Meet our Board and CEO

Julie Reilly, Chief Executive Officer

Julie Reilly took up the role of CEO in January 2012. Julie is passionate about sharing the benefits of investing in women and girls through philanthropy and social investment, and was recognised for her impact in this work in Pro Bono’s inaugural IMPACT 25 Awards. Prior to leading the Australian Women Donors Network, Julie’s diverse experience spanned government, corporate, NFP, university and media roles. She has co-ordinated international OECD conferences, won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne University and last year was named in the Herald Sun’s 50 Women in Victoria You Should Know.

Julie has studied Philanthropy and Social Investment and has served on NFP and philanthropic boards. She currently holds Board roles with the Perpetual Foundation, Canadian based G(irls)20, and MECCA’s M-Power Program. In 2017 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study global strategies for increasing giving to women and girls and will travel to the U.S, U.K and Europe in the latter half of 2018 for this research. With her husband, Lindsay Field, she co-produces Myer’s annual Spirit of Christmas CD which has raised over 8.5m for charity to date. She is most proud of co-producing two intelligent, independent, capable, compassionate daughters.

Sam Mostyn, Chair

Sam Mostyn is a non-executive Director and Sustainability adviser, with a long history of governance roles across business, sport, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.

Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and she is the Chair of Citi Australia. She joined the Board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League. In 2005 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Commission where she was an advocate for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL. She was an advocate for the creation of the AFL Women’s league and was the 2018 AFLW Cup Ambassador. In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia.

Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources, culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.

Sam has served on the boards of Virgin Australia, Reconciliation Australia, the Australian Museum, the Sydney Theatre Company, Carriageworks and between 2013-2017 was President of the Australian Council for International Development. She was an inaugural commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and was Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. She Chairs: the board of the GO Foundation, founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to provide education scholarships to indigenous students; the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians; and ANROWS, the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

Sam has served on the Global Business & Sustainable Development Commission and also serves on the board of the Centre for Policy Development.

Sam has held a long interest in climate change, serving on the boards of Climateworks Australia and The Climate Council. She was also a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women and serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program.

Jill Reichstein OAM, Co-founder and Deputy Chair

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, the Australian Women Donors Network and the Mietta Foundation.

Steven Rothfield

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 Communities Foundation, Kaiela Institute Ltd, Barpirdhila 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.

Tiziana Pittui

Tiz is an experienced General Manager and Director with a demonstrable track record of elevating Customer Experience, Insights & Analytics functions to valued hubs that drive operational excellence and inform decision making. Throughout her career she has worked in strategic sales & marketing positions and delivered complex projects across several industries. She is currently a senior Director at La Trobe University in the Marketing & Recruitment Unit handling the recruitment of all domestic students and the strategic execution of the student experience program which measures both service and educational experience of all current La Trobe students.

Tiz was previously the Head of Insights and Information at Murray Goulburn Dairy and Head of Consumer Insights for the Coles Supermarket & Liquor Group. Tiz 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. Most recently she has graduated from the Stanford University Design Thinking Bootcamp in San Francisco.

Tiz is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a former Trust Member for the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and the Tobin Brothers Foundation, a founding member of the Melbourne Women’s Fund and the former Chair of Marketing Women Victoria.

Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and presenter to audiences around Australia. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media.

Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Kirstin Ferguson) was launched in 2018 and examines how female solidarity and support is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she was a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, sits on the Australian Women Donors Network board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

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.

Amanda Miller

Amanda is a co-founder of Impact Generation Partners, which advises, invests in and supports enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns. Amanda is passionate about and committed to building the impact investing ecosystem alongside the philanthropic sector in Australia. She strongly believes in supporting and investing in women and girls. Through Impact Generation Partners, Amanda is proud to have advised and invested in a number of 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 working with not-for-profit organisations and in philanthropic services at the Myer Family Company (MFCo), assisting families and individuals to implement strategic giving programs, and to engage the next generation in giving.

Amanda is a member of the Council of Philanthropy Australia. She Chairs the Board of Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit that engages children and their families in hands-on volunteering opportunities and aims to develop empathy and a social conscience in children. She has been part of the Nexus Australia Summit Organising Committee since its inception 2013. Amanda is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).

Seri Renkin

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.

Deanne Weir

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 former Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network and is a member of the boards of the Sydney Film Festival and Playwriting Australia

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 leading voice 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 Brooks

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

Jane Martino is renowned for developing thriving businesses, having founded and built one of Melbourne’s best known communications agencies, Undertow Media. She has since gained a reputation as an entrepreneur with an ability to build dynamic organisations in both the commercial and not for profit space. Most recently she founded the fundraising platform ‘Shout for Good’ that was acquired by ANZ Bank in 2015. In late 2012, she co-founded the 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

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 Cochrane-Harry

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 Hawkins

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

Carolyn Munckton has worked in Australia's philanthropic sector for over a decade. Currently, she is part of The Funding Network's Victorian team, which works to build the capacity of grassroots non-profits through dynamic and highly successful live crowdfunding events and pitch coaching.

For six years, she was a director of the Inner North Community Foundation and is a passionate advocate for community philanthropy.

Her roles have also included General Manager of the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust and Philanthropy Development Manager with Equity Trustees, where she managed the community grants for the Alfred Felton Bequest and the RM Ansett Trust.

As an inaugural Board Member of the Women Donors Network, Carolyn worked hard behind the scenes to support the CEO in its early days.

Janine Garner

Janine is the founder & director of the Little Black Dress Group and Founder & co-Director of brand strategy agency “Script Marketing”. A passionate supporter of 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.

Georgina Byron

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.

Sam Meers

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).

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