The DANII Foundation has sound governance structures and a highly experienced board
Donna Meads-Barlow (Co-Founder & Acting Volunteer CEO)
Donna Meads-Barlow was born in 1961 in Sydney, NSW. She is co-founder and Volunteer CEO of the DANII Foundation and Managing Director of the Donna Barlow Travel Group (DBT). Donna has more than thirty-five (35) years Travel Consulting experience, the last 30 at DBT since she founded the company. Donna is Managing Director of DBT and oversees the high-level management of her companies. Donna has a sincere passion for her company, her team, her customers and the travel industry as a whole. Donna is arguably a “pioneer engineer” in the Travel industry and is often called upon by her peers for mentoring. 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 with husband, Brian. Today Donna drives and directs the DANII Foundation supporting Australian’s who live with type ONE diabetes. Donna sat on the Corporate Travel Board for Helloworld from 2009 till 2014 and is 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 2018 Best Travel Management Company Nationally, 2018 International Women’s Day Winner, Telstra Business Women’s finalist and nomination for Australian of the Year just to name a few.
Brian Meads-Barlow (Co-Founder & 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.
Ashleigh Daus (DANII Foundation Manager)
Ashleigh joined DANII Foundation in August 2018 as the Foundation Administration & Events Manager. Ashleigh has completed a Bachelor Degree in Business specialising in Event Management and her Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations). She brings with her a wealth of experience in Event Management and Business Administration. Ashleigh aspires to giving back to the community by providing family friendly, interactive and exciting educational events and activities which bring together community groups, families, friends and individuals to enjoy all that DANII has to offer. Ashleigh has a number of personal Interests including her involvement with various sports and music endeavours. She is highly skilled in various computer programs and has a strong ability to adapt. Ashleigh’s has a strong ability to organise, consolidate and distribute information to numerous parties effectively and efficiently, and she often volunteers her services for not-for-profit events and activities. Ashleigh is excited about her role with the DANII Foundation, supporting Australian’s living with Diabetes.
Paige Casey (Advocacy & Support Representative)
Paige joined the DANII Foundation in November 2018 as the Advocacy and Support Representative. Paige is currently studying an Associate’s Degree in Law aiming to be a paralegal continuing in the field of health and advocacy, and in particular Type 1 Diabetes. Paige herself is a Type 1 Diabetic and has a passion for change, to help people to be the best they can be. She is an active community volunteer in a range of organisations including mentoring groups and social justice teams. Paige is an avid netball lover, player and umpire at her local association and enjoys training, coaching and learning. Her interests include mentorship, netball, reading, current affairs, politics, entrepreneurial/legal studies, and health/wellbeing for all. Paige has a range of skills developed over the years including communication and customer service, customer relations and organisation. Paige is devoted to change and working together with the DANII community to drive reform through her empathy and understanding of this chronic illness. Paige is excited and driven and above all eager to make a difference in her Advocacy & Support role with the DANII Foundation.
Kimberley Cormack (Administration and Event Coordinator)
Kimberley joined the DANII Foundation in August 2018 as a volunteer intern to support our Team. In November 2018, Kimberley graduated University with an Associate Degree of Accounting and also a Diploma in Event Management. Shortly following her graduation, Kimberley officially joined our DANII Team as Administration and Event Coordinator. Kimberley is known for her friendly, outgoing nature, her attention to detail and her outstanding work ethic. Kimberley partakes in a number of personal interests including, Dance (Ballet), Yoga and Pet-sitting. Kimberley is enthusiastic and passionate in helping others and she actively volunteers for several local community projects. She is excited about working as part of our DANII team who strive to create unique and memorable event experiences that delivers joy, success, support and that create a better quality of life for all that live with Diabetes.