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NIIM Advisory Board
Grant Moffitt graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Banking and Finance from Monash University, Melbourne. He is the founder of several Australian businesses, including Grab Industries, Microhire, Corporate Locksmiths and Kimberley Discovery Cruises. His expertise in business start up and management, and his personal experience with Integrative Medicine, has made him an invaluable asset to the NIIM Advisory Board. Grant’s involvement with NIIM has centered around establishing a strong business foundation to operate within the unique field of Integrative Medicine.
Professor Avni Sali, often referred to as the father of Integrative Medicine in Australia, brings to NIIM his immeasurable medical expertise and passion for the advancement of Integrative Medicine. As former president of the Gawler Foundation and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), and current president of the International Council of Integrative Medicine, he has extensive experience with the management of committees and organisations campaigning for education research, and the clinical use of Integrative Medicine.
Robert G. KirbyChairman and Executive Director
Village Roadshow Corporation
Robert Kirby, B.Com is Chairman and Executive Director of Village Roadshow Corporation. Robert served as a Government appointed director of the Peter MacCallum Centre and is currently Deputy Chair of the Peter MacCallum Foundation. He has 35 years experience in the cinema, film and entertainment industry. He has also been intimately involved with the Gawler Foundation for over 20 years and was President from 1992 to 1995. Robert is a Member of the Patrons Council of The Epilepsy Foundation Victoria and a Patron of Victorian Arts Centre.
David BardasBardas Foundation
David Bardas has a long involvement with the not-for-profit sector. He brings to the Advisory Board many years’ experience in business and marketing. David’s interests lie in helping and encouraging others to realise their potential – achieving their goals and making things happen.
As co-founder of the Bardas Foundation, David’s philanthropic activities have assisted many worthy organisations and charities in Australia and overseas including The Lighthouse Foundation, National Gallery of Victoria, Spiritgrow and Worawa Aboriginal College, just to name a few.
During his 37 years building Australia’s leading fashion icon - as head of the Sportsgirl/Sportscraft Group – David established David Lawrence and other sub brands that still exist today.
Since retiring in 1994, David has been a Melbourne City Councillor, a former President of The Gawler Foundation, a founding member of The Age “Life Be In It” campaign and contributed to a host of other initiatives.
David is an Honorary Life Governor (1992) of the Royal Children’s Hospital in recognition of his work as Chairman of Fundraising when the re-building appeal raised $19m.
He is a long-term supporter of Professor Avni Sali and NIIM and is an avid proponent of integrative medicine and the hope it provides to patients.
An art collector, these days David is a published author and continues with a range of writing projects and retail property developments.
Peter Copulos has spent more than 50 years in business, primarily in the areas of property development and investment, retail, and hospitality. As founder of the Copulos Group and Copulos Foundation, he also directs several public and private companies. Peter brings to NIIM his vast business expertise. Having grown up in Shepparton, Victoria, Peter has a strong sense of community and his involvement with NIIM is one of the many ways he assists philanthropic and charitable organisations around Australia.
Beverley PinderManaging Director
Rowland Pinder PR
Through her public relations consultancy, Beverley Pinder has over many decades provided pro- bono counsel and support to a wide range of not-for-profits. Her involvement with NIIM commenced nearly a decade ago advising the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine on its media relations.
In 2012, Beverley was elected as a Councillor for the City of Melbourne, proudly joining Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley and eight other councillors for a four-year term at Town Hall focusing on improving CBD safety, liveability and planning for growth.
With a public relations career spanning more than 30 years, Beverley is renowned not only for her innate media expertise but also her ability to create and project manage activities from a new product launch to corporate reputation management programs.
For well over 35 years Beverley Pinder has had personal involvement in assisting charities and not- for-profits. She sat on the board of The Gawler Foundation for 10 years, two of them as Acting President. She is also an active supporter of the Lighthouse Foundation. Her involvement with HELP Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami also sees her fundraising for the island nation of Sri Lanka with an emphasis on education.
Nathan SableExecutive Director
Having built a successful career in real estate, Nathan consolidated his entrepreneurial and business expertise by co-founding Omnigraphics - a market leader in outdoor advertising across Australasia.
Nathan has a long standing commitment to health and wellbeing. He has competed in both local and international marathon and triathlon circuits, and been a practitioner and teacher of Yoga for close to two decades. In addition, his family involvement with the Spotlight Foundation has enabled him to realise his strong interest in philanthropy.
Graham CandyRigby Cooke Lawyers
Graham Candy graduated in law at the University of Melbourne and was admitted to practice in Melbourne in 1969. He commenced practice immediately afterwards and became a partner of Madden & Candy in 1971. He remained a partner when his firm was absorbed by Cooke & Cussen in 1982 and also after that firm merged with Rigby Fielding in 1991 to form Rigby Cooke. He was the firm’s senior tax partner from 1995 until 2004, during which time he completed a Masters in Taxation Law.
Graham retired as a partner of Rigby Cooke in 2004 but has remained with the firm as a senior consultant and still has an extensive commercial practice. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser but is now mainly engaged in property development projects and strategic business planning. He also teaches communications, marketing and practical practice skills to young and not so young lawyers, through Rigby Cooke, the Leo Cussen Institute and other professional bodies.
Graham helped to establish the Swinburne Institute of Integrative Medicine and was a member of its Advisory Board. When it was closed, he helped to establish the National Institute of Integrative Medicine and, with Grant Moffitt, created the structure in which funds for purchase of its current premises were raised. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute since its foundation.
He was a voluntary counsellor for the Melbourne Citizens Advice Bureau for over 25 years, a member of its governing committee for 10 years and a scout leader in Boroondara for 23 years. He has been a keen sailor for over 50 years, with a collection of state, national and international trophies, and is also an accredited sailing and powerboat instructor (with a rescue craft endorsement).
Radek SaliCEO - Swisse
Radek Sali has been an integral part of the Swisse story since he joined the company in 2005 and having assumed the role of CEO four years ago, Radek has ensured Swisse is now one of Australia’s most recognizable and fastest growing companies. Swisse's market-leading position and success was recognised in August 2012 when Radek led Swisse to be named the ‘Most Successful Business of the Year’ in the prestigious 2012 BRW Private Business Awards.
Swisse is a leading Australian wellness brand that prides itself on delivering premium quality natural health and wellbeing products. Radek and the Swisse team are passionate about living the 4Ps, where People, Principles and Passion come before Profit. Recently Radek has led the brand to successfully expand into a skin care and sports active range of products and together with his team, he is continually seeking to explore new areas of product development and innovation.
Radek is proud of the fact that Swisse products are backed by the latest research and clinical trials. Radek’s passion for health and wellbeing started young with his father, a Professor of Surgery and his mother, a Medical Scientist instilling in him a passion for health and wellness from a young age. This passion coupled with Radek’s enviable business intelligence developed through his 11 years as an executive for Village Roadshow and now seven years at Swisse, have made Radek Sali a strong force in the complimentary medicines industry.
In addition to his role as Swisse CEO, Radek is Chairman of Noisy Beast, a full service advertising agency, he also sits on the Executive Committee for Complimentary Medicines for the Australian Self Medication Industry, and is an Advisory Board Member for the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.