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The Prince’s Charities Australia welcomes new Chairman and Trustees

As founding Chairman Tony Beddison AC, and Trustee Paul Bassat stepped down from the Board at our 27 July meeting, we welcome a new Chairman, Margaret Jackson AC, along with four new Trustees, Cheryl Bart AO, Peter Yu, Holly Ransom and Dominic Richards.

We extend our thanks to Tony for his leadership, commitment, and guidance in establishing The Prince’s Charities Australia and developing an exciting portfolio of projects. We are also grateful to Paul for his invaluable support during his time on the Board.

A distinguished and long serving non-executive director, Margaret Jackson AC is currently the Chairman of Spotless Group Holdings Limited and Ansett Training Limited.

Ms Jackson has been a Trustee of The Prince’s Charities Australia since its inception in 2013, and on her appointment as Chairman, stated “it is a privilege to be appointed as Chairman of such a dynamic organisation in the Australian charitable landscape.”

“The Prince’s Charities Australia initiates wonderful projects that have assisted Australians from many walks of life, including Australian Defence Force members, regional and Indigenous communities, and young Australians. This is a role I am honoured to accept,” said Ms Jackson.

Margaret, and our new Trustees, Cheryl Bart AO, Peter Yu, Holly Ransom and Dominic Richards join current Trustees Lieutenant General Peter Leahy AC (Ret’d) and Paul Sheahan AM to form a Board of highly accomplished business, social and philanthropic leaders who will bring great value and diversity of thought to the organisation.

Cheryl Bart AO is an established corporate director currently serving on a range of Boards including SG Fleet Ltd, ME Bank, TEDx Sydney and the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Ms Bart is also an award-winning and record-breaking Australian adventurer having climbed Mt Everest as well as being the first Australian woman to have completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam (Seven Summits plus North and South Pole).

Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome with over 35 years’ experience in Indigenous development and advocacy at state, national and international levels. He is also a Board member of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd, Deputy Chair of the AFL Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of Brome Future and is a Council Member of the Governing Board of the Australian National University.

CEO of Emergent, Holly Ransom is currently Co-Chair of the UN’s Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs. Emergent has worked with Macquarie Bank, KPMG, and the Australian Institute of Sport, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world. In 2012 she was named as one of Australia’s “100 Most Influential Women” and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President.

Architekton Founder and Chief Executive Dominic Richards is a successful property developer with over 20 years’ experience. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Global English Ltd, a Chinese digital education initiative based in Sydney, Beijing and London. During his time as Vice Chairman and Director of ‘The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community’, he successfully renewed its charitable mission and operations and is now looking forward to contributing to sustainable development in Australia.

P.C.A. Chief Executive, Janine Kirk AM welcomed the new assembly of exceptional talent to the organisation.

“I welcome our new Board members with considerable enthusiasm. Under the leadership of Margaret, and expertise of both our new and existing Trustees, the diverse and broad range of experience they all bring to the Board will add considerable expertise to the work of the organisation.”