Our People

Liz Mackinlay – Chief Executive Officer

Liz has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, with extensive senior executive experience internationally and in Australia. She has held roles with a variety of NFP’s including with World Vision International as Global Vice President of Strategy, with World Vision Australia as Director of Indigenous development, with Australian Doctors International as CEO, International Red Cross Society in Cambodia as a gender specialist as well as serving on a number of NFP Boards in Australia. Liz has a passion for community development and community mobilisation, and for developing effective and efficient organisations to facilitate this. She is a specialist in gender equity and reducing violence against women and children and is committed to children’s rights to care, participation and protection. Liz is currently the CEO of Australian Business Volunteers and is Chair of the Board of North Sydney Women’s Benevolent Association.

The ABV Board

Mark Epper blue 100x150Mark Epper – Chair

Mark has spent 27 years as an audit partner with KPMG, and has served on the Board of KPMG and its Remuneration Committee for several years. In addition to his deep financial expertise Mark has a broad base of industry experience and extensive experience with ASX Top 200 companies. He has worked in Australia and internationally, particularly China and Philippines, as Partner-in Charge of the NSW China Practice and lead partner on KPMG’s quality review programme in Australia, China and Manila. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


John Edwards 

John Edwards has held Senior Executive/Leadership and Board/Advisory roles in both engineering and technology firms, as well as a number of start-ups and early stage businesses. He has also held Partnership and VP roles in international management consulting firms in Australia, Asia, and Europe, with a strong focus on business transformation, strategic marketing, and the business impact of technology. More recently much of his focus, research, and advice have been concentrated on digital transformation, and practical routes to successful adoption of new technology.

His Executive roles have included PA Consulting Group (Senior Partner – UK and Asia Pacific), Ernst & Young (Lead Partner Australia: Technology, Media & Entertainment Consulting), Capgemini (CEO AsiaPac, Telecom & Media Consulting), Motorola (VP and Head of Professional Services and Asia Networks business), and BTS (MD Australasia). He has led businesses in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a Fellow of both the Australian (AICD) and UK (IOD) Directors’ Institutes, and has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chair with US and European industrial firms, Asia Pacific technology firms, and several Advisory Boards in Australia.

John was educated at Oundle School, England, and has an Honours Degree in Production Engineering, and has an MBA from the Wharton School in the USA, with US Honors Society Membership (Beta Gamma Sigma).


Richard Grupetta

Richard has over 26 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors including as a former Australian diplomat, advisory firm Partner and now as a corporate advisor to global brands navigating international business, the Australian Government and business development objectives. With a long-term background in management consulting, Richard offers expertise in business strategy, governance, risk compliance, design, government advocacy and private-public sector partnership development. This is enhanced by experience from his leadership roles within PwC and Grant Thornton, leading their Asia Practice Groups, supporting Australian business expand business opportunity with the region across from Japan, South Korea, China, South, and South-East Asia.

A graduate from Monash University and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Richard has spent 22 years within the Asian region and is fluent in the Japanese language.


Frances Healy100x150Frances Healy – Chair, Governance Committee

Fran’s career spans over 35 years in both State and Commonwealth governments and the not-for-profit sector. Fran was CEO for Greening Australia (Tasmania) for seven years.  Other positions have included as Communication Manager for Tasmania’s National Parks and Wildlife, Senior Policy Analyst in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Business Development and Communication Manager in the of CSIRO Division of Marine Research. Fran has been Chair of Volunteering Tasmania and a Director on the Board of Volunteering Australia. She is a member of the Tasmanian Resource Management and Planning Tribunal and has been a member of the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Council, Tasmanian Marine Farming Planning Review Panel and the Tasmanian Product Safety Committee (2005-2007). She has a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Zoology / Botany, a Diploma of Education and a Diploma of Company Directors. Fran has been a volunteer on five ABV assignments.


Jane Madden

Jane is the founder and Principal of a Canberra advisory firm, specialising in strategy, capability and international business development, including with several technology firms.   Jane also works as an executive coach to private and public sector leaders.  Jane held positions at the most senior levels of the Commonwealth Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Industry, and Prime Minister and Cabinet. She led a highly successful diplomatic career, including as Ambassador to UNESCO Paris, Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Tokyo and assignments in Asia, Africa and Pacific. She was Chief Operating Officer at the Digital Transformation Office and subsequently Deputy Secretary of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade (2015-17).

Jane is also a highly regarded non-executive director with over fifteen years’ experience as chair and member of boards and committees across government, business and the not-for-profit sector. She currently serves on the boards of the Black Dog Institute, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Australian Business Volunteers, and a number of start-up ventures.  She is the President of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW).


Louisa Minney

Louisa has over 25 years’ management consulting experience. As Director of her own business, AidLogic, Louisa provides advisory and consultative services aimed specifically at increasing the benefit and impact of development assistance. Louisa is currently working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand developing initiatives that increase economic participation and employment opportunities, with an emphasis on the economic empowerment of women. She is also the National Secretary of the United Nations Association of Australia. Concurrent to her civilian career, Louisa serves in the Australian Army as an Officer in the Australian Army Reserve, and is a Subject Matter Expert on diversity and inclusion, and Women, Peace and Security to Vice Chief of the Defence Group and the Peace Operations Training Centre.

She was a nominated participant in the 2020 Australia Summit and has recently been recognised as a Distinguished Alumni of her alma mater, Flinders University.


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