Laura McLachlan is the Chair of the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and has been a trustee since its inception in 2004. After practising as a commercial lawyer at Deacons Lawyers (now Norton Rose) she worked in the International Strategy division of Fosters Group Limited. She is now a non-executive director of BAJLE Group (incorporating Ted’s Camera Stores and The Homewares Group). Laura is the mother of 3 young children including 2 girls and is passionate about women’s education. Laura also sits as a Scholarship Trustee of the Dafydd Lewis Trust.
Gaye is currently Director, Head of People – Audit and Tax, for KPMG Australia. She is a seasoned and senior Human Resources professional with 20+ years experience across financial services, professional services and the public sector. Gaye started her career as a teacher and understands fully the advantages and opportunities an education provides.
Georgie is currently Marketing Manager of DeakinPrime, the corporate education arm of Deakin University. She is a marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years’ experience across several industry groups. Georgie has extensive experience in developing and delivering strategic marketing and communications programs including branding and sponsorship initiatives. Whist working at Australis cosmetics, Georgie was responsible for their not-for-profit Self Made Girl program, a national program dedicated to educating young girls about the importance of financial independence.
Angus Graham OAM
Angus is currently a Senior Executive of ANZ Global Markets. His strong background in banking and finance and Not-for Profit Board experience led to his appointment as a Trustee of the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation. He is a past Deputy Chairman of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and a past Director of the Melbourne Football Club & the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. Angus presently serves as Chairman of Down Syndrome Australia, Bayley House and Committee member of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children Ball.
Christine Kotur is an expert in governance, management and leadership development. She has had a distinguished career as an educator, chief executive, ministerial advisor, pro vice chancellor, council and board member, director and trustee. For many years she has been a member of key government expert panels. Christine is the Inaugural Leadership Victoria Leader In Residence and has undertaken management and leadership development at Harvard University. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fiona Reed is the Executive Director of Human Resources at La Trobe University in Bundoora and is responsible for Human Resources strategy and operations across all campuses. Previously Fiona worked in the private and public sectors as an HR consultant where she spent time working within the University sector. Fiona began her career as a secondary school teacher where she worked for 11 years in senior roles. In 2008, she became a trustee of the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and initiated the mentoring program for the MJL scholars.
Sally has extensive experience in CEO and executive leadership roles. Sally is currently COO at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, responsible for operational issues and growth strategies. Immediately before joining the Victorian Chamber, Sally was a Director with KPMG. Prior to that Sally represented the Government of Victoria as Agent General across Europe and Israel, the first female Agent-General for Victoria. Sally has also been the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and was the first female director of the Collingwood Football Club.
Courtney is a former recipient of the Mary Jane Lewis scholarship. Moving from southwest Victoria she completed a Bachelor of Science – Geology, and a Diploma in French at the University of Melbourne. Alongside completing her Masters of Geology Courtney also works as a Student Geologist in Melbourne. As a Scholarship Trustee Courtney hopes to give back to the Foundation mentoring current scholars by developing their confidence and encouraging them to aim for the stars and achieve their goals.