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Message from Chief Executive, Janine Kirk AM - Prince's Trust Australia
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Message from Chief Executive, Janine Kirk AM

Welcome to our second newsletter for 2016. The past couple of months have been a particularly busy and eventful time for The Prince’s Charities Australia.

First I would like to advise some major Board changes. At our 27 July board meeting P.C.A.’s founding Chairman Tony Beddison AC stepped down from the Board and Margaret Jackson AC was appointed as the new Chairman. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony for his leadership and commitment to The Prince’s Charities Australia as our new charity got off the ground and developed its exciting portfolio of projects. His guidance and advice has been invaluable. I would also like to welcome Margaret as our new Chairman.

I would also like to express my appreciation to Paul Bassat who is also stepping down from the Board for his contribution to the development and growth of the organisation.

As a result of these board changes, it is also a great pleasure to welcome new Trustees – Cheryl Bart AO, Peter Yu, Holly Ransom and Dominic Richards. Their diverse experience and expertise will no doubt make a great contribution to the future of our organisation.

One of the major highlights of this quarter was our visit to London in June. The visit provided the opportunity for our Patrons to visit various projects relating to the charitable projects of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. These sight tours included the BRE Innovation Park, Poundbury, and The Royal Gardens of Highgrove. We were also able to host our corporate partners and Patrons at events at both St James Palace and Buckingham Palace in the presence of H.R.H.

In June, participants of the Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program gathered at RMIT University in Melbourne for a week of intensive workshops, training and mentoring. The positive feedback from our participants, partners and sponsors is testament to the success of the Residential Week and the program overall.

Applications for our new and innovative Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarship Program awarded in partnership with National Museum Australia, have had an outstanding result. We are pleased to see some wonderful applications, and look forward to announcing the six successful recipients.

It continues to be a privilege to work on numerous projects in partnership with some exceptional organisations around Australia, including a post-trauma psychological recovery framework with Phoenix Australia, and a community-led disaster preparedness program “Disaster Resilient: Future Ready” with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

We look forward to updating you in the coming months about these and a number of new projects. In the meantime, you can stay up to date via our news blog at our website, which has recently undergone a major redevelopment.


Janine Kirk AM,

Chief Executive