Staff

Executive

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Grants and Initiatives

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Development

    

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Communications

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Finance and Operations

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Board Members

Craig Bell

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Appointed: 2014
Board Chair: October 2019 - present
Committees: Governance, Audit and Risk


Craig is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of CoINVEST. Craig has over 30 years’ experience in Strategy, Finance, Investments and ICT, having held senior positions across a number of sectors. This includes as Chief Executive Officer at Foresters Financial, and roles in top tier investment firms in London at Lloyds Bank TSB, Salomon Smith Barney and J.P. Morgan, and in Melbourne at ANZ, NAB and Chimaera Capital, along with various financial positions in the Victorian and South Australian State Governments.

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Rob McGauran

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Appointed: 2017
Deputy Chair: October 2019 - present
Committees: Strategic Marketing and Development
Grants Advisory Panel: Homelessness & Affordable Housing (Chair)


A founding Director of MGS Architects, Rob’s particular areas of interest are around the themes of knowledge cities, inclusive cities, sustainable cities and connected cities and the buildings and programs that support these themes. This is drawn from both the particular and distinctive attributes of and challenges facing Australian cities.

His relevant skills are in master planning, design of mixed-use, inclusive community activity nodes, affordable housing, sustainable transport infrastructure and sustainable architecture.

He is an experienced advocate, managing community consultation and government partnership processes. His master planning projects involve the design management of large and complex multi-disciplinary consultant teams and stakeholder groups.

At a strategic planning level Rob has been responsible for urban design frameworks and structure plans for key areas of Melbourne.

In the not-for-profit sector, Rob has been a board member of Housing Choices Australia and Melbourne Affordable Housing and a Future Ambassador for Melbourne 2026.

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Dr Raphael Arndt

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Appointed: 2016
Committees: Investment (Chair)


Raphael was appointed as the Chief Investment Officer of the Future Fund in 2014. He leads a multi-disciplinary investment team making investments across all asset classes and geographies. Prior to this, Raphael was the Fund's Head of Infrastructure and Timberland.

Raphael was previously an Investment Director with Hastings Funds Management. He has also held infrastructure policy positions with both the private sector and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Raphael started his career as an engineer working with Ove Arup & Partners in Melbourne and London. He holds engineering and commerce degrees and a PhD from the University of Melbourne which focused on risk allocation in Public Private Partnerships.

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Paul Bird

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Appointed: 2018
Committees: Investment
Grants Advisory Panel: Education & Employment (Chair)


Paul returned to Melbourne, his birthplace, 25 years ago after qualifying as a chartered accountant in the UK and then managing KPMG’s practice in Gambia and francophone West Africa, before working for the Lutheran World Federation in Bosnia and Croatia during the conflict, followed by an earthquake rehabilitation program in northern Philippines.

Leadership roles in Melbourne include the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Very Special Kids, The Body Shop, Mission Australia, World Vision and YSAS, before joining Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in 2015. Over this time,

Paul has developed enduring and innovative collaborations between business, governments, NGOs and communities including six social enterprises in Melbourne. Paul has extensive experience with not-for-profit boards and committees, including currently as Chair of the International Forum for Volunteering for Development.

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Linh Do


Appointed: 2021
Committees: Governance, Audit and Risk


Linh Do is passionate about addressing climate justice and social inequality and has a background in advocacy, engagement, media and social enterprise. She is the founding director of the Wattle Fellowship at the University of Melbourne and serves as the international lead at Climate Catalyst.
 
In the lead up to the Paris negotiations, she served as the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Verb. Most recently, Linh was the Australia and Pacific lead for The Climate Reality Project (Al Gore’s climate change leadership program) and previously co-founded OurSay, a technology company.
 
Linh holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and is deputy chair at Climate Action Network Australia.

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Janina Gawler



Appointed: 2019
Committees: Governance, Audit and Risk (Chair)
Grants Advisory Panel: Healthy & Resilient Communities (Chair)


Janina is a community engagement professional with extensive experience across local government, federal government and the extractive industries sector. Previously Janina was CEO of the Australian National Training Authority and also Mayor of Echuca. Janina now has her own consulting business and, with a history of generating partnerships with Indigenous communities, is committed to social innovation and community development.
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Jane Hansen AO

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Appointed: 2017
Committees: Strategic Marketing and Development
Grants Advisory Panel: Environment & Sustainability


Jane Hansen AO is an active director in the not-for-profit sector, with more than 25 years investment banking and management experience in London, New York and Australia.

Currently Chair and CEO of the Hansen Little Foundation and all associated philanthropic initiatives, Jane was formerly a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance specialist at First Boston/Credit Suisse and Macquarie Bank.

Jane joined the board of the Melbourne Theatre Company in February 2015 and is also the inaugural Chair of the theatre company’s foundation. She is the Deputy Chancellor and a Member of the Council of the University of Melbourne, and sits on the Melbourne University Humanities Foundation and is Deputy Chair of the Believe Campaign.

Jane also sits on the board of Opera Australia and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Previous directorships include the MCG Trust, the State Sport Centres Trust, the federal body of Athletics Australia and the Foundation of the State Library of Victoria.

Jane is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Monash University, a master’s degree in finance and business administration from Columbia University in New York, and is currently in the final year of an arts degree at Melbourne University, majoring in history.

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Eytan Lenko


Appointed: 2021
Committees: Strategic Marketing
Grants Advisory Panel: Environment & Sustainability (Chair)


Eytan Lenko has a successful business and entrepreneurship background and is a long running advocate for strong action on climate change.

Eytan is the Chair of Beyond Zero Emissions, an Australian-based, internationally recognised climate and energy solutions that shows how Australia can thrive through a transition to a zero-emissions economy.

Eytan was a founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies which was acquired in 2017 and co-founded Infrastructure Access Managers, a fund manager that invests in private infrastructure.

Eytan is a director of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, the President of the Jewish Climate Network and the Lenko Family Foundation.

He is actively involved in the startup ecosystem both as an investor and a mentor and is an advisor to the Giant Leap Impact Fund.

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Bernadette Murdoch



Appointed: 2019
Committees: Strategic Marketing and Development (Chair)


Bernadette is a brand and communications expert with a passion for community investment. She has held senior roles in Australia and internationally working across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the healthcare and biotech sector, as well as essential services and telecommunications.  Bernadette is currently chief adviser brand, communications and communities with Rio Tinto. She has led community investment programmes that have had a strong social return on investment in healthcare, education and environment.

Bernadette is a member of the advisory board of the Centre of Humanitarian Leadership, a joint venture between Save the Children and Deakin University.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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Committees

Governance, audit and risk

Janina Gawler (Chair)
Craig Bell

Independent Committee Members
Andrew Raftis
 

Investment

Dr Raphael Arndt (Chair)
Paul Bird


Independent Committee Members
Angus Graham OAM
Alexandra O’Dea​
Jane Simon

 

Strategic marketing and development

Bernadette Murdoch (Chair)
Jane Hansen AO
Rob McGauran

Independent Committee Member
Sarah Trainor
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Patron

Honorary Founding Patron - The Lord Mayor of the Day

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is an independent community foundation established in 1923 by the then Lord Mayor, Sir John Swanson.

The Lord Mayor of the day is an honorary patron under the Foundation's Act.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Honorary Founding Patron
 

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