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 Limited. Craig has over 30 years’ experience in Strategy, Finance, Investments and ICT, having held senior positions across a number of sectors. This includes roles in top tier investment firms in London, member-based organisations - Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Foresters Financial, and 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: Centenary
Grants Advisory Panel: Homelessness & Affordable Housing (Chair)


A founding Director of award-winning design practice MGS Architects, Rob’s particular areas of interest are around the themes of knowledge, inclusive, sustainable, and connected cities and the buildings, partnerships and programs that support these themes. He is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture Practice at Monash University and Professorial Fellow of Architecture and Urban Design at the University 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 Executive Officer of the Future Fund in 2020. He leads a multi-disciplinary investment organisation which is responsible for managing six long term funds on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. Prior to this, Raphael was the Fund's Chief Investment Officer and Head of Infrastructure and Timberland.

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Paul Bird

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


Paul is a qualified chartered accountant with a masters in community development. 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, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) before authoring a book and starting his consultancy, PurposeFull in 2021, and joining Brainwave Australia in 2022. Paul has extensive experience with not-for-profit Boards and committees, including as Chair of Good Cycles and 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. 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 social performance and 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: Investment; Centenary
Grants Advisory Panel: Environment & Sustainability


Jane Hansen is a Company Director 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 is also Chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company, Deputy Chancellor and Member of the Council of the University of Melbourne. She is also on the board of Opera Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women. In January 2020 Jane was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, to education and cultural institutions, and through philanthropic support for charitable foundations.

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Bernadette Murdoch



Appointed: 2019
Committees: Centenary (Chair)


Bernadette is a brand and communications expert with a passion for community investment. Bernadette is currently Global Head, Reputation with CSL. She has led community investment programs that have had a strong social return on investment in healthcare, education, and the environment. 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
Linh Do

Independent Committee Members
Andrew Raftis
 

Investment

Dr Raphael Arndt (Chair)
Paul Bird
Jane Hansen AO


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

Centenary

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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