Our Board of Directors
Ann Sherry AO (Chair)
Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.
Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, Enero Group, Port of Townville and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Infrastructure Victoria, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and The Climate Ready Initiative. Ann is the Australian Co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.
She is an Adviser, the former Chairman and was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia for a decade. Carnival Australia is the largest cruise ship operator in the Australia/Pacific region.
Beginning working life as a Radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.
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 as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.
Mr Nigel Andrade is the Partner and Managing Director of A.T. Kearney’s Australia & New Zealand practice. A.T. Kearney is a leading management consulting firm and trusted advisors to the world’s foremost organizations.
Nigel is also the co-founder and Global Lead of A.T. Kearney’s Customer & Design Practice which also houses its multi-disciplinary global team, A.T. Kearney’s Proposition & Customer Experience Labs which brings together global entrepreneurs, innovators, specialist firms, customer scientists and design thinkers to create and commercialise new growth engines.
He is passionate about the topics of Innovation and Shared Value and has co-authored the book Australia 2034: Luckier by Design. which lays out a capability manifesto for Australian Businesses to thrive over the next two decades as well as the Report “State of Shared Value in Australia & NZ 2019”. His advice draws on his 20 years of experience across a range of industries and markets including Australia, Southeast Asia, The Middle East, India, UK, Europe and the Americas.
Nigel and his wife, Darya, live in Sydney and are enjoying being new parents themselves - of little Luke Alexander Andrade – which has definitely increased Nigel’s awareness of the help, love and care all children of the world need.
Matt Comyn is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Matt has more than 20 years’ experience in banking across business, institutional, retail and wealth management and has held a number of senior leadership roles since joining CBA in 1999.
From 2012 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Matt was Group Executive Retail Banking Services. This is CBA’s largest operating division, which accounts for more than half of the Bank’s profit and also leads the development of digital products and services for the Bank. Between 2006 and 2010, Matt was Managing Director of CBA’s biggest digital business, CommSec, overseeing a significant modernisation of its technology platform and growing market share and profitability.
Matt is Chairman of the Australian Banking Association (ABA), a director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and UNICEF Australia.
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.
Suzanne is the Managing Director, Bupa Villages and Aged Care, Australia leading a dedicated team of more than 8,000 employees across Australia in our 72 care homes. Together, we support our 6000 residents to lead the lives they choose.
Suzanne has dedicated her career to social justice initiatives, working across health service, government and not-for-profit organisations. Prior to joining Bupa in April 2019, Suzanne was Interim CEO at safe steps Family Violence Response Centre, Victoria’s state-wide first response service for women, young people and children experiencing family violence. Prior to this role, Suzanne was Executive General Manager, Residential Communities at Australian Unity, responsible for the residential communities portfolio, including 18 retirement communities and five aged care residences.
As CEO of Vivir Healthcare, one of Australia's leading allied health groups, Suzanne was responsible for the delivery of care services to 20,000 patients at residential aged care facilities, hospitals, day therapy, community, medical centres, retirement villages and at home. After four years as Group CEO of Marie Stopes Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific, Suzanne was appointed CEO of Save the Children Australia, leading the Australian contingent of the 29 member nation alliance, delivering programs in over 120 countries.
Suzanne has worked for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia and Thailand, Telstra and the Australian Red Cross. In 2005, Suzanne was recognised for her outstanding career achievements winning the Hudson Community and Government Award at the National Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
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.
Tharani Jegatheeswaran is the Partner that leads Deloitte Australia’s Social Impact Consulting Practice, a dedicated practice that supports social sector organisations and government agencies to deliver greater social impact aligned to their vision and mission.
Drawing on over 15 years’ of commercial and consulting experience, combined with a deep passion for social change, Tharani brings the latest trends in strategy, technology and innovation from adjacent industries and global players to support her clients to be ‘future fit’.
In a personal capacity, Tharani is a judge for the Good Design Australia Awards, a Goodwill Ambassador for Good Return (an ACFID accredited microfinance organisation) and a Director of the Deloitte Foundation. She is a passionate speaker and advocate for all things related to shared value, greater corporate and social sector collaboration, and social impact.
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.
Sandra Rouse has over 15 years experience in senior finance roles with a career spanning multiple industries and continents. For the past eight years Sandra has been at TEG, (Australasia’s largest ticketing, live entertainment and digital group) in the role of Chief Financial Officer. TEG has a presence in over 15 countries, most notably via Ticketek a globally recognized ticketing brand.
Prior to this role, Sandra has operated at a senior level across several top tier consumer businesses such as Burger King (Finance Director UK), Diageo (Financial Controller Africa), Global Strategy Partner) and Yum! Brands. During these roles Sandra also spent ten years working overseas including significant time focused on projects in emerging economies such as Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Russia and Vietnam as well as the more developed markets of Europe, UK, US and Australia.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA). She has participated in a number of panels and leadership events focused around women in finance.
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).
Ms Lesley Podesta is Chair of the Young & Resilient Research Centre Advisory Board, University of Western Sydney; Board Member Queen Elizabeth Centre; Board Member Council of The Ageing; Member, Trust & Safety Council, Twitter. She is the former CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, former Head of Global Partnerships, The Fred Hollows Foundation.
She is also a former senior public servant for the Australian government specialising in communicable disease, population health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health