Ken is a qualified accountant and studied at Melbourne University to obtain an MBA in 1984. Jill holds secretarial qualifications and is a company director.
Ken & Jill are enthusiastic and dedicated philanthropists, both supporting the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Children’s Hospital Parkville Auxiliary and Leadership Circle. Ken is Chairman of The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Director of the RBGV Foundation, Governor of The Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthesia Research Foundation, Director of the Australian Dental Association Evident Research Foundation, as well as several other not for profit entities.
Ken was awarded Member (AM) in the general division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours 2016 for significant service to the community through financial support and senior roles with horticultural, social welfare, medical & cultural groups.
They share business interests through their investment bank, Collinsbank Pty Ltd, which specialises in property ownership and development, particularly with shopping centre and residential projects. Agricultural & pastoral pursuits and a love of the environment have long been a passion for both, with investments and operations in beef cattle, chestnut and tree farming properties.