Andrew Staite Chief Executive Officer

Andrew is the CEO of The Pinnacle Foundation and non-executive chair of executive 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 executive 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.  Andrew resigned from this role to establish Staite Henningsen Klein (now SHK) in 2007.

Andrew was managing director of SHK for almost nine years, recognised as a leading provider of executive search and executive outplacement services.

Andrew was a non-executive director of Victoria’s Midsumma Festival from 2013 until 2016. He secured substantial corporate support (sponsorship) for Midsumma to reinforce its financial sustainability and facilitate an expansion of its program. Andrew was also involved for many years in the judging of the National Business Women’s Awards and Business Awards programs.

Andrew lives with his partner, Mark, in Melbourne.

Dr. Jim Sait Mentor Manager

Dr Jim Sait worked in the higher education sector for 35 years. He has taught at universities in the UK, Canada and Australia before crossing to the ‘dark side’ in university administration at the University of Sydney where he ran the International Office.  In 2005 he moved into Executive Search where he used his HR skills and experience assisting Australian and New Zealand universities and health care providers to recruit the best professionals from all over the world.

Jim is passionate about the transformative power of education to improve both individual lives and the life and culture of the nation.  He has been an active member of the LGBTIQ+ community since the early 70’s, and in the early 80’s set up an AIDS patients’ assistance program in regional NSW.  A member of the Pinnacle Foundation family since 2011, he sees his current role as Mentor Manager as a logical extension of a lifetime of networking.

Jim has a PhD from UCL; and an MA and a BA (Hons) from UBC.  He also has a DipEd from UNE.

Sam Jacob Chair of the Scholarships Selection Committee

Sam Jacob brings more than 25 years’ experience in higher education in the UK and Australia, including senior roles at Laureate International Universities, Deakin University, Monash University, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide. Sam’s current role is the Director of Student Operations and Administration at Charles Darwin University, leading staff across 12 campus and study locations to ensure the outstanding customer experiences.

She is a specialist in student and academic administration and student and staff services, with particular strengths in conceptualising the future needs of organisations, driving change, implementing innovative and responsive strategies, improving quality and managing information and technology. At Laureate, she focused on improving the employment outcomes for students, and launched a major Success Coaching initiative for all students, in partnership with Gallup. At CDU Sam has joined a young, innovative University focused on making a difference to the remarkable top end of Australia and its south east Asian and Pacific neighbours.

Sam holds postgraduate qualifications in management, mediation and arbitration and is (slowly) working towards a Doctor of Business Administration. She was chair of the national symposium on Safer Campus Communities, inaugural convener of the ANZ Student Service Centre Conference, and has presented papers at major national and international conferences.

She has served on a number of community Boards, including as Deputy Chair of Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival and Chair of Adelaide’s Feast Festival, as well as currently volunteering with the Pinnacle Foundation.

Sam is a Fellow of the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEMF), and currently mentors other sector professionals in the LH Martin Institute’s Emerging Leaders and Managers program.

Andrew Housden Chief Financial Officer

Andrew joined the Pinnacle Foundation in March 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer. Andrew works for the Commonwealth Bank, leading a finance team supporting CBA’s Wealth Management division, and has previously held finance and audit roles at Deutsche Bank and Deloitte. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA (AGSM), a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Européennes de Management (NEOMA Business School, France) and a B.Bus (UTS).

Andrew co-founded Deutsche Bank’s Australian LGBTIQ+ employee network, dbPride in 2012 and co-chaired the group from 2013-2015. During this time Andrew worked closely with The Pinnacle Foundation raising funds and corporate support. Andrew was also one of the founders of the LGBTIQ+ Interbank Network Sydney in 2013 which brought together the LGBTIQ+ network groups of several large international and domestic banks and financial institutions.

“Learning and helping others to achieve their full potential are core to my values which is why I believe so strongly in The Pinnacle Foundation’s work.”

David Henderson Chief Marketing Officer

With over 20 years’ experience in global and national positions, David is a strategist with extensive experience across Corporate Communications, Marketing, Brand, transformation, internal communications and change management.

David has had the pleasure and privilege to work with some of the world’s most recognised brands including BP, BHP Billiton, Lion Nathan, Amcor, Orora, Vicinity Centres, Fuji Xerox, Farstad Shipping, RMIT, Ventia and Opteon Property Group, and has also consulted for the Victorian State Government

Positioned in London for over eight years, David has worked across Europe, USA and Asia, and now resides in his hometown of Melbourne.

“I believe the only thing more exciting than being a part of a market revolution is partnering with people who genuinely want to lead it!”

Nicholas Steepe Scholar Advocate

Nicholas, 23, has grown up in regional Australia and currently lives in Bathurst. After coming to terms with his sexuality at a young age, Nic faced the difficulty of family, peer and societal rejection which took a significant toll on his mental health. Whilst studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo, Nic secured a job with headspace Dubbo, and contributed significantly to the conversation around youth mental health, marriage equality, and inclusion for LGBTIQ+A+ individuals within the Central West. Nic was also the first in his immediate family to graduate University.

Nic is one of the key individuals responsible for the Central West Pride March, and is heavily involved in the Central West Rainbow Alliance, promoting inclusion and support for regional LGBTIQ+A+ individuals. After receiving a scholarship from the Pinnacle Foundation in 2015, Nic wanted to give back and agreed to take on the position of Scholar Advocate within the Pinnacle team during 2016.

After completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management, Nic began working as a Project Manager, Equality & Diversity for Charles Sturt University at the start of 2018. In addition, Nic is currently enrolled in his Masters of Social Work (Advanced Practice, Research/Dissertation strand) which he is aiming to complete in 2019.

Timothy Stutt Company Secretary

Tim is a senior associate in Herbert Smith Freehills’ head office advisory team (HOAT), where he advises publicly listed companies on corporations law, governance, executive remuneration and shareholder engagement/activism matters.

Tim holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne. Tim has previously worked as a financial analyst at an investment manager based in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in 2010, was one of two Australians to receive a Young Leaders’ Program scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. Tim is based in Sydney and lives on the lower north shore with his husband, Scott, and their poorly behaved frenchie.

Carol Burger Administration Manager

Carol lives in rural South West Victoria on a farm with her husband, 3 young children and puppy Snoopy
Carol has about 20 years of administration experience with her employers being CFA, RMIT and Local Learning Employment Network.
She currently works with her father & mother in a small family business as well as volunteering her time between her children’s school, Australian Marriage Equality and the Pinnacle Foundation.

Irene Addison Project Manager