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Our Board

Graeme Dennis - Non-Executive Director

GraemeGraeme is a lawyer with over 20 years experience acting in commercial and corporate law. Currently a partner of Clayton Utz, Graeme has advised the boards of some of Australia's largest companies on major transactions and acquisitions, and also advised the boards of State Government corporations on their powers, duties and responsibilities.

Graeme is Chair of Dry July Foundations Governance Sub-Committee and has also acted for a number of years as the honorary solicitor for the Wheelchair Sports Association Inc, advising particularly on charitable fundraising and collection rules. He is also a proud benefactor of the Northcott Society, a charity which provides respite care to the families of children with disabilities, and is also a benefactor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Holding degrees in Law and Arts from both Sydney University and the College of Law (Sydney), Graeme has been admitted to practice as solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and New Zealand.


Jaclyn Jeffery - Non-Executive Director

jj-150Jaclyn is an experienced public service manager specialising in governance, project and risk management currently working for the Commonwealth Government.

Bringing her strong background and experience in compliance, Jaclyn currently sits on the Governance Sub-Committee of the Dry July Foundation, implementing and managing various governance and risk management initiatives set by the Board.

Jaclyn has a passionate interest in cancer treatment; and like many, has had close first-hand experience with the disease and is dedicated to assisting Dry July reach its full potential to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes for people with cancer.

Jaclyn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Management) and a Masters in Human Resource Management.


Brett Macdonald - Executive Director and Co-Founder

BM-150Brett is an experienced creative director with more than 15 years in branding and business communications.

With a background in start-ups, creative agency and the corporate sector means his range of skill sets, personable approach and passion for the cause are well suited to the development of Dry July.

Brett holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Communication, he was awarded membership to the Society of Typographic Designers and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Phil Grove - Executive Director and Co-Founder

PG-150Phil is an experienced online professional with over 16 years of development and web experience. His time in corporate, agency and contract roles has allowed him to see all facets of the online world.

In his role as Executive Director of Dry July, Phil has worked on many aspects of the business including corporate governance, legal, accounting, audit management and stakeholder management. His personal experience and passion for the cause helps Phil ensure Dry July grows year on year.

Phil holds a BSc (HONS) in Electronic Imaging and Media Communication from The University of Bradford, UK and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Scott Abraham - Non-Executive Director

SA-150Scott is a Chartered Accountant with over 16 years of commercial experience. Scott is a Director and an owner of ABR Virtus Chartered Accountants in Canberra.

His role involves the specialisation in business advisory and taxation issues for private business clients. Prior to the establishment of this business, Scott acted as an Executive Director of Canberra's largest business advisory firm where he was employed for over 8 years.

Scott has extensive business and taxation knowledge and is an Accredited Advisor of Family Business Australia. Scott also holds a B. Bus (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University.


Kenny McGilvary - Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder

km-150Kenneth has ten years public relations consulting experience in ANZ and the UK and is well versed in communicating brand strengths to both consumer and specialist audiences. With considerable not-for-profit, corporate and consumer technology experience, he has key strengths in executive counsel, brand strategy, community engagement and problem- solving.

Kenneth is an Account Director with the corporate and marketing communications company Acumen Republic, where his role covers client management, team development and new business responsibilities.

Kenneth holds an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University and the Chartered Institute of Marketing's advanced certificate.