People

Daniel Rechtman (Executive Director)

Daniel is Chair of the Board and is currently a Director of a number of private companies. He has been involved in the Education sector through the Taylors College Group, Study Group Australia and The Knox School. Daniel has been a practising Solicitor since 1968. He has worked for and at universities, and was for 10 years a member of the Victorian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.

David Abraham AM (Executive Director)

As well as being a Director of CASS, David is Chairman of four syndicates of Chief Executive Officers. He was formerly Chairman of  the Board at The Knox School Limited and Sirius Telecommunications Limited, Chairman of the Australian Health Service Alliance Limited, Thirteenth Beach Golf Links Limited, The Liberty Group (County Court of Victoria), and Deputy Chair of Generation Victoria. He was the Facilitator on the Melbourne City Link Project, the Probity Adviser for the Melbourne Cricket Ground redevelopment, Due Diligence Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at The University of Melbourne and Commissioner investigating governance at Nillimbuk Council. David was involved in the Education sector as a Director of Taylors Schools, Study Group International, Ruyton Girls School and as Chair of the Council at Ormond College, The University of Melbourne. He was Chair of the Interim Board of Directors of Human Variome Project International Limited. David is a lawyer and was formerly Managing Partner at a city legal firm.

David Aitken (Executive Director & Secretary)

David has worked in the education sector with the Taylors Schools Group and Study Group Australia; in financial services (chartered accountancy); and stockbroking over the past 45 years. He has also consulted on the design, development and construction of specialist education and student residential facilities in Australia and New Zealand for a 20 year period. Besides being a Director of CASS, David was a Foundation Director of The Knox School Limited (until 2007) and he has sat on a number of private and public company Boards.

Peter Wade (Non Executive Director)

Peter was a founding Director of PhillipsKPA Pty. Ltd. and its predecessor, KPA Consulting, until the end of 2016. He is one of Australia’s most respected experts in the operation of universities and in particular, in financial and corporate management. Peter is actively engaged in the governance and management of major educational and private sector corporations. In May 2012, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University. Before joining KPMG and then KPA consulting, Peter was General Manager of Monash University for 15 years, overseeing many of Monash’s financial, international and commercial initiatives. He has also been Deputy Head of the Treasury of Victoria and Deputy Director-General (Finance) of Transport. Peter was for many years Chair of Open Universities Australia and a Director of The Knox School Limited.

Hugh Collins (Non Executive Director)

Dr Collins is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and of Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow. From 1994 until his retirement in 2008 Dr Collins was Master of Ormond College and Professorial Fellow in Political Science, University of Melbourne. Previously, he held academic positions in Political Science at the Australian National University and Murdoch University, WA; with visiting appointments at Carleton University, Ottawa, the University of Virginia, and St Antony’s College, Oxford. He was Academic-in-Residence in the Department of Foreign Affairs, 1974-1975, and a Consultant to the Western Australian “WA Inc” Royal Commission, 1992. From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of The Geelong College Council. Dr Collins joined the Board of The CASS Foundation in July 2008.

Robert Read (Non Executive Director)

Robert is a Fellow of CPA Australia and he was founding Managing Director of Taylors Schools Limited, a non-profit company limited by guarantee. Robert was instrumental in placing Taylors College at the forefront of the national initiative to recruit international students for secondary education in Australia.  Robert was an inaugural Executive Director of the CASS Foundation until his retirement in 2015. He has experience in finance, education, philanthropy, marketing and corporate administration.