Our People

Jill Reichstein OAM

Trustee, 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

Trustee, 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.

 

 

Sue-Anne Hunter

Trustee

Sue-Anne is an Aboriginal woman who is strong in her culture and descends from the Wurundjeri people. She is committed to self-determination, advocating for the rights of Aboriginal children, young people and families and strengthening culture within our families.

Sue-Anne joined SNAICC as Service Development Manager in 2019. Prior to this she worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) for 18 years and was the inaugural State-wide Principal Practitioner at VACCA.

Sue-Anne had oversight of all the clinical healing services at VACCA and was the central point for the development of an integrated culturally-appropriate and trauma-informed approach to working with Aboriginal children and families.

Sue-Anne is currently undertaking her Master of Social Work and recently completed her Master Certificate in Trauma & Recovery with Harvard Medical School. Sue-Anne has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Family Therapy, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Diploma of Community Development.

Sue-Anne is also experienced in several therapeutic interventions and is experienced in Family Therapy, DBT, Somatic therapy, DDP and EMDR with adults, children and groups. Sue-Anne brings a cultural lens to her therapeutic work including Aboriginal healing wisdom when working with Aboriginal community, children and families.

 

 

Tom Larkins

Trustee

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.

 

 

Simon Lewis

Trustee

Simon is a co-founder of GoodWolf Partners. He supports Boards and Leadership Teams to explore, develop, and execute holistic strategies that bring social purpose agendas to life. As an expert facilitator and a born optimist, he has guided teams through challenging and exciting times of change, including in Executive roles at Trustee Companies and Family Offices. 

His clients seek out his experience combining innovative models of ownership, control, and capital to help them create commercial and social value. He draws on an international career in finance, corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategy consulting, trustee services, philanthropy, and family office services; most recently as an executive at the Myer Family Company.

Simon sits on the Boards of Justice Connect and Outward Bound Australia, and he is the inaugural Chair of the Australian International Donors Network which is setting out to encourage more and better philanthropy and impact investing abroad.  He is also a Director of a social purpose business called PARK Social Soccer Company seeking to disrupt the traditional sportswear retail with a new take on the one-for-one model.

Simon feeds his ‘good wolf’ as a dad, a musician, and a passionate explorer of Australia’s great wilderness. He loves having a mountain ahead of him and his family at his back… there’s nothing quite like that feeling of reaching the summit with your pack.

Simon joined the Reichstein Foundation as a Trustee in May 2019. He has always admired the progressive change agenda of the Reichstein Foundation and is delighted to be part of shaping its next chapter.   

 

 

Julian Pocock

Trustee

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.  

 

 

Mark Wakeham

Trustee

For over 20 years Mark has been in leadership roles in the Australian environment movement, helping drive some of the most significant campaign outcomes, including stopping Jabiluka uranium mine, preventing land-clearing in northern Australia, introducing renewable energy and climate change targets and retiring Hazelwood power station. He is the current co-Chair of The Sunrise Project. He recently finished as the CEO of Environment Victoria after a decade with that organisation in December 2018. He is now working as an independent consultant assisting organisations with strategy, governance and advocacy for purpose. He joined the Reichstein Foundation as a Trustee in May 2019.

 

 

Malinda Wink

Trustee

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.

 

 

John Spierings

Executive Officer

John Speirings – bio John was appointed as the Foundation’s Executive Officer in 2013 after more than four and a half years experience as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He had responsibility for higher education, skills, industry, innovation, science, research and employment policy issues in the Office. He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum between 1998 and 2008. John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities. He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, being Mayor in 1992-93. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues. Previous Executive Officers of the Foundation include Barbara Spalding, Jill Reichstein, Winsome McCaughey, Genevieve Timmons and Christa Momot.

 

 

Clare Land

Program and Operations Manager

(Mondays and Tuesdays)

Clare joined the Reichstein Foundation in March 2014. She supports the Foundation’s work through taking care of operations; liaising with and identifying capacity building opportunities for grant recipients; and managing The Influence Fund. She has worked in community and academic settings, including as an Initiative Manager at The Foundation for Young Australians, Community Development Worker at ANTaR Victoria, and Research Fellow at Monash University and Deakin University. She currently works part-time as a Research Fellow at Victoria University, in Gary Foley’s Koori History Archive at the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit. Clare has an honours degree in history and a PhD in sociology. She has worked on research projects interpreting colonial history and Australian political history, and promoting educational equity. Clare has a long-standing commitment to supporting land justice and Indigenous-led struggles and working to undo racism. She is the author of Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles (Zed Books, 2015). Clare volunteered at 3CR community radio between 2001 and 2014 including 12 years as a broadcaster. She is co-coordinator of a large-scale book club project (decolonizingsolidarity.org/book-club) and a member of the Police Stop Data Expert Working Group of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, Melbourne and the Woor Dungin Committee of Management. In 2019 Clare took up a role as a mentor to emerging organisers in The Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship.

 

 

Rachael Hambleton

Communications Manager

(Mondays)

Rachael joined the Reichstein Foundation in March 2018 to support our collaborations work and to enhance our external communications. In addition, Rachael is the Project Manager for the Law and Justice Funders Network which is an informal collective of public philanthropic trusts and foundations and private donors with a shared interest in informed strategic funding in criminal justice, incarceration and human rights issues. Rachael has worked at, volunteered with and/or served on the board of a range of advocacy and rights based organisations including the Human Rights Law Centre, Justice Connect, Refugee Legal, Lawyers For Animals, the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and Reprieve Australia. Alongside her work at the Reichstein Foundation, Rachael consults on managing events, fundraising and databases for a variety of civil society organisations. She is also currently completing a Bachelor of Arts part time at La Trobe University.