(Hot Topic Series) The Trump Effect – What will it mean for Philanthropy in Australia?

Where: Online

When: Thu 27th Apr 2017, 13:00 – 14:00 (1 hour)

What effect may President Trump have on Australian philanthropy?

Hear the views of three panellists - Hugh Hodges, Director Philanthropy, Harper Bernays Limited will explore potential impacts on endowment funds and investment returns related to the policy pronouncements of  the Trump Administration; Julie Reilly, CEO Australian Women's Donor Network will discuss the issue of gender given President Trump's stated views and how it may impact the community and philanthropy; and Dr John Spierings, Executive Officer, Reichstein Foundation will explore President Trump's social policy implications and their potential translation worldwide and direct impact for Australian philanthropy.

Join us for this interactive webinar where you can also present your views and pose questions.

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Hugh Hodges, Director Philanthropy, Harper Bernays

Hugh joined Harper Bernays in August, 2016 as Director, Philanthropy. Founded in 1988, Harper Bernays is one of Australia’s oldest and most discreet Investment Management firms. It has built a strong reputation among its clients and peers for both superior returns and providing a highly personalised level of service. It also runs a Public Ancillary fund which commenced in 2006. Hugh has been involved in the investment of charitable funds, both on a professional as well as a personal, pro bono, basis for over 20 years.  He commenced his professional career as an Economist in the Department of Treasury in Canberra in the 1970’s. Subsequent to a period of service in Treasury Hugh worked as an Economist in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, then as Private Secretary/Economic Adviser to Senator the Hon. Fred Chaney during his time as Opposition Leader in the Senate, and finally as Private Secretary/ Economic Adviser to Hon. John Howard during his time as Shadow Treasurer and leader of the Opposition. Hugh moved into the Funds Management industry in 1986. His early years in Funds Management culminated, in April 1996, with Hugh becoming Deputy Managing Director of Norwich Investment Management Limited, Norwich Union’s investment arm. Hugh joined the investment area of the ANZ Banking Group in late 1998 and subsequently moved to head up the investment side of ANZ Trustees in 2000. In his capacity of Chief Investment Officer at ANZ Trustees, Hugh, among other investment responsibilities, oversaw the investments of over 200 substantial charitable foundations, trusts and worked closely with co trustees on investment related matters. He also assisted various not for profit organisations that ANZ Trustees managed funds for   their broader investment strategies. In the early 2000’s following the changes in the investment rules for trusts from “Authorised Trustee Investments” to “Prudent Person principles” and then later the granting of zero taxpayers access to imputation credits, which combined completely changed the investment environment that charitable trusts could operate in, Hugh designed and implemented a specific investment style for not for profit investing at ANZ Trustees which dramatically increased the amount of funds available for granting, as well as the predictability of those funds, from the trusts under ANZ Trustees control.  When ANZ Bank sold its Trustee company to Equity Trustees in July 2014, Hugh transitioned with the ANZ Trustees client base and his investment team to ensure a smooth transition and integration into the new operation. Hugh left Equity Trustees in April, 2015. At a personal level, Hugh has been Chair of a Foundation in the early childhood area for over 20 years, and is involved in a number of other Not For Profit roles on a pro bono basis.

Julie Reilly, Chief Executive Officer

CEO Julie Reilly took up the role in January 2012. She joined the Australian Women Donors Network with a diverse history in Federal Government administration, major events management and music production. Julie has coordinated international OECD conferences for both Federal and State governments, won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne University of Technology and advocated effectively in the media to ensure better outcomes for women personally affected by breast cancer. For more than twenty years Julie has been a partner in the production of the Myer Spirit of Christmas CD, a highly successful philanthropic initiative which has, to date, raised more than $8m for charities supporting disadvantaged children and youth. She has studied Philanthropy and Social Investment and has recently completed an eight year term as a Director of the Board of the Australian Childhood Foundation. Julie was named as one of Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 in 2014, an award celebrating the social sector's most influential people and is proud to see Women Donors recognised as a Finalist in the 2015 HESTA Community Sector Social Impact Awards.

Dr John Spierings, Executive Officer, Reichstein Foundation

John was appointed as the Foundation’s Executive Officer in 2013 after more than four and a half years experience as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He had responsibility for higher education, skills, industry, innovation, science, research and employment policy issues in the Office. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum between 1998 and 2008. John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities. He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, being Mayor in 1992-93. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues.


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