The DANII Foundation has sound governance structures and a highly experienced board
Donna Meads-Barlow (Founder Director)
Donna Meads-Barlow was born in 1961 in Sydney, NSW. She is co-founder and Chairman of the DANII Foundation and Managing Director of the Donna Barlow Travel Group (DBT). Donna Meads-Barlow has more than thirty-five (35) years Business Travel Management experience, the last twenty-eight at DBT since she founded the company.
Donna is Managing Director of DBT and oversees the high-level management of her DBT company. Donna has a sincere passion for her company, her team, her customers and the travel industry as a whole. Her guidance of these partners is impeccable and fundamentally rewarding. Donna is arguably the best “engineer” in the Travel industry and is often called upon by her peers for guidance and assistance.
In 2012 following the death of her daughter Daniella from diabetes complications known today as “dead in bed” syndrome, Donna co-founded the DANII Meads-Barlow Foundation Ltd with husband, Brian Meads-Barlow. Today Donna drives and directs the DANII Foundation supporting people across Australia who live with type ONE diabetes.
Donna sat on the Corporate Travel Board for the Helloworld group from 2009 till 2014 and as a representative on a number of steering committees for the Travel Industry. Donna and her DBT company have won many prestigious awards over the years including Best Travel Management Company Nationally, Telstra Business Women’ finalist, nomination for Australian of the Year just to name a few.
Brian Meads-Barlow (Director)
Brian Meads-Barlow was born in London UK in 1957 and immigrated to Australia with his family in 1968 where he grew up and schooled to later become Director of the Donna Barlow Travel Group (DBT) in 1994 and the ensuing DANII Meads-Barlow Foundation in 2012.
Brian’s tertiary studies include Business, Scheduling/Timetabling; Marketing and Information Technology. His current employment relies heavily on these qualifications as well as his ability to demonstrate efficient publicising across Social Media platforms. Brian is father to five children, including Daniella; his daughter sadly lost due to complications surrounding her Type 1 Diabetes in 2011. He is an integral but often quiet member of the DANII Meads-Barlow Foundation Board of Directors.
Robert Bryan Cameron (Chair)
Robert Cameron is born in 1957 in Sydney, NSW. Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Sydney 1980. Robert owns Cameron Legal, a successful and busy legal practice in Epping, NSW. Robert has 35 years’ experience as a solicitor. His practice covers a wide range of legal services. Supported by his staff, Cameron Legal has a strong reputation for the provision of competent and ethical legal advice.
Robert has been heavily involved in serving the community in roles including Chairman of Epping Chamber of Commerce, Legatee and Chairman of the Shack Youth Outreach Inc Robert is a director of DANII Meads Barlow Foundation Ltd since its inception in 2012 and is committed to ensuring the ideals of the Foundation are attained.
David Harrison (Director)
David Harrison is a director of EFS Strategic, Elite Financial Solutions Group and Refresh Finance. He is a public practice accountant and financial advisor with over 25 years’ experience working with small to medium enterprises. He is passionate about helping build sustainable businesses and families achieve financial freedom. David has worked with a large number of businesses across many industries and has been instrumental in developing and implementing systems and processes to improve profitability and sustainability. He has mentored many employees in this time and finds great motivation in coaching others to perform above and beyond expectations. With a willingness to adapt to change David has championed technology and has involvement in a number of online start-up businesses. David previously held a senior board position for over 10 years at Ballet Australasia Limited and in this time helped build and develop strong foundations for the organisation. As an accountant and advisor he continues to assist and guide many not for profit organisations and charities still. David is Director of DANII Meads Barlow Foundation Ltd joining the board in 2012.
Michele Blanshard (Co-Founder & Director)
Board Member ▪ Company Founder ▪ Senior Executive ~ Healthcare Products & Services ▪ Top Tier Enterprise General management, marketing and sales professional with an outstanding track record of accomplishment in multi-national and small business environments (including in a highly regulated industry), and as a member of boards and several committees. Proven ability to increase revenue and profitability, expand product portfolios and capture local, regional and global market share in highly competitive industries. Corporate governance skills have been honed through experience as a board member. Key strengths include P&L management, strategic planning, identifying and securing new business opportunities, leadership, and organisational re-structuring. Nominated for Telstra Small Business Woman of the Year in 2012 and AusMumpreneur of the Year in 2012. Michelle joined as a Director of the DANII Meads-Barlow Foundation Ltd in 2018.
Peter Fogarty (Director)
Peter was born in 1979 in Sydney. Bachelor of Laws from University of Technology Sydney, Master of Applied Finance from Kaplan and currently completing a Master of Laws at The University of Sydney. Peter is an in-house lawyer at Macquarie Group advising the wholesale fixed income and currencies business, and has over 17 years’ experience working in legal and compliance roles in the financial services industry. Peter has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed as a 12 year old and in his early 20’s had hypoglycaemia in his sleep “resulting in coma, he” was fortunate to be found by a family member and received life-saving medical attention. Peter is passionate about sharing his personal experience of living a full life with type 1 diabetes. Peter joined as a Director of DANII Meads-Barlow Foundation Ltd in 2018.
Patrick Cameron (DANII Foundation Fundraising Director)
Prior to joining 360HR Patrick was a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and an award winning professional fundraiser gaining a wealth of experience, expertise and in depth knowledge of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector including the challenges of recruiting staff. 15 years of experience was gained in senior fundraising positions for organisations that included Care Flight, Make-A-Wish Australia, Wheelchair Sports NSW and CEO at FSHD Global Research Foundation. As a CEO Patrick developed and implemented strategic plans that relied on the recruitment of quality staff. Having left full-time work in NFP industry, Patrick is well positioned with a strong network and understanding of the industry to focus and recruit talent for executive management and leadership roles, fundraising, business development, project management, marketing & communications. Patrick also works consulting to NFP’s and has been working with the DANII Foundation since 2016.
Justine Caines OAM (DANII Foundation Advocacy Director)
Justine Caines was National President of Maternity Coalition, the national umbrella organisation for maternity lobbying in Australia from 2003–05 and 2008-09. She was the National Co-ordinator of Homebirth Australia from 2001–2006 and secretary from 2006-10. She was also National Advocacy Advisor for Maternity Coalition. In 2007 she founded What Women Want, a political party. What Women Want aims to give Australian women a greater voice in decision making and bring a broad social policy framework back on the agenda. The party gained approximately 60,000 votes in the 2007 election, but did not run candidates in 2010. Instead Caines supported 4 independent candidates in key seats, Robertson, Macquarie, Dickson and Corangamite. The votes received in Corangamite were pivotal to the formation of the minority Gillard Government. Justine received the Order of Australia Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Awards for “service to the community, particularly in the area of women’s health, maternity care and education.” Justine joined the DANII Foundation as Advocacy Director in 2015 and has been at the forefront of DANII lobbying government for funding of CGM life-saving technology, helping DANII achieve #DANIISGIFT 1st stage funding for all children under 21 and is now driving #NOMOREFEAR campaign for funding CGM for Adults age 21 and over.
Aisha Ansari (DANII Foundation Manager)
Aisha joined DANII Foundation in June 2018 as the DANII Foundation Manager and is currently completing a Bachelor Degree in Business specialising in Event Management. Originally from Manchester UK, Aisha has extensive experience in Administration, Event Management, Customer Service, Recruitment, Management, Leadership, Sales and Negotiation. Aisha is a People Person, Organised, Team Player, Quick Thinking, Efficient, Logical, Fun, Energetic, Hard Working and Motivated. At DANII, Aisha works closely with Donna in organising & managing the events, coordinating scholarships and other support programs, handling the administration work of the foundation, inventory management, facilitating communication between T1D supporters and the foundation, and producing content for social media marketing.