Our board

    Goodstart is committed to best practice corporate governance and processes that will enhance Goodstart’s effectiveness and ensure the appropriate degree of accountability and transparency to stakeholders.

    Goodstart’s Board ensures the organisation’s behaviour is consistent with it’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities. The Board of Goodstart has ultimate responsibility to the Member organisations for the strategy and performance of the company in general. The Board is dedicated to fulfilling these duties in a lawful and professional manner, and with the utmost integrity and objectivity.
    Goodstart Board of Directors
    Michael Traill AM
    Non Executive Chair
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee
    BA (Hons); MBA
    Appointed: 13 October 2009

    Michael joined Social Ventures Australia (SVA) as founding CEO in 2002 after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. SVA is a non-profit organisation that has raised more than $45 million from social investors to fund outstanding ventures and strengthen Australia’s non-profit sector.
    SVA helps to create better education and employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians by bringing the best of business to the social sector, and by working with partners to strategically invest capital and expertise. SVA Consulting share evidence and knowledge to build social sector capacity, while SVA Social Finance introduces new capital and innovative financial models to help solve entrenched problems.

    Michael is Chairman of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Chairman of Assetic Pty Ltd and a Director of M H Carnegie & Co. In 2010 Michael was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations.
    He holds a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard University.
    Robin Crawford
    Non Executive Director
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee
    BA; LLB
    Appointed: 27 May 2010

    Robin was a founding director of Macquarie Bank and has wide-ranging business experience, including board and chair roles with listed and unlisted companies. Robin has been active in the not-for-profit sector for many years, formerly as a director of the Autistic Children's Association of NSW, Schizophrenia Foundation of Australia, and Clean Up Australia, and currently as a Director of the Centre for Social Impact and the new cancer centre, The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA. Robin is also Chair of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council.
    Greg Hutchinson AM
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee
    BA (Hons); MSc
    Appointed: 28 May 2010

    Greg is a Senior Advisor and former Partner/Director at consultancy firm Bain & Company. He has 30 years’ experience leading major strategic and operational change programs for prominent global corporations in Asia, Europe and North America. For the past 10 years Greg has also dedicated over half his time to volunteer community roles. Greg became the founding Chief Executive of The Australian Charities Fund in 2000, building workplace giving in private and public sector employers. He transitioned from the CEO role in 2005 and became Deputy Chair.
    He is also a Director of ShareGift Australia and Women's Community Shelter as well as an ambassador or advisor to Australian Scholarships Foundation, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, Opportunity International, Social Enterprise Finance Australia, SVA Consulting and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
    Rob Koczkar
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    BEng (Hons)
    Appointed: 28 May 2010

    Rob is a Managing Director of Pacific Equity Partners, a leading Australian private equity investment firm. He has worked in private equity since 1998, for Pacific Equity Partners in Australia and Texas Pacific Group in Europe. During that time he has invested in companies across many sectors including retail, consumer products, business services and mining services.

    Prior to his career in private equity, Rob was with a strategic consultant with Bain & Company advising clients in the United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, and Australia.

    Rob also serves on the boards of Energy Developments Limited, Hoyts Group, Social Ventures Australia Limited, Spotless Group and the Corporate Advisory Council of Mission Australia.
    Wendy McCarthy AO
    Chair, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    BA; Dip Ed; MAICD
    Appointed: 21 September 2010

    Wendy has been a teacher, educator and change agent in Australian public life for over four decades and has held signifcant leadership positions nationally and internationally in broadcasting, health and education. 

    In 2005 she was nominated by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals. Currently she is the Chair of Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents, headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation and the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. In 1989 Wendy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women’s affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations. In 1996 the University of South Australia awarded her an honorary doctorate, and in 2003 she was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal for business leadership. Wendy is the author of seven books.
    Lynne Wannan AM
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Chair, Remunerations and Nominations Committee
    BA; Dip Ed; GAICD
    Appointed: 21 September 2010

    Lynne is Acting Executive Director Community Development and Director of the Office for the Community Sector, Department of Planning and Community Development, Victoria. She has a background as a policy analyst and manager who has worked as a consultant and community leader, and has been an adviser to government at local, state and national levels for almost 25 years. Lynne has worked in state and local government, and in the not-for-profit community sector. Previously, Lynne served as Chair of the Victorian Government’s Children’s Council, Adult Community and Further Education Board, and the Community Support Fund Advisory Council, and has been a member of the Victorian Skills Commission.
    Lynne also held the position of Deputy Chancellor Victoria University of Technology, Convenor of the National Association of Community Based Children’s Services, and Chair of Community Child Care Victoria, and is currently Deputy Chair of Western Chances. Lynne has been inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA – Victoria). She was recognised with an Australia Day award in 2007 for her leadership in community services and education and is listed on the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.
    Andrea Staines
    Non-executive Director
    Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
    B Econs, MBA
    Appointed: 23 March 2011

    Andrea Staines is a professional Non-Executive Director and company advisor. She is currently a Director of Aurizon and the NSW Transport Advisory Board. She also advises small and medium-sized companies on implementing board governance, strategic planning, and risk management. She is a former CEO of Australian Airlines, a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, which she co-launched in 2002. At this time, she was also a member of the Qantas 12-person Executive Committee. Prior to Qantas, Andrea worked in various financial roles with American Airlines at its Dallas headquarters. Andrea is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of CEW (Chief Executive Women) and an occasional MBA Guest Lecturer and CEO Mentor. She has an MBA majoring in Finance from the University of Michigan in the USA, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.
    Julia Davison
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
    BSc (Hons); MPA
    Appointed: 29 June 2011

    Prior to joining Goodstart as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2011, Julia has had extensive senior management experience in the health sector in Australia and the UK.  Between 1999 and 2004 she was CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide.  Most recently she held the position of CEO at WorkCover SA.
    Julia is the Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit organisation working to solve women’s homelessness with sustainable long-term solutions in SA, and is a Director of Territory Insurance Office, NT.
    Julia has a strong interest in public policy, and in 1999 completed a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.