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The Board of Responsible Trades Australia brings a wealth of corporate experience and industry knowledge to the  Association’s guidance and governance.


Kirsty Perkins

Kirsty Perkins serves as the respected CEO of Responsible Leasing and Lending Australia, leveraging her previous, extensive experience as a credit manager in the finance sector to drive strategic initiatives and foster responsible lending practices. In her role, Kirsty managed a dynamic team responsible for managing credit facilities and ensuring compliance with legal regulations, including contract law, the Consumer Credit Code, Bankruptcy, and the Privacy Act. Her leadership is characterised by a commitment to minimising arrears, optimising cash flow, and refining the credit approval processes to mitigate risk and enhance operational efficiency.

In addition to her role at Responsible Leasing and Lending Australia, Kirsty serves as the dedicated CEO of Aspire42 Foundation, where she channels her passion for education and mentorship to empower individuals and create lasting change in the community. With her strategic vision and leadership skills, Kirsty continues to steer both organisations towards their respective missions, embodying a commitment to excellence and positive impact.

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John Stafford
RTA Board Member

John Stafford, Chief Operating Officer at Aspire42, is widely recognised as a top-performing senior executive with a depth of experience in leading a number of national corporations. His strengths are widely recognised in both the development and direction of strategic pathways, increasing operational efficiencies, and developing the necessary skills and teams to maximise sustained growth and profitability.

John has a diverse professional background spanning business development, operations management and sales. He is well recognised for his passion and ability to inspire and unite those within his team to achieve defined goals. John is a straight talker, a skilled communicator and negotiator, and a respected leader of the Aspire42 executive team. 

John can be contacted at

Kevin Richardson
Chairman of the Board

Kevin Richardson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as Chairman of the Board for Responsible Leasing and Lending Australia. With a distinguished background in Hard Goods and Services catering to both Consumers and Commercial users across Australia and North America, Kevin has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results while exceeding the expectations of customers and diverse stakeholders alike.

Throughout his career, Kevin has demonstrated unparalleled business acumen and a keen ability to navigate complex regulatory environments. His skill at engaging with legislators and regulators, coupled with a deep understanding of the demands of social license obligations, provides him with a unique perspective within the industry.

In his semi-retirement phase, Kevin has actively sought out opportunities to leverage his extensive experience and expertise to benefit various industries and not-for-profit organisations. His commitment to responsible business practices and ethical leadership is evident in his dedication to promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

As Chairman of the Board for Responsible Leasing and Lending Australia, Kevin remains steadfast in his mission to advance responsible lending and leasing practices. Under his guidance, the organisation is poised to lead the industry towards a future defined by integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Jill Johnson
RTA Board Member

Jill is a widely respected expert in public relations, marketing, and communications. She has worked across a broad section of industry groups, including finance, sporting goods, telecommunications, luxury auto, and construction. Jill has also applied her comprehensive knowledge of business to create several successful industry publications in the luxury auto, building, and construction industries.

Jill is renowned for her strong commitment to results, as well as for working to clearly defined goals and strategies. She is Director of Stakeholder Relations at Aspire42.

Jill can be contacted at

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