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Australia Day 2021 Honours List

January 27th, 2021

It is a testament to the value Australians attach to giving and community service that each year we see a significant number of our sector recognised with an Australia Day honour, and 2021 is no exception.

On behalf of the Board and staff of Philanthropy Australia, we acknowledge and congratulate the 2021 recipients and celebrate their fitting recognition.

Credit: The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


The Honourable Malcolm Bligh TURNBULL NSW: 

For eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through significant contributions to national security, free trade, the environment and clean energy, innovation, economic reform and marriage equality, and to business and philanthropy. 

Samantha Mostyn NSW: Chair of Australian Investing in Women (formerly AWDN) and Chair of FYA (Foundation for Young Australians).  Samantha has significant experience in the Australian corporate sector both in executive and non-executive capacities, in particular in the areas of human resources, corporate and government affairs, sustainability management and diversity. Samantha has held senior executive positions including Group Executive Culture and Reputation, IAG and Global Head HR and Culture, Cable & Wireless in London. She serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program. 

Jay Weatherill SA: Jay Weatherill served as the 45th Premier of South Australia, leading a Labor state government from October 2011 to March 2018. He has led successful national public policy debates and was previously responsible for the South Australian government’s Early Childhood Development portfolio. 

Brenda Shanahan VIC: Ms Shanahan has a longstanding background in Australian and overseas economies and share markets and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She is currently a non-executive Director of Phoslock Ltd, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Bell Financial Group Ltd and DMP Asset Management Ltd, and a Director of the Kimberley Foundation of Australia and the SVI Foundation. She has recently been appointed as a member of Swinburne University's Inaugural Research Advisory Committee. 

Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus VIC: For distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly to the study of Jewish civilisation, as a sociologist and demographer, and to multiculturalism. Emeritus Professor Markus is a Scanlon Foundation research committee member and principal researcher of the Mapping Social Cohesion Research Report. 


Georgina Byron NSW: Georgina Byron is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of The Snow Foundation, a family foundation established in 1991 by her father Terry Snow and his brother George Snow. The Snow Foundation focuses on the key themes of social welfare, health, education and employment supporting those experiencing disadvantage in the Canberra region and nationally. 

Phil Mayers VIC: Trustee for the Freemasons Foundation - Philip is a seasoned Board member, with extensive governance experience, and over the years has served as Chairman of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chairman of Temple Beth Israel, Deputy Chairman of Royal District Nursing Service and been a Director of both Link Health & Community and SouthPort Uniting Care. 

Prof John Thwaites VIC: Chair of Climateworks - John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, ClimateWorks Australia and BehaviourWorks Australia. John is Chair of Melbourne Water and a Director of Fair Trade Australia New Zealand. He has been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council. 

Kenneth Watkins VIC: Philanthropy Director of the The Australian Ballet and a member of the Executive team or more than 27 years, Kenneth has made a strong contribution to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the organisation. He has worked tirelessly with the Philanthropy team to increase the profile of the company and to ensure that The Australian Ballet has the resources to be one of the world’s premiere ballet companies. 

Stephen Byron ACT: Stephen joined the Canberra Grammar School Board in 2013 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2014.  He has led the Capital Airport Group since the acquisition of Canberra Airport in 1998, by his father, Mr Terry Snow. He is also the Chair of the Capital Cities Airport CEO Group and Board Governor of ANU Endowment for Excellence. 

Caroline De Mori WA: Caroline was the driving force behind the creation of EON Foundation, partnering with Aboriginal communities and schools to create access to fresh and affordable fruit and vegetables and provide nutrition education and training. She also founded and ran two corporate communications companies. 

George Allister Lefroy VIC: Former Executive Vice President-Asia Pacific & Middle East at Shell Chemicals Ltd. For significant service to the community through philanthropic support initiatives. 

Megan Mitchell NSW: Megan has had extensive experience in issues facing children and young people, having worked with children from all types of backgrounds, including undertaking significant work with vulnerable children. 

Peter Wise NSW: For significant service to the Jewish community through a range of roles. 


Wendy Lewis VIC:  Executive Officer of the Collier Charitable Fund – a philanthropic fund which commenced in 1954. Wendy is also the Chair of the Invergowrie Foundation, the current Chair of the Board of the Knox School an independent co-educational school in Wantirna, and a founding member of the Melbourne Women’s Fund. 

Anne Macarthur VIC: Anne Macarthur joined the junior Red Cross when she was 10, and she has volunteered with them ever since – a period spanning more than 60 years. She became a driving force within the Victorian Division, and turning 60 did not slow her down. She was elected Chair in 2014 – the first woman to hold that position in the organisation’s history. She has contributed to many activities at both regional and state levels, including fundraising, publicity, committees, and as a member of the Overseas Support Group.

Lisa Kingman McGlinchey VIC: Director of Impact and Collaboration at Tanarra Philanthropic Advisors and recognised in 2018 as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (Financial Review) for her community work.  Lisa is a recipient of a Paul Newman Foundation innovation Award for her work as a co-founder of EdConnect Australia.  She is a founding member of Housing All Australians and has served on a number of social purpose boards including Chair, Courthouse Youth Arts and member of BHP Billiton Community Trust. 

Angel Dixon QLD: Angel’s personal mission is to challenge society’s perception of disability an is the advocacy manager for not-for-profit organisation, Starting With Julius, and also CEO of the Attitude Foundation.  

Alistair Urquhart VIC: Alistair Urquhart has always been passionate about helping people living with a disability to find work. The Barwon Heads’ man is today honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia. 

Dr Peter Davis VIC: For service to the Jewish community of Melbourne. 

Elizabeth James VIC: For service to the Jewish community of Victoria. 

The late Mrs Maureen Anne Kerridge NSW: For significant service to the television industry, to the arts, and to charitable organisations. 

Allan Robert Gray VIC: For service to the community through social welfare organisations.

Honorary Medal OAM 

Melodie Potts Rosevear: Founder of Teach for Australia – Melodie Potts Rosevear has been involved with Teach For Australia since its earliest conception. Originally from North Carolina, Melodie came to Australia to serve as a founding staff member and Think Tank Coordinator at the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, an indigenous policy ‘action tank’ championing welfare reforms and other social policy changes designed to help remote indigenous communities to develop. 

You can see the full list of Australia Day 2021 Honours recipients here.

Philanthropy Australia has compiled this list with the best intention to honour the 2021 recipients from the sector. If you spot any omissions, please email us at 


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