Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Board Profiles

The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

Justice Thomas Bradley is a well-respected legal professional in Queensland, with over 20 years’ experience as a barrister and judge.

Admitted as a barrister in 2000, Justice Bradley was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and has extensive experience in private practice across a range of fields.

In 2018, Justice Bradley appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Alongside his successful legal career, His Honour has dedicated years to Queensland not-for-profits and charities, including serving as chair of Access Arts, chair of the Brisbane Festival Giving Committee and ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation.

Justice Bradley holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bar Practice Certificate.

Julie Byth

Julie Byth

BBus (PR), GAICD

Julie is a senior leader who has lent her experience in marketing and communications to a broad range of organisations spanning the for-profit, not-for-profit and Government sectors.

Currently, Julie is the Chief Experience Officer with Queensland’s largest disability provider, CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, where her portfolio encompasses a broad range of functional areas, including fundraising, marketing, property and CPL’s project management office.

In 2020 Julie was appointed to Brisbane City Council’s Transport in Brisbane Board. Prior to joining CPL, Julie held marketing and communications management roles in human services, consulting, public transport, the arts, and tourism and entertainment, with organisations including Queensland Rail, UnitingCare Queensland and Tourism Queensland.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) from QUT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Bruce Cowley

Bruce Cowley

BCom, LLB (Hons), FAICD

CPL Chair, CPL Director, Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Chair)

Until 30 June 2019, Bruce was Chairman of MinterEllison, one of Australia’s largest law firms, and has practised as a corporate lawyer for nearly 40 years, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, directors’ duties and corporate governance.

He has authored with Stephen Knight, Duties of Board and Committee Members (Thomson Reuters, 2017) which details the duties of members of different kinds of companies and other entities, which are recognised under Australian law. He is a member of the QSuper Board of Trustees; chairs the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland; is a Member of the Takeovers Panel and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, QSuper Board of Trustees
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Chair, Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland
  • Member, Takeovers Panel
  • Chair, IDEAS Van Projects Ltd
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland
  • Member, Griffith Business School Advisory Board
Bree Hadley

Bree Hadley

PhD, MEd Higher Education, MA Creative & Professional Writing, BA Creative Arts

Bree Hadley is a recognised leader in the Queensland arts industry, with over two decades of practice and academic experience covering theatrical, cultural and arts management.

During her career, Bree has undertaken extensive academic study in the arts sector and has also worked as a lecturer at one of Queensland’s largest universities, Queensland University of Technology.

In this role, Bree has supported a diverse cohort of students pursuing careers in performing arts, community arts and arts management.

Bree is past President of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (ADSA), past Director of Performance Studies international (PSi). She is also a nationally recognised commentator as a result of her previous roles as a critic for The Australian, judge for the Matilda Awards, and a committee member and consultant for arts agencies, organisations and festivals.

Bree holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts, a PhD in Theatre and Cultural Studies, a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Education.

Rhys Kennedy

Rhys Kennedy

BOccThy, MBA, GAICD

Rhys has extensive experience in the disability sector, both as an occupational therapist providing therapy services to children, and as a manager and strategist. Rhys was motivated to join CPL following a placement in the final year of his university degree, when he witnessed children with disability achieving developmental milestones with the support of CPL’s dedicated therapists.

As Chief Executive Officer, Rhys maintains his connection with clients and front-line employees through regular visits to CPL sites. In addition to a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Rhys holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rhys is also the Chair of Cerebral Palsy Australia.

Wendy Lavelle

Wendy Lavelle

BA (PR), AssocDip Habilitation, DipComEdu, GAICD

Wendy has a wealth of community sector knowledge and management experience, joining CPL in 2003 after working in both accommodation and employment services in the UK and in Australia. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Wendy leads all service streams as well as a number of enabling functions including, People, Learning and Culture and Quality, Safety and Risk.

Nigel Lavender

Nigel Lavender

BA (Hons)

Nigel Lavender is an arts leader with over four decades of national and international experience in arts management and accessibility.

Following a lengthy career in the UK, Nigel immigrated to Queensland and was appointed Executive Director of Queensland Music Festival, which he led until 2018. In January 2019 Nigel founded Momentum Arts, an arts production consultancy specialising in strategic planning, regional arts funding and major events.

Nigel’s passion for arts accessibility is the driving force for his service to the Access Arts Board and other similar projects such as The Big Anxiety Festival.

Nigel holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology and English.

Dermot Lindsay

Dermot Lindsay

MFP, ADFS (FP), DFS (FP), GAICD

CPL Director, Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Member)

National Head of Specialist Advice, Shadforth Financial Group, Mr Lindsay has overall responsibility for the profitable and efficient operation and growth of the Corporate Superannuation and Consulting business, the financial advice business, the Lending Specialists business and the General Insurance business. Mr Lindsay brings further experience in a variety of senior leadership roles within retail financial services over the last two decades, including National Manager, Alliance Partners at Perpetual Private, Queensland State Manager of Aviva Australia.

  • Masters in Financial Planning
  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ken MacDonald, AM

Ken MacDonald, AM

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons), FAICD

CPL Director, Finance and Risk Committee (Member)

Ken has over 40 years of experience in corporate law, specialising in the energy and natural resources sector. In 2017, he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently Chair of Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and a member of Queensland Library Foundation Council.

He has held a range of directorships and board management positions, including: Chairman of Highlands Pacific Limited; Deputy Chancellor of Bond University; Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Investment Corporation, Director of Save the Children Fund Australia.