Brenda Appleton OAM
Non-Executive Director; Chair Audit & Risk Committee
Brenda retired in 2009 after 35 years working in the corporate sector and is now heavily involved volunteering with a wide range of community groups, including the LGBTIQ+ communities in Melbourne (for nearly 20 years).
She is the Chair of Transgender Victoria and has recently stepped down after two terms as the Co-Chair of the LGBTIQ Taskforce set up by the Victorian Government. Brenda is a member of the Victoria Mental Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Victorian LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group, the NWMPHN Suicide Prevention Taskforce and the Victorian Elder Abuse Roundtable.
Brenda is passionate about using her lived experience to improve the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people across Victoria. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017 and received a COTA Senior Achiever Award as part of the 2018 Victoria Seniors of the Year Awards.
Brenda was a graduate of the company directors’ course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2018.
Brenda was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in January 2019. “The opportunities provided by The Pinnacle Foundation can be significant for the future success of many young disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ people, and I welcome being involved in this important work.”
Audit & Risk Committee Members
Non-Executive Director; Chair Partnerships Committee
James Collins is Chief of Staff for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Australia. After completing his university studies in Business Management and Communications, he started work at the Australian Stock Exchange in 1993 leading the Marketing function during a period of unprecedented public floats including Telstra, Qantas, AMP and Commonwealth Bank.
He spent five years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and held the role of Executive Director in its Australian Asset management business.
James joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2005 and has held leadership roles locally and regionally before taking on his current role in 2012. He has been instrumental in PwC’s focus on LGBTIQ+ inclusion. He was named Pride in Diversity’s Executive Leader of the year in 2017 for his work on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in corporate Australia.
James lives in Sydney with his husband, Tony.
Partnerships Committee Members
Non-Executive Director; Chair Investment Committee
Greg is a director of The Pinnacle Foundation and chairs United Synergies Limited – a Sunshine Coast based charity focused on Mental Health, Child Safety, Homelessness and Suicide Prevention.
Following a corporate career in finance, strategy and general management in Australia and New Zealand, Greg has worked with a range of organisations in the fields of sustainability, economic development and the support of vulnerable members of the community.
“The decision to join The Pinnacle Foundation was an easy one, driven by the focus, dedication, and passion of the team and the truly inspirational stories that scholars tell of their experience with the Foundation. I am really looking forward to contributing to its future success.”
Greg is a keen traveller and splits his time between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
Investment Committee Members
Sarah Percy Dove
Claire Spencer AM
Non-Executive Director; Chair People, Remuneration & Nominations Committee
Claire is CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne and since her appointment in November 2014 has steered the organisation through a major restructure to ensure its role as a leader in Melbourne’s cultural precinct. Key projects included: the launch of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), Australian Music Vault, and the establishment of the Arts Wellbeing Collective, which promotes strong individual wellbeing for those in the sector.
Claire is leading a major redevelopment of Arts Centre Melbourne, including refurbishment of the Theatres Building and the addition of a new campus, an expanded Australian Music Vault, and a major new gallery celebrating Australia’s performing arts history. The project is the centrepiece of a $1 billion transformation of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.
Claire is also a Member of Chief Executive Women –representing senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors.
Claire has worked in the not for profit sector for 14 years and has a 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 chance to open these opportunities up to young people in the LGBTIQ+ community is what attracted Claire to The Pinnacle Foundation.
Claire lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.
Remuneration & Nominations Committee Members
Dr Craig White