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Management

Portrait Janine Kirk
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 Portrait on white
Aaron McNeilly

Aaron was appointed Manager of The Prince’s Charities Australia in March 2014.

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 Manager for The Prince’s Charities Australia