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Meet our Board

Phil Ames

Chair

Phil is a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Phil has a Masters in Public Policy and Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences from the Harvard Kennedy School, and degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne. Phil has worked on behavioural economics for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, social impact bonds for the UK Cabinet Office, and on indigenous welfare reform in the East Kimberley. Working with Oaktree since 2008, Phil was the first International Director of Oaktree’s Schools4Schools program, and is passionate about effective, high-impact efforts to tackle poverty and injustice and develop youth leadership.

Kate Creighton 

Deputy Chair 

Kate is a corporate and commercial lawyer by trade, with a focus on heavily regulated industries. She practices at one of the region’s leading firms, in the telecommunications and technology section of the Mergers and Acquisitions team. Kate studied Arts (French and philosophy) / Law at the University of Melbourne, obtained her Masters in Law at Cambridge University, and worked in London at the Financial Services Authority.

Shani Cain

CEO

Shani commenced as CEO in February 2019 and has formerly worked as the Multicultural Youth Worker and Case Manager (UHM) in the Ballarat office for the Centre of Multicultural Youth (CMY). She has also worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, World Vision and has gone on placement to a number of countries. Shani has also recently completed her Masters of Humanitarian Assistance with Deakin University and has a passion for working in direct crises response to help society’s most vulnerable people. She is passionate about female and youth empowerment, sustainability, and equality. In her own words, she is "someone who loves life and believes in the ability to change the world and actively seeks opportunities to do so". 

Dhanush Girish

CFO 

Dhanush joined Oaktree in November 2017 with a passion to provide all young people with the opportunity to thrive.  Prior to Oaktree, he worked as a Tax Consultant at Ernst and Young as part of their Private Client Services practice and had worked there for two years whilst studying a Bachelors of Commerce degree at The University of Melbourne. He has been volunteering as the Director of Finance and executive board member of the Strive Student Health Initiative and as a Project Consultant at the Global Consulting Group.

Mark Morand

Chair of People and Operations Sub-Committee 

Mark is the Innovation Lead for Good Shepherd Microfinance, where he is responsible for the development of innovative products designed to improve financial services inclusion in Australia.  He has tertiary quzalifications in the arts, adult learning and change management and has worked at a senior level for Australian financial services organisations in innovation, strategic risk management, procurement, corporate services and information technology. Mark worked as a musician and music teacher in his 20’s and remains active in Melbourne as a performing artist and composer.

Stavros Moiris

Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Manager in the Assurance practice of PwC Melbourne. Previously senior accountant in the Assurance practice of PwC Milan. He attends BA Business and Management at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Kelly Patterson

Chair of Risk and Compliance Sub-Committee

Kelly Patterson is a Senior Legal Counsel at National Australia Bank Limited and holds a BA/LLB (Melb). Kelly has 15 years experience working as a lawyer in the financial services sector, in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Jan Cossar

Chair of the Development Sub-Committee 

Jan Cossar has worked in the international aid and development sector in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions for more than twenty five years. Jan runs a small consulting company, Strategy Matters, that specialising in program design and monitoring and evaluation. She has a Masters in the Social Sciences is regularly engaged as a facilitator and trainer throughout the sector. She is a Board member of the EcoCentre and an adviser to the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing in WA.

Su-Kim Macdonald

Director 

Su-Kim Macdonald is a Consultant in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team at EY in Melbourne. Su-Kim completed her Master of Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) at the University of Melbourne. She's passionate about the intersection between climate change and poverty, and the important role youth engagement can play in fighting poverty and injustice.

Susan Pizzati

Director 

Susan is currently the Head of Philanthropy at Save the Children Australia and holds a Masters degree in Social Investment and Philanthropy. With a diverse background in both corporate and social sectors, Susan has a wealth of senior management and executive experience across functions including Fundraising, Operations, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Community Engagement and Communications.

 

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