TFN is committed to best-practice governance and processes, to enhance our effectiveness and ensure transparency and accountability to our stakeholders. TFN Australia is a public benevolent institution and registered charity, constituted as a public company limited by guarantee called The Funding Network Australia Limited (ABN 75 166 134 774), which has deductible gift recipient status, item 1. The board of directors ensures TFN’s culture and behaviour is consistent with its vision, mission and strategic objectives, and has ultimate responsibility for the performance of the organisation.
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 with Coopers & Lybrand in London, spending time in the audit, corporate taxation and treasury management divisions. After 4 years at US Investment Bank JP Morgan Securities in London, he emigrated to Australia. Mark worked in Sydney for Marshall Investments for ten years until he left to focus on his philanthropic interests. As well as being a highly engaged Board Member for The Funding Network, is also a keen supporter of philanthropic initiatives such as Mirabel Foundation.
Marion is Founding Director of mentoring program Kilfinan Australia, an alliance partner of TFN. She also chairs the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park in Tasmania, is a Founding Board Member of the Auckland Communities Foundation and a Board Member of Changemakers Australia. She is a Founding Director and immediate past Chair of the Australian Communities Foundation and Co-founder and former National Chair of Fitted for Work Ltd. Previously, Marion served as Founding Executive Director of Philanthropy Australia and as National Manager - Charitable Trusts for ANZ Trustees. Marion has also worked in child, family and migrant welfare and advocacy. In 2004, she was awarded an OAM for her services to philanthropy and the community.
Anita is one of Australia’s most respected and entrepreneurial media executives. Her career spans 30 years in the broadcast industry as an award-winning news and current affairs journalist and she has produced TV programs for all the major networks. She was Director of TV and Head of Development and Production for Zapruder’s Other Films, which created and produced Enough Rope with Andrew Denton and The Gruen Transfer. More recently she has been Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia.
Shaun Kamler is Division Director, Banking and Financial Services at Macquarie Bank. He is an internationally experienced business executive, with over 18 years in retail banking, wealth management and manufacturing industries, and is looking forward to helping grow TFN’s presence in Australia’s original home of philanthropy; Melbourne.
Liza-Jayne (LJ) brings almost three decades of experience in helping organisations, causes and individuals successfully grow their profiles and accentuate their positive proactively and reactively. She has worked at the highest levels of media, government and business across the globe as a journalist and trusted adviser and is a highly respected reputation and crisis communications expert within the Asia Pacific region. LJ is working closely with Tracey Spicer AM on the #metoo movement and extending its impact into sustainable, structural change. She is also on the National Committee of Women in Media.
Deb Hook is a senior lawyer with the University of Sydney’s in-house legal team with over 10 years’ experience in the fields of business law, intellectual property commercialisation and research. She, like TFN, is committed to best practice corporate governance in non-profits as a way of being accountable to all stakeholders. Before her philanthropic interests led her to the University, Deb was a Senior Associate in private commercial practice, having worked at both national law firm DibbsBarker and boutique commercial firm Harris Freidman. Deb believes that positive collaborative relationships are the key to a venture’s success, and enjoys witnessing the network behind TFN enable grassroots causes to thrive.