Board members

Meet our board:


Susan Black

BOT, MSWAP

Susan Black

Susan Black

Responsibilities: Member of the Public Engagement Committee, Member of the Governance Committee

Elected: 2010
Current term expires: 2018

Susan is currently a Social Business Mentor in Myanmar. Previously she has worked in Australia in business development for social enterprises, social impact investing, collective impact and change management projects. She has previously held various positions in Australia with SVA, Oxfam, Queensland Government and smaller community-based organisations.

She is an Associate of the Centre for Social Response, a community development training organisation.


Selwyn Button

B.Teaching

Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Selwyn Button

Selwyn Button

Appointed: August 2014
Current term expires: 2018

Selwyn is an Aboriginal man with extensive professional experience in various social service fields supporting Indigenous communities. He is currently Assistant Director-General, State Schools — Indigenous Education in the Queensland Department of Education and Training.

Immediately prior to joining the Oxfam Australia Board, he was CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council for four years. Selwyn is also a Director on a number of other Boards: The Lowitja Institute; Queensland South Native Title Service Ltd and previously sat on the Queensland Council of Social Services Board.


Ann Byrne

HDTS, Grad Dip (HRC), Grad Dip (Superannuation), FAICD, FAIST

Ann Byrne

Ann Byrne

Responsibilities: Deputy Chair of the Board. Co-Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee

Co-opted: 2009
Current term expires: 2017

Until November 2013 Ann worked in the finance sector particularly in the management of superannuation funds and more recently in advocacy around the need for effective management of environmental, social and governance investment risk to achieve long term sustainable performance.

As CEO of two large superannuation funds and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors Ltd, Ann reported to Boards, managed staff across diverse disciplinary teams, dealt with complex stakeholder relationships including large service providers, participated on industry councils and lobbied government for responsible change.  Ann is a member of the Compliance Committee of BlackRock Investment Management Australia Ltd and a member of the Integrated Reporting Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network.


Peter Croft

BSc, BEc, MAICD

Peter Croft

Peter Croft

Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Elected: 2008
Current term expires: 2018

Peter is a long-time supporter of Community Aid Abroad and a Director of Oxfam Australia Trading since September 2011. Peter was formerly a Director of South Australia’s Department for Environment and Heritage.


Dennis Goldner

BEc (Hons), FAICD

Dennis Goldner

Dennis Goldner

Responsibilities: Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominations Committee, Member of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee, Member of Governance Committee, Chair of Remuneration Committee

Appointed: 2011
Current term expires: 2017

Dennis was a partner at Deloitte for 20 years, retiring in 2009. His earlier career was spent in the Australian and Victorian public sector, having worked in industry policy, trade and competition policy agencies reaching senior levels. He now leads Deloitte’s Responsible Business agenda nationally and chairs The Deloitte Foundation. Dennis also serves as a member of the Library Board of Victoria and on the board of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He has completed terms on the board of The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Deloitte Australia, Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts Victoria (both as Chair). Dennis has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Melissa Houghton

MBA, BA

Melissa Houghton

Melissa Houghton

Responsibilities: Chair of the Public Engagement Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee

Appointed: 2012
Current term expires: 2019

Based in NSW, Melissa is an experienced Marketing and Communications Executive and owner of Eighty20 Communications. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Melissa has worked for corporates, government and not-for-profits, successfully developing and delivering communications and marketing strategies to drive the commercial outcomes for the organisation.

The breadth of industry experience ranges from publishing, property, recruitment, telecommunications and food manufacturing having held senior positions in a number of large organisations including News Digital Media, Telstra, Defence Force Recruiting and the Green Building Council of Australia. She has a record of active community involvement and is a keen Oxfam Trailwalker participant.


Dr Fiona Kotvojs

D. Ed, MBA, Grad Dip Bus Mgt, Grad Dip. Ed, Grad Dip Assess & Eval., BSc [Hon], GAICD

Fiona Kotvojs

Fiona Kotvojs

Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee

Appointed: 2012
Current term expires: 2019

Fiona brings over 20 years’ experience in international development assistance. She has particular expertise in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, program design, program sustainability and capacity development. Her international development experience includes governance roles as Alternate Director and Senior Executive for ACIL Australia. She also serves as a Director or Trustee on a range of other Australian Boards and Trusts.


The Hon Judi Moylan AO

Dip REMgmt, GAICD

The Hon Judi Moylan AO

Responsibilities: Member of the Public Engagement Committee

Appointed: 2014
Current Term Expires: 2018

The Hon Judi Moylan was elected to the federal Seat of Pearce in 1993 and served as Minister for Family Services and Minister for the Status of Women. Mrs Moylan was a Permanent Delegate to the International Parliamentary Union, Chair of the Australia/China Friendship Parliamentary Group, an Observer in the Indonesian elections in 1999 and the Cambodian elections in 2013 and has led many high-level delegations abroad.

Mrs Moylan retired from parliament in 2013 and was appointed Independent President and Chair of the Board of Diabetes Australia, Co-chair of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group 2013, Co-chair National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group 2013-2015, Global Coordinator of the International Diabetes Federation’s Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network 2013–2015 and to the Diabetes Forum of the World Innovation Summit for Health 2015. She has been the recipient of the Sir Kempson Maddox award, Diabetes Australia Outstanding Services award, the Alan Missen Medal, and lifetime achievement awards from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Novo Nordisk.


Mark Pryn

BEc, ACA, ACIS

Mark Pryn

Mark Pryn

Responsibilities: Co-Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Co-opted: 2009
Current term expires: 2017

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Company Secretary with over 25 years experience within corporate and professional service environments.

Currently, Mark operates as a consultant providing clients with a broad range of corporate management services, drawing on his extensive background in commerce, finance and governance.


Greg Ridder

BBus(Acc) GradDip(Mktg) CPA GAICD

Barbara Rugendyke

Greg Ridder

Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee
Appointed: 2016
Current Term Expires: 2020

Greg has an extensive career as an executive in the packaging industry, where he was formerly President of Asia Pacific Operations at NYSE listed Owens Illinois. He is a past President of the Packaging Council of Australia and has been a member of the Business Council of Australia.

In the not-for-profit sector Greg has held interim leadership roles as CEO at the Australian Institute of Architects, CEO at Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, and as Chief Financial Officer as World Vision Australia.

Greg’s board roles include Kogan.com and Tibaldi Smallgoods, both of which he chairs, and also at Phoenix Australia — Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and B Lab Australia & New Zealand.

Greg has completed an Accounting degree at RMIT, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing at Monash University and the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in France. He is a CPA and graduated member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Barbara Rugendyke

BA (Hons), Dip. Ed., PhD

Barbara Rugendyke

Barbara Rugendyke

Responsibilities: Board member, Member of Governance Committee

Appointed: November 2014
Current Term Expires: 2018

Barbara has enjoyed a twenty year career as an academic geographer, teaching and researching in the field of international development. The contributions of NGOs to poverty reduction have been a long-term focus of Barbara’s research. Barbara has also worked as a facilitator in community development planning in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia and conducted research about sustainable livelihoods for resettled indigenous minority communities in northern Vietnam. Barbara currently serves as Dean and Head of School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England.

Barbara has supported Oxfam over many years and has prior experience on boards of local community organisations and small development NGOs, as well as in university governance.


John Siddham

Grad Dip (App Sc), M Bus (IT), MA (International Relations)

John Siddham

Responsibilities: Member of the Public Engagement Committee

Appointed: 2016
Current Term Expires: 2018

John is the staff participant on the Board. He has been with Oxfam for over five years and currently works as a Program Information Coordinator. John has worked across several sectors including youth, housing and homelessness, public health, and international development.

As the Director of Information Technology at BreastScreen Victoria, John developed major innovative projects that enabled the program to scale up and grow. As the Program Director for livelihood programs at Jyotirmai in India, John undertook major reforms in the design and delivery of programs.

Early in his career, John worked at the grass root level with student and youth movements in local communities in India. He then worked as a National Coordinator, and as an Asia Regional Coordinator. He was elected as the Secretary General to lead the international student NGO present in over 90 countries. John has a strong passion for social justice and is a keen observer of international affairs.


Belinda Tallis

LLB, BEc, GDLP, GAICD, TFASFA

Belinda Tallis

Belinda Tallis

Appointed: 2016
Current term expires: 2020

Lindy is an experienced company director with expertise in financial services, not-for-profit organisations, strategy, compliance, risk and governance. Until December 2013 Lindy worked in the finance sector particularly in funds management. Formerly a lawyer with 30 years commercial legal experience, Lindy has worked as a Senior Executive in general counsel roles for global firms including UBS, Lazard Asset Management, Nikko Asset Management and BankSA.

Lindy is a member of the Compliance Committee of Capital Group Investment Management Ltd and of the Governance Committee of Lifeline Australia. She has a Law/Economics degree from the University of Adelaide, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Trustee Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.


Michael Wright

BEc (Hons), M.SC Ec (Hons), AICD

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Member of the Public Engagement Committee

Appointed: 2013
Current term expires: 2017

Until recently Michael was the Managing Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre. He is currently using his management experience to mentor a number of senior public sector managers in Australia and New Zealand.

Previously, Michael had been Deputy Secretary of several Victorian government departments. Nearly 25 years ago he started his own strategic planning and organisational change consulting group which has worked with some 200 public and private sector organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Michael has also had more than 20 years volunteering in community and not-for-profit Boards.


Alan Wu

BA, LLB, Grad Dip (LegPrac)

Alan Wu

Alan Wu

Responsibilities: Chair of the Governance Committee, Member of the Nominations Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee

Elected: 2010
Current term expires: 2019

As the youngest and longest-serving Chair of Australia’s peak body for young people, Alan led the successful campaign to reestablish the position for a Federal Minister for Youth. He also helped secure new, annual government funding to ensure — for the first time in more than a decade — that young Australians had a seat at the table wherever the national agenda was being shaped.

For this, Alan was recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission and named a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards. Internationally, Alan has served as Special Envoy for Young People to the UN Environment Programme Executive Director, on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and as the founding chair of the Canberra Hub of the Global Shapers Community; an initiative of the World Economic Forum.