Our Board of Directors
Ann Sherry (Chair)
Ms Ann Sherry AO is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. Ann currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Australian Rugby Union, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Infrastructure Victoria and Committee for Sydney and philanthropy Australia. The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award. Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.
Jacqui De Lacy, B. Economics (Hons)
Jacqui is Abt Australia’s Manager Director, responsible for leading Abt’s development and technical services in alignment with its mission and values. She has a deep practical understanding of development issues and operations and has the capacity to shape, implement, and review individual programs and large development portfolios in ways that maximize impact. De Lacy possesses excellent leadership and management skills and is a thought leader on development issues in the Asia Pacific region. She is often invited to speak at conferences and events on international development and can engage effectively with the media and with a very broad range of stakeholders.
Prior to joining Abt (then JTA) in 2014, De Lacy represented the Australian Aid program (then AusAid, now DFAT) in multiple high-profile positions, including head of AusAid Indonesia, head of the Food Security Branch, Global Crisis Response Coordinator, and Head of the PNG Branch in Canberra. While head of AusAID Indonesia, De Lacy led policy dialogue, coalition building and advocacy efforts with the Indonesian government at the national and subnational level and civil society organizations in a wide range of technical areas, including social protection, women’s empowerment, health, economic governance, and electoral reform and legal reform. She has extensive experience representing Australia on UN funds and programs, at conferences, and in development policy and issues, including ASEAN, APEC, and the G20. De Lacy holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Mr Matt Comyn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Matt has nearly 20 years’ experience in banking across business, institutional, retail and wealth management. Since joining Commonwealth Bank in 1999 he has held a number of senior leadership roles including Managing Director of CommSec from 2006-2010. Most recently he was the Group Executive for the Retail Banking Services division, which accounts for half of the Bank’s profit and leads development of digital products and services for the Bank. Matt is also a member of Mastercard’s Global Advisory Board.
Colin Storrie, FCPA, GAICD
Mr Colin Storrie has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles in listed companies, investment banking and government. This includes Group Treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer roles within Qantas Airways Ltd and AMP Ltd. He has also held a number of director roles in both listed and non-listed companies. Currently, Colin is an independent non-executive Director of AIG Australia Ltd and is Chair of both its Board Audit and Risk Committees. He is also an independent non-executive director of North Queensland Airports and Toronto City Airport Terminal Operations. He holds a bachelor of commerce, a graduate diploma in management, is a fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Ms Olivia Wirth is Group Executive Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Qantas. Olivia is responsible for the Qantas Group’s external and internal communications including managing the Qantas Brand, marketing, PR and corporate affairs. This portfolio also includes management of the company’s digital, social and entertainment strategies as well as partnerships with sporting codes, community organisations and arts organisations. She is a member of the Executive Committee.
Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs. She has over 15 years of experience in public affairs, marketing and government relations. Olivia joined Qantas from the Tourism & Transport Forum, Australia’s peak tourism industry group where, as Executive Director, she led its public advocacy and engagement with federal and state governments. She has worked in a range of public and corporate affairs roles, including for the UK based, Business in the Community (part of the Prince's Trust) and the Australian Tourist Commission (now Tourism Australia).
Suzanne currently works as a consultant with The University of Melbourne. Until recently, she was the Executive General Manager, residential communities at Australian Unity. She has over 15 years’ experience in health care, social and community support services. Over her extensive career she has held distinguished roles including CEO of Vivir Healthcare, CEO of Save the Children Australia and CEO of Marie Stopes International. Suzanne spent much of her earlier career overseas, with roles at the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia and Thailand and with Telstra in Cambodia and Vietnam. In 2005, Suzanne was recognised for her outstanding career achievements when she was awarded the Hudson Community and Government Award as part of the National Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor began her career as curator/driver of the Scottish Arts Council's Travelling Gallery. Taking exhibitions on board a converted bus to remote areas and inner city estates ignited her commitment to engaging new audiences with the work of living artists. In 1989 she was appointed director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and in 1999 she took up the directorship of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art when it was facing significant challenges. To secure its future, she negotiated a new funding model with government, sponsors and philanthropists. Committed to supporting artists and expanding the audience for art, she has initiated a unique program of partnerships in Western Sydney through the C3West project and with regional and interstate galleries through touring projects. She successfully negotiated a $53m building redevelopment completed in 2012 which includes a National Centre for Creative Learning, connecting artists with audiences across Australia and around the world. Last year, the Museum attracted over 1m visitors. Macgregor ’s innovation and contribution to the arts has been recognised with a Centenary Medal in 2003, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 2008 and the Australia Business Arts Foundation Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award in 2008. In 2011 she received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and the Australia Council Visual Arts Medal. In 2016 she was named NSW Creative Laureate and one of Australia’s True Leaders by the AFR Magazine.
Toby was appointed CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia’s second largest healthcare provider in April 2014. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Mission Australia, COO of World Vision Australia and CEO of South Taranaki District Council. He is a qualified accountant with an MBA, Toby is passionate about helping people “be the best they can be”. Toby is a director of UNICEF Australia, he chaired ASX listed Sterihealth prior to delisting and was a director of Working Links the largest welfare to work provider to the U.K government. He has also been a director of Goodstart, Australia’s largest provider of early learning services to over 60,000 children and various Christian community organisations.He has been a member of a range of government committees and advisory panels.