Our company’s directors are committed to adding value to UNICEF Australia by bringing their wide range of skills and experience to the Board.
Ann Sherry AO (Chair)
Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is an active philanthropist with a passion for improving opportunities and removing barriers for women in STEM and sport, and supporting opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, Enero Group, the Port of Townsville and Queensland Airports Limited. She is also the Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology and a Non-executive Director of National Australia Bank.
Ann 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 her 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.
Nigel Andrade is a Partner and elected member of Kearney’s Global Board where he has served on the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and currently on the Partner Development Committee.
In 2022, Nigel joined Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council (GBPC) as a Senior Fellow. GBPC is rated by the University of Pennsylvania “Go To Think Tank Index Report” as one of the top for-profit think tanks in the world. Half of his professional time is now dedicated to working with select Boards and CEOs to uncover and realise powerful ways their organizations can address huge socio-environmental challenges while delivering sustainable returns.
Nigel continues to lead Kearney IGNITE (previously Proposition & Customer Experience or PCE Labs) which he founded in 2015. IGNITE’s purpose is to partner with clients around the world to deliver ‘sustainable growth’, that is both defensible and responsible.
He is passionate about innovation, shared value and stakeholder capitalism and has co-authored the book Australia 2034: Luckier by Design with Peter Munro, which lays out a capability manifesto for Australian businesses to thrive over the next two decades. Other recent publications include the “State of Shared Value in Australia and New Zealand 2019” report and a 2021 paper on “Customer ESG-Elasticity” and “Stakeholder Capitalism”.
Nigel is also a Non-Executive Director of Next25, an Australian non-partisan think-tank and a member of the Education Strategy & Policy Committee of the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Board.
Nigel and his wife, Darya, live between Sydney and Byron Bay and are enjoying being parents themselves - of little Luke Alexander Andrade – which has increased Nigel’s awareness of the help, love and care all children of the world need.
Jacqui De Lacy
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.
Jacqui 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 an experienced retirement living/aged care executive and CEO of Levande – one of Australia’s largest retirement living providers with 10,000 residents and 58 retirement villages (formerly owned by Stockland).
Prior to joining Levande, Suzanne was Managing Director of Bupa Villages and Aged Care – Australia, where she oversaw a team of more than 10,000 employees across 72 care homes to support the needs of 6000 residents.
Suzanne’s experience extends to Executive General Manager, Residential Communities at Australian Unity, with responsibility for the residential communities portfolio – including 18 retirement communities and five aged care residences. As CEO of Vivir Healthcare, 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.
Suzanne has also dedicated her career to social justice initiatives, working across health services, government and not-for-profit organisations.
In 2018-19, 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.
Following more than a decade leading the Australian team at reproductive healthcare provider, Marie Stopes International, Suzanne was appointed CEO of Save the Children Australia – heading the Australian contingent of the 29 member nation alliance and delivering programs in over 120 countries.
Suzanne has also 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.
Currently Chair of General Mental Health Holdings and 3DMEDiTech, and a member of the Fujitsu Australia Advisory, Toby was previously 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 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.
Sandra Rouse has over 15 years’ experience in senior finance roles with a career spanning multiple industries and continents. For the past eleven 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 is a mum to three young children, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA).
Olivia is the Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Loyalty, and responsible for leading the airline’s Frequent Flyer and Business Rewards programs and the diversification of Qantas Loyalty into digital ventures across financial services, retail, health and wellbeing, and data and marketing. She is a member of the Qantas Group Management Committee and has been since 2012.
Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the role of Chief Customer Officer, Group Executive Brand Marketing & Corporate Affairs and Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs. Olivia is also the Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She has over 20 years of experience in public affairs, marketing, and government relations.
Ms Lesley Podesta is Partner at SHK Asia Pacific, Chair of the Young & Resilient Research Centre Advisory Board, University of Western Sydney; Board Member Queen Elizabeth Centre; and Board Member Council of The Ageing. She is the former CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and 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.