This month, Jeremy Rigg’s tenure as a Telethon Speech & Hearing Board member came to an end. Jeremy, who currently serves as Associate General Counsel for Health at Serco Asia Pacific, spent six years on the TSH Board, adding valuable insight and guidance during a period of rapid growth for the organisation. Jeremy’s legal background helped to navigate a stretch that threw up unprecedented challenges, such as the NDIS client funding model and COVID-19.
Some of the initiatives he was able to support and assist with as Board member include:
- a complete refresh of TSH’s governance framework, with the adoption of a new constitution and of a revised Board charter and revised Committee terms of reference.
- the establishment of a new framework and policy to enable investments of surplus funding to be made, with a view to the longer-term security of TSH
- the development of a revised strategic plan
- the re-branding initiative
- assisting with the resolution of issues around legacy trademarks held in the name of the former TSH Inc. entity
Despite the many accomplishments at Board level, Jeremy argues that his most notable achievement came in April 2019 where, dressed in a bunny suit, he joined CEO Mark Fitzpatrick in abseiling down the 40-storey skyscraper QV1, as a TSH fundraiser.
“It was a pleasure to be a part of TSH and I know it is in good hands, with a passionate team of people who are committed to the purpose and vision of TSH at both the Board and management level,” Jeremy said.
“Jeremy’s contribution to the Board and our organisation was substantial,” explained Telethon Speech & Hearing CEPO Mark Fitzpatrick. “He was instrumental in helping guide the organisation in a sustained period of growth, through the impacts of COVID, and through our forays into new service delivery. He did so with a strong set of values and an amazing sense of calm, whilst applying his strong analytical mind to any issues we faced.
“Jeremy’s counsel was always impactful and accurate, and his willingness to be available at any time was a great support to me and the team. Most importantly, Jeremy was a Board member who connected with our purpose. He was never one who stepped back from helping us raise funds, always brought good humour to our conversations, and did all of this with a great sense of humility. We are a better organisation for having had him as part of our Board.”
TSH would like to thank Jeremy for his valuable contribution to the organisation and we wish him every success going forward.