Our Management Committee

Jenni Erbel

Jenni Erbel (President)

MFP, BCom, BBus, DipEd, DipFP & Cert IV TAE

Jenni has worked in the financial sector in Brisbane since 1987.  During that time she has run her consultancy and training business, worked both as a financial planner and managed financial planning teams, and has been a CEO of an APRA regulated superannuation fund. Over the past three years, Jenni has spent time supporting various charities via long distance walking.  Jenni joined the Braille House Board in 2017 as a way of giving back to the community in a Board capacity rather than a walking capacity!

David Balwin

David Balwin (Treasurer)


David has some 30+ years directing, facilitating and managing financial management initiatives and activities for private, Government and semi-Government organisations. He is a registered Tax Agent and a Director of Balanix Solutions, an accounting and business advisory firm. David’s Board participation with CPA Australia spanned some 14 years on various Committees as well as President of the Qld Division in 2003 and alternate National Board member from 2004 to 2007. Balanix has been external accountant for Braille House for a number of years.

Professor Karen Benson

BCom(Hons), MCom, PhD

Professor Karen Benson is the Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland.
Karen has an extensive career as a finance academic, teaching and researching in financial management, international finance and manage investment funds. More recently she has held leadership and governance positions at UQ in the UQ Business School, the Office of the Academic Board and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation. Karen joined the Braille House Management Committee in 2019 and is keen to support the organisation achieve its goals by offering support in financial management, governance, and building partnerships.

Tony Crilly

Tony Crilly is highly regarded by his peers and is known for his practical approach to achieving the best outcome for his clients. He is highly experienced in services ranging from the initial structure of a start- up business, preparing for the exit of the owners from a business or planning the personal succession issues to provide for the family after the death of a business owner.

Tony is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and The Tax Institute. He is also a fellow member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an international network of practitioners. He has lectured for FINSIA and LexisNexis in post graduate studies in Risk Management and Estate Planning and delivered papers to his peers regarding Family provision applications. He has also presented numerous lectures on business succession agreements funded by insurance, company shareholder rights and director rights and obligations, estate planning and estate litigation.