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

Justin Cudmore, President of the BGF Board of Directors, 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 also 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.

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 Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee.

David Young, Vice President of the BGF Board of Directors, is an experienced senior commercial company director and executive with over 30 years' experience in the travel, hospitality and finance industries. David began his career as a Chartered Accountant in Sydney and London and currently works with Qantas as the Chief Operating Officer of the Qantas Catering Group and is now Executive Manager Commercial with Qantas Loyalty. David is active in the Qantas Diversity and Indigenous Programs.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management from the University of NSW, and a Masters of Commercial 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 joined the BGF Board in 2015 and is Chair of the Finance Committee.

Ramon del Carmen, Treasurer of the BGF Board of Directors, is the CFO of Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN), which is one of 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) established by the Australian Government to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health and medical services for the community. He is also currently a director of Northside Community Forum, a leading not-for-profit provider of support services for older people, people living with a disability, mental health and their carers throughout Sydney.

Ramon was previously the Board Chair of Primary and Community Services Limited, a not-for-profit health organisation providing care coordination, linking and support services for people living with long-term health conditions and mental illness, who have complex needs.

Ramon has a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney, an MBA and MA (Business Research) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, is a Chartered Accountant, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ramon joined the BGF Board in 2017 and is a member of the Investment and Finance Committees.

Abby Landy, Board Member, 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 involved in educating medical professionals about HIV through presenting to the Royal College of General Practitioners. 

Abby is a solicitor at the commercial law firm, Addisons.

Abby joined the BGF Board in 2015 and is a member of the Risk & Audit and Fundraising Committees.

Clare Pearson, Board Member, is the CEO at Project Futures, a charity based in Sydney and working to transform the lives of victims to sex trafficking and slavery in Australia and Cambodia. Clare is a qualified psychologist, specialising in child and adolescent welfare, and passionate about working in community based projects aimed at making a difference in the lives of women and children.

Following her training, Clare worked in positions of senior leadership in both Australia and the United Kingdom, establishing projects of purpose and developing, leading and inspiring teams in executing innovative programs in the areas of child protection, early intervention, disability and education. Clare is a strong believer in the power of people, whereby a united effort can effect meaningful and significant change on a local and global level.

Clare joined the BGF Board in 2017.

Mathew Paine, Board Member is the Director of Human Resources at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and also holds other Non-Executive Director board positions at Proactiv Payroll Australia and Definitiv International (HRIS/Payroll software).

An HR practitioner with over 18 years of senior HR experience within the private and not for profit sectors in Australia and the U.K, Mathew's HR leadership has resulted in industry awards including the highly coveted Australian HR Team of the Year, Best Recruitment Campaign and AHRI Inclusive Workplace, as well as finalist places in the HR Technology, HR Innovation and HR Director of the Year.

Mathew holds a Master of Strategic Human Resource Management degree from East London University and a Master’s Degree in Labour Law & Relations from Sydney University Law School. Mathew is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, U.K), a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI, Australia) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mathew joined the BGF Board in 2017 and is a member of the Risk & Audit Committee.


Linda Hansen, Board Member is the Chief Executive Officer of Palliative Care NSW, the peak body for palliative care in NSW, representing palliative care providers and those with an interest in palliative care. Linda also currently chairs the Awareness and Communications sub-committee along with the State-wide Conference sub-committee.

Linda is an experienced manager in both the Commonwealth Public Service and in the community sector with extensive experience in management of physical and financial resources.

She has a very strong record of successful relationship management and as a result has a very large network of contacts within palliative care service providers in NSW and across Australia.  Linda is a respected leader with the ability to focus and motivate staff and colleagues including members of boards, many of whom come to the task with little experience in NGO management and governance.