Chris Knoblanche AM
Chris joined the iSelect Board as Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2015. Chris also serves on the Boards of Latitude Financial (Hallmark Companies), Environment Protection Authority NSW and is Chair of HiPages Group. He has previously served as an adviser to and on the Board of Aussie Home Loans, Trustee of the Sydney Opera House (2014 – 2020) and was a Director of Greencross Limited prior to TPG Capital acquisition.
Chris 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 Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), and Fellow of CPA Australia (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.
Brodie first joined iSelect as a Board member in September 2014 and also spent two years as CEO for the Company between April 2018 and October 2020. Brodie has over 15 years’ domestic and international experience in private equity, investment banking and corporate finance.
Brodie is currently Chair of Shaver Shop Group Limited (ASX:SSG), Endota Spa Pty Ltd, Industry Beans Pty Ltd. Hungry Hungry Pty Limited and Prism Pty Ltd (ERP Horseracing SaaS business).
Previously, 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-networth 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 holds a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of Melbourne and is a member of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).
Shaun was appointed to the iSelect Board in May 2003. Shaun founded Precision Group in 1994 and serves as its CEO and Managing Director, being principally responsible for the strategic direction of Precision. In addition, Shaun acts as a Director and Strategic Adviser of various entities Precision has interests in, including as Chairman of Litigation Lending and of Prezzee, Skyfii and Lenders Direct.
Shaun holds a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Jurisprudence), Bachelor of Law and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Adelaide and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.
Shaun is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, and of the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of NSW.
Philanthropy is also a key part of Shaun’s activities, and he acts as Deputy Chairman of Life Education Australia, is a Director of the Princes Trust, a Director of the Chinese Language and Culture Education Foundation of Australia, and founder of his own charity the Heartfelt Foundation.
Bridget was appointed to the Board of iSelect in 2013 and is a senior media executive with over 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, government relations, business strategy and commercial negotiation in the media, technology and communications sectors.
Bridget joined Free TV Australia as Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. Bridget previously held a number of senior roles with Seven West Media and has also worked with the ABC and SBS.
Bridget is a former Chairman of Screenrights and has been on the boards of OzTAM and Freeview.
She is a board member of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas. Bridget is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 JB HiFi (ASX: JBH), Baby Bunting Group Ltd (ASX: BBN) and EML Payments (ASX: EML).
Melanie holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from University of Queensland.
Geoff was appointed to the iSelect Board in December 2018 and is an entrepreneurial senior executive with more than 25 years’ consistent success in starting, building, growing and improving the performance of businesses. Geoff’s expertise spans corporate innovation and growth, business strategy and execution, and major transformational change as well as operational management and people leadership.
He joined Serco in 2019 as Chief Growth Officer ASPAC to lead and drive the growth agenda across Asia Pacific. Geoff’s career has also included Managing or Lead Partner positions for global consulting businesses with clients including Westpac, AMP, Telstra, Qantas, FedEx, Oracle, Caterpillar and Brambles.
Geoff is also the Chair of Uplifting Australia, a not-for-profit organisation focused on the emotional wellbeing of children; a member of the Advisory Board for online car sales business Mogo; and a mentor to a number of start-ups at Stone & Chalk.
Geoff is a Graduate of the AICD Directors Course, has a Masters of Economics (Macq), a Bachelor of Business (UTS), is a CA of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and a CPA.