WHO WE ARE
In 2006, Paul Ramsay AO established the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Since his death in 2014, the Foundation continues through his generous bequest.
We continue Paul Ramsay’s philanthropic legacy through a shared commitment to break cycles of disadvantage in Australia by investing in partnerships for potential.
Our team bring to this challenge their diverse perspectives and experience.
Our Board & Team
Ilana Atlas AO
Ilana is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Origin Energy and the Scentre Group. She is Chairman of Jawun and on the Board of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and Paul Ramsay Holdings Pty Ltd.
Her last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, she was Group Secretary and General Counsel.
Before her 10-year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.
Peter Evans joined Ramsay Health Care in 1969, and served as a Non-Executive Director for 24 years before being appointed Deputy Chairman in 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant and, prior to joining Ramsay Health Care, was in public practice for over 20 years with the predecessor firms of KPMG. He specialised in the financial management of hospitals and has more than 45 years’ experience in the healthcare field. Peter has been actively involved with several other charitable
Kathryn Greiner AO
Kathryn has had the opportunity to contribute in a wide range of leadership positions in public and private companies, government bodies and non-profit organisations. Kathryn has also participated in or led Inquiries into Education: the Gonski Review and NSW Catholic Funding Review and is currently leading a Review into Retirement Villages in NSW.
Her professional history has been in social work and early childhood services as well as media roles at Radio 2UE and Channel 10. From 1995 to 2004, Kathryn was an elected Councillor to the Sydney City Council. She is the recipient of an Order of Australia.
Greg Hutchinson AM
Greg Hutchinson has been involved in community development for almost 20 years. He was the founding CEO of The Australian Charities Fund and involved in establishing GoodStart Early Learning, Centre for Social Impact, ShareGift and Women’s Community Shelters, serving on these boards as well as Bell Shakespeare Company and the Brandenburg Orchestra and Foundation. Greg was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to philanthropy, social enterprise, community
Robert McLean AM
Rob is a private equity investor and company director. He had a
In business Rob served on the boards of CSR, Pacific Dunlop and Elders. He recently completed a second term on the Reserve Bank Payment Systems Board. He is an alternate director of Maths Pathway and a member of the Advisory Board of 5V Capital.
In education, Rob was Dean and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.
In the community, Rob serves as Chair of The Nature Conservancy Australia Board and as a director of The Centre for Independent Studies. He was the founding Chairman of Social Ventures Australia and a former President of The Benevolent Society. The McLean Foundation, a PAF established by Rob and his wife Paula, funds initiatives in conservation, literacy and education.
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Michael Siddle is Chairman of Ramsay Health Care and a founding director. He joined the company in
Michael Traill AM (Chair)
Michael founded Social Ventures Australia in 2002, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment.
Having stepped down as CEO of Social Ventures in 2014, Michael currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles including Chair of the Paul Ramsay Foundation; Chair of the Federal Government Social Impact Investing Task Force; Executive Director of For Purpose Investments, a Director of M H Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper (where he is also Chair of the Investment Committee), Hearts & Minds Investments and Australian Philanthropic Services and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.
He is the author of ‘Jumping Ship – From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment’ which won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The book reflects on his personal and professional journey and has been a widely acclaimed manifesto for change and action in the social purpose sector. In 2010 Michael was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.
Natalie Walker MAICD is a Kuku Yalanji woman from the Daintree Rainforest and holds degrees in Psychology and Law. Natalie has dedicated her career to contributing to reforming social and economic policies to make our country a better place for those experiencing vulnerability.
As founder of Inside Policy, a privately-held advisory firm, Natalie advises governments on a range of social and economic policy matters. She was previously the chief executive officer of Supply Nation, an organisation focused on increasing the participation of Indigenous business in the supply chain of Australia’s largest companies. Natalie has held roles at KPMG Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission and in the Queensland Government.
Natalie sits on various boards including Goodstart Early Learning, Life Without Barriers, Jawun and the Telstra Foundation.
In 2002, Natalie made an intervention to the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples on the overrepresentation of Indigenous young people in Australia’s criminal justice system. In 2012, Natalie was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2018, Natalie was appointed by the Prime Minister as Australia’s representative to the Business Women Leaders Taskforce of the G20.
Human Resources Advisor
Aashima is the foundation’s Human Resources Advisor and works closely with the Head of Organisational Development and HR to ensure all of the necessary processes and procedures are in place to fully support colleagues at the Foundation.
Born and raised in North India, Aashima has a Masters in Human Resources from University College Dublin. She has worked in Singapore as part of a centre of excellence for employees across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East with the international executive search firm, Heidrick and Struggles.
In 2005 she moved to Sydney where she has held several HR roles. Just before joining the Foundation, Aashima was part of the NSW Health team as Human Resources Business Partner for one of the nation’s largest COVID-19 vaccination centres at the Qudos Bank Arena.
Outside of work, Aashima loves to cook, garden, and read mostly non-fiction work.
Chief Portfolio Officer
Abhilash leads a cross-functional team that establishes new partnerships (both via grantmaking and impact investments) and then manages the foundation’s relationships with its large portfolio of partners.
Through providing strategic guidance and capacity building support, monitoring progress, reviewing practice and facilitating knowledge-sharing, this team works to enhance the work of the foundation’s partners and drive progress against our broader mission to break cycles of disadvantage.
Abhilash has over 15 years of experience in impact investing, research, evaluation and social enterprise. Before joining the Foundation, Abhilash was part of the leadership team at the Global Impact Investing Network, driving global market development. Earlier, he worked at a microfinance accelerator in India, where he helped early-stage institutions scale their reach and impact. He also played a leading role in a large randomised controlled trial of education policy interventions in primary schools.
Abhilash holds Honours degrees in Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University. In his spare time, he enjoys writing fiction and hiking with his sons.
Head of Research
As a member of the policy and engagement team, Alex leads programs related to thought leadership and strategic research to discover new ideas and integrate learnings into the Foundation’s projects and partnerships.
He also works with a cross-Foundation team on the development of a Data Futures initiative. His work seeks to make cycles of advantage and disadvantage visible in new ways and to amplify the Foundation’s and our partners’ ideas of how to overcome complex barriers and enable greater opportunities.
Before joining the Foundation, Alex’s career evolved around the intersection of research and policy, building partnerships between government departments, United Nations agencies, private sector companies and interdisciplinary data initiatives.
More recently, he worked with the Bangladesh government, UNICEF and the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford on new approaches to the institutional design of rural drinking water services.
An interdisciplinary scholar, Alex holds a master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and DPhil in Geography from the University of Oxford.
Alex was born in the foothills of the Green Mountains and has always been connected to water, both out of enjoyment and curiosity for how it sustains our society and the natural world.
Alexandra (Alex) is responsible for overseeing the execution of the Foundation’s strategy. Reporting to the CEO, Alex has oversight of the Foundation’s progress towards achieving our goals. A crucial part of her role is to produce in-depth reports on crucial projects and Foundation grants.
Before joining the Foundation, Alex worked in international development in the Asia Pacific region, supporting media freedom and trade union development. She was also involved in the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals.
In her various roles, Alexandra has facilitated digital security workshops, advocacy and campaigning and produced reports on significant human rights issues.
Alex has a Bachelor of Arts/Sciences degree with honours in Indonesian studies and Master’s of International Studies from the University of Sydney.
To relax, Alex pursues her keen interest in AFL and can be found on the football field most weekends.
Project Officer, Grants Management
As a project officer, Amber supports the development and management of the Foundation’s growing Transitions to Employment portfolio.
Amber is studying at UNSW for her MBA specialising in Social Impact.
In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach and doing aerial yoga.
Camilla manages the development and execution of the Foundation’s events program.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, Camilla works with internal and external stakeholders to design and produce content-driven events and activations that support the Foundation’s commitment to helping Australians defy disadvantage by investing in partnerships for potential.
Camilla has more than a decade’s experience in events. Before joining the Foundation, she was Event Producer at the Australia Bar Association. She has also managed events in the finance, technology and education sections. These include international roadshows, conferences and launches.
Event management has not always been on Camilla’s radar. She was training to be a pilot before she embraced her career.
EA & Office Manager, Melbourne
Catherine is the Executive Assistant (EA) to the Chief Portfolio Officer (CPO) and is also the Office Manager, ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Melbourne Office.
Over the last 20 years, Catherine has held senior EA roles in a wide range of industries, including IT, banking and international conferencing. Much of Catherine’s experience was gained while working in the Channel Islands, UK and the Caribbean. Catherine also spent a year front of house volunteering for the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, which showcases contemporary Caribbean art and traditional culture.
With a thirst for adventure, Catherine spent two years sailing half-way around the world with her husband on their yacht ‘Rum Jungle’. Tiring of the ocean, she returned to land and eventually Australia where she enjoys travelling, camping and hiking.
Charlotte is a chartered management accountant and supports the finance and wider team to ensure the organisation’s financial operations run smoothly. A crucial part of Charlotte’s role is to provide portfolios leaders with the financial information they need to make strategic and operational decisions.
This is Charlotte’s first position in philanthropy, and she is thriving on the opportunity to help break cycles of disadvantage and support the Foundation’s mission.
Before moving to Australia from the UK, Charlotte worked in the FMCG industry.
In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys the beach, cooking and exploring the sites of Sydney.
Head of Governance & Human Rights
Christine works with our dynamic and diverse team to support the Foundation’s internal governance and human rights work.
Before joining the Foundation, Christine worked in community and government sectors, specialising in human rights, justice, cultural diversity, refugee and humanitarian settlement. She is experienced in policy reform and working for taskforces addressing human rights abuses. These include the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.
Christine is passionate about using her skills and expertise to enable everyone in society, regardless of their backgrounds and attributes, to live engaging, safe and fulfilling lives. She holds a Doctorate in Juridical Science (law) from the Australian National University and a BA (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
When not working for the betterment of society, Christine enjoys reading, writing and being in nature, particularly at the beach.
Chief Operating Officer
Clare is a member of the Grants Management team and is responsible for managing and supporting partnerships in the School Age Learning portfolio.
Before joining the Foundation, Clare managed the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. She has a background in policy and advocacy in the health and human rights sectors where she led campaigns on refugee rights, climate change, and the intersection of drug and welfare policy.
Clare holds a BA from the University of Newcastle and an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter, UK .She has a deep interest in the Middle East and Central Asia and is a volunteer sub-editor for Novastan English, a Europe-based Central Asian news site.
In her spare time Clare enjoys watching and reading crime stories, playing tennis and practising yoga.
David works with the Chief Operating Officer and others on a range of corporate and operational initiatives.
Before joining the Foundation, David had a long career in private and corporate legal practice, including as a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now KWM) and Westfield Corporation.
David is well versed in planning, implementing and administering corporate transactions and internal processes and enjoys finding ways to apply his skills to advancing the Foundation’s mission.
To relax, he spends a fair amount of time walking (and spoiling) his family’s dogs around Sydney’s beautiful harbourside and bush reserves.
Chief Financial Officer
David heads up the finance team at the Foundation and is also a member of the Investment committee entrusted with responsibly investing our corpus.
David is one of Australia’s leading restructuring experts. Before joining the Foundation, he headed up KordaMentha’s Sydney practice for 13 years.
David is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 30 years of business experience from dealing with some of corporate Australia’s most complex and difficult financial scenarios.
David was born and raised in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. His interests include his family, tennis, golf and travel. He is also involved in a craft beer brewery and a business that provides purpose-built homes to people with disabilities.
Any spare time David has after that is taken up by his role as Deputy Chair of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.
Executive Assistant to COO & CPO
Elise is Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Program Officer and provides senior-level support to them and their teams.
Elise has worked as an EA across finance, property and philanthropic sectors, and draws on this diverse experience to perform her role at the Foundation.
With a bachelor’s in Human Movement Studies and 10 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry, Elise also leads the Foundation’s Wellness Team. She thrives on the opportunity to help her colleagues improve their wellbeing.
Elise grew up in the northern beaches region of Sydney and feels most alive when she is outdoors by the ocean being active.
Eloise is a Wiradjuri woman and supports the Development Team by leading and managing the development of portfolios and partnerships.
Before joining the Foundation, Eloise was a management consultant across projects in various industries.
Eloise holds a BSc in civil engineering and a graduate diploma in Australian Indigenous studies from the University of Melbourne. Her minor thesis highlighted the importance of Indigenous language revitalisation in contemporary Australia, drawing on her own experiences learning Wiradjuri language.
Eloise enjoys watching and playing sports, reading and spending time at the beach.
Policy & Engagement Officer
Emma provides professional support to the head of the policy and engagement team by undertaking research, producing policy briefs and providing grants management. Before joining the Foundation, Emma worked for several independent bookstores across Sydney, assisting them with their communications and event programs.
Emma holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Development Studies from the University of Sydney where she regularly participated in the Policy Reform Project. She has a passion for promoting Australian writing in the policy and not-for-profit space. In her spare time, Emma enjoys listening to Arabic language news and music to keep her skills up, and taking long walks around the Inner West of Sydney.
Associate, Impact Investing
Emilie works on the origination and management of a portfolio of impact investments that aim to produce positive social and economic change.
Before joining the Foundation, Emilie worked in finance in Amsterdam, London and Singapore. She co-founded an impact banking team at a leading Dutch bank. She also managed the rollout of an innovative lending product to smallholder farmers in developing countries with the aim of having a positive social impact.
Her specialties are blended finance transactions, public and private partnerships and evaluating investment opportunities based on a matrix of impact, risk and acceptable returns.
Emilie is originally from the Netherlands and loves to bike around Sydney on her Dutch transport bike. Her passions are yoga, running and making a long-term impact in Australia – her new home.
Erin manages the Foundation’s criminal justice-related partnerships and brings her extensive experience working in the NSW justice system to the role.
Before joining the Foundation, Erin managed several reviews for the NSW Law Reform Commission and NSW Sentencing Council in areas including guardianship law and consent.
Before that, Erin led strategic policy work at Legal Aid NSW to support service delivery and broader reform within the legal services sector. She also managed a review of the legislative framework for the provision of boarding house accommodation to people with a disability, for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.
Erin is an award-winning author of books for young adults. Her novel Amelia Westlake won the 2019 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
Galina is a Partnerships Manager at the Paul Ramsay Foundation. In this role, Galina manages a diverse portfolio of partnerships.
Galina has undertaken a range of projects for the Foundation. Most recently, she led the response to the Black Summer Bushfires, a $30 million commitment that included a focus on immediate relief as well as supporting communities to build longer-term resilience.
Galina has over 15 years’ experience in public policy. She has worked in leadership roles in state and local government in the areas of homelessness prevention, social and affordable housing, public housing renewal, community development and domestic and family violence.
Galina has a PhD in American literature and is a past recipient of a Churchill Fellowship.
In her spare time, Galina reads fiction and body surfs when the water is warm.
Genevieve’s focus is on Capability in Philanthropy. Her role at the Foundation includes managing engagement with philanthropic peers and partners to address disadvantage through investment in Australia’s philanthropic capability.
During her auspicious career, Genevieve has pioneered approaches to contemporary philanthropy in Australia and New Zealand, as a manager, consultant and strategist. She completed two long term appointments as CEO of the Reichstein Foundation and the Portland House Foundation, and has assisted more than 50 grantmaking organisations to set their vision, strategy, governance and operations.
As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she has served governance roles with more than 10 philanthropic and not for profit boards, including the Council of Philanthropy Australia.
Genevieve is Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University, and was recognised for her contributions to philanthropy with an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University and a Leadership Award from the University of Melbourne.
She is author of the Grantmaker’s Toolkit (NZ) and Savvy Giving, the Art and Science of Philanthropy.
Genevieve was raised in country Victoria. She is happiest gardening with her chickens in the background and enjoys the hurly-burly of a large extended family where life experience is rich, varied and fulfilling.
Glyn Davis AC
Chief Executive Officer
Glyn leads the Foundation and is responsible to the board for ensuring it breaks the cycle of disadvantage in Australia through programs which address intergenerational poverty.
Glyn was previously Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne. A political scientist by training, with extensive experience in public policy, he retains part-time academic roles at the Australian National University and Oxford University.
Glyn delivered the Boyer lectures on higher education in 2010 and recently published On Life’s Lottery, a reflection on how chance and birth shape life.
Glyn was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He was raised in Sydney but has spent much of his professional life in Canberra, Brisbane and the United States. Glyn now lives in Melbourne, where he escapes work by playing in an occasional band on Sunday afternoons.
Associate, Learning & Early Childhood
Hannah works with the development team, guiding the strategy of the Learning and Early Childhood portfolio to help Foundation partners develop impactful programs that break cycles of disadvantage.
Before joining the Foundation, Hannah worked in early childhood research, practice and policy implementation. Most recently, she was a visiting scholar at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) and a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) from the University of Melbourne, as well as Master of Education (Human Development and Psychology) from Harvard University, where she studied as a General Sir John Monash Scholar.
Hailing originally from regional Victoria, Hannah is a passionate cook who is frequently guilty of over-catering for friends and family.
Jackie and her team are responsible for a portfolio of grants across early childhood, domestic and family violence and communities. Jackie works directly with organisations funded by the Foundation and brings multiple stakeholders together for mutual benefit.
Before joining the Foundation, Jackie worked in the non-profit sector for almost 20 years, supporting diverse communities to tackle persistent social disadvantage.
Jackie’s specialises in project management and social enterprise. Her leadership experience extends across fundraising, HR and risk management.
Jackie was founder and CEO at The Social Outfit, and in 2018 the NSW Government’s Green Globe awards recognised her as Sustainability Champion and for her Community Leadership. She is a volunteer with the Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC).
Jackie holds a Master of Philosophy in Gender and Cultural Studies and is an ardent fan of second-hand 1980s Australian fashion.
James supports the development and management of the Foundation’s criminal justice-related partnerships. Before joining the Foundation, James founded a university-based pro bono research service for organisations working to alleviate disadvantage.
Prior to that, he worked as a researcher in various areas of policy and law reform, in government agencies and a university.
James continues to be involved in campaigning and organising with community-based organisations. He enjoys being in nature, reading academic philosophy and playing team sports.
Chief Strategy Officer
Jeni leads the foundation’s grantmaking strategy to establish impactful programs that break cycles of disadvantage. She manages a cross-functional team that drives program development, outcomes measurement, research, data and policy.
Before joining the foundation, Jeni’s career spanned Australian and international policy and practice. Her work in government included developing innovative approaches to addressing complex disadvantage for NSW Education, helping military and civilians cooperate for more effective international deployments through the Department of Defence, and providing international strategy advice in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.
From academia, Jeni advised governments, the United Nations and think tanks on the effectiveness of international responses to violent conflict. She has worked with research institutes and think tanks around the world, including at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, UNESCO, the International Peace Institute, the Sydney Policy Lab, and the Centre for Policy Development.
A political scientist, she holds a DPhil and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Jeni was born and raised by the beach in Sydney, and is happiest on, in or near the ocean.
Jenny’s primary role is to lead the Transitions to Employment portfolio and support strategy and development across the programs on the Foundation’s development team. She also leads and supports work across portfolios including Data Futures, Youth Engagement, COVID-19 and research.
Jenny is a medical doctor who has focused much of her career on the social determinants of health. She founded REACH and CHASE, health charities that focus on community and preventative health for people experiencing disadvantage. She also founded an early childhood education social enterprise, Libromat, in South Africa.
Jenny holds an MSc in Global Health and DPhil in Population Health from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Jenny’s doctorate focused on investigating multimorbidity and chronic disease using big data.
Before joining the Foundation, Jenny worked as a consultant in McKinsey’s Health and Social Sector Practice.
Jenny loves to keep active. She enjoys training for triathlons and has a full blue in rowing from Oxford University.
Jonas leads the partnership management of the Foundation’s Transitions to Employment portfolio and contributes to strategy development and impact evaluation. Jonas thrives on forging strong and lasting relationships with colleagues, partners, and the communities we serve.
Before joining the Foundation, Jonas spent 15 years as an expert strategist, communicator and management professional, helping leaders define goals and achieve results. With experience in finance, international affairs, non-profits and tech research, Jonas knows what it takes to drive impact across management, operations, public relations and service delivery.
Jonas is a life-long learner and holds a BA in Sociology from Bielefeld University, an MSc in Humanitarian Affairs from the University of Oxford, a second MSc in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a third master’s degree in Creative Writing from UTS. He is also a certified financial adviser, project manager, and change manager and holds a Strategic Decision Making certificate from LSE.
Jonas loves the outdoors and dreams of hiking the entirety of the US Pacific Crest Trail.
John supports a portfolio of grant partners and leads grantmaking and strategy development related to school-age learning.
John has previously been in the leadership teams for two not-for-profit education start-ups, Evidence for Learning and High Resolves. He also led the design and delivery of the SVA Education Dialogue.
John spent the first decade of his career as a teacher and school leader. He is on advisory boards for several education partnerships and organisations and has been on selection panels for Australian teaching and social innovation awards.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, English and Cognitive Studies and a Master’s in American Literature.
The son of a US Air Force test pilot, John has lived in more than 15 cities around the world and loves to be at the beach, in the bush or curled up with a good novel.
Julie has a background in operations, administration and IT, and ensures the smooth day-to-day running the Foundation’s offices.
Before joining the Foundation, Julie studied art and worked in advertising and marketing. She has a deep interest in technology and has worked as a consultant and in management positions. Another passion is natural therapies, which led Julie to develop her own product line and wellness centre.
In her spare time, cooking is Julie’s meditation and travel is her passion.
Junho is an Associate in the development team focused on the Criminal Justice portfolio. He is responsible for setting the portfolio’s strategy and identifying and developing new partnerships. Before joining the Foundation Junho worked in social enterprises, most recently with One Acre Fund, which provides smallholder farmers in East Africa with the agricultural goods and services they need to make their farms more productive and resilient to climate change. Before that, Junho worked as a management consultant focused on strategy and change management projects.
Junho holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Head of Development
Kai leads the team responsible for strategic programs and partnership development, working across areas that span the Foundation’s priority areas of focus.
Before joining the Foundation, Kai worked in management consulting and across non-profit organisations and government
In consulting, she advised public, private, and social-sector organisations on strategy and operations, with a focus on organisation. In government, she worked to provide policy advice in economic development, employment, and environment.
Kai’s non-profit work has spanned strategy and operations for international organisations involved in community infrastructure and agriculture. She has also led the establishment and growth of non-profit organisations focused on education and employment.
Kai holds degrees in engineering and commerce and a Master of Public Administration.
She is a big fan of coffee and a good episode of Bluey.
Kate Harrison Brennan
Head of Policy & Design
Kate leads the team responsible for research, policy and strategic communications, including building relations with government and the philanthropic, not-for-profit and private sectors.
Before joining the Foundation, Kate was the CEO of a women’s Foundation in the Anglican Church, Anglican Deaconess Ministries.
She also worked in law, the charities sector and government, and founded a tech start-up.
In government, Kate was an adviser to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whom she’d served previously in the portfolio of social inclusion. Another role was Director of Strategic Communications and Global Affairs at the Australian Consulate-General in New York.
Kate holds a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, an MPhil in Development Studies (International Development), and a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford, where she was a NSW Rhodes Scholar. She completed her DPhil as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton and is a former Young Australian of the Year for NSW.
She loves design, watercolour painting and water sports.
Head of Organisational Development and Human Resources
Kim is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s people strategy. She supports colleagues in a range of areas, including organisational effectiveness and culture, talent acquisition and management, performance management, employee relations and diversity and inclusion.
With significant senior HR leadership experience across APAC and the Middle East, Kim is committed to making HR processes easier for her colleagues and sees being available to listen as a crucial success factor.
Before joining the foundation, Kim was Global Vice President Human Resources for a consulting firm. In that role, she established a Centre of Excellence for Employee Experience, Culture and Organizational Development and an employee engagement strategy to enable the business to meet its objectives and reinforce its values.
Earlier, Kim was Vice President Human Resources APAC and worked closely with the business to manage the entire talent cycle for employees across the Asia Pacific and Middle East. Kim has a background in recruitment and brings a holistic business perspective to the foundation.
Kim holds a BA (Hons) in information and communication technology. Outside work, she enjoys travel, entertaining and being close to the ocean.
Project Officer, Grants Management
Marina is a member of the Grants Management team, where she manages the day-to-day activities of the Foundation’s Early Childhood and Development (ECD) partnerships.
Marina’s role requires her to have a clear understanding of each EDD program, and she is responsible for tracking the status of the partnerships.
Before joining the Foundation, Marina participated in the NSW Government Graduate Program and was involved in projects that focused on supporting children in out-of-home care and children in contact with the child protection system.
Before that, Marina completed her practical legal training in criminal, commercial and litigation law.
Marina holds a Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws degree and was a member of the Western Sydney University Academy for high-achieving students.
Marina was born and raised in Western Sydney. She loves spending time with family and friends and is a podcast enthusiast.
Mark leads the team responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of the foundation and its subsidiaries. He ensures robust investment portfolio management, efficient grant management reporting and ensures the corporate structures are as efficient and cost-effective as possible.
Before joining the Foundation, Mark held senior positions at global accounting firms and developed finance teams across several industries. He has been instrumental in corporate restructures and building best practice finance departments that focus on financial partnering across organisations.
Mark is a biology graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from the University of Nottingham. He and his family immigrated to Australia from the UK in 2005 and has a passion for the outdoors, surfing and mountain biking.
Lead, Measurement and Evaluation
Martin works with colleagues and external partners to generate and use evidence to assess and enhance the impact of the Foundation.
Martin is passionate about using evidence and careful reasoning to address systemic injustice.
He has worked in social policy and evidence use across government, not-for-profits and the private sector. He has led extensive evaluations of school education and tertiary education programs in Australia and research projects in Vietnam and five African countries. One of his roles was to lead a team that advised the Government of Malawi on social protection.
Martin holds a BA (Honours) and Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (Honours). He is involved in the Effective Altruism community, and enjoys bouldering and vegan cooking.
Associate, Sector Capability
Matt manages capability building related to the sustainability and resilience of foundation partners and also develops capability programs for the wider for-purpose sector. His work includes the funding of new social enterprise and intermediary partners in the key areas of employment and justice.
Before joining the foundation, Matt ran a UK-based incubator for young entrepreneurs, worked in venture capital and co-founded a leading UK social impact consulting firm at which he was the executive director for 12 years.
Matt delivered social enterprise programs for the Cabinet Office and Department of Work and Pensions in the UK. In response to the GFC, he developed the UK’s first non-profit merger and collaboration services and published the Good Merger Guide for Charities. He has also served as a director on several for-purpose sector boards.
Matt holds a BA Honours in History of Modern Art and Design. He moved to Sydney from London in 2017 and loves living a five-minute walk from the beach. He aims to swim most mornings of the year, has passions for motorbikes and chess, creates electronic dance music and admits to an unhealthy obsession with US political podcasts.
As IT Manager, Paul manages the Foundation’s daily IT operations, IT projects and works with internal and external stakeholders on defining the Foundation’s IT strategy.
Passionate about ensuring the best possible IT end-user experience, Paul has implemented new technologies across multiple organisations from large-scale system upgrades to bespoke workplace collaboration solutions.
Paul enjoys spending time outside of work with his family, playing competition basketball and, of course, all things to do with technology.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Penny is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of the CEO office and the Foundation’s board.
She is a seasoned C-Suite executive assistant who brings the Foundation a wealth of know-how, knowledge and contacts. Penny has built upon decades of experience in roles at US and ASX-listed healthcare and media and advertising companies as well as private family offices.
Penny holds a Bachelor of Business in Office Management.
Originally from Melbourne, Penny has made Sydney her home and enjoys spending quality time at the beach or the snow with her family or walking with her dog, Gracie the Groodle.
Ruby provides legal support to all the Foundation’s teams. She holds a Juris Doctor (Law) from UNSW and is training to become a solicitor.
Ruby has a Bachelor of Production Design and worked as a professional stage and screen designer before studying law.
Ruby has held roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, KPMG and Reconciliation Australia.
She is a member of the Biennale of Sydney’s Board of Directors.
Ruby is a proud descendant of the Bidjara and Yiman people of Central Queensland. She was born in Alice Springs and has lived in many different cities in Australia. She has a passion for all forms of art.
Project Officer, Grants Management
Tiffany is a member of the grants management team and is responsible for managing and supporting a diverse portfolio of partnerships.
Tiffany enjoys working across different areas of the Foundation, including evaluation, data and mapping, as well as supporting the bushfires commitment.
Before joining the Foundation, Tiffany gained work experience at a forensic and clinical neuropsychology firm, where the impact of complex trauma and psychological disorders on behaviour were considered in a legal context.
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish.
Having worked and studied in Northern Spain, Tiffany is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, you’ll find her swimming, hiking or camping somewhere in regional Australia.