The Board of SVA governs our overall direction and purpose, acting as the centrepiece of governance, fiduciary and overall responsibility for SVA and related companies.
Responsibilities include the approval of new members. Our board brings a diverse range of business, financial, entrepreneurial and philanthropic capabilities to SVA.
Company secretariat services are provided by Justine Isemonger.
Our people are our greatest asset. Find out more about the SVA team.
Paul Robertson AO
Chair, Social Ventures Australia
Paul Robertson is currently Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Chair of Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Chair of Tonic Health Media, and Chair of Kinela.
He is Founder and Director of Financial Markets Foundation for Children. He is also Director of Dementia Australia, Telco Together Foundation, Grace Papers and Sydney Theatre Company Foundation.
Paul has extensive experience in banking including 27 years at Macquarie Bank/Hill Samuel where he was an Executive Director, Global Treasurer and Integrity Officer of the Bank. He was also a Director and CEO of Macquarie Risk Advisory Services. Paul has served on a number of other commercial boards.
Incoming Chair, Social Ventures Australia
Rob Koczkar is a Managing Director of Adamantem Capital. His experience spans private equity, public company directorships, strategy and social impact investing.
He was Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Australia from 2014 to 2018, a Managing Director of Pacific Equity Partners from 2004 to 2014 and a Principal with Texas Pacific Group from 2002 to 2004. Rob also spent seven years with Bain & Company, advising clients on issues relating to strategy, mergers, and operating improvements in a wide range of industries.
Rob received a BEng (Hons.) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He currently serves on the boards of Goodstart Early Learning Limited, Hygain, Servian, Zenitas and Legend.
Director of Learning, CareerTrackers
Adam is a proud Aboriginal Australian and descendant of the Wiradjuri people. He is a Fulbright Scholar and completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. He has previously served on the Board of CareerSeekers and Clovelly Community Bank.
For more than 12-years, Adam has worked in the non-profit sector to address the barriers facing Indigenous students in higher education and professional careers. He is driven to increase the representation of Indigenous professionals and executives in corporate Australia and as the Director of Learning at CareerTrackers, he has helped thousands of students build upward career mobility.
Adam has a particular interest in non-profits that serve historically marginalised people around the world with a track record of impact and sustainability. He maintains an ongoing collaboration between like-minded programs in the USA, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Mexico.
Robert Fitzgerald AM
Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Robert is a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, where he has served since 2004. Most recently he has been appointed NSW’s first Ageing and Disability Commissioner and has been a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
A commercial lawyer for more than 20 years, including with top-tier firm Clayton Utz, Robert has also held a number of policy-related roles including as a member of the National Competition Council.
Prior to joining the Productivity Commission, Robert was Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman in New South Wales.
His considerable experience with the not-for-profit sector includes serving as Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-For Profits Commission Advisory Board, President of the Australian Council of Social Services, and over 30 years of volunteering with numerous community services.
Partner, Financial Services, KPMG
Tanya Gilerman is currently Chief Risk Officer at KPMG and has been a partner in KPMG Sydney’s Audit Financial Services practice for the last 15 years. From 2009 to 2013, Tanya’s role has also included the function of Chief Operating Officer of Audit nationally.
During the last 20 years, Tanya has worked with clients principally in the banking, finance and investment management industries. During this time, Tanya has provided assurance services and undertaken reviews of risk management practices, compliance plans and provided accounting advice.
Tanya has extensive experience working with Boards and senior management during times of change and restructure.Tanya was formally a non-executive Director of The Benevolent Society and is a graduate of the 2006 Sydney Leadership Programme.
Director, Bain & Company
Chris Harrop is a Director in the Melbourne office of Bain & Company and a member of the global board of directors at Bain & Company, where he has worked for over 20 years in both the US and Australia.
Chris has worked with clients in many industries, and has specialised in projects addressing corporate strategy, growth strategy, customer experience improvement and broad-based transformational change.
Chris was a long-serving member of the Board of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and currently serves as the Director on the Brandenburg Foundation Board. He earned an MBA (honours) from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) from Otago University in New Zealand.
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Daisy Mallett is a risk management and dispute resolution specialist, with a particular focus on cross-border disputes.
Daisy was a member of the Australian Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Arbitration and Conciliation Working Group, as well as being a member of the New South Wales Law Society’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Transnational Litigation Committee, a fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Group. Daisy was a member of the Philanthropy Australia New Generation of Giving Program and is Chair of the Crawford Foundation.
Daisy’s legal practice has involved considerable pro bono work, including acting for the government of Southern Sudan in a border dispute and the UK House of Lords test case on the admissibility of evidence obtained through torture in criminal terrorist prosecutions.
Lisa Paul AO PSM
Lisa Paul is a prominent Australian policymaker. She has been a Commonwealth Government Chief Executive for ten years and has more than 20 years public sector experience, including three Deputy CEO roles.
In 2011, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public sector leadership in key policy and program implementation, and also received the Australia Chartered Accountants’ Federal Government Leader of the Year award. She was an inaugural member of the AFR Knowledge 100. She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2003.
Lisa is also a Melbourne University Enterprise Professor and Bond University Councilor. Lisa is a Director on the boards of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, APM International, Australian Schools Plus, Navitas, High Resolves and Programmed Group.