Our ambassadors have demonstrated a deep connection to the work of the Mary MacKillop Foundation, the people we support and the values of the organisation. We are proud to work alongside these respected Australian public figures.
Geraldine Doogue is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster with experience in print, television and radio. While originally planning a career as a schoolteacher after completing her Arts degree, in 1972 Geraldine applied on an impulse for a journalism cadetship with The West Australian instead.
During her career with both the ABC and commercial media she has won two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting from the Television Society of Australia and a United Nations Media Peace Prize. In 2000 Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media.
Currently presenting on ABC Extra and Saturday Extra programs, Geraldine tackles a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth.
THE HON TIM FISCHER AC
Tim Fischer was born at Lockhart, NSW, and served with the Australian Army 1 RAR from 1966-1969, in both Australia and Vietnam, before returning to the family farm at Boree Creek in southern NSW.
In 1971 he was elected to the NSW Parliament and served on a number of Parliamentary Committees until 1984. Mr Fischer was subsequently elected Federal Member for Farrer and served in this role from 1984 to 2001. During this time he was Shadow Minister for Energy & Resources, Shadow Minister for Trade, Leader of the National, and later Minister for Trade and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government (1996 – 1999). He retired from politics in 2001, served as Chair Tourism Australia 2004 – 2007 and then first Rome resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See 2009 – 2012.
Tim is the author of Seven Days in East Timor; Outback Heroes & Communities that Count; Transcontinental Train Odyssey: The Ghan, The Khyber, The Globe and more. His hobbies include chess and trekking.
One of Australia’s most respected broadcasters and communicators, Caroline presents Australian Story on ABC TV and has been a film-radio-television writer, producer, director and reporter for over 40 years.
Caroline Jones was a foundation member of the Australian Council for the Arts (1973) and a foundation member of The National Films Board of Review (1971). In 1982 she became Associate Director of The Centre for Communication Studies at Bathurst and with Hugh Mackay, produced The Better Communication Tapes.
In 1997 Caroline Jones was voted one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures. In 1998, the ABC published An Authentic Life – Finding Meaning and Spirituality in Everyday Life by Caroline Jones, one of the 10 best-selling books in Australia for that year.
In 1988 Caroline was appointed an Ambassador for Reconciliation by The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.
MR JOHN RALPH AC
John has been CEO of CRA (now Rio Tinto Ltd), former Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, former Deputy Chairman of Telstra Corporation and previous Chairman of Business Council of Australia and Australian Mining Council.
His outstanding contribution to the country was recognised in 2000 when he was appointed to Australia’s highest civilian honour, a Companion in the Order of Australia, having been made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1988.
Meet the team
Chief Executive Officer
“I think I have a passion for the possible and believe this will be uncovered one conversation at a time.”
Maree was born in Sydney and educated in Canberra. Married with three adult children she is has been involved in the Third Sector for many years. She is a professional fundraiser with a passion for changing the world and creating authentic partnerships.
Maree has served on many not-for-profit boards as well as held leadership positions in the arts, welfare and health sectors. Her natural curiosity and gregarious nature make connecting donors with their interests an enjoyable experience in a way that is rewarding for both parties.
When she is not working she’s running half marathons, reading, cooking or attending the theatre or a gallery.
Admin & Programs Coordinator
Nima is originally from beautiful Kathmandu in Nepal, however she is well travelled and did her schooling in Hong Kong and tertiary years in Delhi, India. She and her family moved to Australia five years ago.
Nima has now been with the Foundation for close to four years. She keeps the office running and coordinates our programs, which means Nima is always busy! She loves being able to help people and working at the Foundation gives her the opportunity to achieve that dream.
Nima’s other ‘job’ is being mum to her young son and teenage daughter who always keep her busy with their activities. She hopes to have time for hobbies in the not-too-distant future. She enjoys home-decorating, music and spending time with her family.
Georgina joined the Mary MacKillop Foundation as our Grants Manager in 2014, excited by the work of our community partners, the success of the scholarship program and the potential to grow the impact of the Foundation even further.
Previous roles have included managing education programs for Aboriginal young people in NSW and the Northern Territory, events management in Dublin and business development in London. Having worked in the non-profit sector for the past ten years, she says she has found her home.
Georgina’s other passion includes wildlife conservation, particularly the great apes. She volunteers as the Schools Program Coordinator with Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia. Georgina has a Master of Education, Diploma of Aboriginal Studies and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science).
Good Shepherd Reconciliation Scholarship
Thank you to the Sisters of Good Shepherd for their ongoing commitment to supporting Indigenous education and reconciliation.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd have a strong history and tradition of working towards reconciliation. Based on the Good Shepherd tradition to honour the dignity and worth of every individual, Good Shepherd has been working with some of the most disadvantaged women and girls in Australia for over 150 years.
In 2000, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand released a 'Statement towards Reconciliation' to affirm that:
- Good Shepherd acknowledges custodianship of the land by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Reconciliation is central to the renewal of this nation as a people's movement in a harmonious society which believes in a fair go.
- Until this reconciliation is achieved, our nation will be diminished.
As part of this commitment to reconciliation, Good Shepherd introduced the Reconciliation Scholarship Program for Indigenous women. Reconciliation Scholarships are open to Indigenous women of any age who are enrolled in a course of study leading to a certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited Australian University or TAFE. The Scholarships provide students with a living allowance of $3,000 per year. Scholarships are renewed each year if progress is satisfactory.
Our Corporate Partners provide much-needed financial funds to help meet the demand to support many more vulnerable people in Australia. We recognise the strong partnerships we have with the following organisations, without whom we could not exist. If your organization would like to explore a partnership with the Mary MacKillop Foundation, we want to hear from you. Contact us here.
The Mary MacKillop Foundation Limited is a public benevolent institution set up by the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph in November 1993. The Foundation is an incorporated public company limited by guarantee. The Members of the Company are the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. The Directors of the Board are appointed by the Company, and accept the responsibility of ensuring that the Foundation achieves its objectives and that all the legal requirements are met.
Terry has served on public, private and not-for-profit Boards, as Non-Executive Director and Chairman and CEO/Executive Chairman. He is an Independent Chair/Member of Governance and Audit and Risk Committees. He has worked extensively with Boards, all levels of Government and communities, and has held senior positions within the NSW Public Sector in Corporate Services, Planning, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, and Government relations.
He spent the past 15 years as Chief Executive Officer in metropolitan, regional and rural Area Health Services/Local Health Districts. Terry’s personal and professional commitments are to social justice, reducing disadvantage and fostering values based ethical leadership.
Throughout a twenty year financial services career working for reputable and demanding organisations, including Arthur Andersen (Ernst & Young), Macquarie Bank and Deutsche Bank, John has developed a unique skillset that enables him to deliver innovative and commercial solutions to the complex issues faced by Australia’s largest corporates and wealthiest private families.
In 2010, John founded Black Pearl Private Clients, a boutique advisory firm that structures merger, acquisition and value realisation solutions for private business owners, together with succession planning and estate planning strategies.
SR SHEILA McCREANOR rsj
As a member of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sheila’s previous full time ministry was as teacher and school principal in several Catholic schools in South Australia. From 2002 until early 2014 Sheila was a member of the Congregational Leadership Team and acted as Secretary General. Currently Sheila has embarked on a role as Company Director and consultant, is studying canon law. She also serves on boards for Sisters of St Joseph and Mary MacKillop Care SA along with Mary MacKillop Foundation.
SR LOUISE REEVES rsj
Louise is a Sister of St Joseph. She is a solicitor and Member of the Law Society NSW. Louise has worked at the Legal Aid Commission in Sydney, Counter-Trafficking project for women at UTS, civil and family law in Western Sydney, and more recently, in Immigration Law at a Community Legal Centre. She has worked as a teacher in NSW and overseas in Senegal and Tanzania.
A recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship for journalism in 2007, Ingrid has won numerous awards and recognition for excellence in journalism and communications. Her career spans 15 years, during which she managed high profile media campaigns and worked for organisations across telco, consumer, media and airline industries.
Before working in media management Ingrid was a radio broadcaster for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is currently senior manager, corporate communications for Qantas, overseeing media for the airline’s international business.
NARELLE KENNEDY AM
Narelle Kennedy AM operates her own research and consulting company, The Kennedy Company Pty Ltd. She founded and led the pioneering, business-backed research think tank, the Australian Business Foundation as CEO for over 15 years.
Narelle is Adjunct Professor with the School of Business at the University of Technology Sydney, an experienced company director and has held senior executive positions in the public and private sectors around Australia. Narelle has represented Australia at the Business Advisory Committee to the OECD and served on the Review of Australia’s Innovation System.
Narelle was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 for significant service to business in Australia.