“I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful community who are supportive and helpful. Thanks again to all those wonderful parents, so very much appreciated.“
Julian De Meyrick, Director & Acting Chair
Julian de Meyrick spent more than 25 years working as a marketer in major organisations including Unilever, American Express, Bushells and Pacific Film Laboratories. He was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Macquarie University and also taught at other universities and private providers.
He was Dean of Students at Macquarie University and has been involved in the management of higher education programs at several private providers and Sydney TAFE. He is currently on the board of two not-for-profit organisations and the academic board of a private higher education provider.
He has recently participated in the review of a degree program at a private university. He holds a BCom from University of NSW, an MBA from Cranfield University in the UK, and a PhD from Macquarie University.
Tara Beath, Director
Tara is a marketing and not for profit leader with extensive experience in strategy, performance, governance and marketing, developed both in corporate and for purpose environments.
As current Head of Marketing & Fundraising for Variety NSW/ACT, she is entrusted with delivering brand and revenue outcomes to enable the continuation and growth of critical support to children who are sick, experiencing disadvantage or living with a disability. Prior to her current role she has 20 plus years of corporate experience, including corporate foundation leadership and a range of senior leadership marketing positions.
Tara has a personal passion for helping children with autism connect with their communities and form positive and respectful relationships. She is the proud mother of 3 daughters, one who has autism and is committed to creating brighter futures for communities across Australia.
Rodney Forrester, Treasurer
Rodney is a partner of Forrester Korfiatis and has worked with business owners and high net worth individuals.
Rodney commenced his career in tax and accounting in 1987 in a second tier accounting firm which gave a solid background in assisting business.
Rodney has a strong interest in assisting business to grow, by meeting business owners at times suitable to them, often at their premises.
Rodney lives in the Sutherland Shire, is married to Judy, and has 3 children. In his spare time, Rodney enjoys golf, table tennis and sports trivia.
Reika Phung Dzupinka, Director
Reika has 15+ years of experience starting her career in top-tier consulting and more recently in high growth tech with expertise in Sales, Operations and Go-to-Market Strategy. Reika is currently the Head of Operations at Domain Housing Group.
Prior to Domain, she held leadership positions at Ceridian as the Head of Revenue Strategy and Execution for the APJ region, the Growth and Strategy General Manager at Ascender and Head of SMB sales at LinkedIn for the ANZ market.
Reika has a BSc/BE from the University of Sydney and an MBA from INSEAD. Reika is an advisor to Triiyo, an employee experience platform and joined the ACN board in February 2022.
Bernardo Vizcaino, Director
Bernardo is an experienced executive with a background in financial services, journalism and academia. He is a father of two boys and has been a member of the Autism Community Network since its inception in 2011, having served on the original board of ACN.
Bernardo previously worked with Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank and at a fund management research boutique in Singapore – where he conducted research on investment funds in areas including ethical and socially responsible funds, 130/30 and alternative funds. He has written and presented extensively on the topic of investment funds and also lectured finance and statistics courses in both Singapore and Australia.
Bernardo’s journalist work spans over a decade, including seven years with Reuters News, covering emerging markets across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Bernardo holds an International Business degree from Mississippi State University and a Masters degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.