Our management committee members are as follows:
Tom Gleisner Chairman
Tom became involved with Challenge in 1991, originally attending Spring Camp as a volunteer. He still has socks from this camp that are yet to fully dry out. The following year he became a member of the Challenge Committee and has served in this capacity ever since, currently as Chairman. A writer, producer and occasional performer, Tom can often be seen hosting Challenge balls, as well as interviewing members for his Head 2 Head column in Inside Challenge magazine.
Drew Robinson Vice Chairman
Drew is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in the area of tax and small/medium size businesses. He is highly regarded for his expertise in the entertainment and sporting industries and also acts as an independent accountant in family law cases. Drew has served as a Director on several high profile Boards and was the first person outside of the golfing fraternity to be appointed to the Board of PGA of Australia. He spent seven years as Finance Director of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and currently brings invaluable financial and strategic advice to Challenge as Vice Chairman of the board.
Rob has been personally involved with Challenge for more than 13 years. In his role as Crown’s Marketing Manager, Rob was instrumental in the growth and success of the Robert Allenby Charity Golf Day which continues to be a principal fundraising event for Challenge. A strong believer in tighter regulations governing effective performance of charitable organisations, Rob would like to see the introduction of a government backed ‘Charity Rating’ system to allow greater transparency for the donating public.
Angela Scaffidi Secretary
Angela established communications consultancy Scaffidi Hugh-Jones in 2002. She has spent over 15 years in the communications industry specialising in supporting the change process within communities and large organisations. Angela is chair of the external relations committee of the Foundation for Young Australians and a board member of the Future Cambodia Fund. She is also on the committee of the Scaffidi Foundation, which works closely with Challenge. Angela is on the Course Advisory Committee for the Public Relations degree at RMIT University and lectures in the post-graduate PR course.
Roger has been committed to Challenge for well over 10 years and decided to increase his commitment by joining the Management Committee in 2009. Roger has an accounting background and brings with him over 20 years of business experience in senior level management of small and large private sector organisations. Roger is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and with his previous board and management experience adds a great dynamic to the Committee, particularly in the area of corporate governance and strategy.
Todd is one of the greatest tennis players the world has seen. Throughout his career he has won a total of 22 Grand Slam doubles titles and competed in four Olympics winning Gold in Atlanta and Silver in Sydney. He holds numerous records on the Australian and international tennis stage including the record for most doubles titles in history (83) and the most Wimbledon doubles titles (9). Todd announced his retirement in 2005, after 17 years of a successful tennis career. Todd brings to the Challenge executive board a long history of sporting achievement.
George Politis Treasurer