Pro Bono Australia’s editorial advisory board is made up of key individuals working across the spectrum of the social sector who can provide our news team with expert insight and inform our news service by contributing ideas and articles.
While the role of the board is to advise and help inform the overall direction of the news service, editorial control remains with the editor.
Members are appointed for one year.
David is CEO of the Community Council for Australia. He has spent more than 20 years as CEO of significant charities including eight years in his current role, four years as CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, seven years as CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, and seven years as CEO of Odyssey House Victoria. David has also served on the inaugural advisory board of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission, the advisory board of Impact Investing Australia, and the board of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (among others).
As CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), Carolyn brings over 20 years’ experience working in social innovation and child welfare to her role. She started her career as a frontline child protection worker. After a decade working in government she realised she would struggle to drive the change needed from the inside. Since becoming CEO in 2012 Carolyn has grown TACSI to become an independent not for profit working on initiatives across Australia. Carolyn is also a non-executive director for The Social Innovation Exchange, and is on the boards of The Fay Fuller Foundation and The Difference Incubator.
Graeme is an Australian company director, lawyer and public speaker. He has been a human rights practitioner for 30 years and has participated in the development of national and international human rights instruments. Graeme was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2005 until 2014. During that time he also served as Human Rights Commissioner for 3.5 years and as Race Discrimination Commissioner for two years. In 1995, Graeme was entered into the Order of Australia as a Member. In 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra and appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney.
Clare is a researcher/academic in the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit at Victoria University where she manages a community history project, supports other researchers, and teaches a third year unit in the Aboriginal Yulendj (Knowledge) and Community minor. A non-Aboriginal woman, Clare has a long-standing commitment to supporting land justice and Indigenous-led struggles and working to undo racism. Her paid and unpaid work over the last two decades spans the community, philanthropic, academic and media sectors. She was program and operations manager at the Reichstein Foundation from 2014-2020.
Jack is a senior editor at NITV News and a columnist for The Guardian. He is a former daily editor of IndigenousX and worked for the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism between 2014-2017. He has written for numerous other outlets, including Koori Mail, the World Health Organisation, Griffith Review, Inside Story, GQ and others.
Fiona has been CEO of Creative Partnerships Australia since 2013. Before this, she was development manager at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, where she was part of the inaugural team that established the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. She holds a Master of Arts from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. Fiona also has experience in politics, working as adviser and then chief of staff to two Commonwealth government arts ministers. She has served on the board of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, is a trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation and is on a school foundation board in Melbourne.
Amanda is a co-founder of Impact Generation Partners, which advises, invests in and supports enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns. Amanda is co-chair of Philanthropy Australia and deputy chair of the Federal Government Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel. She is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Monash University and started her career practicing corporate law at Allens. She then moved into the philanthropic sector working with not for profits and in philanthropic services. Amanda was a founding member of Kids in Philanthropy, was part of the Nexus Australia Summit Committee for a number of years. She is a past chair of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program and a past staff member and board member of the Australian Women Donors Network.
Matt is a pioneering social entrepreneur, with a long-standing commitment to rural Australia. As co-founder and CEO of ACRE, Matt is driving the renewal of Australia’s rural communities so that future generations may thrive. He started his first social enterprise in 1993 at the age of 23, working with “at risk” young people in wilderness settings, this led to his Young Australian of the Year Award in 1996. In 2013 Matt undertook a Churchill Fellowship to study social enterprise for rural rejuvenation in the UK and North America. In 2018, he initiated the Social Enterprise Network for Victoria and co-produced the inaugural SEWF Rural Symposium in Scotland to coincide with the 10th world forum.
Paul is CEO of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues. Paul is also a non-executive director of the Centre for Social Impact and the Community Council of Australia. Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was a senior public servant in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, deputy CEO of World Vision and chief operating officer of Urban Seed. He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before co-founding wishlist.com.au, one of Australia’s first e-commerce companies.
Krystian is an industry fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, where he undertakes research focused on public policy, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, and teaches units in the Graduate Certificate and Master of Social Impact programs offered by the university. Prior to this, Krystian was the advocacy and insight manager at Philanthropy Australia, where he retains a strategic advisory role focused on its advocacy and thought leadership work. He was previously an adviser to a former Australian assistant treasurer, where he was responsible for the delivery of major not-for-profit sector reforms including the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
John stepped down as executive officer of the Reichstein Foundation in early 2020. Prior to that he was a senior policy adviser in the Rudd and Gillard governments. He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum for a decade. He has a long standing interest in social justice, environmental sustainability and developing a truly civil society.
Dhakshayini is the human rights director at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility. She began her career as an engineer at Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs), and has worked for United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Fiji, RMIT and was the co-founder of YLab (part of the Foundation for Young Australians). Recent tweet: “When people are woke enough to know the language to discuss race, gender, class and oppression generally but not quite woke enough to give anything up – space, power, platform, reputation, position. This is arguably the most destructive pattern of behaviour of our time.”
Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Before joining Doc Society as global director of Good Pitch, Malinda was executive director of Good Pitch Australia from 2013-2019. Malinda’s work in Australia transformed the social impact documentary landscape. Malinda raised over $14 million in philanthropic funding, developed 400+ new partnerships for the 19 films in her portfolio. Her contribution has been formally recognised in a number of awards including the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2016, and the B&T Women in Media Award for Social Impact in 2019. Malinda’s TEDx talk in 2018 examined how social impact documentary and campaigns can serve as a tool to strengthen democracy.