Our Board

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


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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.

Shane Nichols – CEO
B.Sc, M.Soc.Sci

Shane's experience in microfinance and enterprise development spans two decades, having worked with dozens of financial service providers and social enterprises across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Good Return, Shane worked on rural and economic development programs in China and Mongolia for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also serves as Non-Executive Director of Palmera Projects

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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 for Westpac International. 

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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. on education and livelihoods development programs in Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal and India. He is based in Boston where he is Vice President of World Education Inc’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.

Clay O’Brien

Clay O’Brien has more than 20 years experience in the international development field. He served a decade with Opportunity International, transacting acquisitions, joint ventures, and mergers, as well the conversion of local MFIs to banks. Before that, he worked for DFAT / AusAID as a specialist in financial inclusion.

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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.