Trustees

Julie Bishop
Chair of Prince's Trust Australia
Former Foreign Minister of Australia

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.

In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.

Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.

Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, director of The Palladium Group, and a member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti, Greensill Capital and the Human Vaccines Project.

She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.
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Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust Group

Trustee/Director, The Prince's Trust Australia

Dame Martina joined The Prince’s Trust in May 2004, having been Chief Executive of the BBC Children in Need Appeal since 2000. She is also a Director of Prince’s Trust Trading Limited and a trustee of sister charity Prince’s Trust International.

She trained and began her career as a journalist, established the Press and Communications function for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and worked on a freelance basis for a range of national media. She then held the post of Chief Executive of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (ASPIRE).

Dame Martina has been a trustee of several charities and currently sits on the boards of the National Citizen Service and Big Bang Education CIC. She also Co-Chairs the Youth Action Group with a Minister from the Department for Education. The group includes voluntary sector organisations and nine government departments.

She is a Trustee of The Prince of Wales Foundation in the USA and sits on several other bodies which support the work of HRH The Prince of Wales. Dame Martina received a CBE for services to charity in 2013. In 2017 New Year Honours list she received the honour of Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO).

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Mr Ian Smith AM is a corporate advisor and a company director. Ian was previously an advisor to State political leaders and a journalist. He is the United Kingdom’s Honorary Consul in South Australia.

Ian brings extensive political, business and media networks and vast experience in strategic corporate, non-profit and government advisory work. Ian is based in Adelaide.

Ian is deeply involved in refugee advocacy, chairing Barefoot To Boots, which assists those in refugee camps and their host communities. He is also on the board of Developing East Arnhem Limited, based in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory; he is also on the University of South Australia Council and a Director of Adelaide United Football Club and chair of the club’s advisory board.

Ian is married to former Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja and they have two children – Conrad and Cordelia.

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Juliet Rieden has been a journalist for more than 30 years working between the UK and Australia for a variety of magazines and newspapers as a feature writer, interviewer and editor. She is the Editor-at-Large for The Australian Women’s Weekly where she works on key projects for the magazine, writes the cover stories and main interviews, is the Royal Correspondent and Books Editor.

In her time at The Weekly Juliet has produced global exclusives with HRH Prince Charles and Crown Princess Mary and Australian exclusive interviews and stories with Clive James, former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce and her husband Michael Bryce, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Australian Labor Party Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorten, Magda Szubanski, Maggie Tabberer, Dame Helen Mirren, Glenn Close, Sally Field, former Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and many more.

Juliet was nominated as a finalist for Journalist of the Year in 2018 and 2017 and Single Article Writer of the Year in 2017 and 2016 Publish Awards. Juliet was a judge for the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2016 and 2017 and an Academy voter in 2018.

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Shaun Bonétt was born in London. Shaun’s parents arrived in Australia in 1978 as a result of his father accepting a post with the world health organisation as a cancer specialist in Australia.

Shaun attended St. Ignatius college and went on to study arts and law at the University of Adelaide. Shaun became a lawyer at the age of 21 and practiced as a commercial lawyer in the early and mid 1990’s. He is admitted as a solicitor and barrister to the High Court of Australia.

In 1994 Shaun founded Australian commercial property company, Precision Group, which specializes in the investment, development and finance of commercial property in Australia and New Zealand.

Precision owns a portfolio of shopping centres and commercial assets. Precision is regarded as a leading property group and has pioneered innovative developments in Australia’s CBDs and metropolitan areas.

Shaun is a fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, and a member of The Young Presidents’ organization.

Shaun also founded The Heartfelt Foundation, which supports various charities and community needs.

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A passionate, customer focused, results-driven executive with extensive leadership experience, Karim has thrived in the retail industry. His experience ranges from procurement, merchandise, operations, franchise development, compliance programs and supply chain logistics in large corporates across the petrol-convenience and supermarkets industry.

An astute communicator and influencer, Karim’s proven record of building strong relationships and delivering great customer experience has led to continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Born in Tanzania and educated in Kenya, Karim migrated to Australia in the early 80s to be reunited with his family.

Since 2005, Karim has been appointed on various boards including the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores, Social Development Inc and Stock Box. He has also been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2010.

Karim has served as the president of the Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Australia and New Zealand for the past 4 years. In his role, Karim is responsible for the social governance of the Ismaili community in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He oversees various portfolios including education, early childhood development, economic development and management, health, care for the youth and the elderly of the community amongst others. He has previously served as the Vice President of the council from 2009 to 2015 and was instrumental in setting up the operational functions of the institutions across the region.

Dominic Richards
Founder and Chief Executive, Our Place

Chair and Co-Founder, Prosper Education

Dominic has been inspired by the sustainability work of HRH The Prince of Wales and has gained a deep understanding of the impact of the built environment on the quality of life of those living and working within it.

Dominic was raised in Australia and England and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture.

Dominic is the co-Founder of Our Place with Sir Michael Hintze. Our Place is a dynamic placemaker specialising in creating places that celebrate local identity, mixed uses, sustainable communities and walkable neighbourhoods. Our Place is currently regenerating urban sites in London and Norwich as well as creating entirely new settlements for 25,000 people in the South of England. Our Place builds vibrant communities through creative and innovative design, community engagement and by investing in long-term placemaking.

Dominic is also the co-founder and Chairman of Prosper Education, an education enterprise based in Sydney, Shanghai and London and Former Vice Chair and Director, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community