Our Board


We believe that by giving

a hand up not a hand out

we can empower communities

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Andrew Forrest, AO BA

Chairman

Industry and philanthropic leader Andrew Forrest grew up on a remote Australian cattle station, Minderoo, before graduating from university and building a career in investment banking, mining and farming. In his professional life he has created some of the largest raw material exporters and infrastructure companies in the world. Andrew is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and the Minderoo Foundation among other significant charities and companies. Some 90% of his time is now invested locally and internationally in ventures to protect and support the under privileged and communities.

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Nicola Forrest, BA

Chief Executive Officer

Nicola is the CEO of the Minderoo Foundation which she and her husband, Andrew, established in 2001. Together they have been instrumental in setting the strategy and implementing projects across Australia. In May 2014, Nicola received the Western Australian of the Year award in the Community category. Along with Nicola’s philanthropic work she is also a director of Minderoo Group, one of Australia’s largest private companies and Managing Director of Minderoo Station. Nicola’s priorities remain her family and supporting the wonderful team that manage Minderoo Foundation.

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Herbert Elliott, AC MBE

Director

An Olympic gold medallist and dual Commonwealth gold medallist, Herb has been a Director of Minderoo Foundation, and previously the Australian Children’s Trust since its beginning. Herb was a non-executive director and Deputy-Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group until 2014 and the Inaugural Chairman of the National Australia Day Committee, a Commissioner of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Sport Commission. Herb holds a Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology.

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Grace Forrest, BA

Director

Grace is a founding director of the Walk Free Foundation and works as a communication strategist on the Global Slavery Index, using on the ground photography and storytelling to create powerful social media content. She has represented Walk Free at the United Nations and is an Ambassador for the Humanitarian Group and The Freedom Hub. Grace is passionate about the value of the arts and social impact. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, majoring in International Relations and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Strategic Communications at the University of Western Australia.

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Tony Grist, BCOM FINSIA AICD

Director

Tony Grist is a Principal at Albion Capital Partners, a Perth based venture capital investment and consultancy firm that was founded in 1990. Tony was cofounder and Chair of Amcom Telecommunications, which in 2015 merged with Vocus Telecommunications Ltd and is now a major ASX 100 telecommunications company. Tony is a director of the PLC Foundation and former director of iiNet. He has held broader directorships in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia in the telecommunications, healthcare, mining and energy industries and holds degrees from the University of Western Australia.

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The Hon Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC

Director

Malcolm McCusker was Governor of Western Australia from 2011 until 2014. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia and is a Queen’s Counsel. Mr McCusker is well known for his successful representation of wrongfully convicted persons, in a number of high profile cases. Mr McCusker was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2011 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012. Mr McCusker has been Patron of more than 100 community organisations and is Chairman of his family foundation the McCusker Charitable Foundation.

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Allan Myers, AC QC

Director

Allan Myers is one of Australia’s most highly respected barristers, with broad practice as a barrister, arbitrator and mediator. Allan is also a highly respected philanthropist and has supported a range of causes. He is Chair of the Board of the National Gallery of Australia and of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and a Board Member of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Ian Potter Foundation. Allan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 and Companion of the Order of Australia in 2016 in recognition of his services to the community, the law, and professional learning.

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Tonya McCusker, AM

Alternate Director

Tonya is the Administrator and a Trustee of the McCusker Charitable Foundation working closely with more than 100 not for profit organisations. She is also a Trustee for Telethon and on several boards including the Australian Ballet Foundation, Celebrate WA and the McCusker Centre for Citizenship. After an early career dancing in Monte Carlo and then with the Australian Ballet Company, she completed a Law degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Management. She has worked in youth development, with the Chamber of Commerce and is passionate about medical research. Tonya is married to Malcolm and has three children.

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