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



The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

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

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

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

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

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 Roal Children's Hospital Melbourne, which was opened in 2005.


MR Arthur Hubbard


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.




Br John Pill


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.


Patrick Trindade

Patrick Trindade has over 13 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector, in which he currently holds a number of senior positions including Portfolio Manager with Melbourne-based Fund Manager Armytage Private. 

Previous to this role, he spent the last four years as Head of Private Wealth (Victoria) with the Phillip Capital Financial Group and before that seven years as a Senior Investment Adviser. 

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 also a member of the Armytage Industry Research and Advisory Committee.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University (Commercial Law Major) and in addition to this is an accredited securities dealer in Australian and international equities, managed funds, fixed interest, margin lending and superannuation products. He also holds both ASX level 1 & 2 options accreditation. 

Patrick is a member of the Institute of Community Directors, as well as holding directorships in two Pty Ltd Investment companies 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 Ruth, Patrick’s hobbies include AFL, rugby union, golf, thoroughbred racing, travel and volunteer charity work. 


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