The Olympus Solutions Board of Governance is made up of representatives from the Member organisations, sub-contractors and leading Australian independent board experts. A Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board and has responsibility for contract delivery and performance. Supporting the CEO are the Compliance Staff; Performance Manager and Employer Engagement team within the sub-contractor.

A ‘Coalition of Influence’ consisting of high profile business professionals from a breadth of industries has been developed to bring innovation and best practice to drive continual improvement across Olympus Solutions.

The Olympus Solutions Board of Directors includes:

  • Dr Robert Lang, Chair, Adj Prof (WSU), PhD, BE(Hons), BSc, FAICD, FIE(Aust)
  • Fred JP Van Steel, CEO Ability Options
  • Pearl Forrester, CPA; MBA; BEcon; GradDipCompSci; GAICD
  • Michael Maxwell, GradDipAdEd (VET); MSocSci; GAICD

Supporting continuous improvement of service delivery will be our ‘Coalition of Influence’ made up of key individuals from a diverse background to refine our approach, including:

  • Chair: Raife Watson: Adzuna CEO
  • Professor Trevor Parmenter AM
  • Ben Foote: CareerOne CEO
  • Bradlee Commins, MD Pindarri, leading national Indigenous mentor to Australian business (eg Westpac and NSW Health)

Other resources to support the leadership of the company include existing strong member relations with Social Ventures Australia, HLB Mann Judd, King & Wood Mallesons & Sandy Hollway AOM.

Dr Robert Lang

Adj Prof (WSU), PhD, BE(Hons), BSc, FAICD, FIE(Aust)

Dr Robert Lang has a career history of thirty five years in the public service, gained within a combination of state & local government, change management, community engagement, strategic urban planning, urban development, transport infrastructure, place management, arts, tourism and energy businesses.  He was the CEO of three major organisations, including Parramatta City Council, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Pacific Power. He has significant experience as a Board Director, serving on 18 Boards over the past 22 years, including not-for-profits, private companies and government statutory authorities. He has a longstanding interest in liveable cities, affordable housing, social inclusion and the arts.  Dr Lang has postgraduate qualifications in Engineering, Information Technology and Business Management.  He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.


Pearl Forrester

CPA; MBA; BEcon; GradDipCompSci; GAICD

Pearl is a finance executive with experience in the not-for-profit human services sector, with roles over the last 10 years in Aged Care and Disability organisations. Pearl worked primarily in ASX-listed service oriented companies for over 20 years prior to moving into not-for-profit, mission-focused organisations to combine life and career goals. Pearl is a former member of the Advisory Committee for the Trustees of Catholic Aged Care Sydney.


Fred JP Van Steel

CEO Ability Options

Fred has extensive experience in the disability sector, in manufacturing, logistics and fast moving customer service organisations. He has held positions as shareholder, managing director, CEO and executive management in finance and administration, operations, production, sales and marketing, IT and technology, and research and development. Fred has also worked with private equity firms on assignments with boards and CEOs working on strategy, restructures, recovery and market expansion throughout Australasia. Fred holds tertiaryand postgraduate qualifications in finance, economics, marketing, business administration and management, as well as a number of instructor qualifications in the leisure and commercial maritime industries in Australia and the UK.


Michael Maxwell

GradDipAdEd (VET); MSocSci; GAICD

Michael has combined an extensive career in the social and community services sector with post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education and Social Science. He works with disadvantaged communities in developing training and employment projects, that have opened doorways of opportunity for those to whom they are so often closed. At the core of Michael’s work has been a passion and ability to create programs that promote social and financial inclusion and by which individuals who face complex and compound factors of social disadvantage are supported to live to their full potential in a safe, secure and appropriate environments. Michael has worked with a range of social service organisations and is currently Principal at Social Traction and lectures at several tertiary institutions.

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