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Our Board

Save the Children Australia's corporate governance and performance is the responsibility of our Board of Directors.

Save the Children's Board

Our board delegates the responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the company to our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who together with our Executive team is accountable to the Board. The role of Save the Children's CEO and our Chairman are separate. With a maximum of 14 directors, Save the Children Australia must have at least one director resident in each state. We currently have 10 directors who all volunteer their skills, experience and time to help improve the lives of children.

Read our latest annual report for more information.

Current Board of Directors

Peter Hodgson

Peter Hodgson

MA (Honours) in Law Cambridge University UK Chairman of the Board and ex-officio member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Programs and Risk Committee, and Board Human Resources Committee

Peter Hodgson is currently a director of several public companies and, until late 2016, was the Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Family Company – a privately-held investment and wealth management business with offices in four states. Until 2008, Peter worked with ANZ in senior roles including Group Managing Director Institutional, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Structured Finance. Prior to returning to Australia in 1997, Peter had been working in advisory and structured finance in the United Kingdom, Asia and the US, variously at Bank of America and BZW. Peter has been a director of Save the Children since May 2012 and became Chairman in June 2012.


Michelle Somerville

Michelle Somerville

Treasurer, Chairman of the Board Audit Committee

Michelle was an audit partner at KPMG and has 26 years of experience in financial accounting, audit, risk management and compliance across a range of industries including the not-for-profit sector, in both Australia and the United States. Michelle has been a director of Save the Children since December 2012.


Gary Oliver

Gary Oliver

Member of the Board Human Resources Committee

Gary has been on many boards in the past, including as Chair of the Aboriginal Legal Service, and has held senior government positions including with Aboriginal Affairs NSW and most recently with the Queensland Department of Communities. Currently he is General Manager, Indigenous Business Development, Pearls MiiHome, an innovative building and development company based in south-east Queensland and part of the Pearls Global organisation. Gary has been a director of Save the Children since May 2013.


Annabelle Herd

Annabelle Herd

Member of the Board Audit Committee

Currently Chief Operating Officer at Network Ten, Annabelle is a senior corporate affairs executive with 20 years' experience and expertise in policy development and implementation, regulatory affairs, and government relations in both commercial and public sector roles. Before Ten, Annabelle spent four years as Senior Adviser to Federal Communications Minister, Senator the Hon. Richard Alston. She has also worked for Virgin Mobile Australia, and led copyright policy and advocacy functions for Australian and international industry peak bodies, the Australian Digital Alliance and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, in addition to completing a secondment to the Federal Attorney-General's Department. Annabelle is a director of Freeview Australia and an alternate director of Free TV Australia. Annabelle has been a director of Save the Children since August 2016.


Harvey Collins

Harvey Collins

Member of the Board Audit Committee and the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Harvey Collins is currently Chair of Insitor Partners Pte.Ltd, Singapore (an impact fund manager), and an Executive Coach with Foresight’s Global Coaching. He has extensive experience at executive and board levels in a range of industries. This includes Chief Financial Officer of Challenge Bank Limited, a Western Australian regional bank; Executive Director of listed-investment company, Chieftain Securities Limited; and Chairman of Navitas Limited, Bankwest Limited and HBF Inc. In September 2016, Harvey retired as Chair of Hagar International, the international NGO that works with women and children survivors of severe human rights abuses via operational bases in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Harvey has also held board roles in other industries including telecommunications, electricity and mining services. His earlier professional work was in treasury and financial markets. Prior to this, Harvey taught for three years in the tertiary education sector. Harvey has been a director of Save the Children since May 2017.


Rod Glover

Rod Glover

Member of the Board Audit Committee and the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Rod Glover is an independent economics and strategy consultant, advising governments in Australia and globally on innovation and entrepreneurship policy. He has extensive experience in public policy, including as a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as Senior Adviser to an Australian Prime Minister, and with Melbourne Business School and the Australian Treasury. His executive education has been in public leadership, economic development, collaboration and platform strategy. Rod sits on the Advisory Board of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. He was previously a director of the Victorian Government’s Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science and a member of the Australian Government’s National Sustainability Council. Rod is also the co-founder of a digital start-up in the higher education field. Until its recent merger with Save the Children, Rod was the chair of Hands on Learning Australia. Rod has been a director of Save the Children since April 2017.


Karen Harmon

Karen Harmon

AM Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Karen Harmon is the Vice President, Technical and Program Quality for Abt Associates. She has been involved in the health sector for 40 years and has wide-ranging experience in government, non-government and business sectors. Karen has also worked in humanitarian assistance with a special focus on the health of women and children. Much of Karen’s work has focused on Primary Health Care, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, she has concentrated on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and young people’s health and social and emotional wellbeing. Another important element of Karen’s work is advocacy in the areas of social justice and human rights – especially the rights of the child. Karen has been a director of Save the Children since September 2017.


Mary Sue Rogers

Mary Sue Rogers

Member of the Board and Chairperson Human Resources Committee

Mary Sue Rogers is a Non-Executive Director of Women on Boards Australia and a board advisor for several organisations in Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition to her board work, Mary Sue consults in the areas of business transformation, governance, organisation design, mergers and acquisitions. Mary Sue is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of leadership positions from CEO to Partner in global professional services organisations, including IBM, PwC and Talent2. Mary Sue has participated in Save the Children’s HR Committee since 2016, and has been a strong advocate and supporter of Save the Children for over 30 years. Mary Sue is a certified International Director through INSEAD’s International Directors Program, and is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Michael White

Michael White

Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Michael White has had over 30 years of experience in the fields of child development, child protection, youth justice and early childhood education as an academic, teacher and senior executive in both the government and non-government sectors. His senior executive roles have included Director of Schools for Victoria, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Executive Director Children, Youth and Family Services Bureau (ACT) and State Program Manager for Children Youth and Family Support in Tasmania.   Since establishing his consultancy practice in 2008, Michael continues to provide strategic advice to Government and non-government agencies delivering services to children and their families.   Michael has been a director of Save the Children since September 2018.


Larry Kamener

Larry Kamener

Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Larry Kamener, is a Senior Adviser and former Senior Partner in the Boston Consulting Group. During his time with BCG, Larry founded and was the inaugural leader of BCG’s Global Public Sector Practice. He  founded and is now the Chair of the Centre for Public Impact, a BCG Foundation based in London. Larry is also the Chair of Teach for Australia and the Strategic Advisory Council of the Bastow Institute of School Leadership is a Board Member with the Melbourne Theatre Company. Larry has been a director of Save the Children since September 2019.


Sandy Pitcher

Sandy Pitcher

Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Sandy Pitcher is Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills at the Department of Education and Training in South Australia. Sandy was previously the Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and National Resources and Deputy Chief Executive at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her international government experience includes executive roles at the UK’s Commission for Racial Equality. She sits on the Board of the Environment Institute, University of Adelaide Solar Citizens, the South Australian Minerals and Energy Advisory Council, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and IPAA Council. Sandy has been a director of Save the Children since November 2019.


Michelle Scott

Michelle Scott

Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee

Michelle Scott was appointed the inaugural Director of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA in October 2015. The Centre is focused on building greater capacity in the community to understand, contribute and positively impact on social issues. Michelle has over 30 years’ experience leading and influencing government and community organisations to address and reduce contemporary, complex social challenges. She has also been an independent statutory officer, including as WA’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People (6 years), and Public Advocate for WA (5 years).  Ms Scott is also currently the Chair of the WA Government’s Supporting Communities Forum. Michelle has been a director of Save the Children since November 2019.


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