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The SEFA Board

The SEFA Board is composed of highly experienced members that represent a variety of sector expertise. The Board has delegated powers to a Credit Committee (CC), Audit and Risk Committee (ARC), Remuneration and Employment Committee (REC), and a Nominations Committee (NC). The CC is also strengthened by the expertise of external specialist advisors.

David Bennett, Chair, CC, REC (Chair)

David retired from Macquarie Group in August 2013 after 35.5 years in Investment banking. He was an Executive Director and held the role of Group Treasurer before he retired. Prior to this David was Global Head Debt Capital Markets. Prior to Macquarie Group’s acquisition of Bankers Trust Australia in 1999, David worked for more than 21 years in Bankers Trust’s accounting, funds management and in fixed income businesses. David has extensive experience in advising, arranging and underwriting a range of financial instruments in both Australian and international bank debt and capital markets.

Other positions currently held:

  • Board member, Centre for Social Impact
  • Board member, Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Member, Investment Committee, Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions Fund
  • Member, Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing
  • Chairman, Challenger Retirement Investment Services Limited
  • Non-Executive Director, AquaSure
  • Chairman, The Manjeri School Project
  • Investment Committee member, Palisade Investment Partners.

Louise Sylvan, Non-Executive Director, ARC (Chair), NC

Louise brings a wealth of experience to the SEFA Board. She was previously CEO of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. She has also been Chief Executive of the CHOICE-Australian Consumers’ Association, President of Consumers International, Deputy President of the Council of the Medical Foundation of the University of Sydney, a non-executive Director of the UNSW Diplomacy Training Program, and has chaired the OECD’s work on Economics for Consumer Policy. Other roles include six years on the Australian Prime Minister’s Economic Planning Advisory Council, 11 years on the Australian Statistics Advisory Council to the Australian Bureau of Statistics and memberships of the Expert Group on Electronic Commerce and the Self Regulation Task Force.

Other positions currently held:

  • Chair, Energy Consumers Australia
  • Member, NSW Aboriginal Land Council Economic Development Advisory Council.
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing
  • Non-Executive Director, Australian Risk Policy Institute.

Nick Minogue, Non-Executive Director, ARC, REC

Nick has 30 years’ experience in international banking and has worked in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. Until his retirement in 2009, Nick was Head of Macquarie Group’s Risk Management Group and served on its Executive Committee. He has an MBA from leading international business school Insead, and a Masters in History. Nick has invested in SEFA since its inception.

Other positions currently held:

  • Deputy Chairman, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation
  • Chairman, Morphic Asset Management
  • Member, Economic Development Advisory Committee, NSW Aboriginal Land Council
  • President, Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival
  • President, Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra.

Jay Bonnington, Non-Executive Director, ARC

Jay is a professional Director and has extensive executive experience within the construction, engineering and financial services sectors. Jay was also CEO of the national NFP organisation, the Make- A- Wish Foundation Australia, before embarking on a portfolio directorship career.

Jay’s areas of expertise are in governance, accounting, finance, economics and infrastructure. She has a B Com. and a MBA (Monash) and is a Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Society of Certified Practising  Accountants.

Other positions currently held:

  • Director, Utilities of Australia (A Hastings Fund)
  • Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board
  • Director, Perpetual Super Ltd.
  • Finance & Audit and Risk Committee Member – Bush Heritage Australia
  • Member of the University College Council

Belinda Drew, Non-Executive Director, CC 

Belinda has over 20 years’ experience in the community services industry having worked across the fields of disability, homelessness, child protection and housing. During the most recent decade of her career, Belinda was focused on building the Social Investment Market in Australia in her role as the CEO of Foresters Community Finance.  Most recently Belinda joined the Community Services Industry Alliance as inaugural CEO of a company focused on representing the value of the community services industry to government and the business sectors.  Belinda has a passion for the community services industry and contributing to the task of building a strong, sustainable and contemporary sector across Australia.

Other positions currently held:

  • Director, BuyAssist

Professor Jack Beetson, Non-Executive Director

Jack is a Ngemba Aboriginal man, from western NSW, who has played an active role in Aboriginal Affairs in NSW, nationally and internationally for the last thirty years. He is a qualified adult educator, with a Diploma of Aboriginal and Community Adult Education and a Bachelor of Adult Education from UTS. He also has completed the Certificate course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), recognised as the definitive program for company directors in Australia. In 2008, he was appointed an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of New England.

Other positions currently held:

  • Executive Director of Beetson and Associates Pty Ltd
  • Executive Director of the Literacy for Life Foundation
  • Interim Chair, National Aboriginal Environment Trust

Andrew Cairns, Non-Executive Director

Andrew is CEO of Community Sector Banking and is passionate about making safe, reliable, continuous housing more readily available in Australia – to improve people’s quality of life, and strengthen the social fabric of our communities. Before becoming CEO at CSB Andrew spent more than 30 years in the corporate sector working nationally and internationally across a variety of industries – from manufacturing and the service industry to telecommunications, including 15 years within the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Group.Committed to strengthening communities and social justice, Andrew is actively engaged in the not-for-profit and community sectors.

Other positions currently held:

  • Chair, Western Water
  • Director, Haven

Credit Committee Members and Advisors

Our credit committee includes Board members and experienced lenders and credit professionals. It is also supplemented by specialist advisors with deep sector specific experience.

Jodie Baker, CC (member elected by SEFA Board)

Jodie has extensive experience in institutional and investment banking, superannuation, funds management and stockbroking. She is skilled in credit, market and operational risk, compliance, financial markets, and structured finance. She is currently the CEO of Mòrgij Analytics. Previous roles include Head of Business Credit Performance and Controls at ANZ Investment Bank, Managing Director, Head of Client Credit Group, Societe General, and Senior Vice President, Head of Credit at BT Financial Group.

Jodie is a Director of Financial Executives Institute (FEI), Disability Sports Australia and Synergy & Taikoz Ltd, and  is a member of Australian Red Cross, Society of Women Leaders Steering Committee, Mission Australia Finance Advisory Council, & CEO & MD of Loan RQ trading as Morgij Analytics.

Chris Breach, CC (member elected by SEFA Board)

Chris is a property professional with more than 35 years’ experience in Australian and international markets. Until 2010, he was Managing Director and Licensee of Macquarie Asset Services and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group. He has also been Director of Valuations and Corporate Real Estate at Jones Lang Wootton, Chairman of Charities Aid Foundation, and an initial director of Sydney Community Foundation.

Chris is a Non-Executive Director of IBA Asset Management, APDC (Asia Pacific Data Centre Trust) and a Director of St James Hall.


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