Board

Chair

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.
 

Deputy 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.

 

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.

 

Michael Barr

Michael spent most of his working life in the education sector, holding senior leadership roles in administration, curriculum development and risk management, before leaving the sector in 2010. He then worked at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on a variety of projects addressing the development and understanding of equal opportunity issues throughout the State. He consulted to local and state government departments, the not-for-profit sector and private enterprise. It was in this job he truly started to appreciate the extent of disadvantage in Victoria. He realised addressing this disadvantage has to be a partnership between service providers, government at different levels, community and philanthropy.

Michael’s family established a PAF about 14 years ago to help sick and disadvantaged children, young people and their families. The PAF started as many do, with the family coming to terms with what it meant to be philanthropic. In 2012, Michael became Chairman of the Barr Family Foundation (BFF) and has continued to grow the Foundation’s program of giving.

Now retired, Michael spends his time running the BFF and learning how to be a good philanthropist, playing golf, travelling with his wife and spending time on the Mornington Peninsula.

 

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.





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.

 

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. 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.

 

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. 

 

Stacey Thomas

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.



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.

 

Key Governance Personnel

Jay Bonnington

Jay Bonnington brings significant experience to this role from an executive career spanning 30 years, with the last 15 years spent as a full-time professional company director, both nationally and internationally. She has previously held senior management executive positions, including Group CFO/Group Finance Director roles in large organizations, and has been the National CEO of a NFP foundation.

Jay is currently an Independent Member or Non-Executive Director on the following Boards and Committees; Perpetual Superannuation Ltd (PSL) Chair Audit Committee, Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA), Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) Audit Committee, University College Council, Chair AICD of Nexus Governance programme and Philanthropy Australia, Chair Audit Committee.

Jay holds a B.Com. and M.B.A from Monash University, attended Harvard Business School Executive Leadership and Management programs and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Certified Practising Accountacts Australia (FCPA).

Vision is for a more giving Australia…

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

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