About Us The Council
A small group of respected and influential Australians, the Council brings wisdom and experience, advocates on behalf of families living in poverty and encourages others to get involved.
A small group of respected and influential Australians, the Opportunity International Australia Council brings wisdom and experience, advocates on behalf of families living in poverty and encourages others to get involved. In doing so, Council members enable more Australians to give a hand up to families in need.
Known as leaders in business or public service, the Council is purely an advisory group – ultimate responsibility for the operations and obligations of the organisation sits with our Board of Directors. Members are invited to join the Council by the Board.
Edward (Ted) Kerr (Chair)
Chair of Opportunity International Australia, former CEO of Australian Charities Fund and former Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
Hon John Anderson AO
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party of Australia 1999-2005, Member for Gwydir NSW 1989-2005 and now farmer and grazier in north-western NSW.
Member of the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership and director of a number of Philanthropic organisations, former Head of Philanthropic Services at Shadforth Financial Group and past director of the Financial Planning Association.
Director of BHP Billiton, Chairman of Asciano, Director of Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research and Chair of Kilfinan Australia. Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orica, former Director of Coates Hire Group.
Executive Chairman of the Intercontinental Shipping and Investment Group, Chairman of Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd and former Director of Opportunity.
Annie Crawford AM
Founder and Chair of Can Too, on the Board of Cure Cancer and the 10 Thousand Girl Campaign, Opportunity International Ambassador.
Founder and Executive Chairman of Silver Chef Ltd, Founder and Director of English Family Foundation. Philanthropy Leader of the Year in 2014 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern Region) in 2006. Member of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies Advisory Board.
Carolyn Hewson AO
Director of BHP Billiton, Director Stockland Group, past Chairman and current Director Westpac Foundation, previously a Director of Westpac Banking Corporation, the Australian Gas Light Company, AGL Energy Limited, AMP, CSR Limited and BT Investment Management.
Greg Hutchinson AM
Senior Advisor and former Partner and Director of Bain & Company. Founding Chief Executive Officer and current Deputy Chairman of The Australian Charities Fund. Director of GoodStart Early Learning.
Current Director of Cricket Australia Board. Former Australian cricketer and President of Australian Cricketer’s Association. Ambassador for Brisbane and Founder and Director of Venture India, a specialist consulting firm in Indian business relations.
Hon Kristina Keneally
Former Premier of NSW 2009-2011 and former Member for Heffron NSW. Presenter for Sky News Australia, Patron of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia and Director of Souths Cares.
Paul McClintock AO
Chairman of Myer Holdings Ltd, I-MED Australia and NSW Ports, and Director of St Vincent’s Health Australia. Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit in the Australian Government 2000-2003.
President of Richmond Football Club, consultant lawyer to Lander & Rogers, Director of a number of superannuation and financial services companies, former partner of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Former Chairman of Opportunity, Board Member of Alpha International and Alpha USA. Member of Alpha’s Global Executive Group.
Founder and Director of Grace Mutual and Propeller Projects, Director of Bupa Australia, Director of Good360, Chairman of The Funding Network, and Former Chairman of Opportunity.
Barrister in Perth.
Former Chairman of Opportunity and Opportunity International Network, current Chairman of Converge International incorporating ResolutionsRTK, Intelledox and Seeing Machines Ltd and Director of Redflex Holdings Ltd and Australian Home Care Services; formerly a Director of Opportunity US, Optus and Multiple Sclerosis Ltd.
We are grateful to all of these inspiring people for their valued partnership.