The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB)

Board of Management

RSB Governance

The Royal Society for the Blind is Incorporated under an Act of the South Australian Parliament - Royal Society for the Blind Act 1934 & 1974. The Board of Management is responsible for the corporate governance of the RSB and is accountable to the subscribers of the organisation. The performance of the Board significantly influences the ongoing viability and strength of the RSB. Board Members understand the responsibilities of the office and all who agree to serve have made a commitment to fulfilling those responsibilities. 



The Board:


  • guides and monitors the business and affairs of RSB
  • is responsible for setting its strategic direction
  • approves the annual budget, monitors financial performance and liaises with RSB’s Auditors
  • undertakes customer feedback initiatives to determine levels of effectiveness and satisfaction of our services
  • establishes and monitors the achievement of corporate goals
  • ensures the integrity of risk management, legal compliance and quality assurance systems
  • reports to subscribers, stakeholders and regulatory authorities and
  • is also responsible for the appointment, remuneration and succession planning of senior executives.


Each Board Member is bound by RSB’s Governance Charter, which outlines the expectations and corporate behaviours of all members of the Board.


The RSB Board has established the following sub-committees to assist it in the governance of the service and meet legislative requirements:


  • Client Advisory Committee
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Investment Sub Committee
  • Governance and Nominations Committee
  • Operation K9 Advisory Board
  • Property Committee


The Board approves, and reviews annually, the Terms of Reference, membership and chair of each subcommittee with minutes of subcommittee meetings distributed to Board Members along with recommendations for consideration to the full Board of Management.


RSB Board Members

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Kate Berry

G.Dip HRM, Dip Bus T

Board Member since 2015




Robert Dempsey 

SJ JP, MBA, B.Bus (Acct),

Executive Director

Board Member since 2017


Dr Jane Ford

BA (Journ), BEC, BA – Hons Politics, PhD

Board Member since 2019






Grant is an Ophthalmologist - Retina Specialist.  He is Vice President , Treasurer and a national Board Director of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).He is a past Chairman of the SA Branch of RANZCO.  He is a past Captain and Chairman of the Management Committee of Kooyonga Golf Club.  He has a special interest in strategic planning and risk management bringing a balanced skill set to assist the RSB navigate the challenging environment currently being faced by the disability and BVI sectors.

  • President, RSB


Pieter’s extensive experience in the retail property industry and as a business owner brings a commercial perspective to the table; he is passionate and has a strong commitment to promoting an awareness for the Operation K9 program.

  • Vice-President, RSB
  • Chair, Operation K9 Advisory Board
  • Chair, Property Committee


Barry brings a unique blend of skills to the RSB Board; he is a qualified accountant, with broad experience in financial management and corporate governance.  Barry is legally blind and an RSB client therefore understands the challenges and support required by people who are blind or vision impaired.

  • Vice-President, RSB
  • Member, Finance & Audit Committee / Investment Sub Committee
  • Chair, Client Advisory Committee


With over three decades of global financial services experience in public and private sectors Damian’s portfolio, which includes Aged Care and Retirement Living, Hospital, Professional and Specialised Medical Practices, positions him to well to assist with meeting the changes particularly around funding, NDIS and the requirement to grow greater returns from assets and investments.

  • Treasurer, RSB
  • Chair, Finance & Audit Committee / Investment Sub Committee


As a lawyer and Partner in the Corporate & Commercial division of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Kate is a specialist in companies and securities law and has a broad practice in general commercial law.  Kate has previously served as sole Legal Counsel and Company Secretary of ASX-listed Terramin Australia Limited, and currently serves as Deputy Chair of Adelaide based homelessness charity, Catherine House Inc. Kate’s professional skills and experience position her well to assist the RSB to transition into a period of significant change.

  • Secretary, RSB
  • Member, Property Committee


As a senior Human Resources Executive with experience in multiple industries, including tourism, Sport, Retail and professional services, Kate brings a commercial mindset and Human Resources expertise to the Board that will assist during times of significant disruption and change.



Ian’s strategic business and director skills, along with his financial qualifications, enables him to add value to the RSB in a period of significant change.

  • Member, Investment Sub Committee
  • Member, Property Committee



Celia is a consultant neuro-ophthalmologist / clinician scientist and brings firsthand experience and knowledge in relation to the needs of people who are blind or vision impaired



With an extensive career in acute care, disability, aged care and mental health, together with qualifications that include a Bachelor of Business and Master of Business Administration, Rob is well experienced to lead the organisation adding to its rich 136+ year history.

  • Executive Director, RSB
  • Member, on all Board Committees



As a corporate communications and policy specialist with broad experience in government and the private sector, together with qualifications in international trade policy, journalism, politics and economics, Jane’s insight will assist the Board with achieving its mission and effectively communicating its goals both internally and externally.



Brad’s qualifications in finance and economics, as well as being a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute, brings a range of skills that include public policy, strategy, finance and operations.

  • Member, Finance & Audit Committee / Investment Sub Committee



Michael’s qualification in communication and art, his passion for enhancing the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired along with ensuring a harmonious positive working environment brings a unique skill set to the Board.  Michael as a consumer of the RSB, having lost his vision at a young age, is able to also bring the experiences of a long-term vision impaired consumer and advocate to the discussion.