The Board of Directors is responsible for directing CARE Australia's activities towards the achievement of our vision and fulfilment of our mission, while living our core values.
It is responsible for approving strategic direction, monitoring implementation and fulfilling stakeholders' expectations, along with overall performance, compliance with relevant laws, codes of conduct and ethical standards and for the oversight of risk management.
Harold Mitchell, AC – Director since 2004
Founder, Mitchell & Partners; Executive Chairman, Aegis Media Pacific; Director, CARE International; Chairman, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Chairman, ThoroughVision; Vice President, Tennis Australia; Chairman, Art Exhibitions Australia; Chairman, TVS University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney; Director, Deakin Foundation; Chairman and Owner, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union.
Formerly – President, Museums Board of Victoria; President, Asthma Foundation (Victoria); Chairman, National Gallery of Australia; Board Member, Opera Australia Council; President, Melbourne International Festival of Arts.
Harold is also the Chair of the CARE Australia Executive Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee.
Christine O'Reilly – Vice Chairman – Director since 2007
Global Co-Head of Infrastructure Investment, Colonial First State Global Asset Management; Director, CSL Limited, Anglian Water Group, Electricity North West; Member, Chief Executive Women.
Formerly – Chief Executive Officer and Director, GasNet Australia Group.
Bronwyn Morris – Treasurer – Director since 2007
Director, Spotless Group Ltd; Director, Queensland Investment Corporation Ltd; Director RACQ; Councillor, Queensland Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Member, Bid Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Formerly – Director, Brisbane Marketing; Director, Queensland Office of Financial Supervision; Director, Bond University; Chairman, Queensland Rail; Director, Colorado Group Ltd; Member, Australian Advisory Committee of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Bronwyn is also the Chair of the CARE Australia Finance and Audit Committee.
Peter Debnam – Director since 2013
Chairman, The Muscular Dystrophy Association of NSW; Chairman, Our Big Kitchen Limited; Director, Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia; Director, The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW; Director, Disability Sports Australia Limited; Director, PaddleNSW Inc; Director, Soils for Life Pty Ltd; Member of Sydney Legacy; Associate Member of North Bondi Surf Club.
Formerly – State MP, Shadow Minister & Leader of the Opposition, NSW Parliament.
Colin Galbraith, AM – Director since 2004
Special Adviser, Gresham Partners Limited; Chairman, BHP Billiton Community Trust; Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Director, OneSteel Ltd; Trustee, Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation.
Robert (Bob) Glindemann, OAM – Director since 2008
Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Navy Health Limited; Deputy Chair, Very Special Kids Foundation; Chairman, Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety; Director, SecondBite; Director, East Timor Roofing Holdings Pty Ltd; Director, East Timor Roofing and Training UNIP LDA; Chair, District 9800 Rotary World Community Service Committee.
Formerly – Chair, RMS Logistics Pty Ltd; Director and Vice President, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport; Principal, PRO:NED Vic Pty Ltd; President, Rotary Club of Darwin and Rotary Club of Melbourne Inc.
Allan Griffiths – Director since 2008
Managing Director, South-East Asia, Aviva Asia Pty Ltd; Director, BT Life Ltd; Director, St George Life Ltd; Director, St George Insurance Ltd; Director, Westpac Insurances Ltd; Director, Westpac Lenders Mortgage Insurance Ltd; Director, AIA Australia Ltd.
Formerly – Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Australia Group; Chairman, Aviva Investors; Director, Aviva Australia; Director, CIMB Takaful Berhad; Director, CIMB Aviva Assurance; Director, First Aviva Taipei; Director, Investment and Financial Services Association.
William (Bill) Guest – Director since 2000
Chairman/Director of Guest Group, Guest Hire, Guest Commercial, Suite Deals, Guest Interiors, Property 4 Retail and Guest Nominees.
Formerly – Director, Freedom Furniture Limited; Director, Melbourne Football Club: Managing Director, Andersons Furniture; Managing Director, Sofa Workshop.
Bill is also the Chair of the CARE Australia Fundraising and Communications Committee.
Professor Stephen Howes – Director since 2012
Professor of Economics, Director, Development Policy Centre and Director, International and Development Economics graduate program, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; Director, Pacific Institute of Public Policy; Advisory Board Member, Asian Development Bank Institute
Formerly – Chief Economist, Australian Agency for International Development; Lead Economist, World Bank in India
Stephen is also the Chair of the CARE Australia International Operations and Program Committee.
Louise Watson – Director since 2008
Managing Director and Principal, Symbol Strategic Communications; Communications Adviser to many of Australia’s leading public companies.
Formerly – Chairman, Corporate and Finance, Edelman Public Relations in Australia; Non-Executive Director, Odyssey House and McGrath Foundation; Advisory Board Director, Grant Samuel & Associates; Committee Member, the Prime Minister’s “Supermarket to Asia” Communications Working Group.
Membership of the Advisory Council is by invitation from the Board to individuals who have given exceptional service to CARE Australia. Its objectives are to support and endorse the organisation's vision, mission and core values, and to assist and provide counsel to the Board and the executive through the experience, corporate knowledge and community influence of its members.
Willoughby Bailey, AO, KCLJ
Sir William Deane, AC, KB
Tony Eggleton, AO, CVO
Philip Flood, AO
The Hon Barry Jones, AO
Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC CH
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
The Board appoints Committees, which regularly report to the Board, to assist in the discharge of its obligations, consider issues referred and delegated by the Board, and make recommendations to the Board. The Executive Committee exercises all the powers of the Board between meetings of the Board. It is not empowered to take action in contravention of a Board decision and utilises all practical means of consulting the full membership of the Board on significant matters.
The Finance and Audit Committee assists the Board in discharging its responsibilities concerning the integrity of financial management, and reporting its compliance with regulations and principles of best practice to achieve operational, financial and compliance risk management. It also oversees the effectiveness of audit functions. The People Committee reviews and assists in the development and execution of CARE Australia’s human resource strategies, policies and practices.
The Fundraising and Communications Committee reviews and assesses marketing and communications strategies and fundraising investment proposals, and oversees relevant budgets. It facilitates the engagement of stakeholders, and identifies and supports fundraising and profile-building opportunities.
The International Program and Operations Committee assesses the strategic direction, performance and risk monitoring of program strategies developed by CARE Australia; projects where CARE Australia is contractually responsible; and the status of Country Offices for which CARE Australia is designated as Lead or Coordinating Member of CARE International. It has a particular responsibility to monitor safety and security conditions for staff in the field.
Subject to the direction of the Board, the Governance and Nominations Committee oversees the selection of appointees to the Board to ensure the right mix of skills, experience and expertise.