcement

We welcome three new Directors and farewell two long-serving Directors

2023 News Articles, All News Articles, Updates — Published 30 November 2023

New Board Directors November 2023

The Infants’ Home is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Directors to our Board, Melly Sah Bandar, Yash Sodhi and Peter Wallace, who commenced with us on 29 November 2023.

Melly has a background and strong foundation in strategic commercial and financial planning, reporting and digital transformational programs and change management, as well as extensive experience in audit and risk and investment committees. She has over 20 years’ experience in delivering business and digital transformational projects and has consulted extensively in this area for ASX50 companies, government, and state-owned corporations.

Yash is a senior executive with a track record of transformation in roles spanning strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and finance. As an executive, Yash has served in senior roles across a range of industries including health, insurance, and asset management. Yash is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Medibank and previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Challenger Funds Management. He is also an inner west resident and the parent of a young child.

Peter comes to us with over 25 years’ experience as a company director of over 30 companies in industries including distribution, financial services, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and retail. Peter’s career spans private equity, corporate advice, non-executive directorships and financial control. He has primarily worked with emerging growth companies providing sound, independent, creative and experienced counsel. He is currently non-executive chairman of ASX listed Ambertech Limited and nonexecutive director of The Executive Connection Pty Limited and Carte Blanche Australia Pty Limited.

Our President Mary Verschuer extends a warm welcome to our new Directors and looks forward to working with them as we prepare to celebrate The Infants’ Home’s 150th anniversary in 2024 and embark on a new phase of expansion and innovation to build our sustainability and broaden our reach to meet the needs of children and families in the community.

Mary says, “Our Directors perform their duties on a voluntary basis, and as one of Australia’s oldest children’s charities, we are very fortunate to have a Board that comprises members who have a wealth of experience and expertise as well as a genuine commitment to, and alignment with, our organisational values and our mission to ‘give each child every opportunity—today and tomorrow’. I welcome Melly, Yash and Peter and I am excited to work alongside them as we see The Infants’ Home into the next chapter of our extraordinary journey”.

Sadly, we also bid farewell to long-serving Board Members Hugh Humphrey (member since 2015) and Dr Peter Hendy (member since 2017), who resigned their Board appointments on 29 November.

“I thank Hugh and Peter for their unfailing commitment to their roles as Board Directors at The Infants’ Home over the years,” says Mary. “Their sound governance, guidance and expertise have helped ensure that our organisation has continued to innovate and pivot to meet the needs of our community, most particularly in the recent years that have brought significant challenge and change to both The Infants’ Home and the wider world. I wish Hugh and Peter all the best for their future endeavours, and I hope they will remain ‘friends of the home’”.

Mary, our Board and staff look forward to working together as the The Infants’ Home enters an exciting period of renewal and growth in 2024, inspired and guided by our achievements, experiences and learnings over the past 150 years.

Learn more about The Infants’ Home Board here.