Dr Shirleene Robinson

Australian Capital Territory Committee Chair

Dr Shirleene Robinson is a historian, author and curator. She has volunteered with Australian Marriage Equality since 2012, serving as New South Wales Co-Convenor, National Spokesperson and Board Director. She is also the President of Sydney’s Pride History Group.

Shirleene has a PhD in History from the University of Queensland and is the author and co-author of many books, including Serving in Silence: Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women (2018) and (with Alex Greenwich) Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality (2018).

Shirleene has been a Rydon Fellow at King’s College in London, had taught Australian Studies in China and has been an Associate Professor at Macquarie University.

In 2017, The Conversation named Shirleene as one of Australia’s top fifty thinkers. In 2018, she was awarded the Media Award at the ACON Honour Awards for her work in the media.

ACT Committee

  • Daniel Rattigan
  • Hawari Badri
  • Thomas Wooden

Shane Lloyd

New South Wales Committee Chair

Following a successful career in the banking and retail sectors, in 2011 Shane left paid employment in order to volunteer in the not-for-profit sector.

After volunteering for the Starlight Children’s Foundation for some years, Shane took the full-time role of Merchandise Director for Australian Marriage Equality during the height of the marriage equality campaign. Through his efforts, people across Australia were able to show their support for marriage equality by wearing various merchandise items. This also resulted in the raising of much needed funds to support the campaign.

Now, along with volunteering at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Shane also holds the position of Chair of the NSW Committee for The Pinnacle Foundation.

Shane and his partner, Alan, live in Sydney and have been proud supporters of The Pinnacle Foundation for a number of years.

NSW Committee

  • Chris Pycroft
  • David Cao
  • Elaine Czulkowski
  • Janine Middleton
  • Kirk Marcolina
  • Phillip Bouffler
  • Sophie Wilde

Wayne Porritt

Queensland Committee Chair

Wayne has been an avid supporter of the LGBTIQ+ community, through mentoring and leadership advocate positions. He previously chaired Standard Chartered Bank’s Diversity & Inclusion Network and co-founded the Bank’s LGBT Affinity Network. Wayne is currently Queensland Committee Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation; an organisation which is committed to helping LGBTIQ+ young adults to reach their full potential through scholarships and mentoring across Australia.

Wayne is currently an Association Member and member of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee of Oxfam Hong Kong

Most recently, Wayne has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Noble Group Limited and is currently an advisor. He previously worked for Standard Chartered Bank holding the position of Regional Chief Risk Officer for the Greater China and North Asia region and a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the Bank’s South Korea and Taiwan subsidiaries.

Wayne has held senior risk roles within Bank of America and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, Thailand, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and South Korea. Wayne’s banking & finance career commenced in Australia where he worked for Société Générale and Ernst & Young.

Wayne is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

QLD Committee

  • Ben Bjarnesen
  • Craig Casagrande
  • Daniel Walker
  • Irene Clelland
  • Kath Shaw
  • Liz Brunetto
  • Nathan Cross
  • Shane Pitman
  • Tamma Sorbello
  • Tom Barham

Anne Nixon

South Australian Committee Chair

Anne has many years of experience managing services, projects, programs and people and in the development and implementation of health and community service delivery. She has had a diverse career, working internationally in women’s and reproductive health, Aboriginal health, and in primary health care – as a clinician, educator and researcher – bringing a social justice perspective to her work.

Anne’s current focus is on corporate governance and finance management in the not for profit sector. She finds it rewarding putting her skills to work to strengthen the systems and processes that enable not for profit organisations to achieve their aims and missions. Her current role is Director of Organisational Services at Catherine House, an Adelaide organisation that provides services to women experiencing homelessness.

Anne is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program and was a Director of the Leaders Institute of South Australia from 2013 – 2017. She began her LGBTIQ+ community volunteering in Toronto’s early 1980s, in lesbian and gay publishing and as part of the inaugural Lesbian And Gay Pride Day Committee.

SA Committee

  • Ben Nielsen
  • Jacinta Clark
  • Lachlan Cibich
  • Penny McAuley
  • Scott Cowen

Mark Sawyer

Victorian Committee Chair

Mark has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, covering retail and commercial banking, payments, financial planning, foreign exchange and risk management.

As Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation’s Victorian Committee, Mark takes a keen interest in supporting the LGBTIQ+ community. Mark was also a founding committee member of [email protected], the National Australia Bank’s network to support the bank’s LGBTIQ+ community.

In 2018 Mark was awarded the 2017 FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) Australian Young Finance Professional Award, having also been awarded category winner of the Operations Project and Leadership Young Professional of the Year. As overall winner, Mark was awarded the Hugh DT Williamson scholarship to undertake further professional studies. Mark sits on FINSIA’s Victorian Regional Council.

Mark holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and Commerce and Science degrees from the University of Auckland. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and a Diploma in Project Management. Mark is a Chartered Banker and a member of the Chartered Banker Institute. He is a Senior Associate of FINSIA and is a signatory to the Banking and Finance Oath.

Mark lives in Melbourne with his fiancé, Gavin.

VIC Committee

  • Amanda Millar
  • Charlie Grover
  • David Spree
  • Jeremy Vincent
  • Laura Cripps
  • Michelle Slattery
  • Nic Bills
  • Tilly Houghton

Annie Johnston

Western Australian Committee Chair

Annie has an extensive background in the banking and finance sector, having worked in the industry for the past 25 years. Annie has been with the Commonwealth Bank for ten years. She leads the Local Government Banking Group across Western Australia.

Annie joined Pinnacle’s Western Australian Committee in June 2017 and moved into the Chair role in 2018. Prior to her involvement with Pinnacle, Annie was the Western Australian Lead for Commonwealth Bank’s LGBTIQ+ group, Unity. Annie continues her involvement with Unity as a Local Lead.

Annie has a strong passion for the Indigenous community which was strengthened through her leadership of Commonwealth Bank’s Indigenous Banking pilot program. This pilot was successful, and the program has now become a national banking segment. Annie was also part of the Reconciliation WA Advisory Committee, as well as West Australians for Constitutional Recognition, run by Reconciliation WA.

Annie has completed studies in Social Impact. She is passionate about equality within our community and most particularly, the LGBTIQ+ community.

WA Committee

  • Choon Tan
  • Liam Elphick
  • Daniel Mitchell
  • Samantha Rystenberg
  • Paul Ward