President, Philanthropy Australia
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.