Patrons & Ambassadors
Chris Hemsworth (Patron)
To many, he is known for his roles in movies such as Thor, The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman and Red Dawn, but to us at the Australian Childhood Foundation, Chris Hemsworth’s most appreciated role is that of committed and proud patron. Despite his hectic filming schedule, Chris is determined to shine a spotlight onto an issue that remains difficult for many to talk about. “Child abuse is Australia’s biggest social problem,” says Chris. “I was lucky enough to grow up in a loving, supportive household, but my parents have been social workers for more than 20 years, and from them I know the lasting damage that abuse and neglect can cause. The trauma of abuse stays with children long after the threat has left them, unless they are helped to heal. “I am also very appreciative of the work the Foundation does to prevent abuse before it has a chance to occur. Knowledge, information and connectedness are such powerful weapons in the fight against abuse, and the more we make ourselves aware of the issue of child abuse, the better we can support vulnerable children and their families within our community and keep them safe from harm.”
Rosie Batty (Patron)
Rosie Batty, for the past four years has pushed on in an unrelenting pursuit for social change, on the issue of family violence. Rosie’s grief and loss, has been expressed in an incredible willingness to speak out, touching the hearts of the Australian community. After becoming Australian of the year in 2015 her determination to drive reform in responses to family violence, has seen Rosie’s life catapulted into the public sphere. Establishing the Luke Batty Foundation to honor her son, Luke Batty, Rosie launched the “Never Alone” campaign to ensure the victims of family violence like Luke were not forgotten. “We started Never Alone with a mission to make sure that victims could not be forgotten, putting them at the centre of a national conversation about family violence, we shone a light on an issue that needs to be prioritised. “I am so proud of everything we have achieved. Together we gave victims a voice and demanded our leaders act.” Rosie says. The Luke Batty Foundation closed on the 16th of February 2018 to allow Rosie an opportunity to prioritise her own care and wellbeing. The demands of running a National Foundation are considerable and since starting this Foundation in her son’s name, Rosie has had little time to rest. “I realized, that I couldn’t keep going at the pace I was forever. It is unsustainable and I was tired. I am now prioritising my self-care and working through how I can contribute best toward the protection and care of children. The funds from the Foundation have been distributed to a number of family violence foundations to help them execute programs and projects. Over the past four years Rosie has engaged and supported a number of like-minded organisations, focused in on family violence. “The Australian Childhood Foundation has always held a strong resonance. The Foundation has a very clear focus on children impacted by family violence and abuse, and over the years we have talked about how we might together ensure that children’s voices are heard in the midst of this maddening violence”, says Rosie. When it became clear that winding up the Luke Batty Foundation was the right choice, I began to talk with the team of the Australian Childhood Foundation, about how my voice and journey could help us continue the fight for children, together. In November last year, I made the decision to sign on as a Patron, and It feels right. My hope is this move will allow me to find a better balance, whilst being able to contribute and ensure that children like my Luke are not forgotten. Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of The Australian Childhood Foundation said having Rosie join the Foundation, as Patron, alongside our existing Patron Chris Hemsworth, feels extremely important. Rosie’s personal journey is one of pain, courage and commitment. Rosie’s contribution to the Royal Commission, and the issue of family violence in this country has undoubtedly and significantly changed the way the Australian community engage and view these issues. We appreciate the incredible demands of running a Foundation as it takes significant ongoing resources, funding and in our uniting forces we hope to able to support Rosie to continue a very important role in this conversation, and the fight for reform and change. Rosie is such a powerful influencer in this national conversation and a personal inspiration to those struggling with deepest of grief. Says, Dr Joe Tucci. Together the Foundation and Rosie will continue to work to ensure that the community prioritizes children safety amidst the violence, and to change the life stories for the children impacted by this violence and abuse.
Australia’s beloved bachelor Matty Johnson is lucky to have found love and a successful media career, but above anything else he is a devoted father. With strong bonds to his family, Matty chose to champion the cause of children who are not lucky enough to have the fantastic familial support network he grew up with and hopes to provide his daughter with too. Matty says: “The older I get, the more I appreciate the impact my happy and healthy childhood has had on my life so far. Every child deserves that. Every child deserves to feel safe, loved and have adults in their lives they can trust. The Australian Childhood Foundation has been at the forefront of defending children in Australia for years and it is a privilege to do what I can to further their cause.”
We are thrilled to announce and welcome Clint Newton, the Chair and General President of the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) as the newest ambassador to join the Foundation. As a White Ribbon ambassador, Clint has been highly vocal throughout his sporting career serving as an empowered voice. He spent a long time leading the charge against domestic violence in Australia, and now is being the change he wants to see for children who suffer abuse. “Our responsibility as parents and as a society is to not only look after our own children but all children and keep them safe from abuse, violence and neglect,” he says. Clint encourages the importance for men to undertake a role of responsibility and leadership and he utilises his standing within the game to help drive social change and awareness. As a committed family man with a young daughter of his own, Clint is motivated to be a positive influence in his community and is honoured to be associated with the Foundation. Born in the United States and raised in Australia, Clint has played for the Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League. Clint represented the United States in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, helping the team progress to the quarter-finals in their first world cup experience. “Honesty, respect and equality are all part of the rugby league ethos and with these values, players can be a positive asset in society and influence change,” he says “As a community we can help raise awareness, spread the message and continue to make sure that not another child will miss out on their childhood.”
With movies such as romantic drama The Last Song, the smash hit The Hunger Games, the action extravaganza The Expendables 2 and the new Australian classic The Dressmaker under his belt, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth is tasting the kind of success other actors only dream about. But despite the glitter and attention that goes hand-in-hand with a successful Hollywood career, Liam remains grounded by the safe, loving childhood he enjoyed with his two brothers, Luke and Chris. This gives him a strong appreciation for the work the Australian Childhood Foundation is doing to help children reclaim the childhoods that have been stolen from them by the trauma of abuse, family violence and neglect. It is why he is proud to be an ambassador for the Foundation to draw attention to the issue of child abuse in this country. “I have the best parents you can have,” says Liam. “They have worked in child protection for twenty years and have only ever given me encouragement and support, and I always felt safe and loved. The world is a scary enough place as it is for children. “It is important that home should always be a safe place for them. If they don’t have that, if they grow up unsafe and uncared for, that causes so much harm. I want the best for the next generations, because they are the future.”
Nadine is a much-awarded and lauded veteran of Australian (and UK) film, television and stage, as both an actor and director. Her more recent TV series include City Homicide and The Doctor Blake Mysteries and she received four nominations (winning two of them, including the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical) for Cabaret in 2003.
Nadine, a parent of two boys, and Foundation ambassador since 2008, has always felt strongly about the importance of protecting children.
“To me, it’s the cornerstone of a civilised society; if we cannot protect our children behind closed doors then we as a society are failing. I want to be proud of how we look after our children and keep them safe.
“I get so frustrated that people find child abuse distasteful and don’t want to talk about it… and so child abuse becomes this invisible evil that they don’t feel they can tackle. I want to help pull the rug off it continually and force people to examine the issues around child abuse because it is the only way we as a society will face up to it and do what is needed to break the cycle. “I feel very driven to helping the Australian Childhood Foundation raise awareness of the impact of child abuse and, importantly, helping the community to face up to it and understand how we can put a stop to it.” Nadine’s selfless and committed contribution to the work we do is critical to helping us engage with the Australian public. She has lent her face and voice to fundraising and awareness campaigns and events, and recently, with her husband Cameron Barnett, produced and narrated our Thoughtful Parenting DVD. She is a much loved and respected member of the Australian Childhood Foundation family. A Special Project Nadine and Cameron have been involved in a number of Foundation projects. Their most recent project was to produce, direct and develop with the Foundation the Thoughtful Parenting booklet and DVD for our Bringing Up Great Kids and Kidscount parenting programs “Our reason for getting involved with the production of this DVD was very simple,” says Nadine. “We both feel strongly about protecting and keeping children safe. We also feel strongly about educating adults. We know, only too well, as busy parents, that we don’t always react the way we should. While it’s ok to explain our responses away, we all need to take the time to stop, reflect on what we are doing and be the parents we want to be.
Working on this project was incredibly helpful for us and we hope that other people find it useful too.”
Daniel and Luke Mancuso
“To us having a sense of community around you is the foundation of growing up with a kind heart and a healthy & strong mindset. It’s what has helped us with accepting and moving forward through the trauma and aching heart of losing our beautiful mother to domestic violence. Being open to your friends and family about your mental health is crucial and makes you a stronger being for doing so. We are honoured and ecstatic to be working with the Australian Childhood Foundation and provide that sense of community everyone deserves.” Luke and Daniel Mancuso – Yia Yia Next Door
The role of Paul Robinson in Australia’s longest-running TV drama Neighbours is only the tip of the iceberg in Stef’s busy and colourful career. He’s graced our TV screens in shows like Skyways, Carson’s Law, Prisoner, The Henderson Kids, The Sullivans, The Young Doctors and Blue Heelers. He’s also worked on a huge variety of TV shows and theatre productions in the UK, including Blood Brothers which showed in the West End and toured the UK. He also does voiceover work here and in Britain. And while he plays the devious Paul Robinson very convincingly, Stefan is the Foundation’s good guy when it comes to his tireless and unapologetic dedication to bringing the issue of child abuse to the community’s attention. “This doesn’t just happen in books and movies – this is happening in our own backyards,” he says. “One of my dearest wishes is that all kids grow up being loved and nurtured and shown the right way through life, but above all, to be loved. To be loved unconditionally, the same as they do with us. “And it is every child’s right to go to school and gain an education without carrying the burden of abuse or neglect. Often, their suffering is secret. They are unnoticed and unprotected. I am proud and delighted to contribute in any way I can, to help protect our children.”
Carolyn has grown Carman’s to become the number one-selling gourmet muesli brand on Australian supermarket shelves, while at the same time maintaining a successful relationship with her husband Peter and raising four kids aged twelve and under! Over two decades, Carolyn has focused on producing delicious-tasting products using real ingredients. From humble beginnings where, at age 18, Carolyn used to park her tiny Daewoo alongside semi-trailers in supermarket loading docks, Carolyn’s determination has seen Carman’s build a strong following in more than 32 countries around the world. As a proud mother, Carolyn understands the importance of producing nourishing foods for herself and her family and applies this philosophy to every Carman’s product. Carolyn’s own commitment to a healthy work-life balance is also reflected at the Carman’s office. Many employees work flexible hours and are encouraged to attend their children’s special events and even take time out to pursue their own passions. Carolyn’s business acumen has led to a number of accolades, including being named the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the winner of 2007 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Carolyn sits on the Board of the Human Rights Law Centre, is a Patron of the St Kilda Gatehouse and Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and of course, for the Australian Childhood Foundation. “Every child deserves to feel loved and safe,” says Carolyn. “As a mother of four, the work of the Australian Childhood Foundation speaks directly to my heart and I am honoured to be involved with such an incredible organisation.”
Casey’s first television appearances included Home and Away and the TV movie Scorched. At the age of 15, she was also a presenter for Girl TV. She was a much-loved member of children’s entertainment group Hi-5 from 2008 – 2013. She says she jumped at the chance to be an ambassador for the Foundation because she identifies strongly with the anxiety and fear that children feel when not all is well within a family. Although her own mum and dad divorced when she was a baby, Casey says she was very much loved by both parents. “I didn’t go without and there was a lot of fun in my childhood, climbing trees, making cubby houses, playing with the children in the street and around the corner, and I’m very grateful for that,” she says. “But when you’re in a split family, things are a bit different… with my stepmother, there were times when I was anxious and a bit scared and didn’t want to say anything, so I feel like I understand just a bit about what that is like for children. I would like to learn more about how the Foundation helps children to deal with the anxiety and fear that the trauma of abuse creates for them, through being a part of it.” Casey firmly believes that children should have childhoods that are free of worry. “There is so much worry, so many things that we have to organise, be responsible for and do when we grow up, that childhood should be the time in our lives when we are free of that, when we are free to imagine, to create stories for ourselves, to have fun and to go to bed looking forward to getting up in the morning and playing,” she says.
On the national stage, John has previously played Stewpot in Opera Australia’s South Pacific, Dick Woollnough/Dee Anthony in The Boy From Oz, Mitch in The Threepenny Opera , Spider/Lord Savage in Jeckyll & Hyde, Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot The Musical and Pumbaa in The Lion King in Perth, Melbourne and Shanghai. His television credits include Winners and Losers, Tricky Business, Dance Academy, City Homicide and John Safran’s Race Relations. His film credits include A Journey Through Time with Anthony, Macbeth, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping and Back From The Dead. His voice can be heard in the films Legend of the Guardians, Australia, Daybreakers, Mao’s Last Dancer, Two Fists One Heart, in mini-series for CLEO, False Witness, Scorched, and on TV shows Wild Boys, Rescue Special Ops and Slide. In 2006 John was nominated for a Mo Award for his role as Pumbaa in The Lion King. John is an Australia Day Ambassador 2015, a finalist in 2015 Tasmanian Australian of the year, a co-founder of Hobart independent actor’s company Blue Cow Theatre Inc. and a broadcaster on ABC local radio. “In my experience, many Tasmanian expats come back to Tasmania when they start their families, because they believe it’s the best possible place to raise their children,” says John. “But we can’t ignore the fact that, like everywhere else, we face the same sorts of issues around child abuse and domestic violence and many children don’t get those happy and safe upbringings. And we can’t shake our heads in despair when we see it on the news without trying on a personal level to do something about it. “This generation of children is our future, but what sort of future do we all have if our children come from a background of abuse and neglect? I want to use my role as an ambassador to help my community understand the issue and connect with ways of helping ensure that our children are safe and cared for, because that’s what community does – we look after each other.”
World record holder and Tokyo Paralympic Gold Medalist, Vanessa Low, was inspired to become a part of an organisation that helps children live their best lives, overcome trauma and create a lasting impact on our society. “Every child has the right to safety and love. I have immense gratitude for my parents, grandparents and sisters for showing me the value of compassion, love and understanding. I’ve been lucky to have been blessed with support from my family throughout my whole life. Especially when I had life changing accidents at just 15 years of age. Many Australian children aren’t fortunate to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. So I’m excited to become a part of an organisation that helps children live their best lives, overcome trauma and create a lasting impact on our society.”
Olivia Molly Rogers
South Australian-born Olivia Molly Rogers is making a name for herself as one of Australia’s most in-demand media and digital personalities with her kindness, charm, professional attitude and infectious smile. Olivia is an author, artist and mental health advocate. She uses her platform to facilitate discussions about mental health and encourage young Australians to speak up and seek support to reach their full potential. Olivia joined Australian Childhood Foundation as Ambassador in 2022. “I am very passionate about helping vulnerable children live the best lives they can and reach their full potential. The work Australian Childhood Foundation does is so incredibly important. I look forward to helping the Foundation support more children to recover from the trauma of abuse and family violence.”
Georgie Parker is a two-time Gold Logie award-winning Australian film, television and theatre actress. She is best known for her acting roles in Australian television dramas; as Lucy Gardiner (later Tyler) in A Country Practice; as Terri Sullivan in All Saints; and her current role as Roo Stewart in Home and Away. She is also a proud parent and knows the importance of protecting children. Australian Childhood Foundation ambassador since 2021, she strongly believes it is important to educate our communities more on the issues and impact of family violence on children. She believes we must provide communities with more opportunities to get involved. By educating and getting involved we can all create lasting impacts. “I’m so excited to support the work that the Foundation does . I’d like to help amplify the important work they do in helping children to begin their recovery from the trauma they’ve experienced in their lives. Every child deserves to have supportive, caring and loving relationships around them” she explains. We look forward to working more with Georgie to ensure that children’s well-being is being prioritised in the community.
Rachel Watts, is best known for starring in Yummy Mummies—a reality series originating on Australia’s Seven Network before going worldwide on Netflix. Rachel joined Australian Childhood Foundation as an official Ambassador in 2023. “My decision to become an Australian Childhood Foundation Ambassador was such an easy one. As a parent of two young children this important cause is something I hold close to my heart. All children have the right to feel safe and protected.”
Lorinska Merrington, a TV personality, businesswoman, and educator, is known for starring in the highly popular reality series ‘Yummy Mummies’ on Netflix, her co-ownership stake in ‘Bub.app’, the leading pregnancy and preconception app and her most recently released robe and baby wrap range, Bub Hood. She is also a qualified primary school teacher who focuses her efforts on early childhood development and integration for children with a range of special needs. Lorinska joined Australian Childhood Foundation as an official Ambassador in 2023. “As someone who is heavily invested in education and a primary school teacher, I have unfortunately seen first-hand child abuse and neglect in schools. Abuse robs children of their childhood. Abuse can leave children unable to play in social settings, unable to trust and learn in educational environments. So I’m proud to partner with Australian Childhood Foundation as it’ll be my goal to stand up for our children and keep them safe.”
Dr Joe Tucci
Dr Joe Tucci is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Childhood Foundation, a social worker and psychologist. He has completed a PhD in emotional abuse and uses post-modern and narrative ideas in research, counselling and training. He has a particular interest in the impact of abuse-related trauma on brain development and the implications for practice. Joe has extensive experience in the provision of consultancy, clinical supervision and program development and evaluation.
Janise is a social worker, Deputy CEO at the Australian Childhood Foundation and Director of the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care. She has experience in child protection, high risk adolescents, public policy analysis, program development and evaluation. Janise has extensive experience in the development of innovative therapeutic programs for traumatised children and young people. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a number of national and state-wide therapeutic out-of-home care programs, child abuse prevention programs and professional education training programs. She has a Masters degree examining the policy and practice underpinning therapeutic care initiatives in Australia. Janise is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with Southern Cross University.
Noel is the Executive Manager of Research and Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation. He has been a social worker for nearly 30 years and has worked extensively in the areas of vulnerable families, child abuse, couple counselling and family violence in the UK and Australia. Noel has regularly presented at national and international conferences. He has published a number of articles in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence and collaboration within a child abuse context. Noel was the recipient of the 2013 Robyn Miller Award for Inspirational Leadership in the Field for an individual, team or group within the child, youth and family service sector which demonstrates practice that constitutes inspirational leadership.
Craig is the Executive Manager of Partnerships, Fundraising and Marketing at the Australian Childhood Foundation. He has been working in the not for-profit sector for more than 10 years and comes from a marketing/advertising and publishing heritage. Running his own creative marketing business for 10 years, he has been a contributing writer to the Financial Review Magazine, and worked for Fairfax as part of a strategic and creative team on magazine development. He makes a great latte and is passionate about defending childhood.
Jenny Wing is the General Manager of Therapeutic Services across Victoria and Tasmania for the Foundation. She has extensive experience in therapeutic work with children and young people who have experienced abuse and family violence. She is a leader in the field of supporting children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. She brings a passion for child protection and a depth of knowledge in her field.
Lyn Millett is the Executive Manager, Education and Safeguarding Services at the Australian Childhood Foundation.
She is a registered clinical psychologist and holds a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has an exceptionally strong record of achievements in community service growth, evaluation and strategic development and has held senior executive positions within major not-for-profit organisations, government departments and national portfolios.
Lyn is a published co-author in the field of offender rehabilitation and youth mental health and has presented at conferences on topics as diverse as youth mental health, youth suicide intervention, violent offending and parental substance use. She has worked in the United States and New Zealand in the fields of offender management, child protection and educational psychology.
Trevor Irwin is the Chief Financial Officer, Business Services at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Trevor’s career has involved stints working in the corporate world for energy and technology corporations and working in educational institutes before joining Australian Childhood Foundation. He is a Director of Women and Mentoring (WAM). Trevor is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), has an MBA from RMIT University and is also halfway through a Juris Doctor also at RMIT.
A. Mark Thomas has been involved with the Australian Childhood Foundation since 2002 and became a Board member in 2004. He became the Chairperson of the Foundation in 2020. A former print, radio and television journalist, Mark is co-director at M&M Communications, a full service media and communications firm based in Hobart. He spent six years with the Tasmanian Labor Government of the late Premier Jim Bacon, as a media and ministerial adviser. Mark is the president of the Tasmanian Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and the author of former Test cricketer (and Foundation ambassador) David Boon’s two successful biographies, Under the Southern Cross and In the Firing Line. “What happens in childhood shapes our adult lives,” says Mark. “I believe that all Australian children deserve our protection and support. Australia’s mothers and fathers need support and education to be better parents, so that their children can become the best they can be.”
Justin is a broadcaster, journalist and writer. Born in Echuca in country Victoria, Justin started in his radio career at 17. As the executive producer of the Neil Mitchell radio program on 3AW, he was part of breaking and covering some of the biggest stories of recent years – including the closure of Ford factories in Australia, which won the program a Walkley Award. As a broadcaster himself, Justin hosted a series of programs from Afghanistan for the Fairfax Radio Network. He is now the host of the Drive program on Sydney radio at 2UE, appears on Seven’s Sunrise program, and writes for The Daily Telegraph. “As a journalist and broadcaster, I hear and cover some of the most tragic things that happen to our children. No matter how long I’ve been doing this job, it continues to shock and sadden me. And as a father, I believe we all need to have an understanding of the issues around children and their safety. Through awareness we can stand up and make sure no more children have to suffer,” says Justin. As a broadcaster himself, Justin hosted a series of programs from Afghanistan for the Fairfax Radio Network. He is now the host of the Drive program on Sydney radio at 2UE, appears on Seven’s Sunrise program, and writes for The Daily Telegraph. “As a journalist and broadcaster, I hear and cover some of the most tragic things that happen to our children. No matter how long I’ve been doing this job, it continues to shock and sadden me. And as a father, I believe we all need to have an understanding of the issues around children and their safety. Through awareness we can stand up and make sure no more children have to suffer,” says Justin.
Nick began his career as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. After graduating from the Defence Force Academy in Canberra, he undertook Navigation training in Sydney and then served on Guide Missile Frigates (WA) and Patrol Boats (Cairns), and worked on the Collins Class Submarine project in Canberra. Since leaving the Navy in 2001, he has worked on a number of large infrastructure and engineering projects across Australia and in the region. From 2007 to 2012 Nick was a Senior Executive for the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria, focused on improving the delivery of major infrastructure projects. More recently, he has moved in to the Transport sector, where he is involved in constructing and maintaining rail infrastructure for freight, mining, resources and passenger networks. Nick is currently undertaking a PhD part time though the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. Nick’s connection to the Australian Childhood Foundation is through his involvement with Rotary International. More than 25 years ago, the Rotary Club of Melbourne supported the creation of the Foundation. He is proud to be able to continue the links between these two organisations. “Talking about neglect and abuse of children is no longer a taboo topic,” says Nick. “It has significant downstream effects that are taken through to adulthood. Every child deserves to have a great childhood, to dream, play, have fun and feel safe. Through the work of the Foundation, we are helping children to be kept safe and recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect.”
Dr Ciara Earley
Dr Ciara Earley joined the Australian Childhood Foundation board in June 2014. She is a General Paediatrician at Monash Children’s Hospital and a Forensic Paediatrician with the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (VFPMS) at Monash Children’s and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Through her work with VFPMS, Ciara provides assessments and care for many abused and neglected children. She is passionate about improving services for these children and preventing further abuse or neglect. Ciara moved from Ireland in 2004 and completed her paediatric training in Victoria and Tasmania. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. “The wellbeing of children is an absolute priority for me as a paediatrician and I am very committed to the Foundation’s work to support parents and prevent abuse from happening,” she says.
Cliff Weeks, a Yamatji man from regional Western Australia, joined as a Director in 2016. He is currently working for the Department of the Chief Minister as a senior executive based in Alice Springs. A former member of the Western Australia Police Service, Cliff has over 15 years of experience in the public sector and was Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Western Australia from 2011 until 2016. Cliff has served on numerous national and state boards and committees, both as Director General and in a personal capacity, providing both operational and strategic advice. Among these are as an ex-officio member of the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee and a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Group for the Western Australia Football Commission. “Children are our future,” says Cliff. “I believe that long-term investment in the health, wellbeing and safety of all children and assisting them to develop to their full potential, is the most valuable contribution we can make towards building a brighter future for all.”
Rod is a commercial lawyer and company director. He has over 25 years’ experience assisting organisations with legal and media related matters particularly in the areas of acquisitions, contractual matters and compliance issues. He has a keen interest in sport and travel and is married with two teenage children and a blue heeler.
Rod is very familiar with the Board of Directors environment and currently his other offices include:
– a director of all companies throughout Australia and New Zealand of the Dentsu Aegis Network a global media based business headquartered in Tokyo
– a director of the Harold Mitchell group of private companies
– a director of the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union
Chairman of St Bernards College boys school in Essendon
– a director of Ochre Health,a commercial provider of health services throughout Australia and New Zealand
– a principal at Lamplugh McIntosh Lawyers
– a director of the Harold Mitchell Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation providing funds for those in need in the health and education sector
– a director of Mitrofanoff Australia, a not-for-profit organisation assisting people with urinary challenges
Rod has a degree in law and jurisprudence from Monash University and a current legal practising certificate.
Claire has been working with global and Australian organisations over 25 years as they undergo business transformation enabled by technology. She is a Partner at EY and married with three children and joined the Australian Childhood Foundation Board in August 2018. “The work the Foundation does inspires hope – that any child has amazing potential and that when given the chance, it will shine through” she says. “The Australian Childhood Foundation reinforces my optimism that together we can build a better world and I want to be part of that”.
Rod is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Institute of Australian Company Directors. Rod has worked in public practice for over 17 years and is a Partner at the global firm, BDO. He advises on a range of business, accounting and taxation issues for start-up, private and family owned businesses and not for profit organisations. Rod is a father of two daughters and believes that all children have the right, not a privilege, to fully grow and develop in their childhoods in a safe, supporting and loving environment.
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Mr David Rosback, AM
Retail and Former Rotary District Governor