AuSAE Board & Constitution 

Lyn McMorran

AuSAE President 

Lyn McMorran is the Executive Director of the Financial Services Federation, the industry body representing responsible and ethical finance and leasing providers in New Zealand (  The FSF’s members and affiliates provide first-class financing, leasing, and credit-related insurance products and services to over 2 million New Zealand consumers and businesses.  The FSF’s affiliate members include internationally recognised legal and consulting partners.

Prior to joining the FSF in 2012, Lyn was Area Manager for Westpac’s Private Bank in the Lower North and South Islands.  In that role Lyn ran a team of Private Advisers and support staff providing comprehensive financial planning advice to portfolios of private banking clients.

A Certified Financial Planner, Lyn is a Commission member of the Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman scheme, a member of the Investment Committee of the NZ National Council of Women, a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Financial Advisers Association of New Zealand and past President and Director of the Institute of Financial Advisers of New Zealand.

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Jane Schmitt

AuSAE Vice President

Jane Schmitt is a Lawyer by profession, having worked in private and corporate arenas. Jane’s move into executive management has seen her work across the insurance, construction and health environments, currently in the role of Chief Executive Officer at AMA Queensland.

She sits on a number of boards in the areas of research, education and health. She has recently been appointed Chairperson of MND and Me Foundation, a charity which provides funding for research, equipment and support for individuals diagnosed with motor neurons disease.

Her expertise lies in initiating innovative operational and strategic changes to enhance the influence and profile of communities and businesses. Jane is a strategic thinker, a straight talker and contributes vision and enthusiasm, strong leadership skills and business acumen.

Jane also provides consultancy advice on strategic planning and governance to associations and small businesses.

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Damian Mitsch

Damian Mitsch is a career Association Professional having held executive roles in some of Australia’s largest allied health membership organisations. Damian is currently the National Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Dental Association and an adjunct senior lecturer in clinical leadership and management at Monash University. Damian’s previous company directorship experience includes positions on the Board of Austin Health, The Butterfly Foundation, Chair of the National Primary Health Care Partnership, a director of Allied Health Professions Australia and President of The Bridge Inc. Damian is passionate about innovation, change and leadership.

He holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Holly Morchat Stanko

As General Manager for the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand, Holly oversees operations of the Association along with a few key areas of focus including conferencing, events, website, communications and strategic partnerships. As a graduate of Texas A&M University and Victoria University of Wellington, Holly arrived in New Zealand in 2012 as a part of the Rotary Ambassadorial Programme and has been working with ACENZ since 2012.

Actively involved in AuSAE New Zealand and the LINC conference committee, Holly enjoys learning from other associations in the membership throughout New Zealand and Australia.

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Michelle Blicavs

Michelle Blicavs is currently the CEO of the Association of Consulting Surveyors (ACS) for both the New South Wales Association and the National Association (CSN), representing the largest private land surveying firms in the country.  The Association also operates AusSearch to help fund their activities and support research for the profession.  The industry also promotes to young people through the Surveying Taskforce to ensure the longevity of the profession. ACS and CSN are both growing and adding new members each month due to successful engagement and advocacy.

Previously Michelle was the CEO at the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia and has served as a Local Government Councillor and as a Superannuation Fund Director.  Michelle has also served as the Chair of the Top Blokes Foundation since 2009.  With a Masters in Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Michelle has a strong passion for good governance and engaging with members.

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Peter Saffin

Peter is currently CEO of The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV). MAV promotes mathematics education and the importance of mathematics to society. MAV has over 1400 members from all sectors of education in Victoria and provides benefits to a growing network of over 13,500 mathematics educators. Members include individuals, schools, universities and other institutions, and MAV’s services are provided to teachers, students and the wider STEM community. Peter has led change across the association, and is working towards creating a more sustainable business model of diverse revenue streams. Peter led the development and implementation of a new strategic plan to improve membership services, advocacy, partnerships, governance and operational performance.  Significance increases in revenue and profit as well as impact to the sector have been achieved.

Peter has previous NFP Board experience with the Australian Publishers Association (APA) where he focused on advocacy and industry awards development. He is also current Vice President of the Council of Professional Teachers Associations of Victoria (CPTAV).Peter is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

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Sturt Eastwood

Sturt Eastwood is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes New South Wales, ACT & Queensland. This is Australia’s largest Member based, non-profit organisation dedicated to and supporting more than 55% of Australians living with diabetes. With a multidisciplinary commercial career spanning some three plus decades, Sturt has a wealth of National and International management and Governance experience.

Previously, Sturt held Senior Executive and Managing Director positions, both domestically and internationally for Telstra, Vodaphone, Fujifilm and Reach, working across fields as diverse as policy, technology, construction, marketing, strategy and health. He holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Economics and a Master of Business Administration and has held numerous board positions including the Australian Diabetes Council, The Glycaemic Index Foundation, Diabetes Qualified, The Australasian Society of Association Executives, Kordia and Multiple International Telstra and Reach Entities.

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