Governance and team

Sir David Martin Foundation is a charitable Trust. The Foundation is run by a small team of staff that is overseen by a Board of Governors. The Trustee for the Foundation is Mission Australia.

Patron

Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC

Governor of New South Wales

Board of Governors

Captain William Martin RAN (Rtd) & Board Chair

Sir David’s son, Captain Martin RAN (Rtd) joined the Sir David Martin Foundation Board in 2015 and has been Chair since December 2020. Will’s career started at the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982 and his final role was Commanding Officer HMAS WATSON. Will is a professional speaker, certified Organisational and Team Coach and is Director of Waterline Leadership.

Grad Dip (Science) & Grad Dip (Management)

Lady Suzanne Martin OAM

Sir David’s wife, Lady (Suzanne) Martin, has been on the Sir David Martin Foundation Board since its inception in 1990. She continues to represent the Foundation at philanthropic events and presents the graduation certificates at the Triple Care Farm Annual Graduation Day. Lady Martin is the Foundation’s First Lady.

Shah Rusiti

Shah joined the Sir David Martin Foundation Board in 2015. He has been a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Business Law since 1994 and has over 30 years’ experience in business and commercial law. Shah is currently Partner at Teece Hodgson & Ward.

BA/CLB. Account Specialist. Business Law

Yvonne Korn

Yvonne joined the Sir David Martin Foundation Board in 2015. She has over 30 years’ experience at senior executive level, overseeing the delivery of large social policy programs for government and non-government in Australia and the UK. Yvonne also has over 20 years’ experience as a Director in a private investment company.

BSc Psychology (Hons)

Andrew Sharpe

Andrew joined the Sir David Martin Foundation Board in 2013. He has extensive experience in acting in major commercial disputes for leading Australian and international insurers, brokers, corporates and professionals.

BA of Laws (Hons)

Jason Millett

Jason Millett joined the Sir David Martin Foundation Board in 2018. He has extensive executive experience across Banking and Financial Services, Retail, Consulting and the military. He mentors young executives in early stage businesses and is an active surf life saver.

BA History, Politics, MBA, AICD

Paul Hennessy

Paul joined the Sir David Martin Board in 2020.He is Australian Sales Leader at Mercer and has over 35 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Mercer, his previous roles included Managing Director, Australia/New Zealand at Capital Group and head of Australian and New Zealand distribution for Macquarie Bank’s fund management division

MCom and BEc

Peter Evans

Peter joined the Sir David Martin Foundation Board in 2021. He joined Ramsay Health Care in 1969 and served as a Non-Executive Director for 24 years before being appointed Deputy Chairman in 2014. Peter is a Chartered Accountant and, prior to joining Ramsay Health Care, was in public practice for over 20 years with the predecessor firms of KPMG. Peter is a Founding Board member of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Saskia Lo

Saskia Lo brings strengths in strategic marketing and business development, cultivated over a 25-year career, most recently as Strategic Director at The Zoo Republic. Saskia recently played a pivotal role in Sir David Martin Foundation’s inaugural crowdfunding event.

Meet the team

Helen Connealy

General Manager

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Anna Beaumont

Philanthropy Manager

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Jenny Leahy

Fundraising Officer

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Maia Murray

Head of Fundraising

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