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

  • Beth Kerrison
  • Daniel Rattigan
  • Dylan Lloyd
  • Hawari Badri

Liam Buckley

New South Wales Committee Chair

Liam has recently joined at NSW Committee Chair, having previously been a Pinnacle Mentor. Liam has had a broad career across finance, risk, audit and human capital with leading organisations such as QBE Insurance Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Macquarie Group and PwC.

Liam is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Queensland University of Technology.

Liam has worked actively to establish LGBTQ+ employee networks at both QBE Insurance Group and CommBank and has been recognised one of the Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders in Deloitte’s inaugural list in 2016. Previously, he was the Chair of the Governance Risk and Audit Committee for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited, and served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Community Publishing Limited, the publisher of the Star Observer (a leading LGBTQ+ news organisation).

NSW Committee

  • Chris Pycroft
  • David Cao
  • Elaine Czulkowski
  • 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
  • Irene Clelland
  • Kath Shaw
  • Lisa Baptista
  • Liz Brunetto
  • Nathan Cross
  • Nathan Watts
  • 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
  • Jan Thompson
  • Lachlan Cibich
  • Scott Cowen

Ginna Webster

Tasmanian Committee Chair

Ginna is a long-term and passionate public servant having worked in both the Commonwealth and Tasmanian State Service all of her career. Ginna is currently the Secretary of the Department of Justice in Tasmania, having returned to the Agency after establishing the new Department of Communities in 2018.

Her diverse career includes roles within the Australian Customs Service (now Border Force) in Tasmania, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the ACT.  Returning home to Tasmania saw a move to the state public service where Ginna has worked in justice, child and youth services and community services.

Ginna is passionate about leadership and educating leaders, particularly in the public sector. She is an Executive Fellow of the Australian New Zealand School of Government; graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and Alumni of the ‘Cranlana’ Colloquium.

Ginna is the Chair of Jane Franklin Hall Council, the Tasmanian representative for the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Alumni Council and Chair of the Tasmanian Leaders Foundation.

TAS Committee

    • Katherine Clarke
    • Rob Williams

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

  • Caitlyn Georgeson
  • David Spree
  • Jeremy Vincent
  • Laura Cripps
  • Michelle Slattery
  • Nic Bills

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

  • Brodie Coulson
  • Daniel Mitchell
  • Paul Ward