Foundation Leadership

Mr Jeremy Nestel (Chair)

Mr Jeremy Nestel

Mr Jeremy Nestel is Owner and Principal of Avisford Pty Ltd, a private capital consultancy, specialising in a broad range of investment related services to high net worth individuals and family offices, as well as providing strategic business advice to wealth management institutions. Prior to this Mr  Nestel  held  senior positions with Citibank, including Managing Director, Citi Private Bank (Australia & NZ), Managing Director of Citibank International Plc Private Banking Division, based in London, and various regional executive roles with Citibank in Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Citibank Mr Nestel was CFO / COO of Aetna International’s Asset Management business and Insolvency Principal at Arthur Andersen, both in Hong Kong. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981, is a current member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, and the  Australian  Institute of Company  Directors. Mr Nestel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Hull.

Dr Zita Unger (Deputy Chair)

Dr Zita Unger

Dr Zita Unger has a distinguished career as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, drawing on extensive knowledge of organisational development, business acumen and governance. She gained her doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation  Society.    Dr Unger is co-recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society’s highest award, for outstanding contribution to the evaluation profession.

She is Chair of the Academic Board (Higher Education) at the Southern Cross Education Institute, a member of the Leadership Advisory Board at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, a member of the Advisory Board at the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of  Melbourne,    and a member of the Defence Reserves Support Council. Previously, she was Board member at the Edmund Rice Camps (Victoria) for 5 years.

Professor Christina Mitchell

Professor Christina Mitchell

Professor Christina Mitchell trained as a physician scientist specialising in clinical haematology. She received her medical training from Melbourne University and consultant training in Haematology at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Her advanced clinical training in Haematology included a Ph.D. characterising the natural anticoagulant protein  C and protein S. Her post-doctoral studies were undertaken in the field of intracellular signalling in Professor Phil Majerus' laboratory at Washington University Medical School, St Louis, USA.

In 1991 Professor Mitchell returned to Australia and became an independent investigator at the Department of Medicine, Box Hill Hospital. In 1999 she was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University. In 2006 Professor Mitchell was appointed Head of the School  of Biomedical Sciences. In 2011 she was promoted to the position of Academic Vice-President and Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Peter Hudson AM (Ambassador)

Mr Peter Hudson

Renowned as a champion Australian Rules football player, Mr Peter Hudson is considered one of the greatest full-forwards in the game's history, equalling the Victorian Football League record of 150 goals in a season with Hawthorn in 1971. Mr Hudson also played and coached senior football for Tasmanian    clubs New Norfolk and Glenorchy, and twice won Tasmanian football's highest individual honour, the William Leitch Medal.

Post-VFL/TFL career, he has been actively involved in the community both in his home state of Tasmania and in Melbourne, including an extensive involvement with the Leukaemia Research Foundation. An experienced businessman with extensive experience in sports management, Mr Hudson is a former Chief Executive    Officer of the Hawthorn Football Club. He is presently Head of Market Development at health insurer Bupa Australia. Mr Hudson is an Honorary Fellow of Monash University.

Dr Dan Evans (Ambassador)

Dr Dan Evans

Dr Dan Evans has had two professional careers covering the mining and professional services sectors. After 26 years with WMC Resources where his final role was Vice President Exploration - Africa/Eurasia, he has spent the last 16 years in management consulting. He was a strategy partner in Accenture  focused  on  the  global mineral resources industry. Subsequently, Dr Evans was the Principal of Executive Compass, a management consultancy that he established in 1991 until his retirement in 2014.

Over the period 2010-2014, Executive Compass provided strategy advisory services to Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a Bill and Melinda Gates funded foundation. In this capacity, Dr. Evans worked extensively on PNG malaria projects and founded the PNG Industry Malaria Initiative (PIMI). Dr. Evans  holds  Bachelor,  Masters  and PhD degrees in geology from various USA and Canadian universities and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He is Deputy Chairman of Business for Millennium Development (B4MD) and was previously a Director of Summer Foundation member of Scope’s Risk & Audit Committee  and  Chairman  of  RMDSTEM. Dr Evans is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and AusIMM.

Ms Jan Begg

Ms Jan Begg

Jan Begg is an experienced non-executive director, chair and independent member of Audit Committees and Advisory Boards and the Managing Director of Azulin Pty Ltd, an independent business and governance consultancy. Ms Begg previously held senior executive roles in Australia, UK and USA. Her non-executive experience includes nursing and primary healthcare, education and infrastructure organisations. Ms Begg holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is the Chair and AICD representative of the Standards Australia IT Governance committee and leads the Australia delegation internationally. She has undertaken research and authored academic papers in the areas of strategy implementation and project governance.

Mr David Mahony

Mr David Mahony

David’s career is in two parts; 15 years in the drinks industry with Diageo and Lion Nathan culminating in Sales Director appointments, and 20 years in the executive search and selection field, primarily with the listed entities of Morgan and Banks. In 2009, David as Executive Director co-founded Who Group, a highly respected human capital services firm based in Southbank, Melbourne.

Married to Majella and with three adult children, David is deeply committed to family, various sporting interests and philanthropy