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.
Walter Lewin (Chair)
Chair of Opportunity International Australia – see Board of Directors for his bio.
Hon John Anderson AC
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.
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 OAM
Immediate past Chair of Opportunity International Australia, former Director Workplace Giving Australia Limited and former Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).
CIO at Wesley Mission, Chair of Payton Capital Limited, former Chair of Bupa Aged Care ANZ, The Funding Network, Library For All and Opportunity International Australia.
Former Chair (2018-2023) and Director (2011-2023) of Opportunity International Australia. Director of Mission Australia and Green Eco Technologies.
Dr Timothy Wright AM
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 former Council member, Annie Crawford AM, who stepped down in 2023.