The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation,ensuring it lives up to its values and achieves its goals.
The Board comprises of members who share a diverse range of professional skills, are passionate advocates against domestic and family violence, and are invested in creating a safe and secure future for all Australians. The Board’s members contribute their time and expertise on a pro bono basis.
Vanessa A Fowler
Chair of the Board of Directors, The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.
Vanessa is the sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay. She is also a wife, mother of two boys and aunt to three beautiful young girls who have tragically lost their mother. Vanessa is a primary school teacher, and enjoys educating and shaping young minds.
Little did she know that in 2012, that her life would take such a drastic turn in horrific circumstances and that her family would need her support more than ever. Among all of the busyness of life, Vanessa still finds time to support her parents in the care of Allison’s three children.
As you are aware, Vanessa and her family were thrust into public attention following the death of Allison and she has been a guiding force in the formation of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation, taking on the role of a Director and Chairman of the Board.
Vanessa has also been instrumental in coordinating the annual Strive To Be Kind Day, for each of the last seven years, which started with a small Committee of just two and has grown into a major event on the Foundation’s annual calendar.
She is committed in everything that she does, to make her sister proud taking the grief and anger the family has suffered and turn such a tragic circumstance into a positive making a difference in the community.
Steve is an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest professional services firm and has broad experiences across the not for profit sector. He has worked across many businesses and entities both locally and internationally.
He has worked across many businesses and entities both locally and internationally. His experience includes audit, investigating accountants’ reports, local and US capital and debt raisings, financial due diligence as well as systems and process controls reviews. Steve’s international experiences have included assignments in the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, India, New Zealand, Indonesia and a three year secondment to the US firm. He has worked with clients across a variety of sectors for over twenty-eight years and has been the lead engagement partner on a number of the firm’s significant publicly listed audit clients.
As the lead audit partner on a significant number of entities, Steve has extensively liaised with governance boards and sub-committees on matters including, risk, internal controls, fraud, financial reporting and governance practices. Steve has been heavily involved in the non for profit sector both as an auditor and in administration duties. Steve is currently the chair of the School Council of the Belmont Independent State School.
Rebecca is the Founder and Managing Director of made4media, a fully integrated creative, marketing and communications agency specialising in brand development and management, social media, traditional & digital communications, advertising, events, creative design & video production.
Rebecca is a big believer that you are never too old to learn, you just need to want to.
Rebecca is also a Board Director for the The Marist College Ashgrove Foundation, which raises money for bursaries so boys from financially disadvantaged families can attend the College. She recently joined the Committee for the Allison Baden- Clay Foundation after stepping down as President of Group61 which is a charity that supports, through friendship, those in the community who live with a mental illness.
Rebecca and her company provide pro-bono for all the charities that they represent.
Helen is a partner in People & Organisation Consulting at PwC. She specialises in transformational change and the people aspects of organisational performance. Helen has spent the last 18 years focused on helping organisations anticipate the future and then design and implement change programs to improve service delivery and performance. The majority of these large change programmes have been enabled by technology and involve the integration of many moving parts to be successful.
Helen’s focus and areas of expertise is in managing the people aspects of change. Aspects that include workforce experience, change management, strategy, leadership development, culture, stakeholder engagement, organisation effectiveness, workforce design and creative communications.
As a board member Helen would like to bring her knowledge and experience in behaviour change to the challenge of stopping domestic and family violence in Queensland.
A Tribute to our beloved former Board member, Freda Wigan, 2.09.1973 – 22.11.2021.
Freda was a valued and esteemed Board member of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation for over five years and is dearly missed. Freda and HopgoodGanim Lawyers worked closely with Allison’s family through their most difficult and challenging times as they engaged with both the criminal justice system and the family law courts. For her dedication, professionalism and care, Allison’s family will be forever grateful.
Freda was a highly accomplished lawyer who achieved so much in her relatively short life. Her legal career spanned more than 22 years and during that time she become an Accredited Family Law Specialist, a Nationally Accredited Mediator, an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and was recognised consistently by legal publications as a leader in her field.
Above all else however, Freda was driven to care for her clients, and to deliver exceptional advice and outcomes in what were often very traumatic and difficult circumstances. She did so with compassion, kindness, generosity and supreme professionalism. She will be forever remembered for the positive contribution she made to Allison’s family and to the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.
Lisa is a Partner in HopgoodGanim Lawyers’ Family Law practice with over 30 years of experience in the family law courts, and early in her career she practiced in the Children’s Court and worked with the child welfare authorities in NSW. She has listened to multiple and varied stories of family violence, with only the one common theme being the damage that is caused to the victims whether they be adults or children or both.
This experience, and her work with Allison’s family, has caused her to want to work in the prevention of family violence at its origins. She has been involved in the ABCF since its commencement, and became a director in 2020.
Kim’s corporate experience in media, marketing, communications, events and administration across Australia spans over 30 years. Kim has certifications in both Business Management and Business Administration and is currently with Stantec Australia. With a long history across the major Australian television & radio networks in production, project & event management, Kim carries with her a keen understanding and ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders and is dedicated to quality outcomes both personally and professionally.
Kim, our Board Secretary, leads the organising committee for our annual fundraising event, the Strive To Be Kind Luncheon and is committed to providing successful and memorable experiences for our Foundation supporters.