Meet our Board and CEO
Julie Reilly, Chief Executive Officer
CEO Julie Reilly took up the role in January 2012. She joined the Australian Women Donors Network with a diverse history in Federal Government administration, major events management and music production. Julie has coordinated international OECD conferences for both Federal and State governments, won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne University of Technology and advocated effectively in the media to ensure better outcomes for women personally affected by breast cancer. For more than twenty years Julie has been a partner in the production of the Myer Spirit of Christmas CD, a highly successful philanthropic initiative which has, to date, raised more than $8m for charities supporting disadvantaged children and youth. She has studied Philanthropy and Social Investment and has recently completed an eight year term as a Director of the Board of the Australian Childhood Foundation. Julie was named as one of Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 in 2014, an award celebrating the social sector's most influential people and is proud to see Women Donors recognised as a Finalist in the 2015 HESTA Community Sector Social Impact Awards.
Deanne Weir, Chair
Deanne Weir is Managing Director Content Aggregation and Wholesale at Foxtel. Deanne has more than 25 years of experience in media and communications in executive and board roles. In addition to her role at Foxtel she is chair of Hoodlum, a BAFTA and Emmy award winning production company, and Ai-Media, a global innovator in speech-to-text services for broadcast and education. Deanne is the Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network and is a member of the boards of the Sydney Film Festival and Playwriting Australia
Jill Reichstein OAM, Co-founder
Jill has been Chair of the Reichstein Foundation since 1987, in which time she has been active in developing strategic partnerships and alliances towards growing progressive philanthropy as well as mentoring and resourcing new donors seeking to clarify their own philanthropic direction. Jill was inducted onto the inaugural Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2001, and is also on the board of the Trust for Young Australians, Igniting Change, the Australian Women Donors Network and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.
Steven Rothfield is committed to social justice and, in addition to being a donor, has worked as a hands-on volunteer on philanthropic projects since his retirement as MD of Bryant and May (brands as Redheads & Wilkinson Sword). Working with Indigenous leaders in over 30 projects, he has recognised the significant role of women in community development, and several of these projects were to improve their economic and educational opportunities. He is currently on the Board of the Australian Community Foundation, First Nations Foundation and Dungala Kaiela Foundation. With a Commerce degree, an MBA (Melbourne) and a CPA, his career includes general management, management consultancy, IT and finance.
Tiz is an experienced General Manager with an extensive background in retailing and management consulting. For the past 16 years she has worked in strategic market research delivering complex projects across both the services and retail industries. She is currently Head of Insights and Information at Murray Goulburn Dairy - Devondale. Tiz was previously the Head of Consumer Insights for the Coles Supermarket & Liquor Group, and has also worked as Director and Principal Consultant at Forethought Research, and as Managing Director of TLC Business and Research Consultants. Prior to this, Tiz was the Retail Director of Clark Shoes Australia Ltd. and was its first female board director worldwide. She holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and was awarded the Helen Schutt MBA Scholarship for demonstrating academic and management excellence. Tiz is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Trust Member for the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and the Tobin Brothers Foundation, an advisor for the Melbourne Women’s Fund and the former Chair of Marketing Women Victoria.
Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. A journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. After working in the financial services sector in Sydney and London, Catherine joined the Australian Financial Review.
During a long career with the AFR she edited several sections of the publication, and wrote the Corporate Woman column and for Boss magazine before leaving to set up her own consulting business in 2012. She has published four books, including "Seven Myths about Women and Work” (and the forthcoming “Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth Publishing).
In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; and she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board. Catherine holds a BA (Communications) UTS and an MA (Hons) UNSW.
Amanda is a co-founder of Impact Generation Partners (ImpactGen), which was established in order to nurture and support enterprises that are solving significant social problems, and to move capital into those enterprises. ImpactGen is an intermediary in the impact investing space, providing corporate advisory services to for-purpose companies, not-for-profits, foundations and family offices, and investing in businesses that provide social and/or environmental returns as well as financial returns.
Amanda is a member of Scale, a female focused angel investor network that invests in early stage businesses that have gender diverse leadership. Through Impact Generation Partners, Amanda is proud to have advised and invested in Hireup and Yume, both for for-profit, for-purpose businesses founded or co-founded by women.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Monash University and started her career practicing corporate law at Allens. She then moved into the philanthropic sector where she ran a number of philanthropic family foundations and assisted families and individuals to implement strategic giving programs.
Seri brings over twenty years’ experience in senior executive and advisory roles to her leadership of the ten20 Foundation. Having worked across the corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors she has a unique perspective of how diverse sectors operate and utilises her strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial skills to build cross sector collaborations focussed on social impact. She joined ten20 as founding CEO in 2012.
Following a decade working as a management consultant with Accenture in Australia, New Zealand and Italy and Hay Management Consultants in the UK, Seri’s passion for social justice saw her applying her business and management skills to initiatives for social change. Seri was founding Director of the Melbourne office of Social Ventures Australia (SVA), providing expertise to the emerging social enterprise sector. Following this she worked with the Social Innovation Group in the Australian Government on place based, systems reform strategies.
She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Seri serves on the boards of the ten20 Foundation, the Stella Prize and the Lyceum Club.
Women Donors Network Emeritus Board Members
Eve Mahlab AO, Co-Founder and WDN Board Alumna
Eve is the Co-Founder and WDN Board Alumna of the Australian Women Donors Network. She is a former President of Philanthropy Australia, and her family is part of the Jewish Funders Network. Her past experiences include being a Solicitor (Family Law), a business owner (Mahlab Group), a public company director (Westpac) and a Non Profit board member (Walter and Eliza Hall). In 1988, she was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for services to government, business and the community, especially women. In 1997 she accepted an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University.
Carol Schwartz AM
Carol Schwartz is one of Australia’s leading business identities. She has held a formidable series of leadership roles in fields as varied as property, the arts, finance, government and health. Carol is a strong advocate for diversity in business and established the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia in 2010, a for purpose organization focused on promoting women’s leadership in Australia. Carol is also passionate about social change having founded the Trawalla Foundation with her husband Alan in 2006 - a Prescribed Private Fund that “invests” in the arts, ideas and innovation. Carol is the former Deputy Chair Australian Women Donors Network and was instrumental in helping establish the Network. As a BoardLinks champion, Carol knows the value of having the contribution of both women and men in senior leadership positions.
Wendy is Principal of Wendy Brooks Consulting Pty Ltd that provides fundraising, marketing and philanthropy services. Wendy serves on a number of boards and committees. As well as a director of Women Donors, Wendy is Co-Chair of Human Rights Watch Australia, serves on the International Human Rights Watch Disability Rights Advisory Committee, is a director of Fitted for Work and a founding member of the Melbourne Women's Fund. Wendy is passionate about social justice and human rights. Her career has spanned law, music (professional violist), marketing, business development and fundraising for the tertiary education, arts, health and social welfare sectors. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a diploma in Legal Practice.
Jane Martino is currently Head of Social Segment at ANZ following the bank's acquisition of Shout, the fundraising platform that she founded in 2013. She has built upon the success of Undertow Media, the communications agency she founded in 2002, having since gained a reputation as an entrepreneur with an ability to build dynamic organisations in both the commercial and not for profit space. A strong advocate for social change, in late 2012 she co-founded not for profit Smiling Mind, which is centred around delivering free online Mindfulness Meditation programs to young people aged 7-17. Smiling Mind now has more than 500,000 individual regular users, and the Smiling Mind education program is in more than 5,000 Australian schools and community groups. Smiling Mind also works in partnership with Inspire Foundation, Beyond Blue and Headspace. Martino is a published author with her series of six ‘Thank You’ books printed in 2004.
Kristi Mansfield is the managing director of Fifth Quadrant, a customer experience strategy, design, research and innovation management consulting firm. Formerly, she has been the Asia Pacific Director of Marketing for Nuance Communications, worked with social entrepreneurs to raise impact investment capital for start-up organisations and as a philanthropy advisor to families, individuals, corporates and giving circles to establish their grant making strategies.
Kristi was previously the Fund Director of the Sydney Women’s Fund and the Executive Director of the Sydney Community Foundation. She is also a director of the The Stella Prize and SharingStories Foundation. Through this work and her involvement in multiple community social change initiatives, more than $25million has been directed to disadvantaged communities and women and girls specifically. She has a Masters in Social Investment and is a published author on giving to women and girls and female entrepreneurship.
Mary Crooks AO
Mary has been Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust since November 1996. She has a background in tertiary teaching, public policy and the design and management of public processes that enable people to give voice and act on issues of concern within their communities. In her time at the Victorian Women’s Trust, she has designed and led several major policy and philanthropic initiatives including the development of the Trust’s anti-violence program Be the Hero! More recently, she researched and wrote A Gender Lens for Inclusive Philanthropy. In 2001, she was included in the first intake of women on to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. She has also received the Centenary Federation Medal for outstanding service to women.
Jan has been involved in managing and promoting philanthropy, and as a donor for a number of years. This followed her early community development work as the leader of a beneficiary organisation in which she gained personal insights into the value and impact that well directed donor funds can have on a local community ~ particularly through the work of women. Jan was a Trustee of Philanthropy Australia for seven years and is currently Chair of the Margaret Lawrence Bequest and a Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. She is also a director of two commercial companies.
Mary is the former president of the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA). She has an extensive career in IT and Board experience in the not-for-profit sector, academia and government agencies. She has chaired a number of Boards and Finance and Audit committees and brings the dimension of IT Governance to these roles. She is passionate about creating opportunities for women and girls particularly in developing countries.
Carolyn Munckton is Philanthropy Development Manager with Equity Trustees, where she promotes the charitable trusts managed by the company and the fantastic work of grantee organisations. She is a director of the Inner North Community Foundation and is a passionate advocate for community philanthropy. Since 2000, Carolyn has also run a successful communications consultancy and more recently enjoyed working with several philanthropic organisations to tell their story. As a Board Member of the Women Donors Network for its first three years, Carolyn worked very hard behind the scenes to support the CEO and was proud to be part of the steering committee which got the inaugural research project to map the level of
Australian philanthropic investment in woman and girls off the ground.
Janine is the founder & director of the Little Black Dress Group and Founder & co-Director of brand strategy agency “Script Marketing”. A passionate advocate for women and female leaders in the workplace, Janine believes that significant cultural and corporate change is still needed to see the advancement of women in leadership positions. Her business, the Little Black Dress Group, is building a high quality and connected global community of like-minded, results focused women who are working collaboratively, sharing knowledge and business insight to help each other, themselves and the greater community. Janine’s expertise includes strategic brand and new business development, PR, events, media planning and buying, campaign development and implementation. Janine is an active speaker, presenter and mentor. Born in the UK, she holds a Bachelor of Science with an honours degree from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. She now lives in Sydney with her husband and three young children.
The Australian Women Donors Network wishes to thank Georgina Byron for her contribution as Director of the Australian Women Donors Network Board. Georgina retired from the Board in November 2011 having provided invaluable input and support during the Board’s inaugural two year term.
The Australian Women Donors Network wishes to thank Sam Meers for her contribution as Director of the Australian Women Donors Network Board. Sam retired from the Board in November 2011 having provided invaluable input and support during the Board’s inaugural two year term.
We thank Fleur Spitzer, Toni Joel, Kathryn Fagg, Candace Ohanessian and Joanna Crawford for their contribution to the early development of the Network.
We have also benefited from the support in Melbourne of Rene Nathan and in Sydney of Dr Gene Sherman, Imelda Roche AO and Wendy McCarthy AO.
We also acknowledge the important foundational work of the inaugural CEO Julia Keady and her valuable contribution in establishing the profile of the Network within the sector.
We have a growing database of women in Sydney and Melbourne who are supportive of our objectives and goals. We welcome more interested women (and men) to join us and to get involved.
The Australian Women Donors Network is a company limited by guarantee (ABN 28 141 197 471).