Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Chair, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
The Hon Scott Morrison MP

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

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Deputy Chair, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership

Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, has been a Senator since September 2012. Senator Ruston is also the Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

In July 2014, Anne was elected Senior Deputy Government Whip in the Senate and chair of the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee. She was also an active participant in the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee, initiating inquiries into the Australian citrus and wine industries.

Senator Ruston was appointed Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in September 2015. She was subsequently appointed as Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific in August 2018.

Prior to becoming a Senator, Anne held several senior positions in government and the private sector, including as the inaugural chief executive of the National Wine Centre.

Anne was also primary producer and an irrigator, producing commercial cut flowers and implementing irrigation efficiencies on her property that reduced water use by more than 60%. She is a passionate advocate for rural and regional communities and for a balanced approach to water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Born and raised in Renmark, on the River Murray in South Australia, Anne is a proud member of the community where she still lives and works to this day. She is the only Senator for South Australia based in a regional area.

Nicola Forrest

Chief Convenor, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
Nicola Forrest

Nicola is the former CEO of the Minderoo Foundation, one of Australia’s largest philanthropic organisations. In this role Nicola lead the diversification of the Foundation to provide a holistic approach to community development, particularly by investing in children and 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. In 2018 Nicola and her husband, Andrew Forrest, were awarded Philanthropy Australia’s Leading Philanthropist of the Year Award.

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.

Alexandra Gartmann

Deputy Chief Convenor, Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
Alexandra Gartmann

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

Hanna Ebeling

Hanna Ebeling is the CEO of Social Enterprise Finance Australia (Sefa) where she partners with for-purpose organisations and investors to unlock social impact. Sefa provides capacity for communities and change-makers by integrating capital and capability across direct lending solutions, co-investment opportunities and investment readiness services. 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 Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation globally, lastly working for the Chief Investment Officer of Group Private Banking. Hanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a non-executive Director of Woodville Alliance Ltd.

Michael Gonski

Michael Gonski

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

Colleen McGann

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

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

Angela Perry

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

Peter Scott

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 AO

Peter Treseder AM

Peter Treseder is a director of the Patricia Dukes Foundation charity organisation and the former CEO of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation. Mr Treseder has a wealth of board and committee experience and was instrumental in the creation of the Medical Research Future Fund. 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 served as Chief Convener of the Partnership for the past four years from 2014 to 2018.

In recognition of Mr Treseder’s outstanding contribution to the Australian community, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 and appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2019 for distinguished service to the community through governance and fundraising roles in the medical research and health care sectors.

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

Tony Stuart

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 Walker

Natalie Walker

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.