Alan Schwartz AM

Alan is the Managing Director of the Trawalla Group and has extensive experience in the not‐for‐profit and community sector. Alan is currently a Council member of Swinburne University. He contributed to the creation of Jewish Care, a merger of Jewish Community Services and Montefiore Homes, and was appointed its inaugural President. He has held a number of other senior not-for-profit board positions including Volunteering Victoria (Treasurer) and Philanthropy Australia (Treasurer, 1998-1999). Alan was also the founder of SEAL Force, one of Australia’s first ‘social ventures’ which developed the technical and interpersonal skills of corporate executives by challenging them with not‐for‐profit projects. 

In recognition of his contribution to the community and business, Alan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, followed by an Order of Australia (AM) in 2007. In 2006, Alan and his wife Carol Schwartz also established the Trawalla Foundation – a Private Ancillary Fund that invests in the arts, ideas, scholarship and innovation.

Vice Chair

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson is a director of the W & A Johnson Family Foundation. Ann and her husband Warwick established their PAF in 2006. She is Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company. Ann trained as a lawyer and has worked for law firms in Sydney and Tokyo.



Casual Director 

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.


Allan English

Allan is the Founder and Executive Chairman of ASX-listed, and B-Corp accredited, Silver Chef Limited which was founded in 1986.  In 2000, as a volunteer, he established the Queensland office for Opportunity International. In 2010, he created the English Family Foundation to support local and overseas social entrepreneurs tackling some of the more challenging issues facing our society. Allan currently serves as a Council member of Philanthropy Australia and on the Advisory Board for QUT's The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. He is a former recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was recognised in 2012 by Queensland’s Community Foundation as Philanthropist of the Year.  In 2014, he won the inaugural Philanthropy Australia’s Philanthropy Leader award.

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.


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.


Jenny Stephens

Jenny worked for over 30 years in the higher education and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and Australia, and has been an academic and a social researcher with publications in the areas of labour market, gender and income security. For 10 years she worked in executive management roles at the University of Melbourne with a particular focus on starting up new initiatives and renewing existing areas. She then became a consultant in her own company with expertise in change management and engagement. Jenny was a former long serving member of the Board of Governance of Prahran Mission, a Ministerial appointee to the Board of NMIT, a Board member of a Community Bank, and is currently a Trustee of the R E Ross Trust. She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Sociology, has undertaken Executive level leadership programs in Australia and in the US at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the AICD.  


Caroline Stewart

Caroline is a philanthropic leader with over 25 years of corporate, legal, governance, diversity and not-for-profit experience. Caroline is the CEO of the Ecstra Foundation, a new organisation committed to empowering consumers and building the financial capability of all Australians. She previously led the UBS Australia Foundation, a Corporate Private Ancillary Foundation.

Caroline is Co-Chair of Philanthropy Australia's Corporate Foundations Network and a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee. Other current board commitments include WAGEC (Women and Girls Emergency Centre, Redfern), and as Deputy Chair of Lenity Australia, a PAF focused on supporting vulnerable families in Australia and Asia Pacific. She is past president of the Sancta Sophia Alumni Committee, Sydney University and has partnered with many community organisations across her career. Caroline holds a BA from Sydney University, is admitted as a Solicitor in NSW and the ACT and completed the AICD Company Directors Course in 2015. 


Genevieve Timmons

Genevieve is an international consultant in philanthropy and grant making.  She has been actively involved with philanthropy over more than three decades, pioneering approaches to contemporary giving programs and promoting thought leadership around generosity in Australia and New Zealand.  Her focus has been to monitor emerging trends, drawn on current policy and research, and exchange with global peer networks to understand best practice in philanthropic giving in the 21st century.

She draws on a body of knowledge, experience, skills and peer networks, built while serving two long term executive appointments, with the Lance Reichstein Foundation (12 years) and the Portland House Foundation (14 years).  Between these appointments, Genevieve also worked as an philanthropy consultant for 5 years, assisting more than 30 clients including private donors, families, staff teams, boards of directors and trustees, membership organisations, government executives, academics and advisors.  

Work undertaken has included design, establishment, strategic review and forward planning of philanthropic endeavours.  Genevieve has assessed thousands of funding proposals, developed and delivered groundbreaking professional development, mentored, prepared confidential briefings and facilitated numerous events.

Genevieve currently sits on the Philanthropy Australia Council, is a director of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, and a member of the Business School Advisory Council at Swinburne University.  She is also a board member with Australian Communities Philanthropy, and recently completed appointment as a founding director and Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation. She served on the board of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture for 13 years, and remains an Ambassador.  In the last decade, Genevieve worked closely with state government as a member of the Government and Philanthropy Working Party, developing Principles for Collaboration between both sectors.  In her early career Genevieve worked with several not for profit organisations including the CERES project in Brunswick where she was the founding staff member.

During her career, Genevieve has created a range of professional development materials for both Australia and New Zealand, culminating in The Grantmaker’s Toolkit  published in New Zealand 2010, and her book "Savvy Giving : The Art and Science of Philanthropy", commissioned by Australian Communities Foundation and published in 2013.

In 2017, Genevieve was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University, for her contribution to philanthropy over 30 years and to the University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program, a global civil society network which has taken her to more than 14 different countries since 2000.  She is also a Fellow of Leadership Victoria, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Genevieve is committed to ensuring that philanthropy in Australia reaches its best potential in the decade ahead, and that Philanthropy Australia as an organisation is respected, influential, leading out with creativity and professionalism.  Her vision is a society where the needs of everyone are respected and their contributions valued.

Craig Winkler

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.


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.


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 passionate about and committed to building the impact investing ecosystem alongside the philanthropic sector in Australia.

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 families and individuals to implement strategic giving programs, and to engage the next generation in giving.

Amanda is a member of the Board of the Australian Women Donors Network and strongly believes in the power of supporting and investing in women and girls. She Chairs the Board of Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit that engages children and their families in hands-on volunteering opportunities and aims to develop empathy and a social conscience in children. She has been part of the Nexus Australia Summit Organising Committee since its inception 2013 and has been a member and Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program in Melbourne. Amanda is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). 


Ann Sherry AO

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is currently Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne. Ann also currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, UNICEF, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Infrastructure Victoria and Committee for Sydney.

The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts. 

Key Governance Personnel

Elizabeth O’Brien

Elizabeth O’Brien is the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Chair, Treasurer and Company Secretary. Elizabeth is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the Financial Services Assurance Practice in Melbourne, she also sits on a number of management committees, including the Societal Relevance Committee and Risk and Quality Committee. Elizabeth specialised in providing advice and assurance over risk management and controls frameworks, in addition to providing financial assurance to clients ranging from large global financial services organisations to small private ancillary funds.

Elizabeth has a broad range of experience from working domestically and also aboard, having worked in the United States for a number of years. Elizabeth is a Registered Company Auditor, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Melbourne. 

Vision is for a more giving Australia…

Sarah Davies (CEO) launched Philanthropy Australia's Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 at our 2016 Conference.