Our Board

We believe that by giving

a hand up not a hand out

we can empower communities


Andrew Forrest, AO BA


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.


Nicola Forrest, BA

Chief Executive Officer

Nicola is the CEO of the Minderoo Foundation which she and Andrew established in 2001. Nicola is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, Telethon Kids Institute CoLab Advisory Council and Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation. Nicola is Patron of the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation and Impact100 WA and is a Life Governor of Sculpture by the Sea. Nicola is also a director of the Minderoo Group and Managing Director of Minderoo Station’s pastoral operations in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. She has been awarded the 2014 Celebrate WA Western Australian of the Year (community category) and the 2016 University of Canberra Award for Services to Philanthropy.


Herbert Elliott, AC MBE


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.


Grace Forrest, BA


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.




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.


The Hon Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC


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.


Allan Myers, AC QC


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.

Maria Myers

Alternate Director

Maria Myers is a graduate of the University of Melbourne in Arts, Law and Social Work. She worked as a Family and Marriage Counsellor, reared three children and has been active since then in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of environmental conservation, medical research, the arts, education, indigenous issues and rock art research. She is a director of the family company, Dunkeld Pastoral Co Pty Ltd, which has pastoral interests in western Victoria, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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