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Board of Directors - AIM Group

The AIM Group Board of Directors is composed of the former divisions of AIM NSW & ACT, AIM Qld & NT, AIM South Australia, and AIM Victoria & Tasmania. To view the Board of Directors of AIM WA, please click here.

Ann Messenger FAIM - Chair

Ann Messenger is a Chartered Accountant who studied marketing and operations management before specialising in accounting and finance. Ann began her career in banking and has had a range of commercial experiences both in Australia and overseas, including six years in Latin America where, as an equities analyst, she covered emerging markets during the mid-1990s. 

In Australia, Ann has worked in corporate finance and middle market advisory roles with accounting firms KPMG and HLB Mann Judd in the early 2000s before moving into Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles with organisations including the Sydney Chamber of Commerce. In recent years Ann has developed a strong interest in the not-for-profit and education sectors. Ann worked as General Manager of St John’s College (within the University of Sydney) from 2009-10 with responsibility for the financial and commercial management of the College. In 2011, Ann was appointed to the Mosman Council’s Development Assessment Panel. 

Ann is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Geoff Fary FAIM - Deputy Chair

Geoff Fary is Chair of the Federal Government’s Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council and is a former Assistant Secretary of the ACTU, Ex-Chief of Staff to a Federal
Government cabinet minister and was a senior executive at George Weston Foods Ltd and Nestle Australia.

Geoff’s working life has been devoted to Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and his career moves have given him the unusual perspective of corporate, government and union experiences. 

Geoff is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Andrew McFarlane FAIM

After gaining invaluable consulting experience in organisations such as Hungerfords, and KPMG, Andrew established his own consulting company MOMENTUM Business
Advisors Pty Ltd in 1988 where he is Principal Consultant. Andrew is a Director of multiple companies in the Momentum Property Group, Director of AIM ET, the CEO of Bene Aged Care (Aged Care Provider with over 650 staff and volunteers), and was previously a Director of Nepenthe Wine Group and 
Member of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network – Audit and Risk Committee. 

MOMENTUM Business Advisors Pty Ltd provides a range of professional consulting services including accounting advice, taxation, financial management information
systems, business advisory, executive outsourcing, business re-engineering and systems solutions. Andrew has an extensive history in the provision of professional management and business consulting services to a diverse range of not for profit, commercial and private clients. Andrew specialises in the SME, finance, wine industry, aged care and welfare service industries. His particular field of expertise includes strategic planning, business planning, management consulting, systems reviews, and financial management information systems.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Economics and is a Member of the Certified Practicing Accountants, a Registered Tax Agent, Certified Professional Manager and a Life
Member of the Australian Institute of Management.

Julie Boyd FAIM

Julie is an experienced company director with expertise in corporate governance, strategy and the not for profit sector. Julie originally trained as a Registered Nurse in Brisbane and as a Midwife in Scotland. She studied politics at the University of Queensland prior to moving to Mackay. She was elected to the Mackay City Council within 2 years of moving to the City. She spent 16 years as an elected Councillor, with 11 of those as Mayor and was the first female Mayor of Mackay.

On leaving Local Government in 2008, she was appointed as the Queensland Governments Special Trade Representative to Japan, Republic of Korea and the Philippines. In 2010 she was appointed as the Special Trade Representative to Africa. Julie has held a number of Board directorships over the past 15 years and currently is a Non-Member Director of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and Non-Executive Director of YWCA Qld and RACQ Rescue Helicopter Service.

Julie is a Level 2 accredited Executive Coach and accredited in the Leadership Circle 360 Executive Performance. Julie also contracts to the Stephenson Mansell group as an Executive Mentor. 

Julie is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

John Withers FAIM

John Withers has extensive experience as a leader and manager in Defence, and more recently in the private and public sectors. After completing his schooling in Melbourne, John entered the Royal Military College and served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army for 25 years in the Infantry and the Special Air Service Regiment. After leaving the Regular Army in 1998, John moved to Hobart where he has worked in the private and public sectors.

John is currently a HR specialist with the Tasmanian State Government holding a number of positions in the Department of Education and more recently the Department of Justice.

For the past 15 years, he has been an active member of AIM in Tasmania serving as a member of the local committee of management, implementing and facilitating on the Aspiring Manager Program, and the AIM Business Leadership Awards.

John is a Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Management.

Mike Zissler FAIM

Mike Zissler is the Chief Executive of The Australian Property Institute having been in that role since October 2014. Prior appointments include the Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Canberra, the Commander of the Northern Territory Emergency Intervention and the Chief Executive Officer of a large ACT Government Department. He has extensive public sector experience having been in senior roles with a number of State and Territory Government agencies. 

Mike trained as a Registered Nurse and specialised in Paediatrics before undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and a Masters of Business Administration.

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service
Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.