Council

President

Alan Schwartz AM

Alan is the Managing Director of the Trawalla Group and has extensive experience in the not‐for‐profit and community sector. Alan is currently a Council member of Swinburne University. He contributed to the creation of Jewish Care, a merger of Jewish Community Services and Montefiore Homes, and was appointed its inaugural President. He has held a number of other senior not-for-profit board positions including Volunteering Victoria (Treasurer) and Philanthropy Australia (Treasurer, 1998-1999). Alan was also the founder of SEAL Force, one of Australia’s first ‘social ventures’ which developed the technical and interpersonal skills of corporate executives by challenging them with not‐for‐profit projects. 

In recognition of his contribution to the community and business, Alan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, followed by an Order of Australia (AM) in 2007. In 2006, Alan and his wife Carol Schwartz also established the Trawalla Foundation – a Private Ancillary Fund that invests in the arts, ideas, scholarship and innovation.



Vice President

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson is a director of the W & A Johnson Family Foundation. Ann and her husband Warwick established their PAF in 2006. She is Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company .  Ann trained as a lawyer and has worked for law firms in Sydney and Tokyo .

 

Allan English

Allan is the Founder and Executive Chairman of ASX-listed, and B-Corp accredited, Silver Chef Limited which was founded in 1986.  In 2000, as a volunteer, he established the Queensland office for Opportunity International. In 2010, he created the English Family Foundation to support local and overseas social entrepreneurs tackling some of the more challenging issues facing our society. Allan currently serves as a Council member of Philanthropy Australia and on the Advisory Board for QUT's The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. He is a former recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was recognised in 2012 by Queensland’s Community Foundation as Philanthropist of the Year.  In 2014, he won the inaugural Philanthropy Australia’s Philanthropy Leader award.


Robert McLean AM

Robert is a company director and private equity investor. He is a director of the Reserve Bank of Australia Payments System Board. He is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co Inc. where he served as the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. His non-profit roles include serving as a director of the Centre for Independent Studies, the Nature Conservancy Australia Program Advisory Board, the Asia Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy, the UNSW Medicine Advisory Council and as a Council member of Philanthropy Australia. Previous NFP roles have included founding Chairman of Social Ventures Australia, former President of The Benevolent Society and Chairman of The Nature Conservancy Australia Advisory Board.



John McLeod

John joined JBWere’s Philanthropic Services team on its establishment in 2001 after 16 years in resource equity markets. His primary responsibilities are researching and analysing trends in the philanthropic sector; interpreting the findings to provide valuable insights for clients; and forging relationships between clients with a philanthropic interest and the not-for-profit sector.

After retiring as a Principal and Executive Director of Goldman Sachs JBWere, John has been able to devote more time to both his family’s interests in private philanthropy through a Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) established in 2004 and broader education through consultancy in the sector while still undertaking research and client advisory work for the Philanthropic Services team at JBWere.

John serves on multiple Boards in a fiduciary volunteer capacity and is the co-author of IMPACT – Australia: Investment for social and economic benefit and The Cause Report – 20 years of (r)evolution in the not for profit sector.

 


Joe Skrzynski AO

Joe Skrzynski, AO, is Co-Chairman of CHAMP Private Equity which he co-founded with Mr Bill Ferris, AC in 1987. He has served on the Boards of numerous portfolio companies both in Australia and overseas. 
His not-for-profit activities have included several public sector appointments including Chairmanships of The Australian Film, Television and Radio School, The Sydney Opera House Trust, and SBS Radio and Television. He has also served as the CEO of the Australian Film Commission, a federal statutory authority.

He is currently a member of the Australian Committee for Human Rights Watch, a director of The Observership Program, The Conversation Media Group global board, and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Past positions have included the membership of the boards of The Sydney Dance Company, Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Pty Limited and the major organisations board of The Australia Council.

He is Chairman of the Skrzynski family foundation, the Sky Foundation with programs relating to women’s rights, indigenous advancement, overseas aid, medical research and education.
 

 

Jenny Stephens

Jenny worked for over 30 years in the higher education and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and Australia, and has been an academic and a social researcher with publications in the areas of labour market, gender and income security. For 10 years she worked in executive management roles at the University of Melbourne with a particular focus on starting up new initiatives and renewing existing areas. She then became a consultant in her own company with expertise in change management and engagement. Jenny was a former long serving member of the Board of Governance of Prahran Mission, a Ministerial appointee to the Board of NMIT, a Board member of a Community Bank, and is currently a Trustee of the R E Ross Trust. She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Sociology, has undertaken Executive level leadership programs in Australia and in the US at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the AICD.  



Caroline Stewart

Caroline is the Executive Officer of the UBS Australia Foundation, a private ancillary fund which also oversees the community engagement and partnership activities of UBS in Australia.  She has responsibility for establishing, nurturing and evaluating key community and corporate relationships, leveraging existing partnerships for growth.  Key focus areas are social entrepreneurship and educational opportunity, workplace giving and skilled volunteering. She sees wonderful opportunities to increase the engagement of PA with corporates to share skills, networks and importantly to promote co funding opportunities through engaged philanthropy, impact investment and collective impact  projects.  

Caroline is Co-Chair of Philanthropy Australia's Corporate Foundations Network and a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee. Other current boards include WAGEC (Women and Girls Emergency Centre, Redfern), Lenity Australia, and the marketing committee for WIPAN (Women in Prison Advocacy Network). She is past president of the Sancta Sophia Alumni Committee, Sydney University and in the Advisory Group for Life Circle.  Past roles include the 90 Homes for 90 Lives Collective Impact Group Committee, Marist Missions Overseas Fund Advisory Board, Nura Gili Indigenous Education Centre at UNSW Steering Committee and many working groups as part of her UBS Foundation role. Caroline has a BA from Sydney University, is admitted as a Solicitor in NSW and ACT and completed the AICD Company Directors Course. Caroline has a dual employee engagement role as UBS Australia's Head of Diversity and Inclusion. 



Genevieve Timmons

Genevieve is the Philanthropic Executive of the Portland House Foundation, a private, family foundation based in Melbourne linked to commercial interests. Since her appointment in 2004, a strong grant making portfolio has been established consistent with the Foundation charter to assist people to move out of situations of disadvantage. Genevieve is a director of the George Hicks Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, and brings more than 30 years of experience in grant making and social investment.

This experience includes management of the Lance Reichstein Foundation for 12 years, followed by 6 years as an international philanthropic consultant in Australia and New Zealand. Genevieve delivered a comprehensive range of services in both countries through this consultancy, including design, implementation and review of contemporary grant making programs, matched with policy and research on emerging trends and global challenges in philanthropic grant making. More than 30 clients included community foundations, trusts, PAFS, government, corporate and private donors, plus the peak membership organisation Philanthropy New Zealand.  Genevieve has built a range of professional development materials for both Australia and New Zealand, culminating in her book "Savvy Giving : The Art and Science of Philanthropy", commissioned by Australian Communities Foundation and published in 2013. In the last decade, Genevieve worked closely with state government as a member of the Victorian Advisory Council for the Community Support Fund, and the Government and Philanthropy Working Party which developed Principles for Collaboration between both sectors.

Past board appointments include Director and Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation, the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture,  and Reconciliation Victoria. High level peer networks are maintained as a Fellow of Leadership Victoria, as a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program (USA), and in New Zealand with peer grant makers.

Genevieve is committed to ensuring that philanthropy in Australia reaches its best potential in the decade ahead, and that Philanthropy Australia as an organisation is respected, influential, leading out with creativity and professionalism.  Her vision is a society where the needs of everyone are respected and their contributions valued. 



Craig Winkler

Craig Winkler was a co-founder of MYOB, serving initially as joint Managing Director until public listing, and then as CEO for nine years. Craig now divides his time between business pursuits and assisting NFP enterprises with his experience in strategy and management. He and his wife, Di founded a charitable Trust, which has been a Philanthropy Australia Member since 2009, with a focus on disability, the environment and indigenous Australians. Craig also has a keen interest in global developments of impact investment and workplace giving.
 

 

Kirsty Allen

Kirsty Allen is a Program Manager with The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund. The Foundation and Fund are among the largest, oldest and most respected philanthropic foundations in the Australia

Kirsty is deeply experienced in philanthropic grantmaking across an extensive range of grantmaking programs, including small grants, major one-off grants, and large, multi-year commitments. Her experience includes programmatic grants and the development of grantmaking themes and programs including capacity building grants programs, as well as application and selection processes. 

Kirsty came to the philanthropic sector following nearly ten years working in international development with International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).  Kirsty has served on the Board of IWDA as staff representative, the Board of Women’s Health West and the Management Committee of the Ross House Association.
 

 

Amanda Miller

Amanda is a co-founder of Impact Generation Partners, which advises, invests in and supports enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns. Amanda is passionate about and committed to building the impact investing ecosystem alongside the philanthropic sector in Australia.

Amanda strongly believes in the power of supporting and investing in women and girls. She is a member of Scale, a female focused angel investor network that invests in early stage businesses that have gender diverse leadership. Amanda is also a member of the Board of the Australian Women Donors Network.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Monash University and started her career practicing corporate law at Allens. She then moved into the philanthropic sector working with not-for-profit organisations and in philanthropic services at the Myer Family Company (MFCo), assisting families and individuals to implement strategic giving programs, and to engage the next generation in giving.

Amanda Chairs Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit that engages children and their families in hands-on volunteering opportunities and aims to develop empathy and a social conscience in children. She has been part of the Nexus Australia Youth Summit Organising Committee since its inception 2013 and has been a member and Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program in Melbourne.

 

Key Governance Personnel
 



Elizabeth O’Brien

Elizabeth O’Brien is the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Chair, Treasurer and Company Secretary. Elizabeth is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the Financial Services Assurance Practice in Melbourne, she also sits on a number of management committees, including the Societal Relevance Committee and Risk and Quality Committee. Elizabeth specialised in providing advice and assurance over risk management and controls frameworks, in addition to providing financial assurance to clients ranging from large global financial services organisations to small private ancillary funds.

Elizabeth has a broad range of experience from working domestically and also aboard, having worked in the United States for a number of years. Elizabeth is a Registered Company Auditor, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Melbourne. 

Vision is for a more giving Australia…

Sarah Davies (CEO) launched Philanthropy Australia's Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 at our 2016 Conference.

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