Our Board

The Board meets at least four times annually and currently has ten members and four Committees: the Audit Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Development Effectiveness Committee.



Kate Jordan – Chair
B.Com, LL.B, LL.M

Kate is a Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer. She is the Deputy Chief Executive Partner of Clayton Utz.

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Sondra Cortis
B. Comm, CA, GAICD

Sondra has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, she joined Westpac in 1995. She has filled various roles in the bank’s finance area, and currently serves as Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Westpac International. 

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Pamela Jonas – Member
B.A. (Hons), M.A. (Public Policy & Management)

Pam worked for more than two decades in education, training, and employment policy. She applied this expertise as an education and community consultant, and now splits her time between Australia and France.

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William James Pigott – Member
B.S., M.B., formerly FRACP

Bill is a former education and public health practitioner, working with WHO for 21 years, latterly in Nepal and Cambodia. He is now involved in community support with Landcare in NSW.

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Gordon Cairns – Member
M.A. (Hons)

Gordon has had an executive career with several  global companies, latterly as CEO  of  Lion Nathan.  He now acts as chair of Woolworths and Origin Energy, and as a non-executive director of Macquarie Group and Quick Service Restaurants.

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James MacNeil – Director
Ed. D, Harvard

James has worked for World Education Inc. (WEI) on education and livelihoods development programs in Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal and India. He is based in Boston where he is Vice President of WEI’s Asia Division.

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Damien Woods – Member
B.Sc., MBA

Damien has worked for more than 25 years as a management consultant, mostly with Accenture, specialising in the healthcare field. He is a director of Smile Dental and Australian Agricultural Technologies.

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Sonia Higgins

Sonia has over 20 years executive experience in the fields of global sustainability, corporate social responsibility, organisational strategy and effectiveness. She has been a senior HR executive for Cisco and Hewlett Packard, and more recently at Lendlease, with responsibility for its sustainability program and Foundation. Currently she consults to corporate and not-for-profits in her areas of expertise.

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Joanna Ledgerwood
B. Sc., MBA

Joanna has many years experience promoting microfinance in developing countries. Until 2016 she worked to increase financial inclusion in Zambia; before that had oversight of multiple country programmes for the Aga Khan Foundation. Her book Microfinance Handbook is used extensively by development practitioners. Joanna lives in Vancouver.