The Prince’s Charities Australia (PCA) announced today that its Founding Chairman, Tony Beddison AC has stepped down from the organisation’s Board to be replaced by Margaret Jackson AC as the new Chairman.
The Prince’s Charities Australia (PCA) represents the charitable endeavours of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Australia.
A distinguished and long serving non -executive director, Margaret Jackson AC is currently the Chairman of Spotless Group Holdings Limited and Ansett Training Limited. Ms Jackson has been a Trustee of The Prince’s Charities Australia since its inception in 2013, and on her appointment as Chairman, stated that it “is a privilege to be appointed as Chairman of such a dynamic organisation in the Australian charitable landscape”
Ms Jackson and the Board paid tribute to Mr Beddison for his outstanding role and service in the establishment of The Prince’s Charities Australia.
“The Prince’s Charities Australia initiates wonderful projects that have assisted Australians from many walks of life, including Australian Defence Force members, regional and Indigenous communities, and young Australians. This is a role I am honoured to accept,” said Ms Jackson.
Mr Paul Bassat also announced his retirement from the Board, and was thanked for his commitment and contribution to the organisation.
PCA appointed four new Board members – Cheryl Bart AO, Peter Yu, Holly Ransom and Dominic Richards who will join Peter Leahy AC and Paul Sheahan AM as Trustees of PCA.
Cheryl Bart AO is an established corporate director currently serving on a range of Boards including SG Fleet Ltd, ME Bank, TEDx Sydney and the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Ms Bart is also an award-winning and record- breaking Australian adventurer having climbed Mt Everest as well as being the first Australian women to have completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam (Seven Summits plus North and South Pole)
Peter Yu is a Yawuru Man from Broome with over 35 years experience in Indigenous development and advocacy at state, national and international levels. He is also a board member of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd, Deputy Chair of the AFL Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and Deputy Chair of Brome Future.
CEO of Emergent, Holly Ransom is currently Co-Chair of the UN’s Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs. Emergent has worked with Macquarie Bank, KPMG, and the Australian Institute of Sport, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world. In 2012 she was named as one of Australia’s “100 Most Influential Women” and also became the world’s youngest -ever Rotary President.
Architekton Founder and Chief Executive Dominic Richards is a successful property developer with over 20 years’ experience. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Global English Ltd, a Chinese digital education initiative based in Sydney, Beijing and London. During his time as Vice Chairman and Director of ‘The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community’, he successfully renewed its charitable mission and operations and is now looking forward to contributing to sustainable development in Australia.
PCA Chief Executive, Janine Kirk AM welcomed the new assembly of exceptional talent to the organisation.
“I welcome our new Trustees with great enthusiasm. The leadership of Margaret, and expertise of both our new and existing trustees will bring a broad range of expertise and perspectives to the growing work of The Prince’s Charities Australia,” said Ms Kirk.