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).

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, Chief Operating Officer Australian Food and Petrol, Director New Business Development, General Manager Woolworths Liquor and Senior Business Manager Marketing Supermarkets. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 2010. Grant was Chairman of Australian Leisure and Hospitality from 2011 to 2016 and Chairman of Hydrox Holdings. He was also 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 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).

Dr Mark Wenitong – Mark is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of south Queensland. He is currently the Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer at Apunipima Cape York Health Council, where he is working on health reform across the Cape York Aboriginal communities. He has been involved in both clinical and policy work in a range of Aboriginal health organisations throughout his career. Mark is a past president and founder of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. Previously a member on the National Health Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, he is currently Chair of Andrology Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Advisory Committee, sits on the Board of Thirrili (national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander critical response program), the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MH leadership group, the Queensland Mental Health Commission Advisory Board, the IPAG (implementation group for the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan), co chairs the national co-design group for the evaluation of the IAHP, and is also on the ministerial panel on MH and PHN’s. He received the 2011 AMA Presidents Award for Excellence in Healthcare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame award in 2010 and was one of the chief investigators awarded the MJA best research journal article for 2012.

Graham Goldsmith – Graham was educated at Swinburne Institute of Technology in the 1980s and graduated in Accounting.  He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2007.  In 2012 he retired from Goldman Sachs Australia, where he had been Vice-Chairman and a Managing Director, after a 25-year career with the firm and its predecessors in Australia, working in both Melbourne and London.  At the time of his retirement he was also Chair of the Goldman Sachs Australia Foundation. Graham is Chairman of ASX-listed SEEK Ltd and a non-executive director of ASX-listed Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd and Trawalla Group. He chairs Armitage Associates Pty Ltd, a growth equity fund manager, and advises another family group.  He is also a Panel Member of Adara Partners, a not-for-profit boutique investment bank. He recently retired as Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology having served in the role from mid-2014 to early 2019 and having served on the Council since 2010. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), CPA Australia (FCPA) and FINSIA (FFin).

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.