Board members

Meet our board:


Dr Judith Slocombe AM

BVSc (Melb), Post Grad Dip Management (Melb), MBA (Melb), FAICD, FAIM

Dennis Goldner

Judith Slocombe

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: March 2020
Current term expires: 2023

Dr Judith Slocombe is a professional board director and business consultant with extensive experience across corporate, Government and non-profit organisations. In 2001 Judith was awarded Australia’s most prestigious award for women in business, the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. Judith is an entrepreneur, having built and sold her own business followed by many years’ experience as a CEO and in senior executive roles in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, operating across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Judith was CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation for ten years, has since held a number of Interim CEO roles.

Judith has held a portfolio of non-executive directorships in various business sectors for over 15 years. She is a current director of Fight MND, Leadership Victoria, Children’s Rights International, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, and is Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel at Walter + Eliza Hall Institute. Former directorships include Australian Red Cross Blood Service, VicHealth, Open Universities Australia, South East Water, Young and Well CRC, Agriculture Victoria Services and Chair of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital.

Judith has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, has studied Senior Executive Management at Harvard and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the Australian Society in Business Leadership and received an Order of Australia award in 2018.


Peter Bars

BA

Peter Bars

Peter Bars

Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee

Appointed: 2019
Current term expires: 2022

Peter was a partner at Deloitte Australia for 15 years acting as the Deloitte Technology and Innovation leader for the Asia Pacific Region. He has over 35 years information systems consulting and project experience in Australia, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining Deloitte he was responsible for establishing Gartner Consulting in the Asia Pacific region. Peter specialised in the provision of consulting services to clients in areas such as IT strategic planning, system selection IT Due Diligence and vendor negotiation. Peter previously led all Deloitte client services for the Australian Department of Defence. He was up until recently the Deputy Chairman of the Deloitte Australian Board of Partners. Peter also was a member of the Deloitte Asia Pacific Board of Partners.


Melissa Houghton

MBA, BA

Melissa Houghton

Melissa Houghton

Responsibilities: Member of the Public Engagement Committee

Appointed: 2012
Current term expires: 2022

Based in NSW, Melissa is an experienced marketing and communications executive and owner of Eighty20 Communications. In her 20 plus years, Mel has worked for corporate, government and not-for-profits, successfully developing and delivering communications and marketing strategies to drive the commercial outcomes for the organisation. Her 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, MEval, 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: 2022

Dr Fiona Kotvojs brings 30 years’ experience in the international development sector, encompassing design, management and evaluation of programs.  She has a commitment to sustainability and capacity development, and is a recognised expert in these areas. Fiona has worked across a range of sectors including education, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, economic governance, community development and law and justice. This is supported by postgraduate qualifications in education, business and evaluation. Fiona is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Community is a strong focus for Fiona. Consequently she maintains an active involvement in her community, including a number of leadership roles.

Dr Kotvojs is standing in the by-election for the Federal seat of Eden-Monaro, to be held on 4 July 2020. Dr Kotvojs has been granted leave from her responsibilities on the board from 25 May to 5 July. Should Dr Kotvojs be elected as the member for Eden-Monaro, she will resign from the board.


Geoff McClellan

LLB BEc

Geoff McClellan

Geoff McClellan

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

Appointed: 2017
Current term expires: 2021

Geoff is an experienced senior executive, director and chairman. He is one of Australia’s leading corporate litigators dealing with major strategic corporate disputes and regulatory matters for a significant cross section of ASX100 listed companies. He combines this with many years of experience in senior leadership, governance and global management positions at leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF). He is currently a partner of HSF, a Director of Lifeline Australia Ltd, a past Chairman and Senior partner of Freehills and Managing Partner of HSF.


Sally McCutchan OAM

GradDip AccFin, BEc, CPA, GAICD

Sally McCutchan

Sally McCutchan

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

Appointed: 2018
Current term expires: 2021

Sally is the CEO and an Executive Director of Impact Investing Australia. She has extensive experience in finance, funds management and strategy, and has spent many years working in and understanding Asia Pacific markets. She has held senior roles with Accenture, Legg Mason Asset Management and SBC Warburg (now UBS). Sally is a non-executive director of Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management, ygap and a National Australia Bank securitisation company. She is currently a member of: the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, the Australian Sustainable Finance Working Group on Capital Mobilisation and the QBE Classification of Social Impact Committee. She was previously a member of Working Groups of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing and the AHURI inquiry panel into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes. Sally is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.


Tim McMinn

MPP (Oxon), BEng, BCom, MIEAust

Tim McMinn

Tim McMinn

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

Appointed: 2018
Current term expires: 2021

Tim is a Senior Manager in PwC’s Consulting practice, where he focuses on policy and economic advisory services for public and health sector clients. Prior to his current role, Tim spent three years working as an international development consultant with PwC in the UK, where he focused on cities, urbanisation, and economic development. Tim is a long-time supporter of Oxfam Australia and served as the Western Australian State Committee Chair between 2009 – 2012. He remains active in the Oxfam supporter community. Tim has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and also holds a Masters of Public Policy with Distinction from the University of Oxford.


James Riturban (Staff Participant)

MS, BA

James Riturban

James Riturban

Responsibilities: Member of Public Engagement Committee

Elected: 2020
Current Term Expires: 2022

James is a Portfolio Manager for Oxfam Australia, overseeing its work in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. With over 15 years of international development and humanitarian experience, he brings a strong technical background as the Staff Participant to the Oxfam Australia Board. Throughout his career, James has worked on humanitarian response, agriculture, economic development and gender-based programs in South and South East Asia, East Africa and the Middle East. James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetorical Studies and Master’s Degree in International Development from DePaul University in Chicago, US.


Des Rogers

BA (Creative Writing), MBA (ongoing)

Des Rogers

Des Rogers

Responsibilities: Member of First Peoples’ Advisory Committee

Appointed: 2019
Current term expires: 2022

Des is a respected Southern Arrernte Aboriginal man of the Pertame Clan from Central Australia and resided in his home town of Alice Springs for many years. He now lives in Brisbane.
From founding an Aboriginal business incubator, mentoring youth in Alice Springs in response to culturally appropriate skills development and economic opportunities needs in the community for a period of 15 years he has continued to be mentor to many people.
Des is a highly skilled executive leader with extensive Board memberships in the not-for-profit and public sectors. He has provided strategic direction, demonstrated operations and facility management, community engagement, financial management and have a proven track record in driving organisational performance improvement and reform in line with corporate governance and Governmental requirements.


Belinda Tallis

LLB, BEc, GDLP, GAICD, TFASFA

Responsibilities: Deputy Chair of the Board, Member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Belinda Tallis

Belinda Tallis

Appointed: 2016
Current term expires: 2021

Belinda is an experienced company director with expertise in financial services, not-for-profit organisations, strategy, legal, compliance, risk and governance. Until 2014, Belinda worked as a senior executive in the finance sector primarily in the funds management industry. Formerly a lawyer with 30 years commercial legal experience, Belinda spent 17 years as the head of legal and compliance and company secretariat for several large global financial services firms with Asia Pacific operations and off shore head offices including UBS Global Asset Management (Australia) Limited, Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co, Nikko Asset Management Australia Limited and BankSA. Belinda has been serving as a member on the compliance committees of investment fund managers since 2010 and has been acting as an executive and non-executive director since 2002 in both the commercial and not for profit space. Belinda has a Law/Economics degree from the University of Adelaide and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Trustee Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.


Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

PhD, BA(Hons)

Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

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

Appointed: 2018
Current term expires: 2021

Jasmine is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University, and Research Associate at the Developmental Leadership Program. Her research revolves around peace processes and peacebuilding in contexts of civil war, the roles of women in war and peace, and the long-term impacts of sexual exploitation and abuse in peace and humanitarian operations and she has published extensively on these issues. She has undertaken field research in Timor-Leste, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Cyprus, Palestine, Cambodia, at UN Headquarters in New York and with the humanitarian sector in Geneva. Jasmine has conducted policy and research work with a range of NGOs including the Humanitarian Advisory Group, International Women’s Development Agency, World Vision, ActionAid and others. Jasmine is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and abuse. Jasmine has been extensively involved in designing, delivering and facilitating training for peace builders and humanitarians globally, including with the International Peace and Security Institute and for NGOs in Palestine. She is also a convenor of the Melbourne Free University.


Alan Wu

JP, BA, LLB, GDipLegPrac, LLM, MAICD

Alan Wu

Alan Wu

Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee

Appointed: 2010
Current term expires: 2021

Alan is the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator at the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral project to make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. Previously, Alan served as Chair of Australia’s peak body for young people, where he led the successful campaign to re-establish a federal Minister for Youth position. He also helped secure new, annual government funding to ensure, for the first time in over a decade, that young Australians had a seat at the table, wherever the national agenda was being shaped. He then served as an executive and lawyer with the Australian Government, and worked across the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Attorney-General, and Prime Minister and Cabinet. Internationally, Alan has served as Special Envoy for Young People to the Executed Director of the UN Environment Programme, and on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. After attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Alan was also recently commissioned to help grow the Forum’s Global Shapers Community, which supports young change makers across the world.