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Leaders for purpose
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Michael Gill is a counsellor with Dragoman, an international business advisory firm, and Chairman at Sustainable Skills Ltd. From 1998 to 2011 Michael was CEO and Editor in chief of business media at Fairfax Media. From 1996 to 2011 he was Chairman at AAP Ltd. He is a past president of UNICEF Australia and has had a range of corporate and not for profit executive and board experiences over many years.
Mike brings to the Board financial expertise and experience as an international executive from a range of industries, including previous roles as CEO and CFO of Brambles Limited and CFO of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. Mike is currently a director of Scentre Group, CSR Limited, Inghams Group Limited and Ampol Limited. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Marion Webster AM
Joint Founding Director
Marion has had a long involvement in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors, both in Australia and internationally. She was the founding director of Philanthropy Australia, a founding trustee and Chair of Australian Communities Foundation, CEO of the Community Foundation Network in the UK, a founding trustee of Auckland Communities Foundation, a founder and Chair of Fitted for Work, a co-founder of Kilfinan Australia and on the boards of Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park, The Funding Network Australia Ltd and the progressive, independent think tank Per Capita. Marion is currently on the Kilfinan Australia board and is Chair of Women Can Australia.
David is a Partner with Egon Zehnder, one of the world’s most respected leadership advisory firms, where he leads the Board Practice Group for Australia and New Zealand. Before joining Egon Zehnder David led retail and consumer businesses. He regularly mentors and supports senior executives and board directors. David supports a wide range of for-purpose organisations and he is on the board of the Carlton Football Club where he chairs the Remuneration, People and Culture Committee.
Lauren is an Associate of Commercial Law at boutique law firm Velocity Legal. She has been volunteering as Kilfinan's Company Secretary since July 2022. Lauren is passionate about solving complex legal issues. She relentlessly pursues her client’s objectives and is determined to achieve results. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys satisfying her sweet tooth. Whether it is finding a new place to eat or dealing with novel commercial law issues, Lauren will guide you to the right solution.
Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors. As the CEO of beyondblue she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions. Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health. She led the development of a significant whole of government mental health Budget package and the strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.
Carolyn was appointed CEO of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in February 2016. Prior to that she worked with the United Nations for over twelve years in senior leadership roles including private sector relations at the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and Global Head of Private Sector Relations at UN Women in New York, Deputy Director of UNICEF’s Global Private Funding & Partnerships Division in Geneva and CEO of UNICEF Australia. Carolyn has also served as a Director on the Global Board of Amnesty International and Director of ChildFund Australia.
Beth is a values-driven human with an authentic and open leadership style. She brings creativity, curiousity, and compassion to her role at Kilfinan, keeping purpose at the fore: supporting leaders, charities, and the social purpose sector.
Lauren De Ross
Lauren is an experienced Personal Assistant and Events Professional. She started her career in Hospitality and Managed a Boutique Corporate Hotel before transitioning into the Corporate Sector in various Administration and PA roles. For the 6 years prior to joining Kilfinan Australia, Lauren operated her own small business within the Education Sector whilst raising a young family.
Ramyaa has a Bachelor in Information Technology and is a Salesforce Certified Administrator, Platform Developer and App Builder. Ramyaa has 3+ years of IT experience as a Java Developer and 3 years of experience in Salesforce. Ramyaa is also a Volunteer with Uniting Care and St Kilda Mums (now Blaze Your Trail)
Lesley is a former senior public servant, having held key roles leading VIC and Federal government teams. She was the First Assistant Secretary leading the response to the Bali bombings, the development of the Immunisation Strategy, the development of a National Health Incident Room to prevent SARS and Avian influenza transmission, the head of the Office of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Heath, and the head of Ageing & Aged Care. She moved to the Fred Hollows Foundation ten years ago and led the Global Partnerships team. She was the CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation from 2016-2021. Lesley is the Chair of the Uni of West Syd Resilient Centre, a Board member of Phoenix Centre Melb Uni, the Queen Elizabeth Centre, and the Council of The Ageing.
Head of Operations
With a background in science and experience across a range of sectors, most recently philanthropy, Kylie’s focus is on finding connected, people centred, efficient solutions to complex problems through strong supported networks, operational efficiency, personal development, and organisational capacity building. Kylie is a director of the Fellowship for Indigenous leadership, and an active community member in the inner north of Melbourne where she lives with her family.
Maree Davidson AM
For the past three decades Maree Davidson has provided consultancy services in strategic communications and planning, change management, business development, advocacy and marketing. Maree is a Director of the Consumer Policy Research Centre. Her commitment to social equity and a fair and inclusive society is demonstrated through her voluntary pursuits. She co-founded and chaired the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership and co-founded The Long Walk Foundation. Maree has been a director of National YMCA, Fitted for Work, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Melbourne Writers Festival, VicFit and Women’s Health Victoria as well as being a founding member of the National Centre Against Bullying.
Funding and Dev Lead
Daniel has experience in founding and leading a social enterprise for 7 years as it scaled social impact, revenue generation and fundraising. Daniel oversaw and managed fundraising for 5 years which helped the organisation to establish its strong social program that supports refugees and people seeking asylum in Melbourne. Daniel is a Professional Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
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