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, Managing Director Business Lending at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Trustee Director and Chair of the Investment Committee of the bank’s employee superannuation fund.
Edward (Ted) Kerr
Immediate past 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.
Kevin Bailey AM
Member and director of a number of Philanthropic organisations, former Head of Philanthropic Services at Shadforth Financial Group, former member of the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership and past director of the Financial Planning Association.
Director of BHP Billiton, Chairman of Orica, Director of Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research and Chairman of Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative. Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer 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
Founder and Chair of Can Too Foundation, Opportunity International Ambassador. Previously Director of Cure Cancer Foundation and 10 Million Girl Campaign
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
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, former Australian cricketer and President of Australian Cricketer’s Association, Board Member of the DFAT appointed Australia India Council, Founder and Director of Venture India, a specialist consulting firm in Indian business relations, Director of Bulls Masters Pty Ltd, management consultant with KPMG Sport Advisory Group.
Hon Kristina Keneally
Senator for NSW. Former Premier of NSW 2009-2011. Previously a presenter for Sky News Australia and Adjunct Professor Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Also served as Patron of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia; Director of United States Studies Centre; Chairman of Souths Cares. Member of Referendum Council for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.
President of Richmond Football Club, consultant lawyer to Lander & Rogers, Director of Women's Housing Limited, 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 Member Steering Committee, Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Initiative, innovationXchange, DFAT. Former Chair of Bupa Aged Care ANZ, The Funding Network and Opportunity.
Former Chairman of Opportunity Australia and Opportunity International Network, current Chairman of Converge International, Intelledox, Seeing Machines Ltd, Future Fibre Technologies, a Director of Redflex Holdings and Australian Home Care Services, Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd and TSPI Development Corporation (Philippines); formerly a Director of Opportunity US, Optus and Multiple Sclerosis Ltd.
Opportunity would like to thank and acknowledge Paul McClintock AO for his services as a past member of the Council.