Member for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory
The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP is one of Australia’s most respected parliamentarians. He is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity, Charities and Not-For-Profits and Trade and Services, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT.
Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has written numerous books, including Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia, and The Economics of Just about Everything.
Executive Chairperson, Fogarty Foundation
Annie Fogarty is Executive Chairperson of the Fogarty Foundation which supports and creates initiatives to provide educational opportunities for children and young people.
Annie is on the boards and advisory groups of a number of education and arts related organisations including the boards of Roseworth Primary School, Teach Learn Grow, the Fremantle Press and the Centre for Social Impact advisory group. Following her lifetime of outstanding contribution, Annie was made a Member of the Order of Australia and has received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Education from Edith Cowan University. Annie is an Ambassador for Children and Young People in WA.
Founder and CEO of Teach First;
Co–Founder of Teach For All
Brett Wigdortz is the Co–Founder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Teach First is now the largest recruiter of graduates in the UK and is a founding member of the Fair Education Alliance in the UK.
Founding Chair, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia
Holding one of the country’s most diverse portfolios of board appointments, Carol Schwartz is an esteemed leader and change maker in areas including gender equality, women’s leadership, governance, social enterprise and business and finance issues.
As Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Carol is the driver of the womenformedia.com.au initiative, which aims to increase female representation in the news media.
Senior Coach, Richmond Football Club
Damien Hardwick is the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club. He had an outstanding career with Essendon and Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League and was a key player in the 2004 Port Adelaide Premiership team.
Damien has a Bachelor of Business (Commerce) as well as a Diploma of Managing and Leading People.
Executive Chairman, Evans and Partners
David Evans is the Executive Chairman of Evans and Partners and established the investment advisory company in June 2007.
Since 1990, David has worked in a variety of roles within JB Were & Son and the merged entity Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty Ltd. Prior to establishing Evans and Partners, David ran Goldman Sachs JBWere’s Private Wealth business and the Institutional Equities business. His most recent role at GSJBW was as Managing Director and Chief of Staff.
David is a Director of Seven West Media (SWM) and Chairman of the SWM Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee. He is a member of the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group and Chairman of Cricket Australia’s Investment Committee.
One of Australia’s most distinguished cricket players, George Bailey was the captain of the Australian T20 team and vice-captain of the Australian One Day International (ODI) team at the Cricket World Cup. George is just the second Australian to captain his country in his international debut.
George currently plays for both the Hobart Hurricanes and the Tasmanian Tigers, where he is the team captain.
CEO, Foundation for Young Australians
Jan Owen is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.
In 2012 she was named Australia’s inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).
Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.
Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust Australia
Janine Kirk is the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust Australia (formerly The Prince’s Charities Australia) which delivers the charitable endeavours of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Australia. She is also a director of a range of organisations in the medical research space, the arts, sport and international development.
Prior to her appointment, Janine was a Partner at EY where she was responsible for establishing and leading the Victorian Government & Public Sector practice for the firm. She was also a Director of the EY Foundation. Janine spent 12 years as the Chief Executive of the Committee for Melbourne. Following a lifetime of contribution to many community causes, Janine was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University in 2007, was appointed a Monash University Vice – Chancellor Professorial Fellow (2012–2015) and is currently a Vice –Chancellor Distinguished Fellow at Deakin University.
Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University
Professor John Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University, having served previously as Provost at the University of Melbourne, and taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK. John also worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co. John is a board member of Universities Australia.
He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995, before completing a Ph.D at Griffith University.
Co-Founder, Starfish Ventures
John Dyson is one of the founders of Starfish Ventures, which supports the start-up and growth of innovative new companies. Prior to founding Starfish Ventures, John worked in the investment banking and stockbroking industries for JAFCO Asia, Schroders, Nomura Securities, KPMG and ANZ McCaughan.
John is also a Co-Trustee of the Dyson Bequest, a charitable foundation that provides grants to a range of social welfare, educational, and environmental causes.
State Manager – Western Australia, Teach For Australia
John Inverarity is well known as an Australian and state cricketer, and more recently, the Chairman of Selectors for Cricket Australia. Less well known is that John’s greatest passion is education.
John Inverarity taught maths at various schools in both Australia and the UK. He served as Vice Principal at Pembroke School in Adelaide and Headmaster of Hale School in Perth. He is now leading the work of Teach For Australia in Western Australia.
Chair, Australian Sports Commission
John Wylie is Principal of investment firm Tanarra Group and Chair of the Australian Sports Commission. He was previously CEO of the financial services firm Lazard.
John is President of the Library Board of Victoria, a Trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University, and a Director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team. Following his contributions in many fields of endeavour, John was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.
Member for Berowra, New South Wales
Julian Leeser MP was elected as the Federal Member for Berowra in July 2016 and has already made significant contributions to the national debate on issues from mental health to reform of Australia’s federation.
Prior to this, Julian was a senior executive at Australian Catholic University. He has served on several boards including Mercy Health, one of Australia’s largest private health organisations, Teach For Australia, and Playwriting Australia. Julian was previously Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. He also worked as a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques and was an associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan.
Champion Cricketer and Head Coach, Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers
Justin Langer is one of Australia’s greatest ever opening batsmen, who played with distinction for Australia in 105 Test matches. He is Head Coach of both the Warriors and Perth Scorchers in Australian domestic cricket.
Justin is currently a Leadership Coach for a Teach For Australia Associate in Western Australia.
CEO, AFL Coaches Association
Mark Brayshaw is a former Australian rules footballer who played for North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL and Claremont in the WAFL.
Mark is currently the CEO of the AFL Coaches Association, having previously been the CEO of Richmond Football Club.
Chair, Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council
Michael Traill has been a leading figure in both corporate Australia and in driving innovative social enterprises. He was founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia from 2002 until 2014, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm.
Michael is Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Chairman of Assetic Pty Ltd, and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia. He is the author of Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social Investment.
Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria
As Director of the John & Myriam Wylie Foundation, Myriam is a well-respected philanthropist who is passionate about education.
Monaco-born, Myriam is a strong proponent of school language programs and bilingualism and was named Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria after her work promoting bilingual education programs.
Australian Sports Coach and Former Politician
Ric Charlesworth has led a life of remarkable contribution. He is a doctor of medicine and a former captain of the Australian Hockey team, the Western Australian State Hockey team, and Western Australian Cricket team.
Ric served in the Federal Parliament for 10 years. He was also Coach of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, coaching them to two Olympic Gold medals, before coaching the National Men’s Hockey team.
Executive Director, Australian Secondary Principals Association
Rob Nairn has made an outstanding contribution through his vocation as a lifelong educator.
He is Executive Director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University. Rob also contributes through a portfolio of roles including as a Director at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, Director at Principals Australia Institute and Executive Member of the International Confederation of Principals. He has extensive experience in metropolitan and regional senior high schools in Western Australia particularly in low socioeconomic areas.
Asia Pacific Advisory Council, J.P. Morgan
Sir Rod Eddington is one of Australia’s most experienced and accomplished business leaders. His many past roles include Non-Executive Chairman (Australia & New Zealand) at J.P. Morgan and CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways. In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for services to civil aviation.
Sir Rod founded the Asia Pacific Advisory Council at J.P. Morgan and holds the position of Non-Executive Chairman of Lion. Along with other non-executive directorships with 21st Century Fox, China Light & Power Holdings, and John Swire & Sons, Sir Rod also serves as a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Interim Chair of Visit Victoria, and President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.
Chair, Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines
Susan Boucher has worked at an executive level in the not for profit sector for more than two decades across both education and health. She was previously CEO at Principals Australia and a long-serving Executive Director and Non-Executive Director of the Board at Teach For Australia.
Senior Adviser, Boston Consulting Group
Terry Moran has been one of the most significant public servants of his generation, contributing to numerous critical reforms at both Federal and state levels.
As Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, he was Australia’s most senior public servant from 2008 to 2011. He had a long and highly successful stint as Secretary of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria. He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Training Authority and a former Director-General of Education in Queensland. In 2012, Moran was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to public sector leadership, policy and management improvement.
Terry is currently the Chairperson for the Centre for Policy Development, Chair of the NSW Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company, a member of CEDA’s Board of Governors, and a Senior Adviser at the Boston Consulting Group.
CEO, Gandel Philanthropy
Vedran is the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest family philanthropic organisations in Australia. Vedran has worked in the not for profit sector for many years holding a broad range of roles including with the International Red Cross overseas, the Australian Red Cross, and Oxfam Australia.
In the 2017 Australia Day honours, Vedran was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to the community through a range of charitable organisations”.
CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All
Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfil their true potential.
Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children.