John W.H. Denton AO

John is our founding Chair who is a powerful advocate in the corporate sector for refugees. His commitment to the work of UNHCR over the last decade is shaped by his experience as a diplomat with postings in Dhaka and Baghdad where he observed UNHCR's work on the ground. In 2015 John was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to law, business, the arts and refugees.

John is the Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, one of our key corporate partners which support UNHCR through donations, staff giving programs, sponsorship and pro bono legal support. John also holds positions on a number of high level boards and groups including as the First Vice Chairman of the Paris based International Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Taskforce. John has a BA (Hons), LLB

John W.H. Denton AO

– Chair

John Boultbee AM

John is a lawyer and has been a Director since 2000. He was a Barrister for several years before moving into a career in sports administration, including as the CEO of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), CEO of World Rowing (FISA), and Head of High Performance of the Football Federation Australia, and then Volleyball Australia. He is a member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990 for his services to 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, and has helped galvanise support for refugees from the Australian sports community.

John has a BA, LLB (Hons), LLM, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Boultbee AM

Michael Dwyer AM

Michael has been a Board member since 2000 and is currently the CEO of First State Super, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds. He is a director of ASFA, the peak body in the superannuation sector. 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, and again in January 2016 when he and Chair John Denton went on mission to Turkey and Lebanon to see firsthand the situation of Syrian refugees.

Michael has been instrumental in galvanising support from the investment and financial sectors to UNHCR, and in particular to our annual World Refugee Day Breakfast.

Michael has a Dip of Superannuation Management, Advanced Dip of Financial Services (Superannuation), Dip of Public Administration, FASFA.

Michael Dwyer AM

Rick Millen

Rick is a qualified chartered accountant and a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC), in the UK and Australia from 1979 to 2011. He joined the Board of Australia for UNHCR in 2012. At PwC he was responsible for the firm's corporate responsibility agenda both in Australia and globally and he headed up the PwC Global Foundation. In this role Rick helped drive PwC’s 10th Anniversary corporate gift of $6m to UNHCR which is one of the largest corporate gifts to UNHCR, and which helped support the construction of schools and refugee camps in Chad.

Rick has a MA Law, Member Institute of Chartered Accountants, Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rick Millen

Paul Reid

Paul joined the Board in 2004 and has a strong commitment to social justice. Paul is a former partner with KPMG, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a registered Company Auditor.

With more than 30 years experience in auditing and accounting, regulatory compliance matters and risk advisory services, Paul has made a significant contribution to the governance of Australia for UNHCR, initially as a pro-bono auditor and as the former Chair of our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Paul has a BA (Acctg), Dip of Superannuation Management, CA, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul Reid

Kate Dundas

Kate joined the Board in 2015. Kate is Executive Director of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House with overall responsibility for the programming and delivery of performances, events and festivals. Kate’s previous roles include Director of ABC Radio, Director People and Learning for the ABC and Head of ABC National Networks. In 2010 she instigated ABC Radio’s annual large-scale fundraising initiatives, partnering with charities to raise millions of dollars for the displaced and vulnerable, including Australia for UNHCR’s Horn of Africa Famine Appeal in 2011 and Syria appeal in 2015. 

In 2016, Kate travelled on mission to Uganda to see the impact of Australia funded projects in Nakivale and Kyaka II camps as well as Australia for UNHCR’s livelihood programs supporting urban refugee women in Kampala.

Kate has a BA (Comm), Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kate Dundas

Zoe Ghani

Zoe joined the Board in 2017 and is currently Chief Technology Officer at online retailer THE ICONIC, where she leads the company's tech and customer experience strategy. Zoe has held previous roles at several of Australia's most prominent organisations including News Corp and Yahoo!7.

Zoe arrived in Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee in the 1980s and has since taken an active interest in UNHCR’s humanitarian work. She has returned to Afghanistan on several occasions, observing UNHCR’s work on the ground and contributing to a video project for Australia for UNHCR.

Zoe holds a BA in Communications from Western Sydney University.

Zoe Ghani

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