Trustees

Jill Reichstein OAM, Chair

Jill Reichstein – bio

Jill’s involvement with social change philanthropy grew from her early involvement with the first women’s refuge in Victoria and with the community childcare movement. As chair of the Reichstein Foundation since 1987, Jill has been active in developing strategic partnerships and alliances towards growing progressive philanthropy as well as mentoring and resourcing new donors who are seeking to clarify their own philanthropic direction. Jill is also on the board of the Trust for Young Australians, Igniting Change, the Australian Women Donors Network and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. More information on Jill is available here.

 

Lucy Larkins, Deputy Chair

Lucy is a lawyer and criminal justice policy advocate. She is currently based in California, where the majority of her work focuses on representing people facing the death penalty. In the US she has held positions with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, Reprieve, the San Francisco Public Defender and the Solano County Public Defender.

Prior to moving to the US, Lucy worked as a lawyer with Arnold Bloch Leibler and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Her work at the Federation focused on improving access to justice for people who cannot afford a lawyer.

Lucy has degrees in law and history from the University of Melbourne. She also has an LLM from the New York University School of Law, where she was a Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholar. Lucy is admitted to practice in New York, California and Victoria.

Lucy has been a Trustee since 2002.

 

Tom Larkins

Tom is an architect at Bates Smart, an architecture firm with studios in Melbourne and Sydney. He has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Sydney and a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Tom rowed for Australia for ten years, representing Australia at a number of World Cups and World Championships.

Tom has been a Trustee since 2006.

Karen Mahlab AM

Karen is the founder and CEO of Pro Bono Australia, a hub providing media, jobs and resources for the common good. Pro Bono Australia was founded as a social purpose business venture and is one of Australia’s first registered B Corporations. Karen was CEO of the Mahlab Group (1989- 2012), a Director of the Australian Communities Foundation (2002-2012) and a Board Member of Jewish Aid Australia (2008-2012). In 2012 she was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in the inaugural Australian Financial Review/Westpac Awards.

Karen has been a Trustee since early 2015.

Julian Pocock

Julian is Acting Director – Office of the CEO at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. He has extensive experience working with national and State based peak bodies focussed on young people, students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and vulnerable families and children, as well as a Masters in Policy and Management. He has previously worked with the Victorian TAFE Students Network, Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and was the Executive Officer with SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, from 1998 to 2009. He was Director, Public Policy and Advocacy at the Berry Street Childhood Institute from 2009-2018. He has served on numerous boards and councils, including the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Group.

Julian has been a Trustee since February 2016.

 

Peter Winneke

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Peter Winneke has an extensive background in finance (insolvency / media acquisitions), including roles with Andersen and Southern Cross Broadcasting. He joined The Myer Foundation in 2003 as Finance Manager. With a passion to grow the philanthropic sector, in mid 2004 Peter founded and developed the Philanthropic Services division of The Myer Family Company where he established 100 family foundations and assisted many of those families to develop a philanthropic purpose and strategic giving program. During this period he was also company secretary to The Myer Foundation, the Sidney Myer Fund and a director or secretary of many private ancillary funds. In February 2016 Peter was appointed CEO of the Yajilarra Trust. He is a former Council member of Philanthropy Australia.

Peter has been a Trustee since February 2016.

 

Malinda Wink

Malinda Wink is Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute.

Since 2014, Good Pitch Australia has raised more than $14 million in philanthropic grants for the funding of 19 social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns, forging over 300 new collaborative cross-sectoral partnerships connecting the NGO and business sectors, education and policy leaders and the media in support of the impact campaigns aligned with each of their documentaries.

Shark Island Institute is the non-profit philanthropic arm of Shark Island Productions. Our key philanthropic initiatives include Good Pitch Australia, The ARTSLAB in Kangaroo Valley and Documentary Australia Foundation.

Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Malinda has been the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship at McGill University (2006-2007), and most recently, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission (2010-2012) where she completed a double Masters in Public Policy & International Development (Democracy and Governance) with distinction.

Malinda has advised on business and strategic planning for a number of production and distribution companies including Madman, Hopscotch, Transmission, and Revlover. She has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, GP South East Asia, GP Miami, Dokumenter Yogyakarta, on the jury of Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Malinda is a Board Member of The Caledonia Foundation and Centre for Australian Progress.

Malinda has been a Trustee since 2017.

Andrew Jackomos PSM

Andrew Jackomos is a proud Yorta Yorta man and currently works as the Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-Determination for the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He is was also appointed as a Board member of OzChild in April 2018, continuing his commitment to growing strong families.

From 2013-2018 he was Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria – the inaugural such commissioner. During his time as Commissioner Andrew oversaw transformational reforms to policy and practice seeking to reverse the unacceptable overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in our child protection and youth justice systems. Andrew led two landmark inquiries: In the child’s best interests and Always was always will be Koori children. He also led the collaborative ‘Taskforce 1000’ initiative during which, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, he examined the treatment of almost 1000 Aboriginal children in out-of-home care and exposed some appalling truths.

Andrew was appointed in February 2018 as the Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-determination for the Department of Premier and Cabinet and a Board member of OzChild in April 2018.continuing his commitment to growing strong families.

Andrew was the Director of the Koori Justice Unit in the Victorian Department of Justice from 2000 to 2013. During his time in this role, Andrew is most proud of the positive relationship developed between the Koori community and the Justice system, as represented by three phases of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, the Aboriginal Justice Forum, and the supporting network of Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees.

Andrew is a member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum and Aboriginal Children’s Forum. In 2006 he was awarded the Public Service Medal and admitted as a Victorian Fellow with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). In 2013 he was admitted as a IPAA National Fellow.

Some of Andrew’s prior roles include: Director of the Koori Justice Unit, Victorian Department of Justice; National Operations Manager, Aboriginal Hostels Limited; Victorian State Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC); Chairperson, Yuroke (Melbourne) Regional Council (ATSIC); Regional Manager for North Queensland and Manager, Policy and Secretariat Unit with the federal Aboriginal Development Commission.

Andrew has been a Trustee since April 2018.