Board

Co-Chair

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 committed to building the impact investing ecosystem alongside the philanthropic sector in Australia. She is Deputy Chair of the Federal Government's Social Impact Investing Taskforce’s Expert Panel. She is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). 

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 was involved in founding and then chairing Kids in Philanthropy from 2012 to 2019, was part of the Nexus Australia Summit 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.

 

Co-Chair

Lisa George

Lisa is the Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation.  The Foundation is Macquarie Group’s philanthropic arm and is one of the largest corporate benefactors in Australia.

Macquarie staff engagement in their local communities is the founding principle of the Foundation. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has donated more than $330 million to charities around the world.  The Foundation also believes in the importance of capacity building and innovation within the sector to increase its effectiveness.

Prior to this role she worked for Social Ventures Australia in the consulting arm providing strategic support to non-profit organisations. She is currently on the Board of Philanthropy Australia, SYC Ltd and Chair of the Harvard Club of Australia Non-profit Fellowship, which awards 2 scholarships annually to Australian non-profit CEOs to study at Harvard Business School.  Lisa holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

 

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.

 

Ling Ang

Ling Ang is a filmmaker and artist with over ten years of experience across a diverse array of international productions. Her work is rooted in a documentary language exploring contemporary issues with a strong narrative format. In 2009, she started the RMIT Cultural Visions Scholarship to help students that were interested in creating projects pushing for cultural awareness.

Her support for RMIT continued into 2017 as she became a major supporter in the resurrection of The Capitol Theatre. In 2021, Ling supported Melbourne International Film Festival’s first extended reality (XR) platform that showcases immersive experiences in a 3D version of The Capitol Theatre. The evolution of support was a result of the pandemic, hoping to find different ways to create spaces for communities for inspiration and engagement. Trying to understand the language of the next generation.

With the easing of restrictions and a familiar world returning, there is still much imbalance with communities connecting. Through her work, Ling continues in trying to help build the platforms needed to propel the stories that will help strengthen and grow our community.  

 

Anthony Cavanagh

A Taungurung man, Anthony's career spans over 25 years in the private and government sectors, including experience and qualifications in the following areas - Diploma of Business in Quality Management, Risk Management, Workplace Safety and Environmental Management.

He is a member of the ANZ Bank's Indigenous Advisory Council, and an Alumni of the Melbourne Business school's MURRA program 2014, the Williamson Leadership program 2015, and the Stanford University's Business School 2019.

Anthony's working life has helped him gain extensive management experience in the recruitment, training and community services sectors.

Before joining Ganbina as CEO, Anthony held senior management roles with the Chandler Macleod Group and Worktrainers. Earlier in his career, he worked with Human Services Victoria in residential care facilities for disadvantaged and displaced children and young people.

His Voluntary work has included serving on various Boards including as Chair of Mitchell Indigenous Education Group and as a member of the Mitchell Community Health Service, the Meadows Youth Foundation, and recently he has become a member of the Sports Environment Alliance group on the Philanthropy Committee.

 

Jon Cheung

Jon has spent over a decade serving the philanthropic, charity and not-for-profit sector as a lawyer and is a Partner at Prolegis Lawyers.  Prolegis is a firm that specialises in working with charities, not-for-profits and philanthropists.  In his role at Prolegis, Jon works with some of Australia’s largest charities and international NGOs, as well as smaller and new charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, and philanthropic foundations. He also oversees the strategic direction and business of the firm. 

He has also worked in an aid and development organisation in South Africa operating in communities across the region in response to issues arising from the effects of AIDS/HIV.  In governance, Jon has served on the boards of an international aid and development organisation, a performing arts organisation and an international charity organisation.  He is a member of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. 

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.  He has also completed the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the executive program on ‘Leading Professional Service Firms’ at Harvard Business School and the program on ‘NGOs and Social Enterprises: Chinese Social Organisations in Local and Global Governance’ from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

 

Liz Gillies

Liz has had over twenty-five years’ experience in a range of fields that compliment working for social impact. She has held roles in multiple sectors and academia. 

Liz joined the Melbourne Business School in 2009 and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre (APSIC) and the Centre for Ethical Leadership.  In 2011 she was selected as the inaugural research fellow to lead a three-year research partnership between APSIC and The Trust Company which focused on strategic philanthropy and culminated in the release of the Reports: Philanthropy: Towards a Better Practice Model (2018) and Philanthropy – The Continued Journey to Real Impact and Better Practice (2021) 

In 2018, Liz was appointed CEO of the Menzies Foundation and in this capacity launched a catalytic strategy to address pressing leadership challenges, raise the profile and importance of ‘outstanding leadership’ and build a leadership movement that encourages Australians to reflect on leadership, pivot to purpose, build their own leadership capability and contribute to the ‘greater good’. 

In March 2018, Liz was appointed as an Honorary (Fellow) Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne. 

Liz is also Director and Co-Founder of fashion styling portal Elvie & Leo and of Yal Yal Estate, a vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Liz has extensive governance experience, having served on the Boards of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Social Firms Australia, Uniting Care Community Options, United Way Australia and on the Development Committee of the Towards a Just Society Foundation.  She is currently on the Philanthropic Advisory Board of Barmalbijiril. 

 

Michael Graf

Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, most of it as part of IBM Australia where he held various leadership and management positions across the Information Technology Services, IBM Software and Hardware divisions. Today he is an advisor and board director for a number of startup enterprises and not-for-profits, bringing together his experiences across philanthropy, fundraising, governance and technology. 

Michael is Chair of AbilityMade, a social startup that brings 3D scanning and digital fabrication together to give children with disabilities access to the orthoses they need to live their best life. He is also Chair of mPort, incorporating SpringDay, which provides solutions for employee wellbeing in conjunction with an innovative 3-D body scanning technology. 

Michael is the Chair of Good2Give Australia and ShareGift Australia and co-Chair of the merged entity of Good2Give and Workplace Giving Australia, which are not-for-profit organisations that make it easy for employees and donors to give through Workplace Giving, share and DRP giving.  

Michael also sits on the board of Montefiore, a leading Sydney-based aged care provider that offers quality residential care, home care services and independent living. He is a member of the quality & risk committee and property development committee, and brings his technology expertise which is of growing importance in the delivery of aged care services. 

Previously, Michael was on the Board of the JCA (NSW) for 8 years, including 3 years as Executive Chair of Marketing and 5 years as Vice President and Fundraising Chair, which provided him with fundraising and event experience. 

Michael is also Chair and co-founder of the Graf Family Foundation, a PAF that brings together the philanthropic giving of his and his sister's families. 

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 

 

Tabitha Lovett

Tabitha Lovett has worked in the philanthropy sector for over 10 year and is currently the Executive Officer of the Besen Family Foundation. 

Her expertise in philanthropy, governance, the management of charitable trusts and donor relations has been developed as a manager and trustee representative for some of Australia’s most established trusts including, The William Buckland Foundation, the Alfred Felton Bequest, Charles and Sylvia Vietel Charitable Trust and the R.M. Ansett Trust as well as the grant manager for the Victoria Law Foundation and a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons.

She is passionate about the role that philanthropy plays in the community in tackling social issues that require innovative, compassionate and sustainable solutions. Before moving into the philanthropy sector in 2008 she worked as a social justice lawyer at Justice Connect and that experience and exposure to the causes and contributors to inequality, hardship and disadvantage underpins her approach to the practice of philanthropy.

Before being appointed CEO of the Besen Family Foundation, she was the General Manager of Philanthropy Services at Equity Trustees (2009 – 2017) where she oversaw a portfolio of more than 450 charitable trusts with combined funds under management of $1.8 billion, distributing over $70 million annually; and managed the investment relationships with more than 30 not-for-profits (NFP) with combined investments of $300 million+.

Her skills and experience covers the full spectrum of the philanthropic sector: including the relevant law, governance and regulatory framework and taxation issues; investment oversight, discretionary grant-making, and communications, reporting and impact measurement.

Tabitha has a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics (Monash University); Bachelor of Arts/Law (Monash University); and is completing the Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy (Swinburne University).

In 2007 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research free legal services for NFPs which informed the establishment of Not-for-Profit Law at Justice Connect.

 

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.

 

Maree Sidey

Maree has been Chief Executive Officer of Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) since 2015.  

Australian Communities Foundation vision is to activate a nation of givers to create a fairer Australia.  The organisation offers individuals, families, groups, corporates, and not-for-profit organisations an easy and satisfying way of giving something of real value back to the community that they care about.   

Each year the Foundation responsibly invests its $100M+ corpus and directs millions of dollars in grants to charitable organisations to ensure they continue operating, can pursue strategic initiatives and fund their most critical projects. Since incorporation, ACF has made more than 6000 grants and distributed more than $80 million to Australian and International communities.  

Maree also holds Non-Executive Director roles at Australian Community Philanthropy and Australian Progress. Prior to this role, spent twenty years working in the For-Purpose sector including family services, mental health, youth, and drug and alcohol organisations. 

In her spare time, Maree is a passionate gardener and a Mum of three. 

 

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.

 

Stacey Thomas

Stacey is the CEO of The Wyatt Trust, one of Australia’s oldest and well-respected grant making trusts, with a vision of all South Australians having opportunities to participate in the community. Prior to her appointment she was the CEO of the Fay Fuller Foundation, a 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. 

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