Supporting education and related programs for the empowerment
of children, youth and their communities in the Asia Pacific

OUR BOARD

 

The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC
patron

Alastair Nicholson was a barrister from 1963 to 1982, becoming a QC in 1979. He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1982, and Chair of the Victorian Adult Parole Board from 1985 to 1988. He was Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force from 1987 to 1992. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Justice of the Federal Court of Australia in 1988 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1993.

He retired from the Bench in 2004 and is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow attached to the Law School at the University of Melbourne. Alastair was a Lasallian Foundation Board Director from 2005, before becoming the Foundation's inaugural Patron in late 2014. He is a passionate advocate for human rights, in particular children's, refugee and indigenous rights.

He is currently working with fellow Board Director, Paul Guest, and our former Chair, Sally Nicholes, to help establish Cambodia’s first child-friendly justice system. 

 

 

The Hon Paul Guest QC OAM
Chair

Since 1965 Paul was a Barrister and Solicitor in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, NSW, South Australia, and the Supreme Court of Indiana, USA principally practising in Family Law, Criminal Law and Civil jurisdictions. He was appointed QC in 1983 and then appointed to the Family Court of Australia in 1998.

Paul was the Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association for 12 years. He was also a member of the Ethics Committee, Victorian Bar from 1989 until 1997, as well as a number of other Bar committees.

Paul has also represented Australia in Rowing at the Olympic Games in 1960, 1964, and 1968; World Championships – 1962, 1966, and 1970; and the 1962 Commonwealth Games where he won the Gold Medal. In March 2015, he became the World Record holder for 75+ years Ergo Rowing.

He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2013 for his service to the community and to the sport of rowing. Paul was appointed Chair of the Lasallian Foundation in June 2016.

 

 

MR Alfred Ablaza
Director

Alfred is a life-long Lasallian fulfilling his education with the De La Salle schools in the Philippines from Prep right through University where he has completed a Bachelor degree in Engineering.  His passion and understanding of the Lasallian values as well as his business focus are invaluable to the Board. 

As a business consultant and trainer, Alfred assists people and organisations sustain their business for the long term.   He specialises in LEAN Six Sigma, Quality and Safety Improvement, Learning & Development, Change Management and Business Systems.  In his consultancy and workplace training delivery, he emphasises the practice of Virtues through character education to encourage leaders display excellence and ethics in the workplace.

His extensive experience includes over 20 years at Nestlé in various management roles in manufacturing and operations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands.

Some of Alfred’s other achievements include providing volunteer consulting work for the Victoria Police and the founding of a Social Justice Group at the St Bede’s Parish Balwyn North to raise funds to set up a technical school in Baucau, East Timor.

 

 

Sr Eileen Ann Daffy AO
Director

Sr Eileen has over 25 years of experience as an educator, having worked in many secondary schools, as both teacher and principal. Most recently, Eileen spent 13 years as principal of St Mary’s Academy, in Pakistan. During this time she was a member on various educational boards and committees. She was the Secretary of both Caritas Diocese of Rawalpindi Board and Rawalpindi Board of Education. 

In Australia, Eileen serves on various committees associated with Sisters of Mercy, including education, health, finance and welfare. She is a member of the Sisters of Mercy Reconfiguring Committee and is the Chairperson where she oversees all legal matters for the institute both in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  

 

 

Mr John Harry
Director

John is an established farmer, winemaker and financial consultant, and bring 40 years of global senior finance, commercial law and Board experience from diverse industries including mining, utilities, telecommunications and shipping. He has chaired a number of Boards including Arcadis Capital Pty Ltd, a boutique investment bank, as well as a number of compliance and risk committes.

Aside from his extensive professional career, John was Chair of Brainwave Australia Ltd, a Melbourne-based charity dedicated to paediatric neuroscience, for six years. While in this role, he was responsible for the management of a major fundraising program to support the construction a new children's neuroscience centre at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, which was opened in 2005.

 

MR Arthur Hubbard

Director

Arthur has been involved with the Lasallian Foundation for the past three years as our Accountant in a volunteer capacity, as well as training finance staff in Lasallian projects in Port Moresby, PNG. His extensive Executive Leadership, Operations, Risk and Financial Management experience are valuable assets to his new role as a Board of Director. 

Arthur has previously undertaken Director’s and Public Officer’s roles for subsidiaries of ANZ Bank, as well as a PNG-based investment company. He brings with him an extensive set of very relevant skills and understanding to the work of the Lasallian Foundation Board.

During his career, Arthur has had work assignments and undertaken volunteer stints in Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Timor Leste, gaining valuable insight into the unique challenges and issues Pacific Islanders face.

Arthur has a passion for working with Pacific People, achieving success in the growth and development of others, and making a significant difference through the provision of leadership, influence, ownership, consultation and engagement.

 

 

Ms Tracy Le
Director

Tracy is an experienced investment professional with over 11 years of corporate finance and private equity experience. She has spent the past two years working at Canaccord Genuity as a Director in the investment banking team with a particular focus on mid-market M&A. Prior to Canaccord, Tracy spent 6 years working in principle investments with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group, covering the Asia-Pacific region, including PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji. IFC allowed Tracy to combine her passions for travel, investments and international development where all investments had commercial and development objectives.

Prior to IFC, Tracy lived in Vietnam for 3 years and worked for an international investment fund focusing on private equity investments in Vietnam. Tracy started her career as a chartered accountant, where she spent 6 years with Ernst & Young Melbourne.  

Tracy is a chartered accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney.  

Her previous volunteering/NFP activities include: Deputy Treasure for the Vietnamese Community in Australia – VIC Chapter, Treasurer for Maison Chance Vietnam – Australian Chapter and Advisor to LIN Foundation Vietnam – connecting corporates, advisors to the NFP community. 

 

 

 

Br John Pill

Director

Br John’s working career spans 40+ years, as a teacher, middle manager and principal across Australia. He spent time as school principal and teacher at a number of Lasallian schools, and was most recently based in Singapore as an educational consultant on Lasallian projects throughout Asia and the Pacific.

As a De La Salle Brother, he brings with him the unique perspective and values of the De La Salle Brothers. Br John has been a member of the ANZPPNG District Council for three terms, a delegate to four District Chapters and a District Delegate to the two international Assemblies. This experience and formation in international settings with people from diverse cultures will be extremely beneficial to our Board.

 

 

MR Patrick Trindade

Director

Patrick Trindade has over 13 years’ experience in the finance sector, including the last four years as Head of Private Wealth Melbourne with the Phillip Capital Financial Group. Previously to this he spent three years as the Head of the Small Resource Desk for a leading Australian stockbroking firm.

Patrick specializes in advising both High Net Worth and Institutional clients in all aspects of equities, cash investments, derivatives and managed investment schemes, specializing in portfolio management and asset allocation.

He is a member of the Industry Research and Advisory Committee.Patrick is an accredited securities dealer in Australian and international equities, managed funds, fixed interest, margin lending, exchange traded options, FX and superannuation products. In addition to these industry qualifications he also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University as well as being ASX level 1 & 2 options accredited.Patrick a member of the Institute of Community Directors, and is also a regular contributor to a number of national publications including the Age and the Australian as well contributing on a regular basis to several prominent on-line investor forums.

Residing in Melbourne with his wife, Patrick’s hobbies include golf, thoroughbred racing, travel and volunteer charity work. 

 

MR Steven Wharton

Director

Steven has qualifications in Law and Investment Management. He worked as a State Government lawyer for over 30 years. He was appointed the first Judicial Registrar (Funds in Court) of the Supreme Court of Victoria in December 2012, from which position he retired in March 2016.

For most of his career, Steven was involved in the administration of awards of damages for persons under disability whose moneys were subject to administration by the Supreme Court. Those damages represented compensation for personal injuries, moneys received by children for the wrongful death of a parent, moneys held in trust pursuant to the terms of a Will or Court order, or moneys awarded in compensation as victims of crime. That involvement was as Senior Legal Adviser, Office Manager and Investment Manager and, finally, as the Judicial Officer who made decisions regarding the use of funds.

The administration of the funds often brought Steven into close and daily contact with persons under disability, their carers, parents and stake holders. Consequently, Steven has empathy for those who have suffered loss and for those affected by such loss. Steven cares deeply about seeing all people “getting a fair go” at all levels of society.

 

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