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 – see Board of Directors for her bio.
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 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.
Carolyn Hewson AO
Director of CSL Limited and Infrastructure SA, Director of Reserve Bank of Australia (from March 2021), Member of Federal Government Growth Centres Advisory Board and Patron Impact 100 SA. Previously (in the past five years) a Director of BHP, Stockland Corp and Chair and Trustee of Westpac Foundation.
Greg Hutchinson AM
Advisory Partner, Bain & Company, Director Paul Ramsay Foundation, Director Brandenburg Foundation, former Director of Workplace Giving Australia, Goodstart Early Learning, Bell Shakespeare, Centre for Social Impact and Women's Community Shelters.
Chairman of sport technology company, Sportcor, Director of Bulls Masters Pty Ltd, Founder and Director of Venture India, a specialist consulting firm in Indian business relations, former Australian cricketer, former Director of Cricket Australia and former Board Member of the DFAT-appointed Australia India Council
Edward (Ted) Kerr
Immediate past Chair of Opportunity International Australia, former Director Workplace Giving Australia Limited and former Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).
Peggy O’Neal AO
President of Richmond Football Club, consultant lawyer to Lander & Rogers, Chair of Vanguard Super, Director of Women's Housing Limited, VicHealth, and Infrastructure Asset Management, and a former partner of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Sophie Taylor-Price (née Pieters-Hawke)
Senior Manager Climate Change and Sustainability - EY, Landcare Ambassador, Board member at Antarctic Science Foundation.
Founder Footprint Funds, Chair of Payton Capital Limited, Chair of Library For All, former Chair of Bupa Aged Care ANZ, The Funding Network and Opportunity International Australia.
Former Chairman of Opportunity International Australia and Opportunity International Network, current Chairman of Converge International Pty Ltd, TasmaNet Pty Ltd, and Castlepoint Systems. Director of Redflex Holdings Limited and Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd.
Dr Timothy Wright
Educational mentor and coach, previously Headmaster at two Australian independent schools, including Headmaster of Shore from 2003-2019. 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 the service of Council members Allan English AM, Vimal Gor and Chris Sadler who stepped down during 2020.