Our Board

Stars Foundation is a public company limited by guarantee and overseen by an eight-member, Indigenous-led Board of Directors, with the highest levels of Indigenous and business leadership represented. Indigenous-led governance results in a range of benefits to the organisation and its work, including:

  • Support from the communities in which we operate
  • Reflection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities
  • Responsiveness to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs and feedback

 

Donisha Duff GAICD (Acting Chair) – Donisha has over 15 years’ experience in Indigenous affairs. She was an advisor on Indigenous health to a former Federal Minister. Donisha has also worked for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, General Practice QLD, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, and both the Queensland and Australian governments. She is currently the National Manager Indigenous Affairs at Kidney Health Australia. Donisha holds an MBA and BA (Hons).

Sue Beecher

Sue Beecher – Sue has a passion for social justice, equity and Indigenous rights and has a wealth of experience in strategic fundraising, management, organisational governance, policy and resource development, counselling, mentoring and philanthropy. Sue had an extensive career in merchant banking before studying social work and working in the child and family welfare, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sectors. Sue is a Director and Member of several other boards and committees, including Human Rights Watch Australia. She also sits on the Indigenous Affinity Group of Philanthropy Australia. Sue is a Consultant at Wendy Brooks Consulting and tutors part time in social work at a Melbourne University.

Grant O’Brien – Grant spent more than 25 years with Woolworths and was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in 2011 before retiring in 2016. He held the roles of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and CEO Designate, Chief Operating Officer Australian Food and Petrol, Director New Business Development, General Manager Woolworths Liquor, Senior Business Manager Marketing Supermarkets, and Marketing and Merchandise Manager for Purity. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 2010. Grant is a Director of The Consumer Goods Forum, the peak global body for food and grocery retailers and manufacturers; Chairman and Director of the Australian National Retailers Association Ltd and a member of the Business Council of Australia. He is also a Director of the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Olga Havnen – Olga is of Western Arrernte descent. She grew up in Tennant Creek and has been CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service since 2013.  She has held a range of senior public and non-government sector roles in her long career in Indigenous Affairs, including NT Coordinator General for Remote Service Delivery, Head of Indigenous Strategy with Australian Red Cross, Deputy Director of the Northern Land Council, Principal Policy Adviser with the Office of Indigenous Policy in the NT Department of the Chief Minister and Manager of Indigenous Programs at The Fred Hollows Foundation. Olga has held many positions as a Director, including the Indigenous Land Corporation, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, NT Primary Health Care and the Deputy Chair of AMSANT.  She has also been appointed to high level advisory bodies including NT Government’s Expert Reference Panel on Early Childhood development, Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Charles Darwin University.   She is currently a member of the NT Community Justice Council and is also a Director on the AMSANT, NACCHO, and MJD Foundation Boards.

Martin Ferguson – Martin has a long history of public service and work in economic and social policy. He was the Federal Member for Batman in Melbourne from 1996 until retiring at the 2014 election. During the Howard Government, Martin served in a range of economic shadow portfolios, including Employment and Training; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Regional Development, Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Services and Population; Urban and Regional Development, Transport and Infrastructure; Primary Industries, Resources, Forestry and Tourism; and Transport, Roads and Tourism. When the Rudd Government assumed office in December 2007, Martin was appointed Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism, and acted as Chair of the Standing Council on Resources and Energy and the Ministerial Council for Tourism. He held the Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolios until March 2013, when he resigned from the Ministry. Martin is Chairman of the advisory board to the Australian oil and gas industry, APPEA, Strategic Director of Seven Group Holdings Energy, and Chair of Tourism Accommodation Australia.  He also chairs the University College of London Adelaide Advisory Board and the CO2 Co-operative Research Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons).

Andrea Goddard

Andrea Goddard – Andrea is CEO and Founder of Stars Foundation. She has a background in Indigenous affairs, auditing, nursing and organisational management. She has held a range of roles across the public and private sectors, including management of remote health services, quality systems auditing and evaluation, and organisational development consulting. Andrea was General Manager Development for the Clontarf Foundation from 2005 to 2013 and had direct responsibility for the organisation’s exponential growth and sustainability over this period. Andrea completed the Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2010. She holds a Diploma of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), a Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health & Welfare, and a Master of Public Health.