Find out more about the Board of Governors and the staff of The Ian Potter Foundation
Governor since 1987, Chairman since 1994
Mr Charles Goode is the Chairman of the Australian United Investment Company Ltd, Diversified United Investment Ltd, and Flagstaff Partners. In February 2010 he retired as Chairman of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group; in July 2007 as Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd after serving as a director for 19 years and as Chairman for 8 years.
Mr Goode was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in June 2001. In May 2003 he was a recipient of The Centenary Medal. He received the Melbourne Business School Award for 2006 and at the MBS Annual Alumni Dinner there is a Charles Goode Oration. He has been honoured as a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Member of Foodbank Australia’s Hall of Fame, and a Life Member of Philanthropy Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and received the A.I.C.D (Victorian Division) Distinguished Fellow Award for 2010 and in 2012 was Alumni of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award by the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne.
Governor since 2013
Tony Burgess is Chief Executive Officer of Flagstaff Partners, an independent corporate finance advisory firm.
Mr Burgess has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance in Melbourne, London and New York and was previously Global Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Deutsche Bank AG, based in London.
Mr Burgess holds an MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School (1985) and a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne (1981). He is a Director of the listed investment company, Diversified United Investment Limited, a Director of Melbourne Business School Limited, Chairman of the Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics, a Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation and a Director of the Board of Management of the Melbourne Theatre Company.
He is a member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
After completing his degrees Alex Chernov practised as a barrister for over 30 years in commercial law and equity and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980.
Whilst a barrister he also taught law, co-authored a legal text, was involved in law reform, acted as company inspector and chaired a number of tribunals. He became Chairman of the Victorian Bar, Vice President of the Australian Bar Association and, later, President of the Law Council of Australia and Vice President of LawAsia.
In 1997 Alex Chernov was appointed to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and, in the following year, to its Court of Appeal. In 2009 he was elected as Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 and a Companion of the Order in 2012.
Alex Chernov was sworn in as Victoria’s 28th Governor in April 2011 and, in September, 2014 as deputy to the Governor-General. After completing his term Mr Chernov joined the boards of The Ian Potter Foundation, the Grattan Institute which he chairs, and other organisations and has been involved in alternative dispute resolutions.
Governor since 2015
Susan Crennan was appointed to the High Court of Australia in November 2005. She had then served for almost two years as a judge on the Federal Court. Before appointment Susan Crennan was a barrister for 24 years, 14 of them as one of her Majesty’s Counsel (Queen’s Counsel). During that time she became Chair (now President) of the Victorian Bar Council, President of the Australian Bar Association and served as a Commonwealth Commissioner for Human Rights. She has been admitted as a barrister at King’s Inns Dublin and appointed as a Master of the Bench (Hon) of Gray’s Inn, London.
Following retirement from the High Court in 2015 she conducts private dispute resolution, chiefly in Victoria and New South Wales. She has been a member and chair of several committees of the Victorian Bar and the University of Melbourne, including serving as Deputy‑Chancellor of the University. In 2008 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Governor since 2007
Mr Davis has many years of experience in resource management, both in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and the United Kingdom, serving more than 40 years with Rio Tinto Plc at which he held a number of managerial posts around the world, ultimately as Chief
Governor since 1997
Graduating in law from Melbourne and Yale Universities, Sir Daryl Dawson was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1957 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1971. In 1974 he became Solicitor-General for the State of Victoria and in 1982 was appointed to the High Court of Australia. Following his retirement from the High Court in 1997, he engaged in commercial arbitration and was an adjunct professor at Monash University and a professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne. From 1998 until 2004 he was a non-permanent judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
Governor since 2001
Sir James Gobbo was admitted to practice law in 1956 and after a year as a solicitor, went to the Bar where he practiced for 21 years. He took silk in 1971 and was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1978. He retired from the Court in 1994 and in 1997 was appointed Governor of Victoria.
Sir James has maintained a long interest in Italian Community affairs, as reflected in his former Presidency of Co.As.It. (Italian Assistance Organisation). Since 1975, Sir James has served on advisory bodies to the Federal Government in connection with Immigration and Refugee affairs. He was the Founding Chairman of the Australia Council of Multicultural Affairs in 1989.
Among his community commitments, Sir James has served on the Catholic Archdiocese Finance Advisory Council and was Chairman of Mercy Private Hospital, Chairman of the Council of Caritas Christi Hospital and Board Member of Mercy Maternity Hospital. Sir James was President of the Scout Association (Victoria) from 1987 to 1997. He has also served as Chairman of the Council of the National Library of Australia and of the Australian Multicultural Foundation. In 1990, Sir James co-founded the International Specialised Skills Institute.
Governor since 1990
Thomas William Healy graduated from the University of Melbourne B.Sc (1958) and M.Sc (1960) and Ph.D (1963) at Columbia University N.Y. USA in 1963. He returned to the University of Melbourne in 1965 as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1978 and from 1991 as the inaugural Director of the Australian Research Council Special Research Centre.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the US Academy of Engineering. He received the Sir Eric Rideal Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the UK Society of Chemical Industry, the A E Alexander Lectureship of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Royal Society of Victoria Medal and the Ian Wark Medal of the Australian Academy of Science
He served as Dean of Science and as President of the Academic board and Pro-Vice Chancellor. He now holds the position of Professorial Fellow in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. His University conferred on him the Honorary D.Sc and the Honorary LLD degree.
Governor since 2013
Governor since 2004
Allan Myers is one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (Queen’s Counsel) in all States and Territories of Australia and a barrister in England and Papua New Guinea. For 40 years he has practised continuously as a barrister, principally in Victoria, although his professional work has led to appearances in all jurisdictions within Australia, Papua New Guinea and England. His practice has been predominantly in aspects of commercial law. He has frequently advised in relation to transactions under the laws of other countries.
Over many years Allan has provided support to professional and charitable entities by membership and chairmanship of committees and Foundations at the Victorian Bar, University Of Melbourne, Oxford University, Monivae College, Florey Neurosciences Institute, the National Gallery of Victoria and others.
Allan is Chair of the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Grattan Institute.
In January 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal and, in June 2016, was made an Commander of the Order of Australia.
Life Governor since 1993
Lady [Primrose] Potter has been an active supporter of the Australian arts sector over several decades. She was Founding Honorary Patron of the Melba Foundation and Founding Patron of the Victorian Opera Company and Patron-in-Chief of The Melbourne Opera Company. She has also served as director and Victorian Chairman of the Elizabethan Theatre Trust and founding director of the Bell Shakespeare Company, and Director of the Australian Ballet School. In the field of Contemporary Art, Lady Potter has been Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, is current Patron of The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, Honorary Life Member of the National Gallery Victoria and was founding benefactor of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Beyond the Arts, Lady Potter is a founding director of International Specialist Skills and of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (now Leadership Australia), as well as Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Lady Potter was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the community in 1988, followed by a Companion of the Order of Australian in 2003.
Governor since 1987
Graeme Ryan has held senior leadership roles in medical research, education and health care for forty years.
Following medical education at The University of Melbourne, he commenced his medical research career in the Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne, as a PhD student and then Lecturer in Pathology. Between 1968 and 1976, he continued his research in experimental pathology, first in London, then Geneva and finally at Harvard Medical School, Boston. He returned to Australia in 1976 to establish an NHMRC Research Unit in Renal Disease in the Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne. In 1978, he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and then Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1980. In 1986, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a position that he held for ten years. At the University of Melbourne, he also held other senior appointments such as President of the Academic Board and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He subsequently held senior appointments that enabled him to continue to promote medical research in the health care sector.
Governor since 2015
Brian Schmidt is a Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University.Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989,and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998,the HighZ Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating, work that earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.
Professor Fiona Stanley AC is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute (formerly Telethon Institute for Child Health Research), Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she was Director, 2013 Festival of Ideas.
Trained in maternal and child health, epidemiology and public health, Professor Stanley has spent her career researching the causes of major childhood illnesses such as birth defects. Her research includes the gathering and analysis of population data for epidemiological and public health research; the causes and prevention of birth defects and major neurological disorders, particularly the cerebral palsies; patterns of maternal and child health in Aboriginal and Caucasian populations; various ways of determining the developmental origins of health and disease; collaborations to link research, policy and practice; and strategies to enhance health and well-being in populations. She pioneered the development, linkage and analysis of population level data and record linkage in Western Australia as a research and evaluation capacity.
Her major contribution has been to establish the Telethon Kids Institute, a unique multidisciplinary independent research institute focusing on the causes and prevention of major problems affecting children and youth and to establish the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. She has over 300 publications, books and book chapters and is a board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation. She is also a Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation and a former member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and has served on major international, national and local committees. For her research on behalf of Australia's children and Aboriginal social justice, she was named Australian of the Year in 2003 and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.
Craig Connelly commenced as CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation in December 2015. Craig is an accomplished financier and businessman, now dedicated to contributing to the community sector. He spent 25 years working in a variety of roles in the Australian financial services sector, initially with respected chartered accounting firm, Price Waterhouse, followed by 11 years as a leading Australian equities analyst and partner with JB Were. In 2004, Craig successfully established his own Australian Equities long/short fund before selling his interest in the fund in late 2011. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Craig is an experienced business analyst and successful manager whose professional strengths lie in his research innovation, industry analysis, technical expertise and strong communication skills. Craig has also been an effective mentor to many young professionals throughout his business career.
Over the past 15 years, Craig has spent time supporting personal philanthropic pursuits, most notably his Swim For Life campaign in December 2005 and December 2006; raising funds for new day beds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital 5 West cancer day ward, and more recently devoting his efforts to the advancement of a large community club in the north west region of metropolitan Melbourne.
Craig is currently an external member on the Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Farms Initiative, ANU and is the Founding Trustee of the Parks Australia Trust.
Dr Alberto Furlan manages the Medical Research, Community Wellbeing, Health & Disability and International Learning & Development program areas. In this role, he administers the grant making of these areas and provides strategic advice to the Board around impactful partnerships with the not for profit sector.
After completing a degree in Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy Alberto moved to Australia in 2001 to undertake doctoral studies in Anthropology at the University of Sydney. Alberto spent over five years in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, first as academic fieldwork researcher and later as regional anthropologist employed by the Central Land Council in Tennant Creek working on the management and protection of sacred sites.
Alberto volunteers on the Board of The Social Studio, a Melbourne-based social enterprise comprising a fashion school, clothing label and a café which operates to create meaningful and long term social change for young people of migrant and refugee background facing barriers to employment and education.
Louise Arkles joined the Foundation in 2015 as Program Manager for Environment and Conservation, the Arts, and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In the Environment portfolio, Louise is focused on supporting broad-scale approaches to land and water management (both freshwater and marine) that can achieve transformative change, sustaining our natural environment and biodiversity for future generations. In her work overseeing the Arts program area and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, she is focused on supporting organisations and initiatives which seek to strengthen the capacity of the Arts sector as a whole.
She is an active member of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and was instrumental in The Ian Potter Foundation winning Philanthropy Australia’s 2017 Environmental Philanthropy Award. Louise is currently investigating modes of ‘two-way learning’, bringing together western science and Indigenous peoples’ deep experience of looking after country.
Louise has worked in philanthropy with individual donors and grant-making foundations for two decades, focusing on sharing the history, the passion, the outcomes and the impact of people’s generosity in order to raise the profile and effectiveness of philanthropy in Australia. She created the first Australian library specializing in philanthropy at the national peak body in 2001, and went on to edit the Australian Philanthropy magazine, interviewing over 50 donors. She has worked to strengthen the network of community foundations in Australia, delivering workshops on accessing philanthropy, and consulting with individual foundations.
Louise began her career in that stalwart community resource, public libraries. After working in special libraries in industry and higher education, she gained a Master of Information Management from the University of Melbourne, researching knowledge-sharing in zoos and their role in wildlife conservation. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Services from RMIT.
Nicole Bortone (nee McLeod) started at the Foundation in March 2011 and is now currently a Program Manager responsible for managing and administering the grant making process for the Foundation’s Science and Education grants programs, as well as managing The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift.
In addition to her role with The Ian Potter Foundation, Nicole also serves as a Program Manager for The George Alexander Foundation.
Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and International Studies) from the University of Melbourne and completed a Masters of Public Policy and Management, also at the University of Melbourne. Nicole has held a variety of part-time and volunteer positions during this time, which included volunteering with Oxfam and working for the Moonee Valley City Council as a Library Officer.
Nicole is passionate about doing work that makes a difference in the community. Her favourite part of the role is meeting grantees and scholarship recipients, and learning about the great work happening in communities around the country and the difference the Foundation’s support can make.
Mairead joined the Foundation in June 2016 and is now the Program Coordinator for The George Alexander Foundation. Mairead is responsible for the administration of the scholarship and fellowship programs run through The George Alexander Foundation.
In addition to her role as Program Coordinator, Mairead also oversees the sector support programs offered by The Ian Potter Foundation.
Mairead graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Honours) from The University of Melbourne where Mairead has tutored and lectured in the School of Culture and Communication at an undergraduate, honours and masters level.
Lauren joined the Foundation in March 2017 as a Program Officer responsible for managing the Travel and Conference grants in the Knowledge and Learning program area. In addition to her role managing Travel and Conference, Lauren also assists in administering the grant making process in Medical Research, Health & Disability, Community Wellbeing, Science, and Environment & Conservation.
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Human Structure and Function) from The University of Melbourne in 2012, and a Master in Public Health (Global Health) in 2015, also at The University of Melbourne. Lauren’s experience in Public Health includes travelling to Rural India to study Community Development, volunteering with CanTeen and working on a range of projects in the Community Health sector.
Subhadra Mistry joined The Ian Potter Foundation in April 2018. She is currently a Program Officer assisting in the Arts, Education and Environment & Conservation program areas. In addition to her role with Ian Potter Foundation, Subhadra administers The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
Subhadra graduated with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology, and is in the final stage of completing a Master of Arts and Cultural Management at University of Melbourne.
Over the past seven years, Subhadra has undertaken various paid and voluntary work engagements across arts disciplines. Most recently she worked in a patron-facing position at the National Gallery of Victoria. She has also worked at the Asia Pacific Design Library at State Library of Queensland; Melbourne contemporary jewellery gallery Pieces of Eight; RMIT-based writers’ residency program, WrICE; Craft Victoria and QUT Gardens Theatre.
Dr Squirrel Main has conducted evaluations since 1996 for schools, outdoor education programs, the US Department of Education, childcare settings, homelessness programs. She is now the Foundation's first Research and Evaluation Manager.
An evaluator and a data analyst with a passion for measuring and improving outcomes across education, health and community wellbeing sectors, Squirrel completed her Masters at Stanford University in Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She finished her PhD at the University of Auckland investigating teacher support systems in low-socioeconomic schools.
Squirrel has worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Brotherhood of St Laurence leading quantitative longitudinal data collection and analysis. She has also been a research assistant to Maxine McKew at the University of Melbourne investigating what makes good schools great as well as a research fellow on the E4Kids Project. Previously, she worked as an outdoor instructor for three years at the New Zealand Outward Bound School and began her career as a lead teacher in primary schools in California.
Sara Hearn joined the Foundation in 2015 to primarily develop and maintain the Foundation's websites and other digital media platforms. In October 2016, she took on the role of Communications Manager.
Sara's background includes working in online publishing in the higher education sector and managing digital services for the academic and corporate library sectors. She has also previously held senior positions in marketing and publicity in the higher education and publishing sectors.
Sue has worked for The Ian Potter Foundation since 2007. After completing a Senior Secretarial diploma in 1979, Sue was recruited by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. She then moved on to a career within the oil industry before moving to an administration role with a small engineering company. Sue then took a 6 year career break while living in the UK and USA, before returning to Melbourne in 2006. Sue completed a Diploma in Visual Arts in 1996 and still continues to paint/create in her spare time.
Faye moved to Melbourne from the UK in 2011. She worked in the corporate sector of the City of London for 8 years before taking a career break to have her son. Faye also has a long history in the fashion world and has used her skills as a fashion stylist to work with community and corporate groups in Australia, and still works as a personal stylist in her spare time.