Luke Sayers is the Chief Executive Officer of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman for PwC Asia Pacific. Luke leads a team of more than 500 partners and over 6,500 staff who are focused on helping Australian businesses solve their biggest challenges in an ever changing world. In addition to his work at PwC, Luke has long term commitments to community organisations and external Boards. He is currently on the Board of the Carlton Football Club and chairs the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN). He is also a member of Monash University’s Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Genazzano FCJ College Council, and leads the Victorian Branch of the Male Champions of Change. Luke is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is proud to take up a board position with e.motion21 alongside his wife and founder, Cate Sayers.
Cate is the Founder of e.motion21. With a background in human movement science and music, Cate is passionate about creating health and social opportunities for young people with Down syndrome so they can fulfil their potential, feel they belong, and show the world how valuable they are. After 6 years as the volunteer CEO Cate is excited to take up a Board role enabling her to focus more on her family. She continues to drive the creative vision of the organisation. Cate is the mother of four beautiful daughters, one of which has Down syndrome and who is the inspiration behind e.motion21.
Jo is an Alfred Deakin Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. She holds a National Health & Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship. Her research passion is the development of strategies to promote physical activity in the population, especially children. She has published more than 200 research papers and has been awarded more than $12million in research funding. Jo believes in lifelong physical activity that is fun and accessible for everyone regardless of age and ability.
Andrew is a lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, Australia’s largest social justice law firm devoted to fighting for outcomes that make a genuine difference to peoples’ lives. With a strong commitment to community service, Andrew has previously volunteered with the Eastern Community Legal Centre, Urban Seed’s Credo Kitchen, Heidelberg Football Club and Kidney Health Australia. Whilst looking for opportunities to better support his nephew who has Down syndrome and support the Down syndrome community, Andrew began volunteering in the Kew e.motion21 classes as a Mover and participated in the annual concerts and World Down Syndrome Day activies. Andrew has witnessed first-hand the positive impact and influence dancing makes in the lives of children with Down syndrome and is devoted to using his previous experiences to help expand such a fantastic organisation.
Jason is an Executive Director of JBWere. Jason’s key focus in a 21 year career in financial services has been advising individual clients and their families and not for profit organisations on investment and financial planning strategies. Jason has worked with JBWere for the last 15 years and during that time has held various senior positions including Victorian Manager of Private Wealth Management for four years and Partner of JBWere Goldman Sachs. Jason takes a keen interest in the philanthropic services that JBWere offers to its clients, providing strategic advice to private philanthropists, boards and committees on donor strategies and structuring; investment strategy and the running of private ancillary funds. Through his leadership roles at JBWere, Jason has gained extensive experience in both business strategy development and execution across a range of areas, including product and service development and people management. Prior to JBWere, Jason’s was a Chartered Accountant, working over six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. Jason is a currently a committee member of the Victorian Adviser Committee of the Family Business Association and a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia. Jason has had previous experience with the health sector, working on the Investment Sub Committee of the Public Health Association.
Bruce is a highly experienced and dynamic business leader with an extensive background in International Commerce. With substantial experience in operating international and multinational corporates, large private family, entrepreneurial and private businesses; Bruce has been successful in turning around under performing companies and operations; and working effectively with boards, executive teams and all level functional teams. He has been particularly successful in building profitable businesses and leading the marketing, sales, operations, strategy, distribution and financial disciplines in multiple categories and industries both in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia; including large corporate companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Unilever, ICI Family Health, Smorgon Group (CEO to GBM Companies), Perpetual Play Group (taking out the global LEGO and Hasbro licenses), KP Multinational, Natural Glamour International and Creative Brands. Most recently, Bruce has built a start-up business in partnership with an incredibly talented team; Your Wills, an online digital retail platform. On a personal note, Bruce is married with five children and is heavily involved in many family and community activities, including volunteer work, cricket and football coaching and umpiring. Bruce remains a member of the Mont Albert Cricket Club veteran’s team as well as the Melbourne Super Rules football club, Old Xavierians Football Club and a Past President and Life member of the Power House Football Club.