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Michael joined Social Ventures Australia (SVA) as founding Chief Executive in 2002 after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment.
SVA is a non-profit organisation that has raised more than $45m from social investors to fund outstanding ventures and strengthen Australia’s non-profit sector.Social Ventures Australia invests in outstanding non-profit ventures to help break the cycle of disadvantage facing many Australians. SVA focuses on education and employment initiatives and partnerships as key to providing a ‘fair go’ and opportunities for all Australians. In addition, SVA offers consulting services to the social sector more broadly, including helping philanthropists be more strategic in their approach to giving.
Michael is Chair of Assetic, the Opera Australia Capital Fund and Australian Schools Plus and is a Director of M H Carnegie & Co. In 2010 Michael was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations. He holds a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Robin was a founding director of Macquarie Bank and has wide-ranging business experience, including board and chair roles with listed and unlisted companies.
Robin has been active in the not-for-profit sector for many years, formerly as a director of the Autistic Children’s Association of NSW, Schizophrenia Foundation of Australia, Clean Up Australia, and the Centre for Social Impact, and currently as a Director of The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA.
Robin is also Chair of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council
Andrea Staines is a professional Non-executive Director and company advisor. She is currently a Director of Aurizon and the NSW Transport Advisory Board. She also advises small and medium-sized companies on implementing board governance, strategic planning, and risk management. She is a former CEO of Australian Airlines, a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, which she co-launched in 2002. At this time, she was also a member of the Qantas 12-person Executive Committee.
Prior to Qantas, Andrea worked in various financial roles with American Airlines at its Dallas headquarters. Andrea is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of CEW (Chief Executive Women) and an occasional MBA Guest Lecturer and CEO Mentor. She has an MBA majoring in Finance from the University of Michigan in the USA, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.
Prior to joining Goodstart as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2011, Julia has had extensive senior management experience in the human services sector in Australia and the UK.
Between 1999 and 2004 she was CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide. From 2004 to 2010 Julia was CEO of WorkCover SA a statutory authority which manages the South Australian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme, extending protection to 430,000 employees in SA.
Julia is a Director of Territory Insurance Office in NT and is a former Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit working to solve women’s homelessness in SA with sustainable long term solutions.
Julia has a strong interest in public policy having completed a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.