Our Advisory Councils

The Centre for Social Impact has three Advisory Councils in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth who provide insight and intelligence, and guidance on strategic questions.

Sydney Advisory Council


  • Chair: David Gonski, Chancellor, UNSW
  • Tony Berg, Director, Gresham Partners
  • Catherine Brenner, Non-Executive Director, Coca-Cola Amatil; Director, Boral Limited
  • Garry Browne, CEO Stuart Alexander
  • Mary-Jo Capps, CEO, Musica Viva; Director, Community Council of Australia
  • John Colvin, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Shamal Dass, Head of Philanthropic Services, JBWere
  • Jon Dobell, Partner, Ernst and Young
  • Tracey Fellows, CEO, Rea Group
  • Patrick Forth, Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
  • Lisa George, Global Head, Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Toby Hall, Group CEO, St Vincent's Health Australia
  • Jack Heath, CEO, Sane Australia
  • Elaine Henry, Chair, National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Narelle Hooper, Director, Documentary Australia Foundation; Non-Executive Director for Tasmanian Development Board and Ehtics Centre
  • Peter Hunt AM, Chairman, Grameen Australia; Chairman, Greenhill Australia
  • Greg Hutchinson, Senior Advisor, Bain & Co; Deputy Chairman, Australian Charities Fund
  • Ted Kerr, Non Executive Director, the Australia Charities Fund
  • David Knowles, Head of Philanthropic & Social Capital; Partner, Koda
  • Sue Lennox, CEO/Co-Founder, OzGreen
  • Danny Lester, NSW Deputy Ombudsman (Aboriginal Programs)
  • Helen Liondos, Foundation Manager, AMP Foundation
  • Sam Meers, Executive Director, Nelson Meers Foundation
  • Allan Moss, Principal, Allan Moss Investments
  • Sue Murray, Director, Good2Give
  • Warwick Negus, Chairman, Miller Street Partners
  • Cass O'Connor, Non-Executive Director, Prime Media Group; Non-Executive Director, Carriageworks
  • Andrew Penfold AM, Executive Director,  Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
  • Duncan Peppercorn, Global Head, Partners in Performance
  • Richard Peters, Director at Daymark
  • Daniel Petre, Trustee, Petre Foundation, Executive Chairman, Netus
  • John Picot, CEO, Principal, Granth Thornton Australia
  • Rosalie Wilkie, Partner, PwC
  • Maxine Rich, Non Executive Director at Origin Energy and Qantas Airlines; Non Executive Director, Orica Ltd; Non Executive Director, Growthpoint Properties Australia
  • Ed Santow, Human Rights Commissioner
  • Doug Snedden, Chairman, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse; Chairman, Accenture Australia Foundation
  • Richard Spencer, Commissioner (Social Policy) Australian Government's Productivity Commission
  • Chris Styles, Dean, UNSW Business School, UNSW Sydney
  • Doug Taylor, Director, Mission, Communities and Social Impact at Uniting NSW and ACT
  • Michael Traill, Executive Director, Social Ventures Australia (SVA)
  • Dr Jayne Meyer Tucker, Founder, JMTinc.
  • Sue-Anne Wallace AM, Vice-President, Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (Geneva)
  • Louise Walsh, CEO, Future Generation companies
  • Jenny Wheatley, CEO, Vincent Fairfax Foundation
  • Julie White, Member, Chief Executive Women
  • Kristy Muir, CEO, Centre for Social Impact

Melbourne Advisory Council


  • Paul Bird, CEO, Australian Volunteers International
  • Yehudi Blacher, Senior Advisor, Nous Group
  • Jo Cavanagh OAM, CEO, Family Life
  • Robyn Charlwood, Philanthropy Strategy Specialist, ANZ Global Wealth
  • Patricia Cross, Chairman, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation; Non-Executive Director, Aviva; Country Lead, Australia, 30% Club
  • Sarah Davies, CEO, Philanthropy Australia
  • John WH Denton, Partner and CEO, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Julie Edwards, CEO, Jesuit Social Services
  • Rebecca James, Chief Marketing Officer, ME
  • Shirley Leitch
  • Gerard Menses, CEO, Make-A-Wish Australia
  • Dawn O'Neil, AM, Director Strategy & Planning, eWater Systems; Director, Big White Wall; Chairperson, STREAT Ltd; Co-Founder, Collective Impact Australia
  • Cary Pedicini, CEO Variety Victoria
  • Deborah Seifert, Head of International House, University of Melbourne
  • Carol Schwartz, Director, Trawalla Foundation; Chair, Creative Partnerships Australia; Chair, Ourcommunity; Chair, Women's Leadership Institute of Australia; Direector, Stockland Ltd; Director, Bank of Melbourne; Director, Temple & Webster
  • Kate Spargo, Chairman, UGL
  • Robert Tickner, Chairperson, CHS Alliance
  • David Thompson, CEO, Jobs Australia Limited
  • Christopher Thorn, Partner, Head of Philanthropy and Charitable Services; Chairman & Founder, ShareGift Australia; Advisor, Impact Investing Australia
  • Alison Watkins, Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil Australia; Non-Executive Director, The Centre of Independent Studies

Perth Advisory Council

Advisory Council members:

  • Chair: Jan Stewart, former CEO at Lotterywest
  • John Berger, CEO, St Bartholomew’s House Inc
  • Wayne Bergmann, CEO, Ambooriny Burru Foundation
  • Pip Brennan, Executive Director Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Inc
  • Joe Calleja, CEO, Richmond Fellowship of WA
  • Cheryl Croce, Centre Manager, UWA Centre for Social Impact
  • Mark Fitzpatrick, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Paul Flatau, Director, UWA Centre for Social Impact
  • Louise Giolitto CEO WACOSS
  • Chris Hall, CEO, Mercycare
  • Amanda Hunt CEO UnitingCare West
  • Pauline Logan Senior Manager Lotterywest
  • Tim Marney, Mental Health Commissioner, Western Australia
  • Brenda McGivern Associate Dean (Community & Engagement) UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education
  • Jessica Moncur
  • Kristy Muir CEO CSI National
  • Amanda Negus Specialist Social Investment BHP Billiton
  • Peter Robertson Dean UWA Business School
  • Paula Rogers WA State Director CEDA
  • Katie Rose Co-Founder The Fabric Social
  • Mike Rundus Partner EY
  • Chris Ryder Partner Corrs
  • Craig Spencer Head of Community Engagement Bankwest
  • Jan Stewart Chair CSI (WA) Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council
  • Claire Stokes Community Impact Manager , Lecturer, Co-Director Social Impact Festival The Centre for Social Impact
  • Katie Stubley Strategic Design, Lecturer, Co-Director Social Impact Festival , Impact Labs The Centre for Social Impact
  • Jackie Tang Assistant Director General Statewide Service Delivery Department for Child Protection and Family Support
  • Colin Walker Executive Director Arts & Cultural Development, Department of Culture and the Arts

Secretariat to Advisory Councils

Lisa Lusthaus: +61 2 8936 0909 or l.lusthaus@unsw.edu.au

Key Contact

If you want to know more about the Centre for Social Impact’s postgraduate and undergraduate courses, get in touch.

Lisa Lusthaus
Call 02 8936 0909

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