Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rosemary Allsopp is a governance professional, having worked supporting NFP boards for a over a decade. She joined the Life Changing Experiences Foundation Board as Company Secretary in November 2017.
Rosemary holds a Masters of Education, BA (hons) in Political Science and Graduate Diplomas in both Peace and Conflict Studies and Applied Corporate Governance.
Rosemary brings to the Life Changing Experiences Foundation a passion for and a commitment to education and the pathways it provides for young women to fulfil their potential. She is proud of the Foundation’s work supporting teenage girls and the focus on educational attainment.
Rosemary currently works for Web Directions, a family company delivering events for professionals shaping Australia’s digital future.
Gemma Kyle is the Group Executive, Corporate Services and is responsible for a diversified team at Rest incorporating financial strategy and management; accounting services; company secretariat and legal; audit and risk management; and compliance.
Prior to joining Rest, Gemma worked across Federal Government, engineering and financial services. She worked on the separation of MLC Life insurance from NAB and established their first-line risk, compliance and financial crime capabilities.
Gemma holds a Masters of Arts from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.