Our People

We are a passionate group of philanthropists, advocates, and leaders in our fields, united by our vision of an equal and just society on healthy country.

Staff & Trustees

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.

Robin Pierro

Director of Engagement and Partnerships

Robin has spent the last 15 years working at the intersections of human rights advocacy, strategic communications and philanthropy. Before joining the Reichstein Foundation she was the Global Director for Communications and Marketing at the Fund for Global Human Rights, where she built and led the foundation’s first communications department. Prior to this, as a Senior Program Manager with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Robin oversaw media development and narrative change programs across sub-Saharan Africa. While with JHR, Robin also launched and directed the organisation’s award-winning Indigenous Media Program. Robin also serves on the board of Finance Uncovered and has consulted with a range of human rights and philanthropic organisations globally. Her career began in social justice filmmaking, and she holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University and an MA in Human Rights Law and Democratization from the University of Padova, where her research on technology and human rights was selected for publication.

Jill Reichstein OAM

Trustee, Chair

Jill’s commitment to 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 on the board of the Trust for Young Australians, the Mietta Foundation and is a member of the Mannifera funding collective. Alongside Eve Mahlab, she co-founded the Australian Women Donors Network, now known as Australians Investing in Women. She has also served on the boards of Philanthropy Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians, Igniting Change, the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne Community Foundation (now Australian Communities Foundation), Victoria University and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, which she chaired for six years.

Lucy Larkins

Trustee, Deputy Chair

Lucy is a lawyer and criminal justice reform 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.

Tom Larkins

Trustee

Tom is a Project Manager at Beulah, a property development firm based in Melbourne. Prior to joining Beulah, he worked as an architect at Bates Smart. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Sydney. Prior to becoming an architect, Tom rowed for Australia for ten years, representing the country at a number of World Cups and World Championships. Tom has been a Trustee since 2006.

Simon Lewis

Trustee

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.

Julian Pocock

Trustee

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.

Esther Abram

Trustee

Esther has a strong background in environmental advocacy, holding senior leadership positions at Environment Victoria and Moreland Energy Foundation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As Executive Officer for Changemakers Australia, she worked closely with then CEO of the Reichstein Foundation to get the 2013 Charities Act through Parliament. As Giving Green Manager at the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, she helped funders drive positive environmental change through philanthropy and supported funder collaborations around climate change and sustainable food systems. 

Esther now focuses on supporting environmental organisations to become stronger and build capacity through Estuary Consulting. A particular passion is finding ways of unlocking capacity through collaboration. She coordinates the State and Territory Environment Forum a capacity-building collaboration between peak environment organisations. 

Esther is also the Chair of a new regional sustainability social enterprise, Mycelia Renewables. She is thrilled to be a trustee of the Reichstein Foundation, having admired the foundation’s progressive, change-oriented approach for many years

Former Staff & 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

Malinda Wink | Trustee | 2017 – 2023

Mandy Bathgate | Staff | 2002 – 2003

Mark Wakeham | Trustee | 2019 – 2023

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

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