Directing improvements for children

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

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 11 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 & Risk Committee and Board Human Resources Committee.
Peter Hodgson is currently a director of several ubic companies and until late 2016 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 was Group Managing Director Institutional at ANZ. Previously he was Chief Risk Officer for two years (2005-2007) before which time he had been 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.Jill Cameron

Jill Cameron
BA, B.Ed
Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee
Jill Cameron has a wealth of experience across education, health and children's services in government and non-government sectors. As a consultant for the past 17 years, she has undertaken strategic planning, policy development, program and project design and evaluating projects, large and small, at the local, state wide and national levels.  Jill has been a director of Save the Children between 2003 and 2009 and most recently since May 2012.Christine Charles

Christine Charles
Member of the Board Programs and Risk Committee
Christine is an independent chair and director, and provides strategic advice in the mining, oil, gas and energy sectors. Christine was the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of Human Services and prior to that she headed the South Australian Cabinet Office. Christine is an adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland, and a Senior Advisor with the Nous Group. Christine has been a director of Save the Children since September 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. 

Jenny Roche

Annabelle Herd
Member of the Board Audit Committee
Currently Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs 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. 

Jenny Roche

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

Harvey Collins is currently a Non-Executive Director of Navitas Limited (ASX-listed international education services provider), Chairman of Insitor Impact Asia Fund, Singapore (a social venture capital fund), 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 Bankwest Limited and HBF Inc. In September 2016, Harvey retired as Chairman 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 & 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.