Sydney Writers Festival

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Philanthropy Matters 

Michael Lynch AM CBE : Jumping Ship

Thursday 25 May 2017 at 4.30pm | Sydney Dance 1

Michael Traill’s candid memoir {Jumping Ship} takes readers from ‘the millionaire’s factory’ of corporate Australia to the heart of philanthropy and social investment. Michael Lynch, cultural leader and Chair of Sydney Community Foundation talks to Traill about his work and social justice and writing his critically-acclaimed memoir. Traill was an ambitious small-town kid, who made a successful career at the Macquarie Bank, until he decided to jump ship and turn his efforts to addressing social disadvantage and reshaping the Australian non-profit landscape. 

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Michael Traill

In Jumping Ship Michael Traill tells the candid and inspiring story of the journey that took him from a modest small town in Morwell to a successful career at the millionaire’s factory of Macquarie Bank and then on to founding a unique Australian non-profit success story. In the process he shares for the first time how a group of financial high-fliers found a way to buy out the bankrupted ABC Childcare Centres and run a unique billion dollar social enterprise.

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch was chief executive of London’s Southbank Centre from 2002 until 2009 and was responsible for the major renovation of Royal Festival Hall and the transformation of the Southbank cultural precinct. Previously, Michael held positions as chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, general manager of the Australia Council and general manager of the Sydney Theatre Company. From 2011 to 2015 he was chief executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District, an ambitious project which will see a huge arts precinct built on the shores of Hong Kong‘s Victoria Harbour. Michael was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001 and in 2008 he was named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), both for services to the arts.

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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