2020 Board Nomination Statements

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.

Feb 2020

Jon is a Partner at Prolegis Lawyers, a firm dedicated to advising charities, not-for-profits and philanthropists and a member of Philanthropy Australia.

As the Partner with responsibility for the overall business of the firm, Jon is also responsible for the strategic direction of its legal services and oversees the function of the firm including management of people, finance and IT.  He also continues to be a practising lawyer and leads the dispute resolution and inquiries services.  Jon’s background is in corporate and commercial law, and he has advised clients across the sector on matters and issues ranging from organisational structures and establishment, corporate and project governance, director and trustee duties, risk assessments, contractual arrangements and disputes. His current clients include some of Australia’s largest foundations (personal, corporate and sports philanthropy) and international NGOs, as well as smaller and new charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney with a focus on international law and development.  He also holds a Certificate from Harvard Business School (Executive Education) in Leading Professional Service Firms (2017).  And related to his special interest in cross-cultural issues:

  • Jon has previously worked in an aid and development organisation in Mpumalanga, South Africa operating in communities across the region of Southern Africa in relation to issues arising from the effects of AIDS/HIV.
  • Jon holds a Certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science in NGOs and Social Enterprises: Chinese Social Organisations in Local and Global Governance (2016).
  • Jon is currently the Chair of an international charity, SIM Australia.

He is also a member of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

On a personal note, Jon is married, and his wife and he have two children (the elder has just commenced school and the other is in pre-school).

Feb 2020

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.

Feb 2020

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.

Feb 2020

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