The Foundation is controlled by a public company, Life Changing Experiences Foundation Limited, limited by guarantee and incorporated under relevant Corporations Law.
Life Changing Experiences Foundation Limited acts as the trustee of its Tax Deductible Fund and its General Fund and has endorsement by the Australian Tax Office to be a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).
Life Changing Experiences Foundation is accountable to its donors and subject to a Constitution. It is governed by a volunteer board of community leaders representing a cross section of society. Board members typically serve a three year term with a maximum of three terms.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Brown has worked with disadvantaged youth for more than 20 years. Jessica’s personal goal, to reach out and help alleviate the suffering of disadvantaged and marginalised youth, led her to form the Life Changing Experiences Foundation (LCEF) in September 2003.
Jessica’s career started with teaching music in secondary schools after completing a degree in music education at the University of New South Wales. Her 10 years teaching experience together with her unwaivering devotion to her students in both private and public secondary schools led to her many achievements, including the Foundation’s highly prestigious National Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching in NSW. Jessica has passionately dedicated the past 20 years to teaching and mentoring youth and is an active advocate for children’s rights and their protection.
The SISTER2sister program is the core initiative of the Foundation. It is a year-long mentoring and resilience program which matches marginalised girls with professional role model women from the community. This early intervention program is designed to break the cycle of deeply entrenched inter-generational social issues, with the long term goal of building better futures for the next generations. Together with their mentors, girls attend intensive risk management courses to build resilience and empower positive change.
So far Jessica has raised close to $6,000,000 for the Foundation and for the past decade has managed to achieve incredible results through the SISTER2sister program with only two full time staff.
Kate Webber is an experienced risk and governance professional, with nearly twenty years’ experience in legal, risk and general management roles across some of Australia’s largest banking and professional services firms. Kate holds an MBA (MGSM), bachelor’s degrees in Law and Arts (History), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an accredited company secretary.
Kate’s experience includes leadership roles across major regulatory change programs, management of teams across risk, productivity and operations, as well as experience building and implementing risk and governance frameworks in complex organisations. Kate is passionate about driving positive change and brings this passion to LCEF in support of the Foundation’s Little Sisters, working to empower these vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives.
Kate’s involvement with Life Changing Experiences Foundation includes experience as a Big Sister in 2008, consulting on strategy and governance matters, and fundraising and events management including leading the first ever SASSI team. In 2014, Kate was named the NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Foundation, and in 2017 was awarded the Positive Progression of Women award by Financial Executive Women. Previous Board and Volunteer roles include the Child Abuse Prevention Service, Look Good… Feel Better and the NSW Historic Houses Trust.
Clynton joined as a Director in 2014.
Clynton is an experienced marketer of globally recognised brands and products. He is Managing Director for Beiersdorf Australia Ltd, responsible for business in both Australia and New Zealand. Now serving over 20 successful years for the company.
Clynton is also the Immediate past Chairman of ACCORD, the industry association that acts as the national voice of the hygiene, cosmetic, and specialty products industry.
Beth joined the board in 2014.
Beth has over 20 years experience in Financial Services with particular expertise in insurance and investments. She is the General Manger, Finance Transformation in the Wealth division of NAB and is a director of numerous subsidiary boards of NAB. She has technical expertise in finance, actuarial analysis and risk management but has distinguished herself as an executive by developing, mentoring and coaching others.
Beth Lawson is passionate about improving everything she gets involved in by focusing on the possibilities. She is constantly looking to improve herself and others. In her transformation role at NAB Wealth she works on improving engagement, skills and processes and is actively building a world class finance organisation.
Beth is excited about working with the Life Changing Experiences Foundation to bring a more positive future for marginalised girls through the SISTER2Sister program. It is the opportunity to work in this space that drew her to our Foundation as a director.
Danika Johnston is a digital marketing executive with twenty one years’ experience in the media and marketing industries.
Throughout her career Danika has worked across all facets of the industry – media agencies, client-side, media publishers and more recently in the start-up space.
Having worked in multiple markets within Australia and also in London, Danika has gained knowledge and experience across digital and tech media, broadcast media and traditional media.
A passionate leader and marketing strategist, Danika thrives on developing strategic plans to solve business challenges, the emergence and execution of digital and tech strategies across all mediums, credible insights and data, and smart commercial focus. Danika is incredibly passionate about people – building and managing high-performance teams to create business solutions that deliver measured success for brands.
Danika is also a committed Board Director for a NFP organisation – Life Changing Experiences Foundation. Danika is an advocate for philanthropy and building social consciousness and positive change around challenging community issues, particularly with child and youth development.
Rachel Savio is an experienced Media Professional with over 20 years experience in Advertising Sales. She is General Manager for Sales Strategy at News Corp Australia responsible for supporting the advertising sale strategy across the Australian business, prior to this role she was General Manager of Sales for The Australian and Business Spectator where they were awarded Sales team of the year 2015 at the national PANPA awards.
Rachel is passionate about developing and implementing strategic priorities and working as a team to achieve outcome and clear results.
Rachel is delighted to be bringing her experience and skills to Life Changing Experiences Foundation to enable a more positive future for marginalised girls through the SISTER2 sister program. She is passionate about supporting young women both in business and now in the community.
Eleanor is an experienced insurance professional with over 10 years leadership experience working for some of Australia’s largest life insurance companies. Eleanor is a passionate believer in the noble purpose of life insurance and helping customers live their best lives. It was this passion that saw her awarded as the Young Life Insurance Achiever of the Year by the Financial Services Council in 2015.
Eleanor’s professional experience includes roles across strategy, retention, claims and technical advice. She is currently the Head of Business Management for Insurance at AMP. She holds a Master of Business Law (Tax, Asian Law) and Bachelor’s degrees in Arts (Psychology, Philosophy) and Commerce (Finance, Business Law).
Eleanor brings her professional and personal experience to the Life Changing Experiences Foundation board along with a commitment to enabling the Foundation to reach, support and offer a positive future to even more marginalised girls in the community.
Susi is General Manager, IFA sales for NAB Wealth across asset management and platform and joined the group in 2012 to focus on driving strong relationships and building quality solutions for advisers. Susi’s sales and marketing background in the financial services industry spans over 22 years in Australia and the UK, with experience in international markets gained at Morgan Stanley in London. Prior to joining MLC, recent roles include senior positions within the Macquarie Group and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. With a focus on developing & leading high performance teams in the sales arena, Susi has brought a strong community approach to the business.
Susi holds a Bachelor of Business, with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management.
Outside the work environment, Susi is passionate about discovering beautiful beaches, spending time with her family and 3 gorgeous god-daughters and perfecting her headstand at hot yoga.