Annabelle Chauncy OAM
(Founding Director & CEO)
Annabelle grew in up in rural New South Wales and completed a Bachelor of Arts/Law at Sydney University. Her passion lies in developing and implementing strategy, governance, business development, fundraising and speaking to promote the work of the Foundation.
Annabelle is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2015.
Sydney University Alumni of the Year for Service to Humanity in 2016.
NSW Young Woman of the Year in 2015.
A finalist in the Audi In Style 'Women of Style' Charity category in 2016.
Women of the Future Award - Australian Women’s Weekly and Qantas in 2014.
Paul Harris Fellow awarded by Rotary International in 2014
A finalist in 2 categories of the NSW Telstra Businesswomen's Awards 2013 for Business Innovation and Young Businesswoman.
SOME OF OUR TEACHERS AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS
Board of Directors
HELEN CONWAY BA LLB FAICD (CHAIR)
Helen is an experienced senior executive and director. Following 10 years in private legal practice, including 7 years as a partner in a major law firm in Sydney, Helen moved into the corporate sector where she worked as a senior executive in the insurance, transport, energy, retail and construction industries. At the same time, she undertook various directorships in the health, transport and superannuation sectors. From 2011 to 2015, Helen served as CEO of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency, a statutory authority with regulatory and other responsibilities.
Helen is currently a director on a number of commercial Boards in the insurance and energy sectors. She also sits on a number of Boards of not-for-profit organisations involved in education, mental health and public policy. Helen has a long history of voluntary work in the not-for-profit sector including being the ambassador for Habitat Women, a group associated with Habitat for Humanity, for three years.
ARTUR KALUZA (DEPUTY CHAIR)
Artur is the Head of Operations of the Financial Management Group at Macquarie Group. He has over seventeen years of experience with broad cross industry and functional exposure including automobile industry, mining, IT, telecommunications, management consulting and financial services both internationally and in Australia. Artur’s expertise is in strategy, business transformation and project management. He is a big picture thinker and problem solver with recognised analytical and critical thinking skills. He spent 2 months at School for Life in July 2017 conducting an organisation review and designing our sustainability strategy, then returned to Australia in September and joined the Board of Directors. Art is passionate about creating a sustainable SFL organisation that will provide the advantage of education for many generations to come.
LInDA o'Brien AM (Non-executive director)
Linda has been Principal of Granville Boys High School since 2008. She is passionate about the value an arts education for young people, using music and dance programs to build social cohesion in schools. Linda is also Founder of the Molly McDonnell Foundation and Founder of the Bali International School. Linda joined the board in 2014.
Ben Colman (non-executive director)
Ben has worked as both marketer and agency across such a diverse range of sectors that he has acquired instinctive strategic skills and a unique blend of commercial and creative abilities. He has strong FMCG and Finance experience and a passion for forging enduring client relationships and exceptional account service. Ben is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Exetel. Ben joined the board in March 2016.
VICKI POTTS (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & TREASURER)
Vicki Potts is the Director & Principal of Clear CFO, providing CFO support and advice on a consultancy basis. Experience across Tech, Media, Telco, Travel, Healthcare and Online B2C sectors, in companies ranging from early start-ups with VC or PE backing through to ASX listed top 300.Vicki joined the Board in April 2016.
STEPHEN BURCHER (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Stephen is the Managing Director of Burcher Property Group, a long established boutique real estate investor. Steve brings a wealth of business experience and acumen, and has a specific interest in sustainability and fundraising. He and his wife Melissa became involved with School for Life when they donated a prize for the Black Tie Ball and then climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017. They believe in School for Life’s tangible and measured approach, as well as ability to get funds directly to the ground with little overheads.
SANDY HALPIN (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Sandy is the Founder and Director of Capital Idea Consulting Company. Capital Idea is a consulting and advisory firm that specialises in business growth and commercialisation strategies to high potential SMEs, Start-ups and their Founders. Sandy joined the Board in February 2017.
MICHAEL MUEHLHEIM (NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Michael’s core belief is that every person in the world has an equal right to education; it is this mission that ultimately led Michael to becoming a board member of School for Life Foundation. Michael is a Senior Wealth Adviser with Macquarie Wealth Management and holds CFP accreditation and a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance (RMIT). Michael provides strategic advice and private wealth investment services to a concentrated group of entrepreneurs and their families. Michael is also an advisory council and a board member of Heads Over Heels, a charity focused on providing connections for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.Michael joined the board in September 2017.