Our People

Ms Liz Gillies | CEO

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.

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 and Philanthropy – The Continued Journey to Real Impact and Better Practice in 2021.


Contact Liz by email or mobile 0416 112 703

Sarah Jenkins | Strategic Communications Manager

Sarah brings a wealth of experience in Strategic Communications 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.


Contact Sarah by email or mobile 0401 880 071

Natalie Gilbertson | Operations Manager

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


Contact Natalie by email or mobile 0408 575 505


Peter Jopling
AM, 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

Professor Glyn Davis

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018
  • CEO, Paul Ramsay Foundation
  • Chair-elect, Opera Australia
  • 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 Greiner

  • 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 NSW Retirement Villages, 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 Hilton
  • 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 Kalman
Advanced Management Program (Columbia), Grad Dip App Fin & Inv (SIA), Grad Dip Acc & BEc (Monash)

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2017
  • Chair of the Audit and Investment Board Committee
  • Various Non- Executive Positions Chair/Director with Arbitrium Capital, Connexian and LCM Asset Management
  • Chair of the Financial Planner Advisory Board, Deakin University
  • Previously:

    –  Managing Director UK and Europe and Head of Global Distribution / Executive General Manager, Corporate Trustee Services with Equity Trustees
    – Board Member, Member of the Audit and Investments Board Committee and Chair of the Grants Committee for the Victorian Legal Services Board
    – KPMG, consultant to the Funds Management industry and ANZ Banking Group
    – 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 Hon Ian McLachlan AO MP
    – Treasury and Risk Management Analyst at Ford Credit

Frances Maguire

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2019
  • 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:
    – Consulting Clients and Markets Leader at PwC Australia Consulting
    – 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
Siobhan McKenna
BEc Hons (ANC) MPhil (Cambridge)
  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2021
  • Executive Chair, Foxtel, FoxSports and Australian News Channel
  • Director, Nova Entertainment
  • Director, Woolworths Group Limited
  • Director, AMCIL
  • Previously:
    – Commissioner, Australian Productivity Commission
    – Chairman, NBNCo
    – Partner, McKinsey & Co
    – Trustee, MCG Trust
    – Director, The Australian Ballet
Naomi Milgrom
  • 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 Moran
AC, BA (Hons)
  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2014
  • Chancellor, Federation University
  • Chair, Centre for Policy Development
  • 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
  • Previously:
    – Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    – Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria)
Tony Surtees
BCom (UNSW), MS (Stanford), MAICD
  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018 
  • Chairman, Entrepreneurs Programme Committee, Australian Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Investment Committee Member, CapitalPitch
  • President Stanford Australia Association
Matt Tyler
MPP Harvard, BEc Hons Monash (University Medal), BA BCom Melbourne
  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2021
  • Executive Director, The Men’s Project, Jesuit Social Services
  • Elected Councillor, Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Research Committee, Centre for Policy Development
  • Executive Research Advisory Panel, Bravehearts
  • Committee Member, LeadWest
  • Council Representative, Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Previously:
    – Director, Centre For Evidence and Implementation
    – Government Innovation Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab
    – Policy Adviser, Australian Labor Party
    – Economist, Department of Foriegn Affairs and Trade (formally AusA
    – Researcher and Field Manager, Australian Research Council Indigenous Men’s Health Grant
    – Manager, Strategy Consulting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers


Council members are appointed by the Board of Directors to acknowledge their significant contribution to either the establishment, governance or operations of the Menzies Foundation. 

  • 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