President, Emerald Hill Mission.
After many years of her career spent as Executive Director, RBS/ABN AMRO Global Markets, Mary-Anne is now a Specialist Debt Adviser, Aquasia P/L, in which role she advises Australian Institutional, Corporate and Government clients, specialising in Infrastructure debt. Having raised her family in the inner-city area of Melbourne, Mary-Anne became acutely aware of the diversity of the population and in particular the divergence of opportunities for young people. “It became apparent that post primary school, many children became disenfranchised from the education system, either due to the need to travel, purchase uniforms, the ability to participate in extracurricular activities or the lack of resources to purchase books. By extending EHM’s realm to beyond the successful Food Bus and Open House programmes, we could offer support and succour to children and the result, to date, has been extremely rewarding. Currently we have 97 children in our Education Programme and we are seeing most of these continuing through year 12 to take their place at tertiary institutions or in the workforce.”
Vice President and Executive Officer, Emerald Hill Mission.
Director, Fitzroys (Licensed Estate Agents), Member R.E.I.V., Affiliate Member Securities Institute of Australia. “Having a strong caring family and being fortunate to have a good education with strong role models to influence my childhood has provided me with a wonderful foundation for later in life. As my children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment it is evident that there are many families who are less fortunate and who are not being given what, to most of us, are considered fairly basic opportunities of education, regular meals and general support. EHM is a ‘grass roots’ Charity that offers support to those less fortunate than ourselves in any meaningful way that it can. It does not operate out of a rented office or have paid support staff instead it leverages every hard earned dollar that it raises to feed directly back into the extensive charitable work that it undertakes. The Mission has a very low profile and many of its beneficiaries are not even aware of where their support is being derived which is due to the fact that we are not seeking recognition or accolades but simply wanting to help whilst maintaining respect for those less fortunate. It is very rewarding to be involved in an organisation of like minded volunteers who give their time freely to grow a better community for future generations.”
Treasurer, Emerald Hill Mission.
Stockbroker Associate Director (Ret) CS First Boston. Member of the Finance and Investment sub-committee to the board of MacKillop Family Services. “After an early retirement in 2000, it was time to give a little back to the community. I was impressed with the calibre of the committee and the volunteers of EHM and I am pleased to be involved with the growth of EHM’s programmes.”
David Gilbertson QC
David is a barrister who practises principally in the commercial and media areas. He is the Chairman of AVEA Insurance Ltd, a motor vehicle insurer. David is a member of the Council of St Hilda’s College, University of Melbourne. David sees Emerald Hill Mission as providing assistance in the some critical areas of need in the local community. “Through the Education Programme, Food Bus and Open House, Emerald Hill Mission can go some way to easing the burdens on people in the area,” he says. “It’s great to be a small part of that effort.”
Bernard Bongiorno AO
The Hon. Bernard Daniel Bongiorno AO is a Reserve Justice of the Victorian Court of Appeal, having retired as a full- time Judge of that Court in 2012. Appointed to the Supreme Court in 2000, having been Queen’s Counsel for 15 years and a barrister for 17 years prior. He was made a Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the President of the Republic in 1999 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008.
He has served on various legal and community bodies, notably the Victorian Bar Council and CoAsIt, an Italo-Australian welfare and cultural organisation.
Senior English and Legal Studies teacher Xavier College, Kew 1990-2014. Kildara College 1975-1990 and Head of English faculty 1987-1990. VCE English examiner. " I have been involved in educating young people for over 40 years and a resident of South Melbourne for the last 20 years. Our Mission aims to support and encourage the most vulnerable in our local community and it has been personally very rewarding to be part of such a committed team ".
Chris is the Investment Director at Tanarra Capital. An Economics and Finance graduate who is an experienced entrepreneur and CEO in both the environment and consumer goods sector. Chris was Founding CEO of one of Europe’s biggest recycling plants. After 8 years living in the UK, Chris has now settled back in his home town of Melbourne with his wife and four children and looks forward to bringing his experience and enthusiasm to the EHM team. “Being from a big family and a loving environment my Father inspired myself and my siblings to work to make society transform to one of both greater equality of opportunity and a more caring focus. I believe a lot of the work of EHM represents these aspirations.”