The Pinnacle Foundation expands national reach with record scholarship grants and new board appointments

By January 11, 2018board, News, scholars

The Pinnacle Foundation is geared for expansion in 2018 after welcoming three new directors to its Board and announcing a significant increase in the number of scholarships offered around Australia.

Pinnacle will offer educational scholarships and mentoring support to a record of 38 scholars in 2018, up from 29 recipients in 2017, as we reach even more young LGBTIQ+ Australians across the country.

To support the foundation’s expansion, Pinnacle has appointed three new Board members located in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Joining the Pinnacle team recently are Claire Spencer, Madeline Richardson and Dr Craig White, bringing a wealth of experience spanning government policy, community engagement, arts and events, mental health and wellbeing.

The Pinnacle Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides educational scholarships and mentoring support to disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ students, and is run entirely from the generosity of private and corporate donors.

Our scholars are matched with a dedicated mentor to help guide them through the challenges they face, as well as financial assistance to allow them to complete their tertiary education, ensuring they have the best chance to succeed in life.

Pinnacle Chair Paul Zahra welcomed the new directors, saying they further strengthened the Board as Pinnacle fulfils its aspiration to grow right across Australia including in regional centres.

“Everyone at Pinnacle is excited about a big year ahead, with a record number of scholarships being offered to more amazing LGBTIQ+ students, and I’m personally thrilled to welcome three diverse and talented new Board members to the team.” said Paul.

“At the same time as we grow nationally, and seek to light the spark within more LGBTIQ+ scholars, we want to ensure at the Director level we have the breadth and depth to sustainably support Pinnacle’s vision.”

Joining the Pinnacle Board are;

  • Claire Spencer: Claire has held numerous senior executive positions in the performing arts sector, and is currently the CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne overseeing five performance venues. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Opera House, Claire is a chartered accountant with diverse experience across strategic and business planning, risk management and corporate governance.
  • Madeline Richardson: Madeline is a senior executive with more than 15 years’ experience in government and regulatory agencies across the public sector. Currently Group Executive Director in the South Australian Department of State Development, Madeline brings expertise in public policy, community and industry engagement, with a track record of bringing diverse groups together.
  • Dr Craig White: Craig brings extensive senior management and governance experience from roles across the public health and not-for-profit sectors. Formerly Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health & Human Services in Tasmania, Craig brings a wealth of expertise in the area of mental health and wellbeing in addition to his involvement with numerous boards.

Paul thanked Paula Russell-Gilford, an outgoing Director, for her contribution to Pinnacle over the past year.

Separately, Pinnacle is pleased to welcome Tim Stutt as Company Secretary, replacing Aaron Hockly who leaves Pinnacle with the thanks of all the Board.