Karen Hayes (Treasurer)
Chief Executive Officer Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia
Karen Hayes is recognised as a dynamic influencer in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector. Since November 2011 she has been the CEO of the Victorian Division of Guide Dogs Australia, which is currently Australia’s “Most Trusted Charity,” for the 7th year in a row.
A past Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award finalist, Karen is currently a Board member of Multiple Sclerosis Ltd (6 years), The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (6 years) and a past board member of Vision 2020 Australia, (5 years) Melbourne Football Cub (7 years) and Breast Cancer Network Australia (15 years).
Karen was one of the founders of Breast Cancer Network Australia, and as the co-founder of the Australian chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), she continues to play a leadership role for women across a number of industries and communities globally.
Prior to joining Guide Dogs, Karen enjoyed an exemplary career in the Professional Services sector including as Director, Corporate Engagement and Human Capital with UXC Limited and CEO of Planpower, a major Project Management organisation.
Under Karen’s leadership, Guide Dogs Victoria has delivered a $27m capital campaign to transform GDV’s campus into Australia’s first sensory campus. The new facilities are aimed at improving the lives of people living with blindness or low vision, while also providing a world class environment for breeding and training guide dogs and educating the community.
Karen was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and the community and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List, for significant service to the community as an advocate for gender equity, and to women in sport. She was also inducted as a Dame in the Order of St John in June 2019, in recognition of her contribution to community.
Japan Guide Dog Association, Japan
Japan Guide Dog Association (JGDA), Japan’s largest Guide Dog Organization, provides not only guide dogs but other integrated rehabilitation-related services to vision impaired people throughout Japan. Seishi has been a board member of JGDA for seven years, eagerly learning about the needs of people with vision impairment in Japanese society and the key factors of breeding, raising and training of high-quality guide dogs to meet and exceed the requirements of Japanese Guide Dog Users.
Along with his role at JGDA, Seishi is currently a corporate auditor of the largest textbook publishing company in Japan. Founded in 1909, its mission is to nurture future citizens of Japan through publishing textbooks of a higher calibre. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, and has been in management positions in the printing industry for 27 years.
His passion for track and field began in college and he is now a vice president of Japan Masters Athletics. They have over 10,000 members aged from 35 to 100+ and he enjoys meeting with the members and staying physically active. He participated in the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon twice each and has completed about 60 full marathons to date.
The Japan Guide Dog Association was founded in 1967 in Tokyo, Japan and operates 4 separate training centres across Japan. With over 100 staff members, we graduate 30 to 50 guide dog teams a year. We are a leading guide dog school in Japan, working closely together with 7 other Japanese Guide Dog schools through the National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institutions.
The JGDA became a member school of IGDF in 1997. We had the honour to host the 2014 IGDF Seminar in Tokyo, where 289 delegates joined to learn from one another, enjoyed the company of each other and experienced Japanese hospitality. It was such a valuable opportunity not only for all the JGDA staff members involved but also our fellow colleagues in the Japanese Guide Dog movement, to witness the variety of style, structure, and culture of IGDF members first-hand.
Seishi is excited to serve IGDF as a board member and is aiming to provide equal benefits to member organizations, regardless of their language, location, and size. He is looking forward to achieving the goals of the IGDF with everyone.
Seishi was elected to the IGDF Board at the 2021 IGDF AGM.
IGDF Company Secretary
David has over 12 years of experience in governance and board support roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors, including the British Medical Association, Heritage Lottery Fund, and Link Asset Services. He is an Associate of ICSA – the Chartered Governance Institute of the UK and Ireland.
David manages the IGDF Office in the UK. He works closely with the IGDF Board and Committees to deliver IGDF’s Vision and strategic priorities. David joined IGDF in March 2020.