Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2019 - Speakers M-Z

Speakers M-Z

Georgie McKay
Executive Officer, Stand Like Stone Foundation

Georgie McKay has been Executive Officer of the Stand Like Stone Foundation, a community foundation in regional South Australia, since October 2012. Over the past seven years, she has led the foundation on a path to significant growth.

Georgie is a passionate community member who believes that we must “put in” in order to “get back”. She serves on a number of boards in her local community. She is a member of Impact100 SA and was the 2016 Recipient of the Australian Community Philanthropy Award for Excellence & Achievement. She is also a Director of Australian Community Philanthropy, the peak body for Community Foundations in Australia.

She holds a Business degree and her experience in business and industry has included marketing, administration and finance roles.

Lisa McKenzie 
CEO, Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project 

Lisa is a change leader committed to improving equity, access and opportunity in her community and has been at the forefront of many collaborative initiatives in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley.

Following a career in journalism and communications and executive roles in the not for profit sector, Lisa became the inaugural EO of the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project in 2014. Lighthouse blends, philanthropy, government funding and local skill sets to leverage change and improve wellbeing and educational outcomes in Greater Shepparton. It uses data, deep listening and community-lead decision-making to drive the change and is currently involving 500 decision-makers and volunteers in what is one of the largest collective impact initiatives in Australia.

Lisa is also Chair of the Lift Off Scholarship Advisory Committee, a member of the La Trobe University Shepparton Regional Advisory Board and the Commonwealth Bank’s Community Council.

She thinks the answers to many issues can be found within the community via deep listening and connection.

Andrew Meares
Senior Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University

Andrew Meares is a Senior Fellow at the ANU's 3A Institute, a multi-award winning photographer and senior Australian media and political communicator. Meares brings technical expertise in creating visual content and media strategy, as well as a deep understanding of how images relate to their broader social context.

Meares' research and education interests investigate the role of images in establishing trust or distrust in an increasingly fast and connected world.



Steve Michelson 
Founder and Director, Michelson Alexander 

Steve Michelson is Founder and Director of Michelson Alexander. He is a highly respected corporate communications advisor and national campaigning strategist.

Steve has a diverse background in the private sector, politics and the law and was a key architect in the fight for marriage equality in Australia.

After growing up in north-east Victoria, Steve studied at the Australian National University in Canberra before moving to Melbourne. He has worked as a lawyer in employer, employee, private and public-sector settings.

Prior to founding Michelson Alexander, Steve spent six years as a trusted advisor to the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, then Leader of the Opposition. As a member of Senior staff, he provided advice regarding highly complex policy, political and communications issues, often in sensitive media environments.

Steve thrives in complex stakeholder and issues rich communications environments and is committed to achieving practical outcomes for clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University where he was awarded a full CAS Hawker Scholarship and is a Frank Pinkerton Scholar at the University of Melbourne.

Karen Middleton 
Chief Political Correspondent, The Saturday Paper

Karen Middleton is Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper, a weekly national newspaper published by Schwartz Media. Previously with SBS Television, Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and served as its president for four years.

Karen is an experienced television, radio and newspaper commentator who appears regularly on ABC TV’s political talk shows Insiders and The Drum, Network Ten’s The Project and ABC local radio.

She is also a freelance correspondent for Monocle24 radio UK, BBC radio and television and Radio New Zealand. The author of two books, Karen is based in Canberra.

Amanda Miller 
Co-Chair, Philanthropy Australia

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. She is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). She is Deputy Chair of the Federal Government Social Impact Investing Expert Panel. 

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 intergenerational families and individuals to implement strategic giving programs.

Amanda is passionate about engaging the next generation in giving and in creating change. She Chairs Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit organisation that engages, educates and empowers children and their families with hands on experiences to help communities in need. She was part of the Nexus Australia Summit Organising Committee from its inception in 2013 until 2018 and has been a member and Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program in Melbourne. 

Amanda strongly believes in the power of supporting and investing in women and girls. A past staff member and Board member of the Australian Women Donor’s Network, Amanda is proud to have advised and invested in a number of for-purpose enterprises founded or co-founded by women.

Nick Moraitis 
Executive Director, Australian Progress

Nick is the founding director of Australian Progress. He brings 15 years’ experience driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. Previously Nick co-founded one of the world’s first social networks,, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace.

As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits. He has served on numerous boards including the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Centre for Policy Development.


Grahame Morris 
Chairman and Federal Director, Barton Deakin

Grahame Morris is one of Australia's most respected political commentators and government relations professionals and is chairman of Barton Deakin Government Relations based in Canberra.

He’s had a 40-years association with the Coalition Parties around the country and served as Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party and State Director of the SA Liberal Party. He also had a distinguished career at Parliament House serving as parliamentary adviser to Liberal Leaders Andrew Peacock and Alexander Downer and as Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister, John Howard. He has worked with the Coalition on 26 state and federal campaigns around the country.

He’s been involved in many of the prominent public policy issues in recent years including health, infrastructure, defence, foreign investment, tax reform and tertiary education.

Along with an encyclopedic knowledge of politics and government, Grahame has more than a decade of experience in the corporate world having been Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Office of Federal Government Services, CEO of a leading issues management firm and a director at News Limited.

Professor Kristy Muir 
CEO, Centre for Social Impact (CSI)

Professor Kristy Muir is the CEO of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) and a Professor of Social Policy at UNSW Sydney Business School. She is an elected member of UNSW Sydney’s Council, Chair of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Australasia, a Director of ARACY, and member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness.

Kristy has worked for almost three decades with for-purpose organisations. She is driven to help understand and find solutions to complex social problems and measure whether and where they are making a difference. She has partnered with dozens of not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic organisations, and government departments on more than 70 projects to help increase social impact. Her research and capacity building projects have attracted almost $16m. She teaches non-executive directors, facilitates strategic workshops, gives invited keynotes and has published widely in academic journals and popular media.

Kristy was formerly CSI’s Research Director, the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. She has a PhD in social history, is a graduate of the AICD and previously worked in the not-for-profit sector.

Dr Daniel Mulino MP
Federal Member for Fraser, Australian Labor Party 

Dr Daniel Mulino was elected as the Member for Fraser in the Australian Parliament at the 2019 Federal Election. Daniel is an economist by training, with a PhD from Yale University. He has lectured at Monash University and worked at both the World Bank and the United States Federal Reserve.

Before entering the Australian Parliament, Daniel served the Victorian community as a member of the Victorian Parliament. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from 2014-18.



Rachel Obradovic
Director, C|T Group

Rachel Obradovic is a Director of C|T Group’s Australian research and campaigns business, C|T Research Strategies Results (C|T RSR), based in Canberra.

Rachel has more than 15 years’ experience in media, communications and government affairs. She has worked for senior federal and state government ministers, including providing strategic communications advice to Australia’s first female foreign minister.

As a government affairs professional, Rachel spent ten years working in the private sector for representing industry and member organisations and representing some of Australia’s largest corporates during her time at Deloitte.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Communications (Public Relations) from Deakin University.

Kerry O'Brien
Chair, The Walkley Foundation 

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage. He has been a journalist for more than 50 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent.

He has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam. For ABC TV he was the editor, presenter and interviewer for the 7.30 Report over 15 years, the presenter and interviewer at Four Corners for five years and at Lateline for six years. Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015. His memoir was published by Allen and Unwin in 2018.

Clare O’Neil MP
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Tech. and the Future of Work

After graduating from Monash Uni, Clare travelled to Harvard University in the US to study Public Policy. While she was there, she lived in Boston and New York and worked in the New York Stock Exchange.

Clare has served as an adviser to the Office of the Commonwealth Treasurer and has worked as a consultant with CEOs around Australia in key industries including mining, manufacturing, banking and retail.

In 2010, Clare worked with Aboriginal communities in East Arnhem Land on business development, in line with her special interest in economics, Indigenous Australia and the welfare of children.

Clare was elected to Federal Parliament in 2013. She represents the electorate of Hotham in Melbourne's South East, which stretches from Mount Waverley in the north to Springvale in the south and is home to over 130,000 people. Hotham is one of the most diverse electorates in Australia, with 35% of residents born overseas.

Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice in 2016 and was also appointed Shadow Minister for Financial Services in 2018.

Dean Parkin 
Principal, Parkin Consulting

Having been closely involved in the Referendum Council process that resulted in the historic Uluru Statement From The Heart, Dean continues to advocate for constitutional and structural reform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Dean is an investment analyst at Tanarra Capital, an alternative asset investment firm founded by John Wylie, one of Australia’s leading investment bankers.

He has consulted across the public, corporate, not-for-profit and political sectors at national, regional, and local levels. He has advised a range of clients on strategy, engagement and co-design, and in addition to extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, he has commercial experience both in Australia and the UK.

Dean is from the Quandamooka peoples of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland. Dean has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Melbourne. He is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and is an ex-officio member of the Business Council of Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Taskforce.

Susan Pascoe AM 
Inaugural ACNC Commissioner 

Susan Pascoe AM is Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.  She chairs the Australian Council for International Development, and the Community Director’s Council. She is a trustee of St John of God Health and a board member of Mercy Health. Ms Pascoe is Principal of Kadisha Enterprises and of BaxterLawley, which provide consultancy services in governance, review, strategic planning, and leadership. 

Ms Pascoe was the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission from 2012 – 17.  Her earlier career was in education where she served as President of the Australian College of Educators, CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. Ms Pascoe chaired the Australian National Commission for UNESCO from 2006-08.

Ms Pascoe is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and the College of Educators.  In 2016 she was awarded the Leadership in Government Award for her outstanding contribution to public administration in Australia. 

Senator Rex Patrick
Senator for South Australia, Centre Alliance

Senetor Rex Patrick is a New Zealand-born Australian Senator for the state of South Australia. He joined Centre Alliance (formerly the Nick Xenophon Team) as Nick Xenophon's senior advisor at the start of 2016, and was then appointed to replace Xenophon when he resigned from Senate in October 2017. Prior to joining the Xenophon team, Patrick had been a staffer for Liberal Senator David Johnston, assisting Johnston when he was the Shadow Defence Minister

Before entering politics, Patrick was a businessman and senior business executive officer, as well as a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy.  


Robert Purves AM
Purves Environmental Fund

Robert is both a businessman and environmentalist, who, having had an active business career in public companies, now spends much of his time on environmental issues. He is currently a Director of Climate Council of Australia, Farmers for Climate Action, and Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientist, while being involved in several other non-for-profit organisations.

Robert has been Chairman/Director of a number of public companies in both health and industrial sectors.

He is the immediate past President of WWF-Australia and a former board member of WWF-International.

In 2004 Robert established the Purves Environmental Fund, which funds numerous environmental initiatives.

In 2008 Robert was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the environment, and awarded an Honorary Fellow from the University of Sydney. Robert was also awarded the Australian Geographic Society’s Lifetime of Conservation Award in 2015.

Robert lives in Sydney and has farms in Southern Tablelands of NSW.

Seri Renkin 
Managing Director, ten20 Foundation

Seri Renkin is the Managing Director of the ten20 Foundation. She joined ten20 as founding CEO in 2012, bringing over twenty-five years’ experience in senior executive and advisory roles. Having worked across the corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors she has a unique perspective of how diverse sectors operate and utilises her strategic and entrepreneurial skills on social innovation to address complex problems.

Specifically, the ten20 Foundation have run a 10-year investment fund to catalyse conditions for new ways of working to address the complex, deeply entrenched problems of child vulnerability and poor life-long outcomes. By establishing a sunset, it’s coupled accountability for achieving results with a sense of urgency in investing in those strategies most likely to achieve large-scale change.

This set the stage for the adoption of 3 investment objectives to support new ways of working including: local leadership as a vehicle to sustain community designed and driven context-based solutions, collective accountability and governance structures that allow for local decision making, learning, adaption and continuous improvement, and new field building approaches to support the mechanisms needed to bring community driven innovation to scale. Seri also sits on the boards of ten20, Opportunity Child and Chairs The Stella Prize.

Nick Richardson
Storyteller, Philanthropy Australia

Nick Richardson is a writer with more than 30 years’ experience in mainstream media. He has worked for a range of print publications in England and Australia and has written or edited eight books.

Nick has also taught journalism and communications at three universities and has worked as a media trainer in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Nick has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations and helped develop specific media content for organisations including Domestic Violence Victoria and VicHealth.

He also has a doctorate in history from the University of Melbourne.

Ben Rodgers
Chair, Australian Community Philanthropy

As Chair of Australian Community Philanthropy, the peak body for community foundations in Australia, Ben Rogers acutely understands the mechanisms and benefits of community funding. ACP seeks to deepen the capacity of existing members, and broaden the model for other communities.

In his day job, Ben works as the Executive Officer for the Inner North Community Foundation in Melbourne, and has worked for local government, in consulting, and for various not-for-profit organisations. Ben lives in inner city Melbourne, and like many, spent formative years in regional Australia.


Elyse Sainty
Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

Elyse leads SVA’s Social Impact Bond related work. She was instrumental in the development of each of the SIBs that SVA has launched to date, including Australia’s first SIB, the Newpin SBB in NSW.

Elyse draws on her strong strategic, analytical and communication skills in providing technical and advisory support to service delivery organisations and Governments implementing outcomes-based contracts, and in developing innovative financial structures that meet the needs of impact investors. She is a firm believer that the hard yards involved in putting together outcomes-based contracts are worth it, as they force a deeper understanding of the cost of disadvantage, illuminate ‘what works’, and provide a meaningful and clear common purpose.

Prior to joining SVA in 2011, Elyse had two decades of experience within the financial services industry. Elyse qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and holds a BEc from Macquarie University.

Gemma Salteri
Executive Director, CAGES Foundation

Executive Director Gemma is a senior business strategist with over 12 years experience. Gemma has been an adviser to the trustees of CAGES Foundation since its inception, and was appointed a Director in 2016. She is a director of The Funding Network, an advisor for the Roslyn and Carlo Salteri Foundation and as a founding member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program.

Gemma is also a graduate of the Australian Companies Institute of Directors and the Chief Executive Women’s Leadership program. Gemma is responsible for the Foundation’s strategy and oversees the investment portfolio and continues to drive the move towards impact investing.


Gerlinde Scholz
Executive Officer, Australian Community Philanthropy

She joined ACP in 2018 and brings to this role extensive experience as a director, senior executive and consultant working with philanthropic and other not-for-profit organisations in education, health, medical research, social service and environmental sustainability. 

Gerlinde holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Melbourne University and an Honours degree from LaTrobe. She is an active member of AICD and has completed an executive program for NFP leaders at Stanford University.

Originally from Germany, Gerlinde has lived in Australia since the 1980s.


Carol Schwartz AO
Chair, The Trawalla Foundation and Member of the Reserve Bank Board

Carol Schwartz is one of Australia’s leading business identities. Carol has extensive experience in business, property, the arts and community organizations.

Carol’s current roles include: Chair, Ourcommunity; Chair, Womens Leadership Institute Australia; Director, Stockland Ltd; Member, Reserve Bank Board; Director, Qualitas Property Partners.




Krystian Seibert 
Industry Fellow Swinburne University Centre for Social Impact, Policy Adviser Philanthropy Australia 

Krystian Seibert is a researcher, educator and advocate focused on public policy, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector.

His part-time role with Philanthropy Australia supports our advocacy and thought leadership work and follows more than four years working as our full-time Advocacy and Insight Manager.

Krystian is an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, which is a multi-disciplinary research centre focused on promoting positive social change through improving the systemic and organisational conditions that shape communities. His areas of interest are the regulation of philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector and the role of not-for profit sector advocacy as a driver of social innovation.

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja
Member of the Australian Capital Territory, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance

After graduating from Australian National University in Canberra with an Arts/Law degree Zed went to work for the Department of Transport.

Zed was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2004. He served as Leader of the Opposition in the ACT Legislative Assembly from 2007-2013.

Zed entered the Senate at the 2013 Election and has since served as Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation and is now the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance.


Dave Sharma MP
Member for Wentworth, Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Born to a father of Indian heritage and an Australian mum, Dave’s family settled in Sydney in the 1970s.

At age 12 he lost his mother to breast cancer. He says “the beliefs I hold dear today – the importance of family, a belief in self-reliance, and a desire to help – stem from this time.”

Dave’s father instilled in him the value of education. Dave topped the state in the HSC with a TER of 100, before getting First Class Honours in Law from the University of Cambridge.

Driven by a sense of service, he became an Australian diplomat, working to help achieve peace in PNG and respond to the threat of terrorism in the USA. At age 37, he was appointed Australia’s Ambassador to Israel.

Dave has a proven ability to bring people together, solve problems and get things done.

He understands the importance of a stronger economy. He will support policies that encourage hard work and enterprise, including the 29,000 small businesses in Wentworth.

Aunty Violet Sheridan
Ngunnawal Elder

Violet is an Ngunnawal Elder who grew up in her mother’s country of Yass, and she will be welcoming us to country to begin the summit.

With her daughter and three sons and eighteen grandchildren, Violet passes on the knowledge she learnt from her Uncle Bruce Merritt  of the history and stories of the Ngunnawal People the traditional owners of the lands on which we meet.




Dr Margaret Simons 
Associate Professor, Journalism, Monash University

Margaret Simons is a Walkley Award winning journalist and author and Associate Professor of Journalism at Monash University.

She is a founding board member of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, a research and advocacy group seeking to address the crisis in public interest journalism in Australia.





Joe Skrzynski AO 
Board member and Chair of the Policy and Research Committee, Philanthropy Australia

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.

Tom Snow
Co-chair, Marriage Equality Campaign and Board Member, The Snow Foundation

Tom Snow was a founder and Co-Chair and of the Equality Campaign, which led and won the successful YES postal plebiscite. Tom is a Director of the Snow Foundation.  He is a founder of Whitehelm Capital, which has assets of over $4.5 billion under management and $15 billion under advice. Whitehelm is now one of the world's largest independent infrastructure managers, employing over 50 people directly, and over 1000 people across its portfolio of assets.

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has had roles including director of Perth Airport, Canberra Airport, Bankstown Airport, Port of Adelaide / Flinders Ports, Etihad Stadium, Peninsula Link, International Parking Group and Whitehelm Capital. Tom has served as Chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau, director on the Australian Science Festival and he has been a major supporter of the marriage equality movement. He is a Rhodes Scholar and is a proud father of three kids. 

John Spierings
Executive Officer, Reichstein Foundation

John Spierings is the Executive Officer of the Reichstein Foundation, having previously worked as a senior policy adviser for Julia Gillard in her roles as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the (then) 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.



Senator Amanda Stoker
Senator for Queensland, Liberal Party of Australia

Senator Stoker is a politician and lawyer who has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate representing Queensland since 21 March 2018.

Stoker has served as a Commonwealth prosecutor, as well as a judge's associate to Philip McMurdo in the Supreme Court of Queensland and to Ian Callinan in the High Court of Australia. she's also the Vice-President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.




Tanya Stul
Stul Family Foundation

Tanya is Stul is from Boorloo (Perth) on Whadjuk country and is a coastal engineer and scientist.  Tanya also oversees an organic hobby fruit orchard. In 2017 she took up the role of director, and person driving the grantmaking, of the new Stul Family Foundation. The foundation formalises and expands the long history of giving by Tanya’s father and they operate with anonymity in the specifics of what they fund.   

She is particularly interested in how philanthropy and investing can be undertaken in a culturally respectful way to empower the First Peoples of this continent, on their terms. In the intersection of environment and First Nations funding, the combination of First Nations Land and Sea Management and Sustainable Agriculture is an area she believes could be provided additional support.

Tom Switzer 
Executive Director, Centre for Independent Studies

He is a former senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (2009-17), a former editor of the Spectator Australia(2009-14), senior federal Liberal leader adviser/speech writer (2008), opinion editor of The Australian, (2001-08), editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-01) and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98).

He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest and The American Conservative. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Sky News, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and ABC radio and television. He hosts Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National.

Jo Taylor 
Chief Capabilities Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation

Jo has worked on all sides of the for-purpose fence leading philanthropic foundations for families, corporations and governments. Jo has also managed for-purpose organisations and worked with people and organisations to create more equitable and thriving communities.   Jo was part of a fundraising team that raised $100m from the UK public for charities in UK and Africa and has distributed in total more than $250m funds globally focusing on education, health, early childhood development, the rights of people with disabilities, LGBQTI people and older people, youth homelessness, sex workers, domestic violence, and regional and rural renewal. 

On moving to Australia, Jo was fortunate to lead a communications agency working with vulnerable populations and Aboriginal communities across the country looking at social justice issues. This opportunity provided a great introduction to this large and complex nation. Jo has worked in international development and held C-suite positions in international NGOs. Jo also set up the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Australia enabling those who have experienced challenges in their lives to be  at the forefront of creating solutions.  Jo returned to philanthropy and is relishing the opportunity at the Paul Ramsay Foundation to work in partnership with the for-purpose sector to understand what we need to do to be able to contribute to breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

Stacey Thomas
CEO, Fay Fuller Foundation and Philanthropy Australia Board member 

Stacey is the CEO of the Fay Fuller Foundation, a grant making foundation seeking to improve health outcomes through long-term, systemic investment in South Australian community organisations and businesses. She has previously held roles with the Myer Family Company, Telstra Foundation and The Trust Company.

Stacey holds a Master of Business majoring in Philanthropy and Social Investment and is an accredited Mental Health First Aider. A passionate volunteer, Stacey remains involved with Impact100 SA after being on the management committee for its first five years of operation as well as serving on a number of other boards and advisory committees.

Michael Traill AM 
Chair, Federal Government Social Impact Investing Expert Panel

Michael was founding Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia from 2002 - 14, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment.

He currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles including Chair of Goodstart Early Learning; Executive Director of For Purpose Investments, a Director of M H Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper (where he is Investment Committee Chair), Hearts & Minds Investments, Australian Philanthropic Services and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW. 

He is Chair of the Federal Government’s Social Impact Investing Task Force and the author of ‘Jumping Ship – From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment’ which won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize.  The book reflects on his personal and professional journey and has been a widely acclaimed manifesto for change and action in the social purpose sector. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.

Sarah Wickham 
Policy and Research Manager, Philanthropy Australia

Sarah has more than 10 years’ experience in philanthropy, public policy development and fundraising. As Policy and Research Manager, Sarah is responsible for policy development, advocacy activities, government relations and thought leadership for the Australian philanthropy sector.

Previously Sarah has worked as a Philanthropy Manager at Equity Trustees, where she was responsible for advising philanthropy and non-profit clients on making meaningful, effective and long-lasting impact. Sarah has also served as a policy advisor to several federal members of parliament and a Victorian state government department. Her policy experience spans foreign affairs, higher education, industrial relations, women’s affairs and employment and workplace relations.

Danielle Wood 
Program Director, Grattan Institute 

Danielle has more than 15 years’ experience as an economist in government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector.

Danielle is currently the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director at the Grattan Institute where her research and advocacy efforts focus on tax and budget policy, inequality, competition policy and integrity reforms.

Danielle previously worked as Principal Economist and Mergers Director at the ACCC, Senior Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, and as a Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission.

Danielle has a Masters of Commerce (Economics) and a Masters in Competition Law from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

Danielle is the National Chair of the Women in Economics Network and she sits on the Central Council for the Economic Society of Australia.

John Wylie AM
Founder and Chair, Tanarra Philanthropic Advisors and Director, John and Myriam Wylie Foundation

John Wylie is Principal of advisory and investment firm Tanarra Group. He was previously CEO of the Australian business of global financial services firm Lazard.  He co-founded advisory and investment firm Carnegie Wylie & Company in 2000 which was acquired by Lazard in 2007, and before that was Chair of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia. 

In these roles, Mr Wylie has advised companies and governments globally for over 30 years.  Additionally, John is the Chair of the Australian Sports Commission, President of the Library Board of Victoria, a Trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University and a Director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team.  He was formerly Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust, and in that role chaired the MCG Redevelopment Steering Committee for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

John is involved in a wide range of not-for-profit community activities primarily through The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation which he established with his wife, Myriam, in May 2011. The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation provides financial and non-financial support for worthy and well-run organisations in all walks of life, especially in education,  Indigenous, health and sport, and medical research in Australia. It has to date supported over 50 organisations and causes.

Mr Wylie holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.

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