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Management

Janine Kirk AM

In January 2013 Janine Kirk AM commenced as the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Charities Australia (PCA). Prior to her appointment Janine was a Partner at EY for six years (2007-2013) where she was responsible for establishing and leading the Victorian Government & Public Sector practice for the firm. She was also Oceania Leader Community; and a Director of the EY Foundation. Janine joined EY in March 2007 after 12 years as the Chief Executive of the Committee for Melbourne, a private sector think- tank of leaders from Melbourne’s business, academic, scientific, research and community sectors.

Currently Janine is Chairman, The Melbourne Prize Trust; Chairman, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Leadership Advisory Board; Director of The Cranlana Programme, Director of Australian International Military Games Board and Chairman of the Kukukuku PNG Tribe Advisory Board. She is a founding member of the Berry Street Childhood Alliance and an Ambassador Teach for Australia and the Australian Community Foundation.

In 2016, Janine was awarded a Deakin University Distinguished Fellows Award for her contribution to business, education and community. Previous positions held include: Chairman, Tourism Victoria; Founding Director, The Melbourne Forum; Chairman, Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB); a Founding Director, Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge & Innovation (VESKI); Director, Berry Street Victoria where she held a number of roles including President and Vice President and was a Founding Director of The Conversation and The Conversation Media Group.

Between 2006 – 2009 Janine was an Honorary Aide to the Governor of Victoria Professor David de Kretser AC. Janine was Awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University in 2007 and was appointed a Monash Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow (2012-2015). She is a recipient of The Centenary Medal and is a British Chevening Scholarship winner; a VESKI Fellow and has been awarded Life Membership of Berry Street Victoria; the Committee for Melbourne and The BioMelbourne Network.

Aaron McNeilly

Aaron was appointed Manager of The Prince’s Charities Australia in March 2014 and Senior Manager May 2017.

He graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in 2011 with Honours in Product Design Engineering (Minor in Entrepreneurship) and a Graduate Diploma of Sustainability which he completed alongside his undergraduate degree in 2009. While studying, he completed a design engineering study tour throughout Germany working on projects with Braun and travelled to Medellin, Colombia, where he designed playground equipment using local resources. He was awarded the honourable Sir Edward Weary Dunlop scholarship in his final year of study for achieving outstanding academic results whilst performing community service.
Aaron has a diverse professional history with 10-years experience in the hospitality industry and has also worked with the manufacturing, agriculture, technology and service industries. Acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading social change makers, Aaron is an Alumni of the Foundation for Young Australian’s Young Social Pioneers program and in 2011, was selected as a crew member for the RAN’s Young Endeavour scheme developing areas of leadership, strategy and communication skill-sets.

Aaron is driven by his passions for humanitarian engineering, empowering others to help themselves, the education of tomorrows’ leaders and turning the dial towards a more environmentally sustainable future. Aaron experienced the devastating effects climate change had on the demise of the family farm he grew up on in Northern Victoria which drove him to pursue a career mindful of his environmental impact and is reflected in his study and career choices. This has also led Aaron to consult on numerous projects which bring together multi-disciplinary teams.

Since 2010, Aaron has been a Board member of HUG – Help Us Grow which is an Australian not-for-profit that works to implement and support sustainable community projects in the rural villages of Uganda. His role within HUG encompasses: advising on engineering projects, helping to establish and maintain micro-enterprises, and educating the Australian community as to how they can engage in and assist with current and future projects. HUG recently launched a regional-leading education facility with the support of the Wheeler Foundation among many others. From 2012 to 2014, Aaron was the Head of Entrepreneurial Operations at the Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA) and champions the above in order to implement these recommendations to improve the entrepreneurial landscape of Australia.

He was appointed as Sherpa for the Australian G2O Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20YEA) and has represented Australia at the 2012 and 2013 Summits. In July of 2014, the G20 YEA Summit was held in Sydney post the Y20 and B20 conferences. Aaron co-chaired the 2014 G20 YEA Summit and proudly hosted over 300 international entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Headlining speakers included The Hon. Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP and Mr Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OCED to whom Aaron, along with his fellow colleagues, presented the key papers and secured further commitment in driving international entrepreneurship and securing jobs for youth. He was invited to co-author the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.

He continues his efforts towards the empowerment of others through his appointment as Senior Manager for The Prince’s Charities Australia.

Jasmine Cooper Sutton

Prior to joining Prince’s Charities Australia, Jasmine worked with the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne, first as its Public Affairs Outreach Specialist, managing the Mission’s first portfolio dedicated to youth and young professional outreach initiatives and implementing youth-focused programs, events, exchanges and grants, followed by the U.S. Mission to Australia’s inaugural National Alumni Co-coordinator from 2015. In this role, she managed the Mission’s online and in-person engagement with U.S. government exchange alumni of the Fulbright Scholarship, International Visitor Leadership Program, American Council of Young Political Leaders and related J-1 exchanges for Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory. In April 2017, she organized TEDxFulbrightMelbourne, the first TEDxFulbright event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Jasmine holds an M.A. with Honors in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is currently completing her Masters in International and Public Law from the University of Melbourne. An amateur photographer and avid North Melbourne supporter, she lived in Indonesia, California, Argentina, and Scotland before settling in Melbourne, Australia. Welcome, Jasmine!

Zoie Carroll

Zoie was appointed Project Executive – Marketing, Communications, and Operations of Prince’s Charities Australia in May 2017.

Zoie graduated with a Bachelor of International Business, with awards in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Bond University in 2010. As part of Zoie’s degree she completed an Internship at Austrade within the Australian High Commission in Singapore and a China Study Tour in Hangzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai for which she received High Distinctions.

Before going to University Zoie worked 4 jobs and saved up to move to Europe, she got a 2 year U.K. working visa and worked in hospitality and childcare in London before moving to France to teach children how to ski in Courchevel, Méribel and Val-d’Isère. After University Zoie worked for Enshaa, a Property Development company based in Dubai, selling and leasing commercial and retail real estate. Zoie enjoyed her time in Dubai however when her Mum passed away in 2012 Zoie moved back to Australia to help her family and worked as a New Business Development Executive at Raine & Horne in Sydney before founding her own social enterprise ‘Zottie Dottie’ in 2015. ‘Zottie Dottie’ is a peer support network made up of passionate mental health advocates who destigmatise mental health through sharing stories of resilience.

Zoie was the winner of the Individual and Group point score for the Investible Bootcamp designed by Creel Price for Sir Richard Branson’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, March 2016.  Zoie was named one of the top 60 Social Young Entrepreneurs in Australia, October 2016. Zoie won the Youth Mental Health category at the Foundation for Young Australians, Young Social Pioneers Program, October 2016, and Zoie was a finalist at StartCon, Australiasia’s largest startup conference for the Best Startup for Social Good Award, December 2016.

Zoie most recently received the Queensland Young Achiever Award for Leadership, May 2017, as recognition of her significant contribution to the community of Queensland. Zoie was a keynote speaker at YLead’s 2017 Altitude Day on the Sunshine Coast, pitched at Sydstart, Warrior Forum and UberPitch in front of thousands of people at Sydney Town Hall, she also pitched at BSchool and Festival21 in Melbourne. Zoie was a panelist for Make a Mark Project in Sydney, presented at Impact Academy in Brisbane and has consulted for FYA’s startup, YLab, in Sydney. The YLab clients Zoie worked for includes General Assembly, City of Sydney, AECOM, 100 Resilient Cities. Zoie was interviewed on National television to talk about the success of Zottie Dottie, her work has featured in newspapers and online publications across Australia and overseas, Zoie will also be presenting at the 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference in Brisbane.

Born and raised in Sydney, Zoie loves the beach and rowed for 6 years at Loreto Kirribilli. Zoie represented NSW at the State Rowing Championships in 2005 whilst studying her HSC. Zoie is close with her Dad and brother who are currently based at Sunshine Beach in Queensland. Zoie is enthusiastic about undertaking the role of Project Executive at the Prince’s Charities Australia as she hopes it will provide her with the opportunity to make a much larger positive social impact.