The Pinnacle Foundation has recently refreshed our Board, resulting in an incredibly diverse, dedicated and experienced Board of Directors:

Meet our Board of Directors

Paul ZahraPaul Zahra Chair

Paul Zahra is a board and company advisor and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian Retail Industry for over 30 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.

In 2016, Paul was appointed Global Retail Advisor with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) where he is focused on helping Australian brands achieve omni-channel transformation and global expansion as well as assisting international retail brands entering the Australian marketplace.

Paul is also the Chair of PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, providing leadership on the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. A powerful champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Paul has also led numerous high profile LGBT+ campaigns and initiatives.

Paul was appointed Non-Executive Director of The Pinnacle Foundation in June, 2015 and then shortly after was appointed as Chair.

Paul and his partner, Duncan Peerman have been Cornerstone Members of The Pinnacle Foundation since 2014.

Paul is an alumni of Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

seanSean Linkson Non-Executive Director

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.


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.

Claire Spencer Non-Executive Director

Claire was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne in November 2014. Since that time she has steered the organisation through a major restructure to ensure their role as a leader in Melbourne’s cultural precinct and a major contributor to Victoria’s creative economy.

Claire is a Member of Chief Executive Women – the pre-eminent organisation representing Australia’s most senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors – and is on the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia, the national peak body formed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Australian live performance industry.

Claire has worked in the not for profit sector for 14 years and has a particular passion for inclusion and the democratising of creative experience, regardless of background, geography or financial means.  The transformative power of education is something that is of ongoing interest and the opportunity to open these opportunities up to young people in the LGBT+ community is what attracted Claire to the Pinnacle Foundation.

Claire lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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 LGBT+ community. Her commitment to developing Curtin’s approach to supporting LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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 ‘LGBT+ Inclusion in the Workplace’ (May 2016) and personally delivering ‘Sticks & Stones’ LGBT+ 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.

The Pinnacle Board is supported by a dedicated volunteer Managing Committee, a bunch of people really committed to creating life-changing opportunities for LGBT+ students.

Meet our Management Committee

29679-MLS-Janine MiddletonJanine Middleton Chief Executive Officer

Janine has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, working in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Janine spent 13 years with J.P. Morgan in London, the last five as Managing Director in the Investment Bank.

On returning to Australia, Janine moved to Private Equity and was a founding partner of a mid market private equity firm, Tasman Capital Partners, she is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Since returning to Australia in 2012, Janine has become heavily involved in the not-for-profit sector. Janine joined Australian Marriage Equality in 2014 and was appointed Co-Chair in January 2015, a position she still holds. She was named as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence in 2016.

A sound education and a good mentor are fundamental to helping young people achieve their full potential and I feel privileged to be part of the team at The Pinnacle Foundation and their work with LGBT+ youth.

Aaron Hockley Company Secretary

Aaron joined The Pinnacle Foundation in February 2017 as the Company Secretary. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at a large ASX listed property group, where he is also the Company Secretary.

Aaron has a Masters of Applied Finance, is a fellow of the Governance Institute Australia, a senior associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Among other community contributions, Aaron served as a director and Chair of the Midsumma Festival from 2008 to 2016. Aaron lives in Melbourne with his partner and young son.

“Having had the privilege of receiving  (non-Pinnacle) scholarships for all of my secondary school education and part of my university education, I understand first-hand the opportunities educational scholarships bring. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be involved with The Pinnacle Foundation and to be able to make a contribution to people who are evidently very deserving of the Foundation’s efforts.”

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 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.


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 LGBT+ community to shine through educational assistance.”

In addition to Pinnacle, Geoff’s background includes volunteering with a range of LGBT+ 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 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.


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 LGBT+ & 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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ youth achieve their potential.”


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 Microsoft 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 LGBT+ 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.


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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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.

 nathantaylor1Nathan Taylor Chair – Victorian Regional Committee

Nathan Taylor is a Research Fellow and late stage PhD student at the University of Melbourne. He is also an economic researcher and advisor based in Melbourne, working in the areas of digital disruption, water policy, and industry policy development.

Nathan has held numerous public policy roles, for the RBA, CCIWA, WALGA and most recently at CEDA. As Chief Economist for CEDA, Nathan was responsible for producing research agenda through over twenty research and policy reports, including Australia’s water resources, Australia’s future workforce?, and Australia’s economic future.

Having grown up in a religious family, Nathan appreciates the importance of having support and positive role models for young members of the LGBT+ community. He has been involved with Pinnacle for over give years and is excited about being involved in growing the organisations presence in Victoria.

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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ leaders of tomorrow.

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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ community of Dubbo and the surrounding areas.

Tracey Hamilton1Tracey Hamilton  Fundraising Manager

Tracey is a Senior Marketing Executive with over 25 years in Consumer, Retail and Telecommunications industries.

Her recent experience includes Head of Marketing and eCommerce for MyHouse homewares business and senior Marketing and Business Development Roles in George Weston Foods. She previously held senior roles in Telstra, managing Marketing for Telstra Retail Shop Channels and the launch of Telstra Business Centres.

Tracey was a Board member of The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation for 8 years including time as Vice President and Heading up the Fundraising Committee. In her time, she managed the Fundraising direction from being heavily dependent on Events to building the Regular Giving Program and Direct Mail Strategy.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology (UTS) and EMBA from Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).


Kalpaka Sreenivasan Aministation 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 volunteering role as an Admin Manager, she hopes to extend her support to this noble cause of providing education to underprivileged LGBT+ 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.

Our Marketing and Events Committee are a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers, giving their time and talents to Letting the Pinnacle Light Shine

Meet our Marketing and Events Committee

Ben NielsenBen Nielsen  Content and Social 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 Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster. He is currently employed by the ABC as a digital producer.


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Craig Mack Senior Social Media and Content 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.

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 LGBT+ 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!

gavGavin Jarrett Digital Marketing Producer

Gavin is a  Logie and ASTRA award nominated producer with an expertise in developing, producing and directing for Digital Media, TV, and Branded Entertainment for over fifteen years, and has a sharp eye for trends, data interpretation and analysis in developing creative that appeals to target audiences.

Currently at Freemantle Media Australia, developing, writing, pitching and pre-production of digital branded entertainment formats that are optimised for social and mobile, encompassing scripted and unscripted content with a view to live primarily on Facebook and Instagram.