Our board and patrons
Our board and patrons bring a wealth of experience from government, the private sector, academia and beyond, and all share a passion for digital inclusion.
Jo Cavanagh OAM
Jo has achieved a reputation for visionary leadership and her ability to enrol diverse stakeholders in ambitious goals for social change and entrepreneurial growth at the local, national and international levels.
Jo has served on boards, ministerial councils for the Australian Government, and presented at various national and international conferences for progressing the rights of children and disadvantaged communities.
She completed a Churchill Fellowship in North America to bring evidence to advocacy for improving outcomes for children placed in out of home care.
Jo has been recognised for her social justice efforts and entrepreneurial efforts by numerous awards including Order of Australia in 2013 and the Women of Influence Award for Social Enterprise/Not-For-Profits in 2014. In 2015, Jo accepted the position of Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design Swinburne University of Technology.
She values collaboration and welcomes the opportunity of joining the Good Things Foundation Board to engage with social and digital inclusion for all to contribute to strengthening communities and to ensure we leave our communities and world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Roy Clare CBE
Roy recently returned to the UK from New Zealand where he held the post of Director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council of England and as the Director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He previously served in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Rear Admiral.
Also an experienced board member, Roy has a ‘life-long commitment to increasing public value of arts and culture, overcoming barriers to participation and expanding digital opportunities for learning’.
Nadia Jamal is a financial crime analyst, qualified lawyer and author.
She began her career in journalism, working for 15 years at The Sydney Morning Herald/The Sun-Herald as a reporter, editor and news manager. She was instrumental in leading the newspaper’s transition to the online version, smh.com.au, which is one of the English-speaking world’s top news websites.
Nadia’s book, The Glory Garage, about growing up with a Lebanese Muslim background in Australia, was shortlisted for the 2006 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Ethel Turner Prize. Her latest book, Headstrong Daughters, published in 2018, delves into how Muslim women in Australia straddle different cultural and religious expectations.
Linda Kristjanson AO
Professor Kristjanson served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology from 2011, retiring in August 2020. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Professor Kristjanson is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and member of the Australian Council for International Education. She is Non-Executive Director of Skalata Ventures Ltd., Education Australia Ltd., and Global Citizen Ltd.
In 2002, Linda was named Australian Telstra Business Women of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health and science. Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, acknowledged for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, and contributions to cancer research, palliative care and to women.
Vishy is an accomplished digital transformation executive with compelling expertise across marketing and technology, strategy and implementation. He has held leadership roles in high profile ASX listed companies and blue chip professional services practices as well as in innovative start-up businesses.
As Partner and Chief Digital and Information Officer at PwC Australia, his role is to drive change and help strengthen PwC’s innovative culture and the digital mindset across the whole of the business and deliver even better value for our clients by making the right investments into the future.
He is a regular speaker at conferences on digital transformation, online customer engagement, diversity & inclusion and the management of complex digital programs. He is a non-executive advisor to Curious Thing (an Australian AI startup), Batting For Change and the ASPIRE Foundation (promoting early education in Chennai, India).
He lives in Sydney with his wife and two kids and is a sports and tech enthusiast.
Heather is a passionate sustainability and social inclusion advocate.
She is currently Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion in Telstra’s Chief Sustainability Office where she helps customers and communities connect, participate and interact safely in the digital world, irrespective of age, income, ability, location or disadvantage.
Heather drives a number of large-scale digital capability programs including Tech Savvy Seniors, in partnership with State Governments and the Digital Ambassador program which enables Telstra employees to provide coaching for those with minimal or no digital skills.
Heather is an experienced local area, consumer and B2B marketer who is actively involved in her local community.
Peter Shergold AC
Peter Shergold is the Chancellor of Western Sydney University. From 2011-19 Peter chaired the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board. He now chairs the NSW Education Standards Authority and is NSW Coordinator General for Settlement.
He chairs a number of for-profit and for-purpose boards. He has recently chaired a panel which has presented a major report to COAG Education Council on how to reform senior secondary education.
Isabella is an innovation and digital transformation professional working within the NSW State Government to drive innovation in primary industries.
An anthropologist by degree, Isabella has worked across several commonwealth and state government departments managing national programs in Indigenous strategy, health and welfare and in large service delivery reform programs.
Passionate about innovation in public and social services, Isabella has led successful digital and design teams with skills spanning digital, design and organisational change within and outside of government, including as the Head of FutureGov Australia.
Amanda has a lifetime’s experience as a journalist, editor and media executive, a public-sector communications leader, and a corporate consultant on issues management, strategic communications and stakeholder engagement.
When she was appointed as The Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in 2011 she became the first woman in the organisation’s 183-year history to hold this role. Amanda has also worked as a journalist for The Australian and, in Britain, for the Financial Times, The Times, The Sunday Times and Sunday Express. In Hong Kong, she worked as a journalist on The South China Morning Post.
Amanda is Chair of Crime Stoppers NSW, a Member of the NSW Board of the Medical Board of Australia, and a member of the Strategic Review Panel for the Wicking Trust (Equity Trustees), which funds research into ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and is the founder of Storylines Content.