Pat Grier, AM
Pat Grier has extensive experience in sales, marketing and general management. His early career included senior roles at Reckitt & Colman; S.C. Johnson & Son; and as General Manager at Revlon Australia.
In the health care sector he managed several hospitals including one awarded ‘hospital of the year’ under his innovative leadership. He joined Ramsay Health Care when it only had eight hospitals and in his 20 years as CEO grew the organisation to become Australia’s largest private hospital operator with more than 100 hospitals internationally. Under his leadership, turnover rose from $150 million to $3 billion with 30,000 staff. Pat was instrumental in developing a motivated workplace culture, which became known as the ‘Ramsay Way’.
As Chairman of the Private Hospitals Association, Pat was one of the main architects of the balanced health care system (between the private and public hospital sectors) and received the Member of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Australia Day Honours. Pat has served on several boards, including several as Chair.
Karen Hazan is a director of Trenches McKenzie Cox Solicitors of Lismore. She has experience in all areas of advocacy including family law, employment law, mental health and criminal law as well as conveyancing, probate, wills and contested estates. She is an accredited specialist in Family Law. Before coming to Social Futures Karen was a long-standing board member for Youth Connections North Coast Inc. Karen joined the Board of Social Futures as she enjoys being involved with and contributing to community organisations which provide quality services to people who find themselves socially or economically disadvantaged.
Keith Sloan is Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University having served on the staff of the Business School for some 23 years. He has more than 40 years of research, consulting and teaching experience in the areas of international finance and economics, investment analysis, portfolio management, and corporate finance and over 10 years board experience with listed, unlisted and not-for-profit boards. In his role as a professional economist Keith became acutely aware of widening divergence in the quality of life experienced by people living in this wonderful part of Australia and sees his work with the Social Futures board as making a small contribution to redressing these imbalances and building a stronger regional community.
During the last 16 years at Westpac Leanne has worked in a variety of roles and with a number of Aboriginal companies, people and communities. She has fostered relationships with prominent and helpful members of community. She was awarded one of the bank’s Bicentennial Service Honours for her ability to predict her customers’ needs and find solutions every time.
Leanne and her husband John are proud parents to Aria and dog Tama, completes the family. Leanne loves good food and wine and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys live music, festivals and theatre.
Leanne lives in the Far North Coast of NSW and loves the outdoors, beaches, national parks, rivers and the eclectic vibrancy of the region.
Orit Ben-Harush is an internet researcher at Queensland University of Technology. She has been researching social impact of technology, internet, mobile phones and social capital since 1995. Her PhD thesis focused on social networks of women in Ocean Shores, NSW. Prior to her academic career Orit worked in telecommunication companies in a few marketing positions. Orit lives in Ocean Shores where she is an active member in a few local initiatives. Orit is passionate about sense of community, sense of belonging, youth activities and the role of technology in modern life.
Penny’s diverse career has spanned journalism, property management and IT. In her current position as Head of Sales and Account Management for Inlogik, she is a sought-after keynote speaker at financial seminars on the topic of finding solutions to improve efficiency and accountability in expense management for not for profit and commercial organisations.
Penny brings her experience working with more than 100 not for profit clients and her passion for social justice to the Social Futures Board, with the hope of making a unique contribution to our organisation which, she believes, makes such a difference to people’s lives.
Kirstie brings to our Board more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of marketing, including communications, strategy, online marketing and branding. Her career has traversed diverse industries, working with major organisations in Sydney, Brisbane and London; including Fairfax Media, McDonald’s Australia, Mercedes Benz UK and Cafédirect, (the largest Fairtrade coffee company in the UK).
Kirstie teaches at Southern Cross University and provides marketing consultancy for organisations in the Northern Rivers and South East Queensland.
Margarita brings her experience in engagement and community enrichment with Indigenous and remote communities to our Board. Her deep understanding of the issues they face includes the importance of education, access to services, and sustainable employment as pathways to positive social impact.
With a background in law, Margarita has worked in a government funded legal service; established a successful Indigenous law practice in a national firm; and founded a consulting practice in Australia and internationally. Her pro bono work for Indigenous communities has assisted them maximise economic participation outcomes from projects on their traditional lands.
More recently, Margarita has engaged in broader stakeholder management and social performance activities; and the development and implementation of social and impact investment frameworks and programs.
Margarita believes respectful and inclusive engagement, transparency and strong governance lead to deep and enduring relationships, founded on shared visions for change.
Vale Paul Cruikshank
A tribute to Paul Cruickshank, our longest serving board Member
Our longest serving Board member, Paul Cruickshank, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 1 February 2017 surrounded by close friends and family.
Paul joined our Board in 2007 and was elected President in 2013. He was passionate about social justice and the environment and contributed to both these areas through a long career in environmental organisations, within our sector and as an environmental policy advisor to government.
Paul also made a huge voluntary contribution. He served on many boards of non-government organisations and used his spare time to write grant applications for small environmental groups.
Paul helped steer us through many changes over the past decade. He was extremely supportive of us all and committed to what we wanted to achieve in our community. He had an incredibly positive outlook, loved putting big ideas into action. Once a decision to do something was made, he would be off doing it while the rest of us were still working out how to get started. Paul also loved to socialise and he was an enthusiastic participant in many of our events over the years. His cheerful presence, words of encouragement and big wide smile will be missed.
Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Manager for Finance, Assets and Technology
Executive Manager for Inclusion
Executive Manager for Strategy and Engagement
Executive Manager for Communities, Families & Youth