Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors; Member People, Remuneration & Nominations Committee
Paul Zahra was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of The Pinnacle Foundation in February 2016 after serving on the Board since June 2015.
Paul is a non-executive director, board and company advisor and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian retail industry for over 35 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ASX-listed David Jones Limited, as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.
A powerful champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Paul has led numerous high profile LGBTIQ+ campaigns and initiatives.
Paul is currently Chair of PwC’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board, providing advice and leadership on the Firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. He is Founding Chair of the FutureYou Executive program that develops future talent and c-suite leaders, and Chair of the Australian Institute of Music, the country’s largest higher education music provider. Paul is also a non-executive director of several private companies.
Paul is an Alumni of Stanford University, USA and lives with his husband, Duncan and dog, Oliver in Sydney.
Non-Executive Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors; Member Audit & Risk Committee
Elizabeth Jameson lives and breathes governance.
In 2002, from a background as a corporate/commercial lawyer, and partner of national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright), Elizabeth founded leading Australian governance consultancy Board Matters and its associated governance legal practice, Board Matters Legal. Today she is the Executive Chair of Board Matters and is a nationally respected authority on governance.
Elizabeth also maintains an active portfolio of directorships. This includes RACQ (and RACQ Insurance and RACQ Bank) of which she is Deputy President. She is passionate about the importance of arts, education and philanthropy to a compassionate, inclusive and robust society that values diversity and has held multiple board roles in these fields for over a quarter of a century. Apart from The Pinnacle Foundation, this includes John Villiers Trust, Australian Major Performing Arts Group and Queensland Theatre (of which she is chair). Her past directorships have also included the boards of over 20 organisations, for-profit and not-for-profit.
Elizabeth is based in Brisbane where she lives with her wife, Abbe. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew is Managing Director and CEO of The Pinnacle Foundation. He is also Non-Executive Chair of search and outplacement firm, SHK.
After completing Law and Arts degrees at The University of Melbourne, and being admitted to practice, Andrew joined Melbourne Theatre Company, and subsequently, the Victoria State Opera and Australian Opera companies (now Opera Australia), where he worked in a range of sales and marketing roles.
In 1997 Andrew joined recruitment and human resources consulting firm, Morgan & Banks. Andrew was promoted through a series of leadership roles with the publicly-listed business (through various ownership and name changes) to ultimately lead the company across Australia and New Zealand.
In 2007 Andrew founded Staite Henningsen Klein (now SHK). He was the firm’s managing director for almost nine years. SHK is now a recognised leader in search and outplacement services.
Andrew was a non-executive director of Victoria’s Midsumma Festival from 2013 until 2016. He joined the Board of The Pinnacle Foundation in 2016, chairing the People, Remuneration & Nominations Committee until 2019 when he was appointed as the Foundation’s CEO and Managing Director.
Andrew lives with his husband, Mark, in Melbourne.
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 is co-chair of LGBTIQ+ Taskforce set up by the Victorian Government. Brenda is also a member of the Victorian Elder Abuse Roundtable and was a member of the last Victorian Mental Health Expert Taskforce.
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 look forward to being involved in this important work.”
Non-Executive Director; Chair Fundraising 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.
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.
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.
Non-Executive Director; Member Investment Committee
Cassandra Goldie is CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service, the national peak body for the community sector, and an advocate for tackling poverty and inequality. She has deep public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights and is a regular media and public commentator and conference presenter.
Prior to joining ACOSS, Cassandra held senior roles in both the not-for-profit and public sectors at local, national and international level, including with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Darwin Community Legal Service, Legal Aid Western Australia, and the global Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions.
Cassandra is Adjunct Professor with the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. She has a PhD from University of New South Wales and a Master of Law from University College London. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cassandra is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, the UNSW Law Advisory Committee, the Australian Climate Roundtable, and the Management Committee of the International Council of Social Welfare.
Non-Executive Director; Strategy Lead
Tanya Matthewson is the Chief Operating Officer of Sympli, a digital start up delivering a new national e-Settlement platform. Sympli is the result of a collaboration between InfoTrack and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and has ambitious plans to revolutionise electronic property settlement in Australia.
Prior to joining Sympli, Tanya advised large corporate clients in Australia, Europe and the USA for over a decade as a strategy consultant at PwC. Prior to consulting, Tanya held senior management roles for British Telecom in the UK.
Tanya is passionate about values-led strategy and has become an influential diversity advocate having led high profile LGBTIQ+ campaigns and initiatives, including playing an instrumental role supporting the feasibility/business case to create a Victorian Pride Centre. She is regularly asked to speak on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion and has published research, including annual reports on ‘ LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace’ (2016 and 2017) and a report entitled ‘Where are all the Women’ which investigates the low visibility and engagement of same-sex attracted women in the workplace (August 2018).
Tanya has been a Non-executive Director of The Pinnacle Foundation since 2016 and previously held the role of Board Member and Vice President for Melbourne-based community radio station, JOY.
Non-Executive Director; Member People, Remuneration & Nominations Committee
Madeline is a senior executive in the South Australian public service. She holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Laws and is a leader in policy design, engagement and delivery.
Madeline is the Executive Director, Skills and Workforce Capability within the Department for Innovation and Skills where she is focussed on skilling South Australians to succeed. This includes increased participation through apprentice and trainee pathways, focus on a responsive training system and strengthening industry’s voice in skills and workforce development.
Prior to this role, Madeline led the Delivery and Engagement Division in the Department of State Development supporting industry and business growth and major economic projects.
In her role as Chief Executive of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency, Madeline and her team delivered the largest engagement program in South Australia’s history involving over 50,000 people. The Aboriginal engagement program was awarded the 2017 Project of the Year by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).
Madeline has also held a wide range of senior leadership positions across the public sector, with experience in portfolios such as health, industrial relations and within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
When not at work, Madeline loves to tackle the hills of Adelaide on her road bike and spend time with her partner and their dogs.
Dr Craig White
Non-Executive Director; Member People, Remuneration & Nominations Committee
Craig personally experienced the uplifting experience of education. As a teenager, growing up in a small country town, he was sure ‘there must be more to the world’. A scholarship was the beginning of the journey leading, many years later, to his involvement with The Pinnacle Foundation.
Going on to gain qualifications in medicine from The University of Melbourne and business management, specialising in leadership and organisational dynamics, from Swinburne University, Craig has had 30 years in senior roles in public hospital and health system leadership and management. He also participates on the Boards of Family Planning Tasmania and OAK Possibility, Tasmania’s largest disability services provider.
Past roles have included Council membership of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), membership of the inaugural Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on LGBTIQ+ Health and leading the development of Australia’s first policy and decision-making framework for bloodspot screening of newborns.
The rest of time you will find Craig enjoying travel as well as life in Tasmania with his partner and various dogs, chooks, ducks, geese and miniature goats.