Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Chair, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
He has previously served as Treasurer, Minister for Social Services, Minister for Border Protection and was first elected to Parliament as the Federal Member for Cook in 2007.
During his more than ten years in the parliament, the Prime Minister has established a reputation as a passionate advocate for his local community as well as a proven fixer for difficult policy problems in senior Cabinet portfolios.
As Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, he successfully stopped the boats. As Social Services Minister, he reduced abuse of the welfare system and put Australia’s social safety net on a more sustainable footing.
As Treasurer, his achievements include reducing the deficit, getting debt under control, maintaining Australia’s AAA credit rating, record jobs growth, cutting corporate and personal income taxes, ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax and reforming Australia’s banking and financial system.
The Prime Minister has represented the electorate of Cook in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire since 2007. He and his wife Jenny have two young daughters
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Deputy Chair, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
Paul Fletcher MP is the Minister for Families and Social Services in the Australian Government.
He entered Parliament in December 2009 as the Member for Bradfield; was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications in September 2013; Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government in September 2015; Minister for Urban Infrastructure in July 2016; Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities in December 2017, and was appointed to his present role in August 2018.
Before entering Parliament, Paul was Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, at Optus for eight years; established a consulting firm serving the communications sector; and in 2009 his book about broadband, Wired Brown Land was published by UNSW Press.
Earlier in his career Paul was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Communications in the Howard Government, Senator Richard Alston.
He has dual first class honours degrees in law and economics from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Columbia University in New York where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Paul has been a member of the Liberal Party since he was 16 and was active in student politics at Sydney University. He was a champion university debater, twice reaching the finals of the World Universities Debating Championship.
Chief Convenor, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
Nicola is the CEO of the Minderoo Foundation, one of Australia’s largest philanthropic organisations. Nicola has helped lead the diversification of the Foundation to provide a holistic approach to community development, particularly through education and the arts, believing an integrated approach is essential to build sustainable empowerment in individuals and communities.
In September 2015 Nicola was awarded the University of Canberra’s Chancellor’s Award for Services and Philanthropy. In 2014 Nicola was the Western Australian of the Year in the Community category and in September 2014 she received an honorary doctor of letters from the University of Western Australia. Nicola is Patron for Sculpture by the Sea, the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation and Impact100 WA. She is also Chair of the Black Swan Theatre Company.
Along with Nicola’s philanthropic work she is also a director of the Minderoo Group, one of Australia’s largest private companies and Managing Director of Minderoo Station.
Deputy Chief Convenor, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
Alexandra Gartmann is MD and CEO of Rural Bank, a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and a dedicated rural and agribusiness bank. Between 2011 and 2015, she was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, a national philanthropic organisation supporting rural, regional and remote Australian communities through partnerships with philanthropic, government and private organisations.
Alexandra is also a board member at the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Australian Farm Institute.
Between 2001 and 2011, Ms Gartmann was CEO of the community not for profit Birchip Cropping Group in Victoria. She has been a member of the Victorian Government Flood Appeal Committee, Deputy Chair of the Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel, member of the National Rural Advisory Council and remains Chair of CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council and member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Committee.
Hanna Ebeling is Head of Portfolio Management at SEFA where she leads a team who works closely with mission-driven organisations on developing financial solutions or investment readiness services to suit their needs. She is passionate about working with philanthropy on blended finance deals and innovative housing models. Prior to Australia, Hanna spent two years in the Philippines, managing a social enterprise accelerator program for LGT Impact Ventures and launching an affordable bamboo housing business with United Nations and the Hilti Foundation. Before moving into impact investing, she spent six years in banking with HSBC globally, lastly working for the Chief Investment Officer of Group Private Banking. Hanna holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is a CFA charter holder. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a non-executive Director of Woodville Alliance Ltd and Ceres Organics Australia Pty Ltd.
Michael Gonski is a partner at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Michael is the Chair of the Sydney Story Factory (a not for profit creative writing centre). Michael also sits on the board of Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney. Michael was the co-founder of Philanthropy Australia’s next generation of giving program and previously sat on the board of Philanthropy Australia.
Colleen McGann has had extensive board experience and more than 50 years of experience in the health industry. From 2000–2013, Ms McGann was Managing Director of St Lukes Health Fund, where she started as a Junior Office Clerk in 1962. For 18 years Ms McGann was also actively involved with the management of St Lukes Private Hospital, holding the position of Managing Director from 2000–2004.
Ms McGann was the first woman elected Vice President of the industry body, Private Healthcare Australia. She has also held other leadership roles in the health industry including as the Chair of the Australian Regional Health Group.
As an active member of the business community, Ms McGann is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. In recognition of her success in business, Ms McGann received the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award (Tasmania) in 2002.
Rupert Myer AO
Mr Myer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Myer was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 in recognition of his service to the arts and for his support of museums, galleries, and the community and he was honoured in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours list with an Officer of the Order of Australia medal.
Mr Myer serves as a non-executive Chairman and Director of a number of public, private, community and government entities. His background includes serving in roles in the retail and property sector, investment, family office and wealth management services and community sector. Mr Myer is a Director of AMCIL Limited, Healthscope Limited and eCargo Holdings Ltd and a board member of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships and The Yulgilbar Foundation. He is also Chairman of The Aranday Foundation and a member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics Advisory Board.
Mr Myer has a long and distinguished connection with arts and culture, and is in the unique position of being the only person to have been Chair of both the National Gallery of Australia and the Australia Council. He is also a former Chair of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry, and past Board Member of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and National Gallery of Victoria.
Angela Perry is a qualified Barrister and solicitor and is the CEO and Founder of Future Foundations Limited. This charity engages mentors from business and creative sectors with disadvantaged children in rural and linguistically diverse communities. She is also a member of the Public Services Mutuals Task Force, launched in January 2014, by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.
Ms Perry recently resigned from her position as the Global Head of Business Development Equity Plan Solutions and Executive Client Partnerships for financial services company, the Link Group. Ms Perry assisted with establishment of the charitable giving and volunteering arm of the Victorian branch of the Link Group and worked with the community and businesses to build innovation and capacity.
Ms Perry has spent many years volunteering in various roles, including teaching English to newly arrived immigrants.
Peter Scott is a non-executive Director of the Transurban Group and is a Director of O’Connell Street Associates. Mr Scott is the former Chairman of Perpetual Limited and has over 20 years of senior business experience in publicly listed companies. He has extensive knowledge of the wealth management industry and has also held senior executive roles in the property and financial services industry.
Mr Scott is the Chairman of social change charity organisation, Igniting Change. He is a Fellow of the Senate of University of Sydney and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter Treseder AM
Peter Treseder is the former CEO of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation. He has led a variety of very successful not for profit organisations over two decades. Prior to that, he gained over 20 years management experience with Commonwealth Bank Australia.
Mr Treseder has a wealth of board and committee experience. He has been the Chief Convener of the Partnership for the past four years (stepped down from this position in 2018) and was instrumental in the creation of the Medical Research Future Fund. He is a director of the Patricia Dukes Foundation charity organisation. In recognition of Mr Treseder’s outstanding contribution to the Australian community, he has been honoured twice by the Order of Australia.
Mr Treseder holds fellowships with Australian Institute of Company Directors, International Institute of Directors and Managers, and The Institute of Managers and Leaders. He is a Certified CEO and Certified Fund Raising Executive.
Mr Treseder has written several books, including two of poetry, holds an MBA with distinction from Queensland University of Technology and amongst many other accomplishments, he holds a Black Belt in Zen Do Kai karate.
Tony Stuart is the CEO of UNICEF Australia, which advocates for children’s rights internationally and domestically and supports international development programs. From 2003 to 2014, Mr Stuart was the Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and prior to that was the CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited. He has 20 years corporate experience in marketing, financial services and executive and board roles.
Mr Stuart is the Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board, is a member of Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and is a member of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals Expert Advisory Panel on Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises and Human Services.
Previously, Mr Stuart was a founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, a Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, a member of the Executive Committee for Sydney and on the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.
Mr Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Natalie has over 15 years experience across small business, government, not for profit and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles.
Natalie has tackled every role with her entrepreneurial spirit – always being driven by innovation; her desire to build something or improve something either inside companies she’s worked in or by starting new companies herself.
Her latest venture – Inside Policy – is a national collaboration of policy wonks and technical geeks who love making the world a better place by designing new solutions to old and complex policy challenges. Prior to founding Inside Policy, Natalie was the inaugural CEO of Supply Nation.
Natalie is Australia’s representative to the G20 Business Women Leaders Taskforce and her non-executive directorships include Chairman of unlisted property services company Evolve FM, co-Chair of National Australia Bank’s Indigenous Advisory Group, director of Life Without Barriers, director of Evolve Housing, director of Jawun, and director of the Cape York Girl Academy.
In 2012, Natalie was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.