Our Board

Ivan Power – Chair

Executive Director, Macquarie Group

As Chair, Ivan brings a passion for helping community initiatives organise and equip themselves to improve the lives of local children.

He has spent over twenty years at Macquarie Group, where he leads Portfolio & Performance, providing strategic analysis and advice to Macquarie’s businesses and senior management. He spent the first decade or so of his career within Macquarie’s investment bank, providing advice to clients on mergers, acquisitions and divestments and having extensive involvement in Macquarie’s principal investment and funds activities in Australia, Europe and the US.

Ivan lives in Sydney, returning in 2014 after nine years living in London. He enjoys music, literature, history, running, yoga, anything involving the ocean or mountains, and being husband to Vanessa and father to four (mostly) nice kids.

 

Gillian Calvert AO – Vice Chair

Inaugural NSW Children’s Commissioner 

Gillian has been an advocate for children for over thirty years. She was the inaugural NSW Children’s Commissioner from 1999-2009 and established it as one of Australia’s leading children’s policy and research centres, which was built on being child-centred and child inclusive.

Prior to that she was responsible for coordinating government action for children and importantly refocusing government attention on the importance of the early years. She was also instrumental in breaking the silence around child sexual assault where her leadership at the NSW Child Protection Council established NSW’s collaborative and comprehensive approach to tackling child abuse and neglect.

She started her career as a family therapist with troubled children and their families. The importance of listening to the experience of children and families has underpinned her lifelong commitment to children and their wellbeing.

Gillian is Deputy Chair of Life Without Barriers, one of Australia’s leading social purpose organisations and Chair of Friends of The Big Issue, Australia’s oldest social enterprise.

 

Angela Forbes – Director

General Manager, Eastern Victoria, Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania)

Angela has more than thirty years’ experience working with vulnerable and disadvantaged families and young people in the public and community service sectors.

Angela has been a UnitingCare leader for over twenty years, being CEO at both UnitingCare Kildonan and Connections UnitingCare. Her current role includes responsibility for Child, Youth and Family service, Homelessness, Disability, NDIS, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Aged and Carer Services. She also carries portfolio responsibilities for Uniting’s commitment to Aboriginal children, youth and families and LGBTIQA+ communities. Prior to UnitingCare, Angela gained extensive experience working at the Department of Human Services in the management of child protection services, disability programs and client information systems.

She has shown her capabilities in forging strong and lasting relationships between government and community sector organisations, including as Chairperson for the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and Deputy Chair of the ten20 Foundation. Angela holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Social Work and Certificate in Information Technology and Organisational Self-Assessment. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Alumnus of the Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom and La Trobe University.

 

Caroline Chernov – Director

Executive Director, ten20 Foundation

Caroline brings her international experience in philanthropy, strategy and performance to her role as Director. She has over twenty years’ experience providing strategic focus and management support to corporates, government and non-profit organisations.

Following ten years with Accenture’s Strategy Group across Australia, Asia and the US, and her leadership in strategy at Social Ventures Australia, Caroline now shares her business acumen and strategic advice with ten20 Foundation and Opportunity Child to bring impact to communities and their children.

Caroline holds a BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, an MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a diploma in Managing Non-Profit Organizations from Harvard University, Boston, USA.

She serves on the Foundation Board of The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), the Board of the Australian Friends of Asha Slums, is an Ambassador for the Melbourne Human Rights Film Festival and an Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne.

 

Jason Mifsud – Director

Former Executive Director Aboriginal Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Jason Mifsud is a proud member of the Eastern Maar people of the Gunditjmara nation in South West Victoria and for the past twenty years has been leading cultural change and organisational transformation across numerous sectors. He is recognised as one of Australia’s top ten emerging leaders and in 2011 addressed the United Nations on Indigenous Affairs.

Jason was the Executive Director for Aboriginal Victoria at the Department of Premier and Cabinet where he led the whole-of government Aboriginal Affairs reform agenda between the Victorian Government and Victorian Aboriginal community. This included establishing the architecture and governance arrangements to embed Aboriginal self-determination in cultural, social and economic policy as well as the roadmap to a Treaty agreement, an Australian first.

A former AFL player and coach, Jason was the first senior Advisor on Indigenous and Multicultural Affairs for the Australian Football League (AFL), and was pivotal in establishing the Sir Doug Nicholls Round and AFL Indigenous Advisory Council.

Jason is currently Managing Director of Mifsud Consulting, working with clients from across the community, government and private sectors on the design, implementation and monitoring of tailored solutions in Indigenous affairs, diversity and inclusion.

He is the Chair of the Victorian Federation of Traditional Owner Corporation, a member of the NAB Indigenous Advisory Group and Telstra Indigenous Advisory Board. He has recently been appointed to the MBA Advisory Board of Deakin University, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait External Advisory Panel of the Diversity Council of Australia.

Jason is a Harvard Business School Alumni, a Director for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, Director of the Melbourne Grammar School Foundation and Chair of the Melbourne Grammar School Indigenous Advisory Committee.

 

Seri Renkin – Director

Managing Director, ten20 Foundation

Seri brings over twenty years’ experience in senior executive and advisory roles to the Opportunity Child Board. Having worked across the corporate, non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors she has a unique perspective of how diverse sectors operate and uses her strategic, innovative and entrepreneurial skills to build cross-sector collaborations focused on social impact.

Following a decade working as a management consultant with Accenture in Australia, New Zealand and Italy and Hay Management Consultants in the UK, Seri’s passion for social justice saw her applying her business and management skills to initiatives for social change. Seri was founding Director of the Melbourne office of Social Ventures Australia (SVA), providing expertise to the emerging social enterprise sector. Following this she worked with the Social Innovation Group in the Australian Government on place based, systems reform strategies. She holds a BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne.

Seri serves on the boards of the ten20 Foundation, the Stella Prize and The Lyceum Club.

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