Our people

Our Patron

Lady Helen Deane

Lady Helen Deane has been patron of GreaterGood since its establishment.

"...It is truly my great pleasure to introduce to you, the people of the Capital Region, the GreaterGood Foundation..."

This is a wonderful organisation developed to provide an opportunity for each and every member of our community to become a philanthropist.

Gifts to GreaterGood and the causes and activities it supports will forever make a difference to the quality of life in our unique part of Australia.

Lady Helen Deane, wife of former Governor-General and High Court Justice, Sir William Deane, practised as a solicitor with Freehill, Hollingdale and Page following her graduation in law at Sydney University.

Lady Deane is also Patron (among other charitable organisations) of "Mercy Works Inc", Youth Off The Streets and Canberra's Marymead.

The Board consists of seven members including a Chair and Deputy Chair appointed annually by the Trustee.


The Deeds for both Funds under GreaterGood appoint the Public Trustee and Guardian for the ACT as Trustee.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew is Public Trustee and Guardian for the Australian Capital Territory, and Trustee for the capital Region Community Foundation. He is Senior Member of the Public Trustee and Guardian Investment Board, member of the Trustee Committee of the Financial Services Council, member of the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council, member of COTA ACT and past member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing.

He was an immediate past Trustee representing the Ministerial Council on the National Travel Compensation Fund Board of Trustees (representing Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT).

Our Board

The Board appointed for a three year term, 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2020 is as follows.

Larry King

Position: Chair

From 1997 to 2013 Larry King was the Executive Director of the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory. His background is in industry associations where he gained his experience in issues management, general management and turning good ideas - mostly other people's - into reality.

In those capacities he has served the housing, building and construction and manufacturing industries in addition to the legal profession. Larry has contributed to the work of numerous private sector and government committees, task forces and working groups.

For 14 years he kept his feet on the ground as Treasurer of the Wamboin Bush Fire Brigade. Retirement has rekindled his interest in local government and the affairs of his rural residential community.

Maureen Cane

Position: Member

Canberra Citizen of the Year 2011

Maureen Cane is retired and was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering ACT, after a successful career in senior management positions in the Australian and ACT Public Services and in the community sector.

Maureen was honoured with the award of Canberra Citizen of the Year for 2011 in recognition of her personal efforts and significant ontributions to the ACT community.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK AFC (Ret'd)

Position: Member

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK AFC (Ret'd) was the Chief of the Defence Force from 2005 until 2011. Angus is currently Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board, Airservices Australia, the Council for the Order of Australia and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK AFC (Ret'd) was awarded Knight of the Order of Australia for his service, on Australia Day 2015.

He is a Board Member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the Defence South Australia Advisory Board. He is also a patron of numerous charitable organisations.

In 2012, Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

In 2011, Angus was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.

In 2014, Angus has headed the Joint Agency Coordination Centre during the search for Malaysian Flight 370.

Doug Gillespie

Position: Member

Doug Gillespie introduced the concept of the foundation to former Public Trustee for the ACT based upon his charitable experience in the private sector and has been instrumental in the creation of GreaterGood and development to its present sound position.

Doug is a former Deputy Public Trustee and Guardian and currently Chairman of Trustees of the AFL Canberra Foundation. He is an Associate of the Executor and Trustee Institute, a member of the Financial Planning Association, a registered tax agent and holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.

Renee Le Grande

Position: Member

Renee Le Grande joined the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia in 2005 and was appointed as General Manager for the Australian Capital Territory in 2007. Her major role is to liaise closely and identify financial training solutions with Federal and State governments.

Much of Renee's working life has focused on shaping business solutions to government for over 25 years turning ideas into practical workable outcomes as well as devising ways to foresee and manage problems.

Prior to her current role, Renee spent five years at Media Monitors, as General Manager and Director and also spent over 15 years at The Canberra Times, working in several senior management roles. With a strong government background she continues to administer and maintain relationships with state and federal departments and ministers.

Justice Richard Refshauge

Position: Member

Justice Richard Refshauge first practiced law in 1976 when he commenced his legal career as a barrister and solicitor in the ACT. In January 2008 his Honour was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Prior to his appointment, his Honour had been the Territory's third Director of Public Prosecutions having been selected to that position in 1998.

His Honour has enjoyed a long period in private practice, first with the then leading law firm of Macphillamy Cummins and Gibson becoming partner in 1981 and senior partner in 1992 - then Sly and Weigall and finally at Deacons Graham and James. His Honour took silk in 2000.

While in practice, his Honour specialised in litigation, including commercial litigation, administrative and constitutional law, reconstruction and insolvency, industrial law and criminal law. His Honour lectures in civil litigation at the Australian National University and has done so since 1986. In 2001 he became an Adjunct Professor in the then Faculty of Law of the Australian National University (now the College of Law) and in 2007 the Faculty of Law of the University of Canberra.

Dianne O'Hara

Position: Member

Dianne O'Hara is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory.

Dianne has a wealth of experience in senior management positions in the Canberra private sector. Prior to joining the Law Society in late 2013, she was employed as the General Manager, Business Development and Strategy at ActewAGL.

Prior to joining ActewAGL, she was employed as Company Secretary and in a variety of operational management roles at an executive level with a large private company in the ACT.

She holds a Master of Public Law, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), and a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Journalism).

We express our gratitude for the invaluable assistance, professional advice and tireless work provided by our former Board and Management Committee Members:

  • Acworth - Brian AM (board)
  • Alleyn - Grant (Board)
  • Andrews - Catherine (Board)
  • Braybrooks - Councillor Paul AM (Board)
  • Brickhill - Bea (Board)
  • Byrne - Michael (Board)
  • Cameron - Jennie AM (Board)
  • Ezra - Zeke (Board)
  • Forrest - Jonathan (Board)
  • Forrester - Diana (Board)
  • Gibson - Richard (Board)
  • Godbee - Shane (Management Committee)
  • Hanna - John (Board)
  • Henry - Chic (Board)
  • Kargas - Diane AM (Board)
  • Litchfield - Libby (Management Committee)
  • Mayo - Siobhan (Management Committee)
  • Palic - Sarah (Board)
  • Reid - Hon. Margaret OAM (Board)
  • Tregonning - Linda (Management Committee)
  • Wilson - Laurie (Board)
  • Yvanovic - Bruno (Management Committee)


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