About us

The team

Our highly experienced team is passionate about helping social enterprises and mission led organisations achieve their goals.

Alastair McGibbon, Chief Executive Officer

Alastair was formerly a career banker with more than 20 years experience. He spent the last 10 years at National Australia Bank where he held the position of Head of Banks and ADIs in the Financial Institutions Group.  He had oversight for managing all of NAB’s relationships and transactions with bank and ADI counterparties including debt markets, securitisation, financial markets and transactional banking with responsibility for the credit exposure for all counterparty dealing. Alastair formerly worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bankers Trust Australia specialising in derivatives and debt capital markets. He previously worked in London where he was Head of Primary Markets , Europe with responsibility for working with financial, corporate, government and supranational bond issuers to develop the Australian Kangaroo bond market.

In 2011 Alastair spent six months in the Northern Territory visiting many remote Indigenous communities whilst making the documentary ‘Northern Lights: A season with NT Thunder’ giving him a first hand perspective into the problems facing Indigenous Australians. He has spent much of his time working with disadvantaged groups with a particular focus on the homeless.

alastair.mcgibbon@sefa.com.au

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David Rickards, Executive, Co-Founder

David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. He coordinated a team based throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for over 16 years. David is an authority on global equities and capital markets, with particular expertise in strategic analysis and risk assessment. He has retired from working at Macquarie  and is now devoting himself to the establishment and growth of SEFA, where he is Head of Investor Relations. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia. Up until recently David was a Director and Treasurer of Bush Heritage Australia.

david.rickards@sefa.com.au

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Hanna Ebeling, Head of Portfolio Management

Hanna leads our team of Relationship Managers and works closely with our clients to understand what makes them resilient, and how to structure loans to suit their needs. She has a passion for partnering with foundations and use blended capital solutions to leverage impact. Prior to coming to Australia, Hanna ran an early-stage accelerator program for social enterprises on behalf of LGT Impact Ventures and participated in a business plan for affordable bamboo housing with United Nations and Hilti Foundation in the Philippines.  Before moving into impact investing, she built her corporate tool set over six years whilst working at HSBC, lastly for the Chief Investment Officer of Group Private Banking.  Hanna enjoys mentoring mission-driven start-ups and volunteers with Wedu, leadership development organization that aims to unlock the leadership potential of women in Asia.

hanna.ebeling@sefa.com.au

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Miranda Lee, Relationship Manager

Miranda was excited to join SEFA in October 2016. She has over 10 years of experience working in the finance sector in Sydney, London and New York City. For the last 8.5 years she worked in the Commodities & Financial Markets Division at Macquarie Group, designing efficient trading & risk analysis solutions and assisting with setting up new businesses in Frankfurt, the US & Sydney. Miranda enjoys applying rigorous analysis to achieve practical outcomes and teaching new concepts to others to further their development. She is passionate about helping those less fortunate and using innovative means to achieve positive social impact.

miranda.lee@sefa.com.au

 

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Joe Sheehan, Relationship Manager, Victoria

Joe has been in banking all of his working life. He has worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, BNP, Citigroup and ANZ. Most recently he worked for Community Sector Banking, focused exclusively on the NFP sector. Joe used his extensive banking knowledge and experience to provide structures and solutions to the sector while at CSB. Having retired last year, Joe has decided to return to work with SEFA, where he wants to continue to provide structures and solutions to the NFP sector, focused on the Victorian market.

joe.sheehan@sefa.com.au

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Jacqui Courtney, Business Development Manager

Jacqui completed a Bachelor of Business in Melbourne before working for a number of organisations in different sectors in a marketing and management capacity including The Harry M Miller Group, the Australian Olympic Committee (Olympic Communicators Programme Manager), Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Green Power Programme Manager).

As a founding board member of the Ethical Investment Association, now known as RIAA, Jacqui’s interest in investment was piqued and as a result she undertook a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investments (FINSIA). For the last decade Jacqui has worked as an equities analyst and head of sustainability at Natural Capital Funds Management and as a consultant to the Impact investment community including the Social Impact Hub. Jacqui is also an active private investor and on the Board of The Impact Club. Jacqui is very keen to play an effective role in enabling a social, environmental and cultural Impact lens to be applied to all sectors of investment in the future.

jacqui.courtney@sefa.com.au

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Wendy Chan, Relationship Manager

Wendy wants to live in a world where access to things like health and education are considered a fundamental right. She is passionate about more efficient ways to make positive change.

Wendy has been working with the financing of enterprises and helping them grow since 2010. She’s managed sole traders through to multinational corporations during her time at ANZ and the Bank of Queensland.  In 2016, Wendy spent 6 months in Bangalore as a social intraprenuer.  During which she had the opportunity take part in the Association of Indian Physicians of North Ohio (AIPNO) Annual Medical Yatra, that provided medical care to rural communities in Gujarat.  Among other qualifications, Wendy has completed a Diploma in Social Innovation from the UN Mandated University of Peace and a Masters of Commerce (Adv) from the University of Queensland.

In a former life, she was a registered pharmacist, with experience in both community and hospital pharmacy.  When she’s not connecting with you to support you in fulfilling your dreams, you’ll find her sampling new restaurants and exploring the world.

wendy.chan@sefa.com.au

 

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Linda Carseldine, Operating Officer (COO)

Joinging SEFA in August 2017, Linda’s previous role was as the Asia Pacific Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the global technology firm CGI Group Inc (formerly Logica), a position she held for 12 years. Prior to joining Logica / CGI, Linda started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, becoming audit manager in 1999 and then spent some time working in London for Royal Mail. Linda holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Law from the University of Queensland, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has completed the AICD Diploma.

Outside of work Linda is heavily involved in mission driven activities. She started the social justice group at St Michael’s Parish, Lane Cove which among many things drives awareness of refugees through its fundraising and support for the House of Welcome. The SJG’s other major focus is homelessness, through its sponsorship on Thursday night’s of the Teresa House hostel in Redfern, on behalf of the Cana Communities organisation. Linda is on the Board and ARC of Sydney Catholic Schools and Chair of the Clancy Terrace Retirement Village Finance Committee.

Linda.carsteldine@sefa.com.au

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Hannah Miller, Capacity Building Program Manager, SEFA Partnerships

With a bachelors of International Studies in Globalisation, Hannah has spent the last 5+ years building partnerships across the entertainment, media, government, NFP, commercial and social enterprise sectors, and is fascinated by the ways in which communities evolve to best support themselves and each other. Interested in how cross sector engagement and learning can create change, Hannah’s role is to explore and deliver capacity projects which support sustainable social impact.

Hannah once spent 2 weeks as a shepherd in the Italian Alps – she discovered she does NOT like sheep.   Hannah is working for SEFA Partnerships, a PBI established by SEFA.

hannah.miller@sefapartnerships.org.au

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