Australians supporting the UN Refugee Agency
Australia for UNHCR is governed by a board of directors who generously volunteer their time and their expertise to the strategic management and governance of the organisation.
John W.H. Denton AO - Chair
John W.H. Denton AO is our founding Chair and works at senior corporate and government level to advocate Australia for UNHCR's mission to provide life-changing support for refugees. John's commitment over the last 10 years to the work of the UN Refugee Agency is shaped by his experience as a diplomat with postings in Dhaka and Baghdad where he observed UNHCR's work on the ground. He travelled to East Timor in 2002 to receive thanks from the government for Australia for UNHCR's support of new sporting facilities.
John is the Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, one of our key corporate partners which supports UNHCR via staff giving programs and sponsorships. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Bachelor of Laws and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. John is a member of the Board of the Business Council of Australia and is a Prime Ministerial Appointee to the APEC Business Advisory Council. Most recently he was appointed to the government's Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness.
John Boultbee AO
John Boultbee is a lawyer and has been a Director since November 2000. John's work in the Australian sporting community was honoured in 1990 when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. John was the Head of National Teams and Football Development at the Football Federation of Australia until June 2013. He is a Judge of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. John is a strong advocate for the transformative sports programs UNHCR provides for young refugees, having observed these programs in refugee camps in Thailand.
Michael Dwyer AM
Michael Dwyer AM has been a Board member since July 2000 and is also the Chair of our Program Committee. Most of Michael's professional life has been spent in the superannuation industry and he is currently the CEO of First State Super. Michael's determination to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable people is matched by his admiration for UNHCR's work on the ground which he first saw in East Timor in 2002. He is the instigator of our Twilight Seminar program, a series of occasional seminars for the financial services sector with income supporting UNHCR, and has brought significant corporate support to our annual World Refugee Day Breakfast event.
Rick, a qualified chartered accountant, worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC) in the UK and Australia from 1979 to 2011. He joined the Board of Australia for UNHCR June 2012 having retired from the PwC partnership the previous year. At PwC he was responsible for the firm's corporate responsibility agenda both in Australia and globally. Rick has a particular interest in international development and related issues. One of Rick's proudest (and also most eye-opening) moments was visiting refugee camps in Chad where UNHCR has constructed schools and introduced a new approach to education funded by the people of PwC following a global appeal which was devised and led by Rick.
Paul Reid joined the Board in December 2004. Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a registered Company Auditor. With more than 30 years experience in professional accounting, regulatory compliance matters and risk advisory services, Paul has made a significant contribution to the governance of the organisation, initially as a pro-bono auditor and now as Head of our Finance Committee. Paul has a strong commitment to social justice and is a generous supporter of a number of not for profit organisations providing advice and pro bono support.
Kate Dundas has forged a career in public policy and media management and is currently the Deputy Secretary for Arts & Culture in the NSW Government. Prior to this role, Kate was Director of ABC Radio, having previously held numerous senior roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition to her ABC career, Kate has worked in public policy areas in both state and federal governments, including two executive roles in the NSW Premier’s Department as Director Regional Strategic Projects and Director Public Sector Management Office. Kate joined the Board in September 2015.