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 of Youth Off The Street and Canberra’s Marymead.

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 GreaterGood.

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 Director/Treasurer 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 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

Maureen Cane (Ret’d) 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 eff orts and significant contributions to the ACT community.

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

Position: Member

Was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

Sir Angus retired from the military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years. He was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2005 – 2011 and prior to that was Chief of Air Force for four years. He was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from 2011-2013 which provided strategic advice to the Australian Government in relation to the planning and implementation of Anzac Centenary.

Sir Angus is Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast. He Chairs a number of boards and also services as a board member for numerous organisations. He is visiting fellow for the Australian National University Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment.

In addition, in is the Ambassador/Patron of a number of charitable organisations. Sir Angus has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from the University of South Australia, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Griffith University.

Doug Gillespie

Position: Member

Doug Gillespie introduced the concept of the foundation to a 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.

Retired Justice Richard Refshauge

Position: Member

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, he had been the Territory’s third Director of Public Prosecutions having been selected to that position in 1998. Mr Refshauge 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, he specialised in litigation, including commercial litigation, administrative and constitutional law, reconstruction and insolvency, industrial law and criminal law. He 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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