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.
Joanna White (Chair)
Chair of Opportunity International Australia, CEO of Axsesstoday, and former Managing Director Business Lending at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Meet our Board of Directors.
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.
Malcolm Broomhead AO
Director of BHP Group Limited & Plc, Chairman of Orica Limited, Director of Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. Former Chairman of Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative and Asciano Limited, Former Managing Director and CEO of Orica and North Limited, 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
Business and Leadership Coach, Founder Can Too Foundation, Opportunity International Ambassador. Previously Chair of Can Too, Director of Cure Cancer Foundation and 10 Million Girl Campaign.
Former 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.
Head of Bond, Income & Defensive Strategies at Pendal Group, Creator and Program Director of the Women in Finance Program by UTS and Pendal Group.
Carolyn Hewson AO
Director of CSL Limited and Infrastructure SA, Member of Federal Government Growth Centres Advisory Board and Patron Impact 100 SA. Previously (in the past five years) a Director of BHP, Westpac Banking Corporation and Stockland Corp and Chair and Trustee of Westpac Foundation.
Greg Hutchinson AM
Advisory Partner, Bain & Company, Deputy Chair The Australian Charities Fund, Chair Paul Ramsay Foundation, Director Goodstart Early Learning, Brandenburg Foundation, former Director of Bell Shakespeare, Centre for Social Impact and Women's Community Shelters.
Director of Cricket Australia Board, Chairman of Sportcor, a sport technology company, Director of Bulls Masters Pty Ltd, Founder and Director of Venture India, a specialist consulting firm in Indian business relations, former Australian cricketer, former Board Member of the DFAT appointed Australia India Council.
Edward (Ted) Kerr
Immediate past Chair of Opportunity International Australia, Director Workplace Giving Australia Limited and former Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
Peggy O’Neal AO
President of Richmond Football Club, consultant lawyer to Lander & Rogers, Director of Women's Housing Limited, VicHealth, Infrastructure Asset Management and 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.
Sophie Taylor-Price (nee Pieters-Hawke)
Senior Manager Climate Change and Sustainability - EY, Landcare Ambassador, Board member at Antarctic Science Foundation.
Founding Chair of Inspire Impact and Chair of Payton Capital Limited, former Chair of Bupa Aged Care ANZ, The Funding Network and Opportunity International Australia.
Former Chairman of Opportunity Australia and Opportunity International Network, current Chairman of Converge International, TasmaNet Pty Ltd and a Director of Redflex Holdings, Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd and TSPI Development Corporation (Philippines).
Dr Timothy Wright
Mentor and coach, previously Headmaster at two Australian independent schools, including the past 17 years as the Headmaster of Shore. His passionate interest is the relevance and practical impact of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our world.
Opportunity would like to thank and acknowledge Hon Kristina Keneally and Kevin Bailey AM for their service as past members of the Council.