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CEO

  • Ms Liz Gillies

    Liz brings over 20 years’ experience in social impact, philanthropy and leadership development, to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Menzies Foundation. She has worked across the not-for-profit, university, government and private sectors, including setting up her own businesses.

    Liz was instrumental in establishing and managing both the Centre for Ethical Leadership and the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Impact during her six years with the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.

    She also worked as a higher education advisor to former Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu and managed a $5million grant making program during her six years as Grant Executive of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

    Liz was awarded a research fellowship to investigate best practice in philanthropy, working alongside The Trust Company philanthropy team to develop the Engaged Philanthropy model. This work culminated in the national launch of the Best Practice in Philanthropy Report in 2018, in partnership with Philanthropy Australia.

    Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Management (Industrial Relations) from Victoria University and a Master of Public Policy from Deakin University.

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-gillies-4630943b/

    Contact Liz by email liz.gillies@menziesfoundation.org.au or mobile 0416 112 703.

  • Sarah Jenkins

    Sarah brings a wealth of experience in Marketing and Communication Management to the role of Communication and Operations Manager at the Menzies Foundation. She has worked across most industries including Mining, Healthcare, Retail, and has successfully ran her own agency for over 10 years.

    Sarah is a dynamic and results driven individual with a keen focus on innovation, image and relationship building - with a strong emphasis on planning and strategic/conceptual development. 

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjenkins01/

    Contact Sarah by email sarah.jenkins@menziesfoundation.org.au or mobile 0401 880 071.

  • Natalie Gilbertson

    Natalie has broad range of experience in the philanthropic, not-for-profit and higher education sectors that she brings to her role as Project Manager at the Menzies Foundation.

    Following 15 years as a Chemical Engineer working in Project Management in the Pharmaceutical industry, Natalie has recently gained extensive experience in philanthropy and fundraising at The University of Melbourne and as a board director for a not-for-profit organisation.

    Natalie has a bachelor’s degree with honours in Chemical Engineering & Arts (Languages) from The University of Melbourne as well as a Graduate Diploma in both Business and Project Management from Swinburne University. Natalie was awarded the Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship in 2017.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-gilbertson-maicd-48a9791/

    Contact Natalie by email natalie.gilbertson@menziesfoundation.org.au or mobile 0408 575 505

Directors

  • Peter JoplingAM, QC, LLB (Melb)

    • Chair
    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2014
    • Barrister
    • Governor Florey Neuroscience Institute
    • Director of the Victorian Legal Services Board
    • Member of the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Ethical Leadership, University of Melbourne
    • Chair of the Ian Potter Museum of Art

  • David BowlyBMechEng (Hons)

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2019
    • Sir Peter Gadsden Prize, Jesus College, Cambridge University, 2015
    • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar in Engineering - 2014
    • Sir John Monash Medal in Engineering and JW Dodds Prize in Mechanical Engineering 2009
    • Engineer/Project Manager at AGL since 2015
    • Chartered with Engineers Australia 

  • Professor Glyn DavisAC, BA Hons, PhD, FASSA, FIPAA DUniv

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018
    • Distinguished Professor, Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy
    • Recipient of the 2018 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Previously:
      - Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Melbourne, 2005-2018
      - Co-chair of the Australia 2020 Summit, 2008
      - Served as Chair of the Group of Eight, Chair of Universities Australia and Chair of Universitas 21
      - Vice-Chancellor and President of Griffith University, 2002-2005
      - Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to the Premier of Queensland, 1998-2002
      - Director-General of the Office of the Cabinet, 1995-1996
      - Commissioner for Public Sector Equity, Public Sector Management Commission, 1990-1993

  • Kathryn GreinerAO, BSW (UNSW)

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018
    • Chair, Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing
    • Chair, Lifestart Cooperative
    • Director, Sydney Opera House Trust
    • Director, Relationships Australia NSW
    • Centenary Medal, 2001 
    • Previously:
      - Chair of the Inquiry into the Retirement Industry, 2017
      - Member of the Schools Funding Review Panel, 2011
      - Chair of the Inquiry into the NSW Catholic Schools Funding Process
      - Council Member, Bond University
      - Advisory Council Member, L. E. K. Consulting
      - Councillor, City of Sydney Council, 1995 – 2004  
      - Chair and Director for a number of companies and non-profit organisations 

  • Professor Douglas HiltonAO FAA FTSE FAHMS

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2019
    • 6th Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    • Head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne
    • Immediate past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI).
    • Co-founder of the biotechnology company MuriGen
    • Inventor of more than 20 patent families, most of which have been licensed
    • Officer of the Order of Australia
    • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and of Health and Medical Sciences
    • Inaugural recipient of The Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology    

  • Harvey KalmanBEc, Grad Dip App Fin & Inv, Grad Dip Acc, CFTP (Snr), FAIBF, ACPA

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2017
    • Chair of the Investment & Finance Committee
    • Executive General Manager, Corporate Trustee Services with Equity Trustees
    • Previously:
      - KPMG, consultant to the Funds Management industry and ANZ Banking Group
      - Senior Adviser and Head of Strategy in the ANZ Funds Management area
      - Manager – Special Projects, Group Risk Management and executive liaison officer for the ANZ Board Risk Management Committee and the ANZ Credit Approvals Committee
      - Deputy Director – Research and Policy at the Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers
      - Senior Policy Adviser – Environment and Heritage for the Federal Opposition
      - Treasury and Risk Management at Ford Credit

  • Frances Maguire

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2019
    • Partner; PwC Australia Consulting
    • Consulting Clients and Markets Leader at PwC Australia Consulting 
    • Co author of the first study of child sexual assault in Australia published in 1981
    • Chifley Research Centre, Board Director 2019
    • Former Member of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation Board
    • Previously:
      - Department of Human Services Client Lead Partner 
      - Consulting Government and Public Sector Lead
      - Government Strategy Practice Lead
      - Firmwide NSW Government Client Lead Partner.
      - Senior Adviser to NSW Government Minister  

  • John Menzies

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018
    • Business coach and mentor
    • Nephew of Sir Robert Menzies
    • Previously:
      - Chairman, TEC
      - CEO Howe & Co Pty Ltd 1977-1994
      - Chartered Accountant

  • Naomi Milgrom ACAC

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2020
    • Founder, Naomi Milgrom Foundation 
    • Executive Chair and CEO, Sportsgirl/Sussan Group,
    • Founding patron, Photo International Festival of photography
    • Chair, Sydney Powerhouse Precinct Project
    • Companion to the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through philanthropic leadership and support for the promotion of the arts, architecture, design excellence and cultural exchange, and to business.

  • Terry MoranAC, BA (Hons)

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2014
    • Previously:
      - Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
      - Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria)
    • Chancellor, Federation University
    • Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company
    • Chair, Centre for Policy Development
    • Vice President, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
    • Ambassador, Teach for Australia 
    • Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012 for eminent service to the community through public sector leadership

  • Tony SurteesBCom (UNSW), MS (Stanford), MAICD

    • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018 
    • Chairman, Entrepreneurs’ Programme Investment, Australian Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
    • Investment Committee Member, CapitalPitch
    • Risk Committee Member, Aurora Education Foundation
    • Global Advisory Board Member, Advance
    • Vice President and Co-founder of the Stanford Australia Association Entrepreneurship Series 
    • Partner, Santa Clara Group and co-founder of Laava.id and Zeetings.com
    • Previously:
      - Chief Operating Officer, Brandscreen, 2013
      - Chairman of Independent Advisory Group for Australia Post's Postzone, 2009
      - Adviser and Founding Chair of Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Livewire project, 2007-2009
      - Industry Research Council Member, Interactive Advertising Bureau, 2007-2008
      - External Advisor for the Victorian Innovation Strategy & Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of Victoria, 2007-2008
      - NSW State President, Australian Marketing Institute, 1998-1999
      - Founder and Director of various private and public companies, CEO of various companies in Australia and overseas

Board Committees

Appointments and Governance Committee

This committee was formed in 2014 to ensure the Menzies Foundation has a robust and transparent process to appoint honorary Directors to the Board.

The members of the Appointments and Governance Committee are:

  • Mr Peter Jopling AM QC
  • Mr Terry Moran AC
  • Ms Kathryn Greiner AO
  • Ms Liz Gillies, CEO

Audit and Investment Committee

This committee meets four times a year to make strategic decisions as to the management of the Foundation's corpus. The committee reports to the Board, via the Treasurer.

The members of the Audit and Investment Committee are:

  • Mr Harvey Kalman, Chair
  • Mr Adrian Lombardo, honorary committee member
  • Mr John Menzies
  • Ms Frances Maguire
  • Ms Liz Gillies, CEO

Council members

Council members are appointments made by the Board of Directors to acknowledge their significant contribution to either the establishment, governance or operations of the Menzies Foundation. We are grateful for their extensive expertise and support over many years. Council are members are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Professor M I Bullock, AM
  • Mr N B Callinan AO
  • The Hon Sir Daryl Dawson, AC, KBE, CB
  • Mr Brian Doyle AM
  • Professor T Dwyer, AO
  • Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, CVO
  • Mr Ross Illingworth
  • Mr Brian Jamieson
  • Mr C P H Kiefel, AM
  • Professor S Leeder, AO
  • Ms S K Mackenzie, OAM
  • Professor Simon Maddocks
  • Professor J D Mathews, AM
  • Ms E C Menzies
  • Assoc Professor D A F Morgan, OAM
  • Professor K O'Dea, AO
  • Professor R E O'Hehir
  • Professor R Porter, AC
  • Mr A P Sheahan, AM
  • Dr John Stocker AO 
  • Mr M Whalley OAM