Board of Directors

Representing a broad set of knowledge and experience, the Buddy Technologies Board of Directors provides advice and oversight for the leadership team, and company at large.

Richard Borenstein
Non-Executive Chairman

Dividing his time between San Francisco and Tel Aviv, Richard (Rick) Borenstein is a venture investor, advisor and board member with over 40 years of technology company experience. Rick brings extensive business, finance, accounting and entrepreneurial skills to Buddy Platform.

Rick grew up in New York City, and attended the University of Michigan before going to Harvard Business School. He has taught entrepreneurship at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan and at San Quentin Prison (SF Bay Area) as part of The Last Mile program.

David McLauchlan,
CEO and Executive Director

David is the co-founder, CEO and Executive Director of Buddy Technologies. Before launching Buddy, David gained extensive international business experience, spending nearly 11 years at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA in the hardware, software and development teams. Prior to moving to the US, David was a management consultant for PwC in Australia. David holds a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering (Hons) from the University of South Australia.

Rosey Batt
Non-Executive Director

Based in Adelaide, Rosey is CEO of Rosey Batt & Associates, a private, professional organization providing legal and business services. She is a national and international facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also sits on a number of private, public and industry boards.

Rosey practiced law for over 30 years and holds a Masters in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.

John van Ruth
Non-Executive Director

Based in Adelaide, John van Ruth has had an extensive career spanning a range of industries providing him with valuable experience and acumen in the fields of finance, IT and business strategy. He has held senior executive roles with Faulding, Adelaide Bank, RAA and Coopers Brewery Ltd. John’s early career spanned 20 years, where he was Senior Manager at KPMG and EY, and later, a Partner at Arthur Andersen.

John serves as a non-executive director on a range of not-for-profit and ASX listed. John holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of South Australia.

Ben Secrett
Company Secretary

Mr Secrett has over 10 years’ experience providing corporate advisory, legal, risk and governance services to Australian and foreign listed and unlisted entities, having worked as a corporate lawyer and a Principal Adviser in ASX Listings Compliance. Ben has a comprehensive knowledge of the Corporations Act and ASX listing rules, and extensive experience in IPOs and capital raisings, backdoor listings, transaction structuring, and corporate governance and compliance. Ben has qualifications in economics, law and corporate governance.