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CEO Update: Welcoming our newest board members

May 20th, 2022

​Philanthropy Australia welcomed four new board members at its annual general meeting and farewelled a quartet of inspiring, committed and generous board members who are retiring from their roles with 32 years of collective contribution to Philanthropy Australia.

L-R: Lisa George, Jack Heath, Amanda Miller & Ann Johnson

The Co-Chairs board leadership model introduced in 2019 will continue, with Amanda Miller remaining as Co-Chair, and now joined by Lisa George, who is Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation. Lisa replaces outgoing Co-Chair Ann Johnson, who has been on the board since 2012 and was Deputy Chair before taking on the joint role with Amanda.

Lisa joined the board in 2018 and is Chair of the Harvard Club of Australia Ferris Family Nonprofit Fellowship and a Director with For Purpose Investment Partners. The four new members elected to the board are: Ling Ang, Liz Gillies, Maree Sidey and Michael Graf.

The retiring board members are Craig Winkler, who joined the board in 2014 and has been  a vocal champion for Philanthropy Australia’s ambitious and innovative strategic direction; Jenny Stephens, a valued member of the Governance, Nominations and Compliance Committee since she joined the board in 2015, and who has provided wise guidance on governance, strategic direction and stakeholder engagement; and Caroline Stewart, who also joined in 2015, and has not only chaired the Finance, Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Chair but delivered a skillset that has been invaluable to the financial integrity of Philanthropy Australia.

Out-going Co-Chair Ann Johnson has played a pivotal role in steering the Board while working collaboratively with management to achieve Philanthropy Australia’s strategic goals.

In 2017, Ann was integral to changing Philanthropy Australia’s business model to the membership model we have today, and with that, the move from being an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee. Ann has been a long-time supporter of Philanthropy Australia, through her PAF, the W & A Johnson Family Foundation, and a Philanthropy Champion since the concept was introduced in 2017. Her hands-on leadership and wise counsel will be truly missed.

Philanthropy Australia has been privileged to have the time, passion, skill, and wisdom of all four retiring board members who have been integral to the Board team supporting members to inspire more and better philanthropy.

Philanthropy Australia welcomes our new Board directors: 

Ling Ang, a philanthropist, filmmaker, and artist with more than ten years’ experience across a diverse array of international productions, creating work rooted in a documentary language exploring contemporary issues.

Liz Gillies, the CEO of the Menzies Foundation, who has more than 20 years’ experience in social impact, philanthropy, and leadership development. She is currently on the Philanthropic Advisory Board of Barmalbijiril. 

Maree Sidey, the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) since 2015 and who also holds Non-Executive Director roles at Community Foundations Australia and Australian Progress. Maree spent twenty years working in the For-Purpose sector before joining ACF.

Michael Graf has more than 25 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. He is currently an advisor and board director for a number of start-up enterprises and not-for-profits, bringing together his experiences across philanthropy, fundraising, governance and technology, including Chair of Good2Give Australia and ShareGift Australia and Co-Chair of the merged entity of Good2Give and Workplace Giving Australia.

Philanthropy Australia looks forward to working with the new Board in our shared mission to inspire more and better philanthropy.

Find more details on the Board here.

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