Our People

Rachel Ball

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel is a not-for-profit leader and human rights advocate with twenty years’ experience working in Australia and overseas to secure progressive, systemic change. She’s held senior leadership roles at the Human Rights Law Centre, Oxfam Australia and, most recently, the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, where she supported Assembly Members to negotiate the foundations for Treaty-making in Victoria.

Rachel has expertise working with diverse stakeholders to design and deliver strategies that challenge unfair power structures, including through rights-based advocacy and campaigns, strategic litigation, political engagement and corporate accountability.

Rachel holds degrees in politics and law from Monash University and a Masters of Laws from Columbia University in New York.

Current Trustees

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Jill Reichstein OAM

Trustee, Chair

Jill’s involvement with social change philanthropy grew from her early involvement with the first women’s refuge in Victoria and with the community childcare movement. As chair of the Reichstein Foundation since 1987, Jill has been active in developing strategic partnerships and alliances towards growing progressive philanthropy as well as mentoring and resourcing new donors who are seeking to clarify their own philanthropic direction. Jill is also on the board of the Trust for Young Australians, Igniting Change, the Australian Women Donors Network and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. More information on Jill is available here.

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Lucy Larkins

Trustee, Deputy Chair

Lucy is a lawyer and criminal justice policy advocate. She is currently based in the United States where she works as a public defender. In the US she has held positions with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, Reprieve, the San Francisco Public Defender, the Solano County Public Defender and the Office of the Public Defender in Maryland. The majority of her work has focused on representing people facing the death penalty. Prior to moving to the US, Lucy worked as a lawyer with Arnold Bloch Leibler and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Her work at the Federation focused on improving access to justice for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Lucy has degrees in law and history from the University of Melbourne. She also has an LLM from the New York University School of Law where she was a Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholar. Lucy is admitted to practice in New York, California and Victoria. Lucy has been a Trustee since 2002.

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Tom Larkins


Tom is an architect at Bates Smart, an architecture firm with studios in Melbourne and Sydney. He has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Sydney and a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Tom rowed for Australia for ten years, representing Australia at a number of World Cups and World Championships. Tom has been a Trustee since 2006.

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Simon Lewis


Simon is a co-founder of GoodWolf Partners. He supports Boards and Leadership Teams to explore, develop, and execute holistic strategies that bring social purpose agendas to life. As an expert facilitator and a born optimist, he has guided teams through challenging and exciting times of change, including in Executive roles at Trustee Companies and Family Offices.

His clients seek out his experience combining innovative models of ownership, control, and capital to help them create commercial and social value. He draws on an international career in finance, corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategy consulting, trustee services, philanthropy, and family office services; most recently as an executive at the Myer Family Company.

Simon sits on the Boards of Justice Connect and Outward Bound Australia, and he is the inaugural Chair of the Australian International Donors Network which is setting out to encourage more and better philanthropy and impact investing abroad.  He is also a Director of a social purpose business called PARK Social Soccer Company seeking to disrupt the traditional sportswear retail with a new take on the one-for-one model.

Simon feeds his ‘good wolf’ as a dad, a musician, and a passionate explorer of Australia’s great wilderness. He loves having a mountain ahead of him and his family at his back… there’s nothing quite like that feeling of reaching the summit with your pack.

Simon joined the Reichstein Foundation as a Trustee in May 2019. He has always admired the progressive change agenda of the Reichstein Foundation and is delighted to be part of shaping its next chapter.

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Julian Pocock


Julian is Acting Director – Office of the CEO at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. He has extensive experience working with national and State based peak bodies focussed on young people, students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and vulnerable families and children, as well as a Masters in Policy and Management. He has previously worked with the Victorian TAFE Students Network, Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and was the Executive Officer with SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, from 1998 to 2009. He was Director, Public Policy and Advocacy at the Berry Street Childhood Institute from 2009-2018. He has served on numerous boards and councils, including the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Group. Julian has been a Trustee since February 2016.

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Mark Wakeham


For over 20 years Mark has been in leadership roles in the Australian environment movement, helping drive some of the most significant campaign outcomes, including stopping Jabiluka uranium mine, preventing land-clearing in northern Australia, introducing renewable energy and climate change targets and retiring Hazelwood power station. He is the current co-Chair of The Sunrise Project. He recently finished as the CEO of Environment Victoria after a decade with that organisation in December 2018. He is now working as an independent consultant assisting organisations with strategy, governance and advocacy for purpose. He joined the Reichstein Foundation as a Trustee in May 2019.

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Malinda Wink


Malinda Wink is Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute. Since 2014, Good Pitch Australia has raised more than $14 million in philanthropic grants for the funding of 19 social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns, forging over 300 new collaborative cross-sectoral partnerships connecting the NGO and business sectors, education and policy leaders and the media in support of the impact campaigns aligned with each of their documentaries. Shark Island Institute is the non-profit philanthropic arm of Shark Island Productions. Our key philanthropic initiatives include Good Pitch Australia, The ARTSLAB in Kangaroo Valley and Documentary Australia Foundation. Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Malinda has been the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship at McGill University (2006-2007), and most recently, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission (2010-2012) where she completed a double Masters in Public Policy & International Development (Democracy and Governance) with distinction. Malinda has advised on business and strategic planning for a number of production and distribution companies including Madman, Hopscotch, Transmission, and Revlover. She has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, GP South East Asia, GP Miami, Dokumenter Yogyakarta, on the jury of Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Malinda is a Board Member of The Caledonia Foundation and Centre for Australian Progress. Malinda has been a Trustee since 2017.

Former Staff and Trustees

A.C. Wigan | Trustee | 1971 – 1975

Alan Stevenson | Trustee | 1971 – 1974

Andrew Jackomos PSM | Trustee | 2018

Andrew Johnson | Chief Executive Officer | 2020 – 2021

Barbara Ryan | Staff | 1990 – 1993

Barbara Spalding | Trustee / Staff | 1971 – 1982

Bernard Marin | Trustee | 2011 – 2012

Bhavna Joshi | Staff | 1994 – 2001

Bradley Davis | Trustee | 2013 – 2016

Christa Momot | Executive Officer | 2001 – 2012

Clare Land | Staff | 2014 – 2020

Denise Chevalier | Staff | 2008 – 2010

Elizabeth Proust | Trustee | 1988 – 1992

Ellen Merat | Staff | 2000 – 2001

Fae Wilson | Staff | 2002

Father Peter Norden | Trustee | 2001 – 2006

Fiona Smith AM | Trustee | 2004 – 2017


Frank Irving | Trustee | 1971 – 1975

Genevieve Timmons | Staff | 1988 – 2001

Harriet McCallum | Interim Executive Officer | 2021 – 2022

I.W. Anderson | Trustee | 1971 – 1976

Ian Seal | Trustee | 2005 – 2014

Jane Tewson | Trustee | 2001 – 2016

Jennifer Hansford | Staff

Jenny Florence | Trustee | 1993 – 2003

John Howard | Trustee | 1975 – 1988

John Spierings | Chief Executive Officer | 2013 – 2020

Jonathan Finighan | Staff | 2008

Judith Freidin | Staff | 2001 – 2007

Karen Mahlab AM | Trustee | 2014 – 2019

Kaye Bratetich | Staff | 2003 – 2006

Kim Bowen | Staff | 1984 – 1990

Laurie Fowler | Trustee | 1977 – 1984

Laurie Thompson | Trustee | 1976 – 1977

Leonie Mugavin | Staff | 2006 – 2007

Lorraine McCleave | Staff | 1993 – 1994

Mandy Bathgate | Staff | 2002 – 2003

Mary-Ann Barnard | Staff | 2009 – 2011

Michael Gledhill | Trustee | 1978 – 1987

Mietta O’Donnell | Trustee | 1993 – 2001

Patricia Jones | Trustees | 1992 – 1993

Pep Dalton | Staff | 2001 – 2002

Peter Winneke | Trustee | 2016 – 2019

Rachael Hambleton | Staff | 2017 – 2021

Rhonda Galbally | Trustee | 1985 – 1989

Selma Sali | Staff | 2008

Shauna Shaw | Staff | 2000 – 2001

Stephanie Exton | Staff | 2012 – 2014

Sue-Anne Hunter | Trustee | 2019 – 2022

Tim Goodwin | Trustee | 2010 – 2015

William Forrest | Trustee | 1978 – 1978

Winsome McCaughey | Staff | 1986 – 1988