Chris Knoblanche AM
Chairman & Independent Non-Executive Director
Chris joined the iSelect Board as Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2015 and brings significant experience in strategy and financial services to the Board, along with a proven track record of creating a best practice corporate governance environment. He currently serves on the Boards of Greencross Limited (ASX:GXL), GE Capital/Money Australia (Hallmark Companies), Environment Protection Authority NSW, Norton Rose Fulbright – Lawyers, and Sydney Opera House. He has also served as an adviser to and on the Board of Aussie Home Loans. In addition, he has considerable expertise as the Chair of several board-level audit and risk committees. Chris is a chartered accountant and has extensive CEO, executive and financial markets experience, having served as Managing Director and Head of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking (Australia and NZ), a partner in Caliburn (now Greenhill Investment Bank) and CEO of Andersen Australia and Andersen Business Consulting – Asia. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Financial Management) and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ACA), and Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs (FCPA). In 2014 Chris was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to arts administration, the community and the business and finance sector. In 2000 Chris was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for services to the arts and business.
CEO and Executive Director
Brodie commenced his role as CEO of iSelect in August 2018 after spending four months as acting-CEO. He first joined iSelect as a Board member in September 2014 and has over 15 years domestic and international experience in private equity, investment banking and corporate finance. Prior to his current role with iSelect, Brodie was the CEO of Melbourne Racing Club. He has also worked for Investec Bank from 2010-2013 where he was responsible for building a high-net-worth private client business. Brodie worked for Westpac Banking Corporation where he grew the institutional bank’s presence in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, and from 2006-2010 held the role of Investment Director at Westpac’s private equity fund. During his career Brodie has also worked at leading accounting and investment firms including Deloitte (Australia), Nomura (UK) and Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong). Brodie is the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Shaver Shop Group Ltd (ASX: SSG). Brodie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).
Independent Non-Executive Director, Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committees
Shaun was appointed to the iSelect Board in May 2003. Shaun founded and is the Chief Executive Officer of Precision Group, an investor, developer and financier of retail and commercial property across Australia. Precision Group owns over A$1 billion of commercial assets in Australia and has diversified its business into financial services and private equity investments, primarily in the IT and health sectors. Shaun is a qualified lawyer and Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and previously held various corporate advisory roles with publicly listed and private companies. He is also a member of the AICD and Young Presidents’ Organisation. Shaun is also a Director and Chairman of Litigation Lending Services Ltd. Shaun is founder and trustee of the Heartfelt Foundation, an Australian charitable trust.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Bridget was appointed to the iSelect Board in September 2013 and is a senior media executive with over 20 years’ experience in government relations, business strategy, corporate affairs and commercial negotiation. Bridget is currently CEO of FreeTV Australia Ltd. She previously held a number of senior roles with Seven West Media, most recently Group Chief of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs and Head of Regulatory and Business Affairs at the Seven Network. Between 1995 and 2000, Bridget held the position of General Counsel for SBS. Prior to this, she was legal counsel for the ABC and practiced as a solicitor at law firm Phillips Fox, now DLA Piper. She is also a former board member and Chairman of Screenrights and of OzTAM Pty Ltd. Bridget holds a BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is a Graduate of the AICD.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Melanie joined the iSelect Board in April 2016 and brings extensive experience in online business and digital marketing. In her former role as Head of Online for BIG W she managed Australia’s largest general merchandise e-commerce website. Melanie has more than 12 years’ experience in senior management roles across Australian and global retail brands including Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Bodyworks), Starwood Hotels and Woolworths. She also held corporate finance and strategy roles with leading investment banks and management consulting firms including Goldman Sachs and Bain & Company. Melanie is currently a non-executive Director of Baby Bunting Group Ltd (ASX: BBN) and Shaver Shop Group Limited (ASX: SSG). Melanie holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from University of Queensland.