Board of Directors

Our Board consists of seven independent, non-executive Directors. Each brings with them a wealth of experience and expertise to guide all aspects of the fulfilment of our purpose. Independent non-executive directors act voluntarily and receive no fees or remuneration for their services.

Board of Directors

Lorraine Hall, President of the Board of Directors, is a corporate lawyer and company secretary with 30 years' in-house, government and top tier law firm experience. She began her career with Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) in 1986 before moving to Freehills (Herbert Smith Freehills), where she was engaged in a wide range of commercial transactions and corporate advisory work.

After spending several years as a commercial lawyer with the CSIRO, Lorraine moved to CSC Australia as deputy general counsel and company secretary to the group's Australian subsidiaries, providing strategic advice to the board on corporate governance issues and negotiating a variety of large-scale contracts with government and private sector organisations. 

Lorraine joined the BGF Board in 2013 and is also a member of the Risk & Audit Committee and the Investment Committee.

 

Justin Cudmore, Vice President of BGF, is a commercial lawyer with in excess of 20 years' experience, advising clients particularly in the retail and FMCG sectors. He also has extensive commercial property experience. Currently a partner at Marque Lawyers, he was formerly a partner at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Canberra's largest independent law firm..

Justin has held a Board role since May 2017 with the Australian Fashion Chamber, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and develop Australian fashion design.

Justin was previously a director of Galilee Inc, a not-for-profit providing assistance to young people in need in Canberra, primarily through facilitating foster care and operating a small secondary school.

He has a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University.

Justin joined the BGF Board in 2013 and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Risk & Audit Committee. 

 

Jennifer Nairne, Treasurer of BGF, is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor, and currently is a partner in the Fordham Private Clients team, being a specialist part of Perpetual. Jennifer was formerly a Partner in BDO and has extensive experience and industry experience garnered over a 35 year period, including extensive experience in a Big Four accounting firm. She has been involved with the undertaking of audit and internal control and process reviews for many years and is completely familiar with the processes involved and the necessary reporting to regulartory authorities.

In addition to Jennifer's career expertise, Jennifer has been a director of the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation - a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on children with cancer.

Jennifer joined the BGF Board in 2013, and has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2009.  She is also a member of the Investment Committee. 

 

Susan Darroch is an investment management professional with in excess 20 years' experience in financial markets, in both equities and money markets. Currently the Head of Global Equity Beta Solutions for Asia Pacific ex Japan at State Street Global Advisors, her past experience includes positions at Commonwealth Funds Management, Rothschild Australia and Chuo Trust and Banking in London. Susan has been instrumental in collaborating within the industry to mentor and promote women in finance and has worked extensively in the philanthropic field with various patners to improve the lives of minority groups and animals.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and has been admitted as a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

Susan joined the BGF Board in 2011 and also sits on the Finance Committee.

 

David Young is an experienced senior commerical company director and executive with over 30 years' experience in the travel, hospitality and finance industries. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Sydney and London. He subsequently moved to work in seniors roles in sales, finance, ground and inflight operations roles in the airline industry with Ansett Australia, Air New Zealand and Qantas. From 2008 until 2014 David was an Executive Director with the Journey Group Plc in London where he was also a director of a number of subsidiaries in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. He returned to Sydney in 2014 to work with Qantas as the Chief Operating Officer of the Qantas Catering Group and is now Executive Manager Commerial with Qantas Loyalty.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Commeerical Law from Deakin University. He is a Graduate Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

David is also active in the Qantas Diversity and Indigenous Programs.

David joined the BGF Board in 2015. He is also a member of the Finance Committee.

 

 

 

Stephen Gray is a senior pharmaceutical marketing executive, whose current position is Marketing Manager for Neuroscience and Infectious Diseases at Janssen Australia (a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson). Stephen has over 21 years of diverse pharmaceutical experience including sales, marketing, and global drug development across a variety of illnesses including cancer, schizophrenia, hepatitis C & B, and HIV.

Stephen has a solid understanding of HIV and AIDs related issues having worked extensively in the area in both the UK and Australia. Stephen holds a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science (pharmacology & biochemistry) from Sydney Unversity.

Stephen joined the BGF Board in 2015 and is also a member of the Fundraising Committee. 

 

Abby Landy is an advocate for people living with HIV with a particular focus on supporting women and girls. She has attained a significant national and international profile through sharing her story and speaking about her experience of living with HIV. Abby has appeared on many national television and radio programs and her story has been featured in publications including Cosmopolitan, Woman's Weekly and Who Magazine.

Abby is also invovled in educating medical progessionals about HIV through presenting to the Royal College of General Practitioners. Abby is completing her legal qualitfications and currently works as a paralegal at the national commerical law firm, Kemp Strang.

Abby joined the BGF Board in 2015.  She is also a member of the Risk & Audit Committee. 

 

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