The Pinnacle Board now has the great support of a volunteer Managing Committee, a bunch of people really committed to creating life-changing opportunities for LGBTIQ students.

Meet our Board of Directors

Paul ZahraPaul Zahra Chair

Paul has been a leading force in the Australian Retail Industry for over 30 years. He held senior roles at Target Australia, Officeworks Superstores and is the former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia’s premium department store, David Jones Limited.
Paul is credited for leading the digital transformation of one of the oldest department stores in the world, achieving market leading momentum, resulting in financial stability for the business during the worst retail conditions in 25 years.
He is a Global Retail Advisor, advising Boards and Companies in areas including retail (both traditional and start-ups), leadership, transformational change and diversity.
Paul is also a member of the PwC Diversity and Inclusion Board and an alumni of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Paul and his partner Duncan Peerman are Pinnacle Cornerstone members. Paul joined the Pinnacle Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2015.

seanSean Linkson Chief Executive Officer

Sean is one of the three Co-founders of Pinnacle along with Philip Comans, his partner of 20+ years, and their long-term friend Paul Clark. Inspired by the Point Foundation in the US, Sean, Philip and Paul set up Pinnacle with pro bono help from Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyers and Saatchi & Saatchi.

After three years in creation, Pinnacle was officially launched by our first Patron, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG when we issued our first two scholarships in February 2010. Sydney-based, Sean is also CEO of Pinnacle and leads a Management Committee of volunteers that runs the day-to-day activities of the foundation.

Currently he is a Managing Director at a large international Executive Search firm, Allegis Partners. Prior to joining the firm, he was Managing Director of A.T. Kearney Executive Search, spending nine years at the firm growing their Australian and New Zealand business. He commenced his search career with Australia’s largest human capital consulting company Morgan and Banks. In preceding years he worked for the Australian subsidiaries of international banks JP Morgan, Chase Manhattan and Lloyds. Prior to this, he spent nine years in project management with a leading Australian construction and engineering company.

Sean has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Commerce majoring in finance. Every day Sean sees the advantage of a good education. His passion is putting people into careers they love. Seeing people achieve their full potential is what inspires him and this was the inspiration for The Pinnacle Foundation. He wants to see every young LGBT+ person achieve their full potential and make a mark in the world.

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Pippa Downes Non-Executive Director

Pippa is a respected Executive and Non-Executive director with over 25 years of distinguished career achievements in the international business and finance sector.

Her experience includes her recent roles as a Non-Executive Director of Infotrack Group Ltd. and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. She is a Non-Executive Director of the ALE Property Group and the ASX Clearing and Settlement Companies. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner of Goldman Sachs in Australia. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Pinnacle Foundation.

Before her most recent role as Managing Director & Equity Partner at Goldman Sachs in Australia, she was Director and Head of Equity Derivatives Trading at Deutsche Bank, Sydney. Prior to this, she was Executive Director and Head of Proprietary & Derivatives Trading at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong and Sydney. She has also been a Director of UBS, Sydney and began her career at O’Connor & Associates in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women Corporate Directors. She
was a member of the Goldman Sachs Diversity Council. In 2016, she was named as one of the AFR’s 100 Women Of In uence for her work in diversity.

Pippa graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a major in Finance and Accounting. She received her Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University in 1998. She has completed the AICD Directors and Board-Ready courses. Pippa  has a passion for life
and her community. She was an dual international athlete having been a member Australian Swimming Team and represented Hong Kong at the International Rugby Sevens. She is a volunteer lifesaver for the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and enjoys an active life with her two children, Matthew and Sophie.

Geoff Selig

Geoff Selig Non-Executive Director

Geoff is the Executive Chairman of ASX listed diversified marketing and print communications business IVE Group Ltd. He is a Director of the Selig family investment company Caxton Group and also sits on the board of The National Heart Foundation of Australia (NSW), The Lysicrates Foundation and The Pinnacle Foundation.

He was the State President of the NSW Liberal Party from 2005-8 and remains actively involved in the Party today.

As both a cornerstone and board member of The Pinnacle Foundation, Geoff is highly motivated to make a meaningful contribution as part of the team to providing disenfranchised youth in the LGBTI community with tangible support and encouragement at what is most often a seminal point in their lives. Seeing young people unlock their academic potential and the opportunity this presents is genuinely uplifting and rewarding.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Economics majoring in accounting from Macquarie University. He lives in Sydney and has 3 daughters- Steph, Sarah and Amy.

Fran KellyFran Kelly Non-Executive Director

Fran Kelly – the presenter of ABC’s Radio National Breakfast program — is one of Australia’s leading political interviewers and commentators and a key contributor to the nation’s political and social debates for the past 15 years.

In that time she’s been the ABC’s Europe Correspondent based in London, the political editor for The 7.30 Report and the political correspondent for the prestigious AM program.

Radio National Breakfast is Australia’s leading national morning current affairs radio show. Its daily agenda is a mix of national and international politics, current affairs and social issues – and it draws on the world’s leading commentators, players and thinkers. Its influence makes it required listening for opinion leaders across the country.

Paula Russell GilfordPaula Russell-Gilford Non-Executive Director

Paula is a Senior Manager at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Markets Enforcement. She joined ASIC from the ASX in July 2010, with the introduction of markets competition.
Paula’s early career was as a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police in London, where she served 16 years both as a uniformed police officer and a Detective. The latter part of her service included nine years in anti-terrorism and a year in Kosovo with the United Nations.
She moved to Australia in 2002, attained a late-in-life degree (BA, major in Developmental Studies) from The University of Melbourne and then moved into professional services in 2005, specialising in AML/CTF, risk and compliance consulting and corporate investigations. Paula is a trained financial and intelligence officer.
Paula lives in Sydney with her wife Suzi and two beautiful daughters.

Michelle RogersMichelle Rogers Non-Executive Director

Michelle has over 30 years’ experience in the Human Services sector working across a broad range of Government, Not-for-Profit and Higher Education organisations focusing on disadvantaged young people both in the UK and Australia. Michelle worked for over 20 years in London boroughs specialising in child protection and mental health, including 12 years in the NGO sector structuring and leading therapeutic and advice services for young people affected by childhood trauma. Michelle was involved in strategic initiatives across East London for the Connexions Service and her diverse experience in strategic planning, project management and leadership development resulted in the development of innovative approaches to improving outcomes for disaffected and unemployed young people.
Michelle is currently Director Student Experience at Curtin University leading a portfolio of health, leadership, engagement and development services for students including services for Curtin’s LGBTIQ community. Her commitment to developing Curtin’s approach to supporting LGBTIQ people has been instrumental in the University being recognized as a top performing employer for workplace inclusion.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Diploma in Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently Senior Vice President of Pride WA and Chair of the children’s cancer charity No Matter What. She brings a personal commitment to diversity and inclusion, is passionate about social justice and views education as essential to helping young people to lead happy and meaningful lives.

tanya-matthewson-300dpi_8293Tanya Matthewson Non-Executive Director

Tanya has been advising large corporate clients in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A over the past twelve years. She specialises in customer-centric strategy and translating strategy into successful implementation and effective change. Tanya was responsible for leading the Australian integration of Strategy& (formerly Booz&Co) which was successfully achieved within six months from commencement of planning. She is currently the Chief of Staff for PwC’s Consulting Business in Australia.

Prior to consulting, Tanya held senior management roles for British Telecom in the U.K. She played a significant role in the company’s global expansion plans by setting up new subsidiary businesses and international Joint Ventures in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Tanya is passionate about values-led strategy and diversity and inclusion. She is the Victorian State Leader of GLEE (Gays, Lesbians and Everybody else), PwC’s employee-led LGBTI network. Tanya has led a myriad of initiatives in this role, including playing an instrumental role supporting the Victorian Government to commence the Pride Centre initiative in Melbourne. She is regularly asked to speak on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion, has published a report on ‘LGBTI Inclusion in the Workplace’ (May 2016) and personally delivering ‘Sticks & Stones’ LGBTI inclusive language training to over 350 people within PwC.

Tanya is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is also a Board Member for Melbourne based community radio station, JOY 94.9. Tanya joined the Pinnacle Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2016.

andrew-staiteAndrew Staite Non-Executive Director

Andrew is Chairman of executive search and outplacement firm, SHK.  Andrew founded and led SHK as its Managing Director for almost ten years.  Andrew remains actively involved at SHK and conducts searches for senior executives.

Before founding SHK in 2007 Andrew was Managing Director of Hudson, then a $440 million revenue executive recruitment, human resource consulting and outsourcing firm employing 1,400 staff.  Andrew was employed at Hudson (formerly Morgan & Banks and TMP Worldwide) for almost ten years.

Andrew has commentated widely in the areas of skills shortages, the ageing population and engaging high performers to remain with businesses.  He has managed national recruitment businesses spanning all professional disciplines and led outplacement and human resources consulting teams and assignments.

Andrew brings a strong personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.  He was a board member of Midsumma until February 2016.  He was a National Judge of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards for many years.

Andrew holds Arts and Law degrees from the University of Melbourne.  He lives with his partner in Melbourne.

Meet our Management Committee

Rebekah Gay

Rebekah Gay Company Secretary

Rebekah joined the Pinnacle Foundation in August 2015 as the Company Secretary. Rebekah is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, where her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, and she is able to her to use her science degree helping clients resolve complex patent disputes. She also holds a Masters of Law in human rights and social justice.
Rebekah brings her legal expertise, her diverse experiences as a partner in a global law firm as well as in a boutique firm, and her belief in the fundamental importance of education to the role of company secretary.
“My parents were teachers and the value of education has been instilled in me from a very young age. In my own life, I have seen the impact that education has had on my own career, and I am delighted to be able to use my legal skills to work with an organisation that has a commitment to education at its heart”.

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks Risk and Compliance Advisor

Susan is our compliance guru and has extensive experience in managing regulatory risks and consumer issues from within executive government, statutory administrative bodies (Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and Australian Securities Commission) and the financial services sector (Chief Compliance Officer, Westpac and has been the Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman). She is currently a member of the ABC’s Independent Complaints Review Panel and several Managed Investment Compliance Committees. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters of Law.
“Being a member of the Management Committee, I am able to apply the wealth of experience I gained through corporate life. It also allows me to give back to our community. Back in the Seventies, I was a beneficiary of the Labor Government’s new approach to university entrance, so I understand the benefits of education and how it can change your life. In semi-retirement I can now devote significant time to the Foundation and at the same time enjoy travel and quality time with my partner Janis.”
My role with the Foundation is best described as a ‘Jill of all trades’, since as well as chairing a small team responsible for scholarship selection, I provide governance and general policy advice and design processes for us to use. All to ensure compliance with our policies and Constitution since our reputation is very important to us. In the next couple of years I will also be implementing a program to boost the number of registered mentors.”

Joe

Joe Sbarro Chief Financial Officer

Joe joined the Pinnacle Foundation in December 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer. Currently he is the Chief Risk Officer at OFX and is based in Sydney. Prior to joining OFX,  Joe had a 10 year career at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia serving as the Head of the Risk Management Program Management Office and as the Executive Advisor to the Group Chief Risk Officer. He is also a US Certified Public Accountant.

Joe has had an international career, having held senior leadership positions in Hong Kong, London, New York, Tokyo, and for the past eleven years, Sydney. He has worked within Financial Services (Deutsche Bank) and at one of the top international Accounting Firms in Strategic Planning, Finance and Administration and Program Management.

Given his multi-cultural background and career, Joe sees the opportunity to work with the Pinnacle Foundation as a way to utilise and apply both his technical and soft skills to further enhance the Pinnacle Foundation and its scholars.

nicholas-steepe-1Nicholas Steepe Scholar Advocate

Nicholas was a Pinnacle scholar in 2015.and graduated last year with a Bachelor of Social Work from Charles Sturt University.  Nicholas currently works for headspace Dubbo, which does incredible work with the LGBTIQA+ community in Dubbo, and across Australia. Nicholas also volunteers his time for an organisation called Rainbow Alliance, which aims to reduce social isolation for the LGBTIQA community of Dubbo and the surrounding areas.

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Geoff Annabel Scholar & Mentor Manager

Geoff joined The Pinnacle Foundation in 2011 to oversee our Scholar Liaison. Geoff is the CEO of an asset management company which specialises in property and Australian equities. He is a licenced real estate agent and registered property valuer.
Geoff provides assistance to our scholars by helping them obtain educational items funded by their scholarship, liaising with other Pinnacle colleagues when the need arises and provides general administrative support.
“I applaud the aims of the Foundation and love adding my small bit assisting emerging leaders of the LGBTIQ community to shine through educational assistance.”
In addition to Pinnacle, Geoff’s background includes volunteering with a range of LGBTIQ community organisations including Queerscreen, ACON and the Metropolitan Community Church.

Man_silhouetteMartin Comans Chief Information Officer

Martin joined the Pinnacle team in 2012 after hearing about the wonderful progress of the foundation and offered some much needed technical oversight of our website and IT systems. We’re big on diversity so Martin is the first straight member of the Management Team!
An executive in the Federal Public Service Martin has a strong history with all things IT and has worked in both Australia and the developing countries of Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands delivering a range of ICT services professionally while volunteering in his spare time. Since returning to Australia Martin has established an IT consultancy www.Comans.com.au tailored specifically to not for profits and small businesses and was more than happy to become involved in supporting the foundation’s technical needs.
Martin has also had a long love affair in the community sector where he has 15 years experience in Disability support, is a regular volunteer for the Salvos and is also the CIO of Sailability ACT. “I can really see how one person can make such a difference to those who just need a little help”.
Martin is currently based in Canberra.

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Warren Perumal Chair of the Scholarships Selection Committee

Warren joined the Pinnacle Foundation in September 2016 as the Chair of the Scholarships Selection Committee. He is a long term employee of the Commonwealth Bank and currently is the Executive Manager Process Architecture.

As a founding member of the Commonwealth Bank’s LGBTI & Allies Diversity & action group ‘Unity’ in 2012, Warren led the Events, Community & Sponsorship streams. He is no stranger to the Pinnacle Foundation, as one of his first objectives in Unity was to build partnerships with key organisations within the LGBTI community – particularly with those aligned with education. This led to the landmark agreement between the Commonwealth Bank and the Pinnacle Foundation, whereby the Bank, as Principal Sponsors, provides for a number of annual scholarships with mentoring support provided by its staff.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to be part of an amazingly gifted and dedicated team that strives towards the betterment of the community as a whole, and help our LGBTI youth achieve their potential.”

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Andrew Hoppe Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew has worked in Broadcast and Digital Media Strategy for the past 25 years, and has worked with some of the biggest brands including Viacom, MTV, Sony Music Entertainment, Austereo and Microsoft. Starting in television production, programming and audience strategy, he moved overseas to live in Hong Kong and New York, and has led the creative and programming teams in the launch of MTV Networks across the Asia Pacific Region.

Back in Australia, he took his international experience and drove the international marketing of Australian Artists overseas, including the incredible success of Tina Arena’s career in France, and Silverchair’s “Neon Ballroom” release globally. He was the Managing Director of Soundbuzz, a digital music company which built and provided music download, streaming and content services for Telstra, Optus, ninemsn, Yahoo and Nokia – well ahead of its time – before the launch of Apple’s Itunes.

Returning overseas Andrew built and led Microsoft’s Online Publishing Division across the Asia Pacific Region, living in Singapore and Tokyo, and was part of the International Leadership team that managed the MSN service as well as content applications across all devices.

He now consults and mentors media and technology companies, is an active lifesaver at Bondi Beach, a member of the Lifesavers With Pride committee, and is honoured to be able to contribute his expertise to help the Pinnacle Foundation grow and positively improve the lives of young LGBTIQ in our society.

andrew-clearyAndrew Cleary  Public Affairs Officer

Andrew is a senior executive at Qantas Airways in Sydney, and has had a diverse career spanning law, media, financial markets and now aviation. Passionate about education and equal opportunity, Andrew brings media relations and issues management expertise to the Pinnacle Foundation. Before joining Qantas, Andrew was a senior reporter at the Australian Financial Review, with prior roles including at Bloomberg News and CNBC Europe.

 

 

RichardRichard Yates  Chair – South Australian Regional Committee

Richard is the Chair of the South Australian Regional Committee. Currently he is a Senior Associate at Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers – one of South Australia’s largest and leading law firms. He specialises in Criminal Law and Professional Misconduct, and divides his time between the firm’s busy practices in Adelaide and Perth. He has also been involved in committees in the Law Society of South Australia, the UniSA Business School Mentoring Program and was a board member of the Legal Practitioners Conduct Board of SA until it was replaced by the Legal Services Commissioner. Richard’s interest in promoting education as a path to success arose from being the son of two University Academics.

“My upbringing instilled a sense of purpose for promoting educational outcomes for young people generally. My interest in supporting the LGBTIQ community developed as a founding member of the “Ten Percent” LGBTIQ social group at Adelaide University. I saw first-hand that linking students into the LGBTIQ community could be really beneficial in giving them a context in society that they hadn’t appreciated before. During my time as co-convenor, I was proud to witness many students grow and become self-assured young adults; having come into the group unsure of themselves and their sexuality. Becoming involved in Pinnacle was a natural step for me and brought together my passion for education, mentoring, and promoting success within the young LGBTIQ community”.

Richard lives in suburban Adelaide with his partner of ten years Shannon, their dog Lenny and neurotic cat Shivy. He is fiercely proud of SA and can be found on many weekends scouring the Barossa Valley for the next prized vintage releases.

Mike Cain_pinnacleMike Cain  Chair – Tasmanian Regional Committee

Mike is the current and founding Chair of the Tasmanian Regional Committee. Mike works for the Tasmanian Government as the Coordinator of Ministerial Services in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He acts as an adviser to the Secretary of DHHS, while also advising both Ministers offices in Health, and Human Services. Originally from South Australia, Mike moved to Tasmania at 15, shortly before moving to Flinders Island in the Bass Strait at 17 for his first job. Mike came out on the island with a population of just 650.

Mike continues to support the local LGBTIQ community and also holds several other volunteer positions with the Alternative Law Journal, Australian Institute of International Affairs, and Equality Tasmania. Mike’s passion for supporting the LGBTIQ community first began in 2004 when he attempted to donate blood in Launceston. After being told he was not eligible to donate blood due to his sexual relationship, Mike began a campaign with the help of the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group to challenge the 20 year old rule that discriminates against gay and bisexual men.

“The challenging decision to take on a massive organisation like the Red Cross for a gay rights issue, really cemented in me desire to help others. I started out as one person tackling an impossible task, but the more I pushed on, the more support from people in the community was shown. With a team of lawyers and thousands of supporters across the world, it struck me that there is power in helping others and in leading the cause to generate that help. Working for The Pinnacle Foundation has really lit the spark within to help people.”

Mike and his partner live in Hobart, Tasmania with their terribly energetic and couch-eating beagle, Ollie, along with their increasingly irritated cat, Sting. Mike is currently undertaking his Masters in Applied Linguistics, following his passion for languages.

Ian Gould BWIan Gould Melbourne Committee Member

Ian has had a long career as an engineer/scientist in agri-food research, commercialisation, research partnerships and R&D management, with Victorian and Commonwealth research agencies.

Ian is Melbourne based and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; along with having Board experience on CRC’s and Centres of Excellence. Outside his professional roles he has an has been a volunteer and contributor in the LGBTIQ community for almost 30 years, including the Board of the Victorian Aids Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre (1986-96), Committee Member of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (2000-04), volunteer with the Reichstein Foundation’ and GALFA formation committee (2003-5) and Deputy Chair of the Victorian Governments Advisory Committee on LGBTIQ Health and Wellbeing.

Ian recently chose to retire from professional work, and sees retirement as a time he can contribute skills and time back to society. In addition to being a Melbourne Pinnacle Committee member, he is a Director of GALFA, contributes to the Port Melbourne health and wellbeing project (SHIP) and sits on various corporate governance committees.

For relaxation Ian is a keen bushwalker and trekker, in addition to his favourite S-W Tasmania, Ian has made many Nepal trips, as well as Bhutan, Peru, Switzerland, Italy, France and UK. He is a keen photographer, has an interest in classic cars and low energy housing.

Nathan LiNathan Li Alumni Liaison

Nathan began his association with the Pinnacle Foundation in 2012 being selected as a Scholar for 2012 and 2013. Unable to leave the Pinnacle family he has returned to us in 2016 as Alumni Liaison.
Nathan is currently a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, a large international commercial law firm and a sponsor of the Pinnacle Foundation. Prior to starting at Herbert Smith Freehills, he was the associate to a Federal Court judge. His legal career has taken him through areas of taxation and revenue, insolvency and other fields where private commerce and public power intersect. How his life turned out, after his university days doing LGBTIQ advocacy and event delivery (i.e. throw parties and host drag shows), seems worlds apart.
Life for Nathan is not so dire however. Yoga and pilates are quickly becoming a passion for him (exercise that requires standing up is too strenuous) and on his weekends he likes to read and/or write fiction that explores dynamics of power relations in society (if he isn’t otherwise recovering from partying). Just as the Pinnacle Foundation helped him, Nathan wants to help The Pinnacle Foundation continue to grow and deliver LGBTIQ leaders of tomorrow.

Meet our Marketing and Events Committee

KalpsKalpaka Sreenivasan Admin Manager

Kalpaka comes from a software background. She holds an MBA degree and is also a certified Prince-2 Practitioner. With her management skills and a keen interest in taking part in the community, she is passionate about making a positive difference. In her new volunteering role as an Admin Manager, she hopes to extend her support to this noble cause of providing education to underprivileged LGBTIQ youth. She is also a professionally trained Carnatic classical musician and runs online classes for young kids wanting to learn this art form. Through her music, she has been part of fundraisers such as Busk for a Cure, Indian Welfare Association and Kripasindhu Sansthan to name a few.
She lives with her husband Manibalan (who is a software developer) in the Sydney suburb of Homebush.

Grace PicGrace Roberts Graphic Designer

Grace joined The Pinnacle Foundation in March 2015 and is part of our Marketing, Events and Communications Committee assisting with Graphic Design.
Originally from the UK, Grace holds a media degree and has a wide and varied employment history for companies such as Virgin, Thiess, a leading Event Management company and most recently works at Commonwealth Bank in the Diversity and Inclusion team. She also volunteers her time to the Unity employee network (Commonwealth Bank’s LGBTI & Allies diversity group) as part of the Communications, Marketing, Social and Advertising team. She retrained in Graphic Design whilst in Sydney and now specializes in this area.
Outside of work and study, Grace now lives in Brighton, England with her fiancée Amy and enjoys yoga, boxing, long country walks, film and the occasional glass of red by the fire.

Amy LillasAmy Lillas Event Manager

Amy joined The Pinnacle Foundation in December 2015 and is one of the Event Managers. Recently Amy managed a volunteer team at the Melbourne Midsumma Carnival, activating events to raise awareness whilst connecting with the community.
Amy’s passion in events led her to complete a Master’s in Event Management at the University of Technology Sydney, December 2015. Throughout her career, Amy has developed knowledge, experience and exposure by working at The Commonwealth Bank Group as an Event and Program Coordinator and volunteering at public events.
Amy sees her role with The Pinnacle Foundation as a great opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic team of people with the shared desire – to create life-changing prospects for LGBTIQ youth and develop event management skills.

Ben NielsenBen Nielsen  Digital Producer

Having been a scholar of The Pinnacle Foundation between 2013-2015, Ben is now giving back by volunteering with us.
Ben is a Sydney-based writer and broadcaster. He is currently employed by the ABC as a digital producer.

 


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Craig Mack Senior Social Media Manager

Craig is a social media strategist, blogger, copywriter, model, student and speaker. He has passions for sharing his knowledge, helping others develop and connecting communities through social media to network, educate, share experiences and expertise, and support each other through personal and professional growth. Previously volunteering as a facilitator with ACON’s ‘Young and Gay’ and “Men’s Health Project” programs, and currently part of the social media team at thought leadership brand, TEDxSydney, Craig now brings his expertise to The Pinnacle Foundation.

Mike CollinsMike Collins Senior Marketing Manager 

Mike was drawn to the Pinnacle Foundation by the idea of overcoming disadvantage through education. He started as senior marketing manager in June 2016 and is passionate about equality, inclusion and community.
After studying business at Charles Sturt Uni and communications at UTS, Mike started his marketing career working for the Uni of New South Wales, Chevening Scholarships and now at the NSW Ministry of Health.
Mike lives in Sydney with his wife Sarah and a cat called Burrito. He dreams about spread sheets at night (don’t tell anyone), gets out of bed to build creative campaigns and is most happy surrounded by media plans and new technology.

Zack BellZack Bell Senior Marketing Strategist

Zack joins us as an experienced strategy consultant with a keen focus on digital innovation and marketing. He was a management consultant at Accenture Strategy and has since held corporate strategy roles in the fintech and gaming industries. Zack is passionate about the goals and the mission of the Pinnacle Foundation and wants to help make a difference to the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged students.
He lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and has been an Active Member of the Manly Life Saving Club since he started as a Nipper 23 years ago. In his free time he enjoys adventure travel, skiing and art.

Vivian SarjuVivian Sarju Project Marketing Manager

Vivian joins the team to manage marketing projects and continuous improvement initiatives. Her first initiative was to migrate our scholar and mentor forms to online forms, making the experience completing much easier.
Having studied at Macquarie University, Vivian then began her career at CommSec and has now worked there for nine years across various functions. She is currently working as a Process Manager leading continuous improvement through the DMAIC methodology and is Green Belt certified.
In her own time Vivian enjoys holidays with her husband.

RaoulRaoul Gaynor Event Manager

Raoul joined the Pinnacle Foundation in December 2015 and is one of the Event Managers. He was previously the Event and Sponsorship coordinator for the 2014 Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.
His favourite event to manage was the Australian Anti-Homophobia press conference, where CEO’s from NRL, AFL, Rugby Union, Football Australia and Cricket Australia committed to adopting Anti-Homophobia policies within their sporting codes.
Completing his Diploma in Event Management at the College of Event Management, Raoul has previously been employed the Commonwealth Bank and Macquarie Bank. He is now a Sponsorship and Exhibition Manager for a professional conference organisation firm.
Raoul hopes his commitment and passion for LGBTIQ community based events will ensure the Pinnacle Foundation delivers outstanding and memorable events for everyone that attends. He also loves working in the most fun team ever!