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
    BA (Hons); MBA
    Non-executive Chair
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee

    Appointed 13 October 2009

    Michael joined Social Ventures Australia (SVA) as founding Chief Executive 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 $45m from social investors to fund outstanding ventures and strengthen Australia’s non-profit sector.
    Social Ventures Australia invests in outstanding non-profit ventures to help break the cycle of disadvantage facing many Australians.  SVA focuses on education and employment initiatives and partnerships as key to providing a ‘fair go’ and opportunities for all Australians.  In addition, SVA offers consulting services to the social sector more broadly, including helping philanthropists be more strategic in their approach to giving.
    Michael is Chair of Assetic, the Opera Australia Capital Fund and Australian Schools Plus and is 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
    BA; LLB
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee

    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, Clean Up Australia, and the Centre for Social Impact, and currently as a Director of The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA. Robin is also Chair of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council
    Greg Hutchinson AM
    BA (Hons); MSc
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Member, Remuneration and Nominations Committee
    Member, ERP Committee

    Appointed 28 May 2010

    Greg is an Advisory Partner and former Partner/Director at consultancy firm Bain & Company. He has 30 years’ experience leading major strategic and operational change programs for global corporations in Asia, Europe and North America.
    Greg also became the founding Chief Executive of The Australian Charities Fund in 2000, building workplace giving in private and public sector employers. He transitioned to Deputy Chair in 2005.  He is also a Director of ShareGift Australia, Women’s Community Shelters, Centre for Social Impact, ACF AskU and Bell Shakespeare.  In 2014 Greg was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community, business and social enterprise.
    Rob Koczkar
    B Eng (Hons)
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    Member, ERP Committee

    Appointed 28 May 2010

    Rob serves as Chairman of Energy Developments Limited and as a Director of Social Ventures Australia Limited and Spotless Group Holdings Limited.
    He will take up the position of CEO of Social Ventures Australia Limited in October 2014.
    He has over 15 years’ experience in private equity investing with 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 a strategic consultant with Bain & Company advising clients in the United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, and Australia. 
    Wendy McCarthy AO
    BA; Dip Ed; MAICD
    Non-executive Director
    Chair, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee

    Appointed 21 September 2010

    Wendy has been a teacher, educator and change agent in Australian public life for over four decades and has held significant 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, as well as Non-executive Director of Bentham IMF. 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
    BA; Dip Ed; GAICD
    Non-executive Director
    Member, Early Learning and Care Reference Committee
    Chair, Remuneration and Nominations Committee

    Appointed 21 September 2010

    Lynne is Director of the Office for the Community Sector, Department of Human Services, 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 the 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
    B Econ; MBA
    Non-executive Director
    Chair, Audit and Risk Committee
    Chair, ERP Committee

    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
    BSc (Hons); MPA
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

    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 human services sector in Australia and the UK.  Between 1999 and 2004 she was CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide.  From 2004 to 2010 Julia was CEO of WorkCover SA a statutory authority which manages the South Australian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme, extending protection to 430,000 employees in SA.
    Julia is a Director of Territory Insurance Office in NT and is a former Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit working to solve women’s homelessness in SA with sustainable long term solutions.
    Julia has a strong interest in public policy having completed a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.