ABCN Board members

Tony Macvean
Chair, ABCN and Managing Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Tony is the Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox, an independent national law firm with more than 85 partners and 700 people. As part of his leadership role, Tony champions the firm’s pro bono and community program and is particularly passionate about ABCN and the difference the organisation can make to people’s lives. Read more

Allegra Spender, ABCN CEO
Allegra Spender

Allegra has been ABCN’s CEO since 2017. Her career began at McKinsey & Company and prior to ABCN, she was Managing Director of the Australian fashion company Carla Zampatti. She brings diverse leadership experience from within the corporate, non-profit and public sectors. She is also the Chair of Sydney Renewable Power Company. Read more

Brett Clark
Group CEO & Managing Director, TAL

A qualified actuary, Brett has broad industry experience that spans strategy, finance, sales, product, marketing and operations in both the Australian and international insurance markets. He brings a considered and commercial approach to leadership across TAL's diversified life insurance business. Read more

Beth Godwin
Principal, Cabramatta High School

Elizabeth (Beth) Godwin has been the Principal of Cabramattta High School since 2002. Located in Sydney’s South West, Cabramatta High School has over 1500 students, 96% of whom have a language background other than English. Both Beth and Cabramatta High School have been involved in ABCN since 2006, through core programs and the Partners in Learning program.

Tony Johnson, EY CEO and ABCN Board member
Tony Johnson
CEO and Regional Managing Partner, EY Oceania

Tony is head of EY in Oceania, leading an organisation of more than 600 partners and 9,000 people. He has a strong association with ABCN and is particularly passionate about helping young people from all backgrounds achieve their full potential. He is a member of the Male Champions of Change National Group, the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity and the BCA Economic Policy and Competitiveness Committee. Read more

Richard Kelleway
Group Executive – Infrastructure Services, Ventia

Richard has more than 35 years’ experience working in global senior management roles across the UK, Middle East, South East Asia and Australia. In 2010/11, he was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s top 100 influential engineers. Read more

Craig Perrett
Non-Executive Director

Craig is a co-founder and Executive Director of the personal strategic planning organisation act3, advising a select group of multi-national and Australian-based blue-chip companies. Prior to this he had a successful advertising career working with some of Australia’s largest companies and is a former director of Schools Connect Australia. Read more

Kate Rattigan
Deputy Secretary, People and Executive Services Group, Department of Education and Training, Victoria

Kate leads approximately 500 staff in her role at the Victorian Department of Education and Training, providing direct support to over 1500 Victorian government schools and the Department’s central and regional offices. She has 20 years’ experience working with the department, overseeing complex cases in schools and developing deep relationships with school principals. Read more

ABCN CEO Council

This group of senior leaders from our member companies contributes to ABCN’s purpose by leveraging members’ professional networks, profile, experience and influence to provide independent advice, participate personally, encourage other business leaders to become members and raise ABCN’s profile. The Council includes Board members.

Accenture: Robert Easton, Chairman and Senior Managing Director Australia and NZ
Allen & Overy: Jason Denisenko, Managing Partner
American Express Australia: Corrina Davison, Managing Director ANZ
Ashurst: Paul Jenkins, Global Managing Partner
Bain & Company: Peter Stumbles, Managing Partner Australia
CSR: Julie Coates, CEO and Managing Director
IAG: Christine Stasi, Group Executive People, Performance and Reputation
J.P. Morgan: Rob Priestley, Chairman
KKR: Scott Bookmyer, Head of Australia
Korn Ferry: Tim Nelson, Managing Director Australasia
Lendlease: Cate Harris, Group Head of Sustainability
LinkedIn: Matt Tindale, Managing Director Australia and NZ
Macquarie Group: Mary Reemst, Macquarie Bank Managing Director and CEO
Microsoft Australia: Steven Worrall, Managing Director
Optus: Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, CEO
PwC: Tom Seymour, CEO Australia
UBS: Chris Scott, Co-Head of Australasian Equities
Watersure: Greig Mercer, Plant Director
WSP Australia: Guy Templeton, President and CEO ANZ

ABCN Principals Reference Council

This group of our most engaged principals representing schools from across Australia meets with ABCN once per term to provide invaluable feedback and new ideas. Strong relationships with our partner schools are at the heart of what we do, and this Council helps us ensure that our strategy, programs and activities continue to meet the needs and priorities of our schools and students.

Belle Vue Park Primary School, VIC: Paul Kenna, Principal
Benalla P-12 College, VIC: Tony Clark, Executive Principal
Birrong Girls High School, NSW: Zena Debaja, Principal
Glenroy Secondary College, VIC: Anne-Maree Crivelli, Executive Principal
Marsden State High School, QLD: Andrew Peach, Principal
Oran Park High School, NSW: Brad Mitchell, Principal
Redbank Plains Senior High School, QLD: Tom Beck, Executive Principal
Thornlie Senior High School, WA: Donna McDonald, Principal
Wirreanda Secondary School, SA: Caroline Fishpool, Principal

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