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Governance and team

Sir David Martin Foundation is a Charitable Trust. The Foundation is run by a small team of staff and overseen by a Board of Directors.


The Trustee is Sir David Martin Foundation Ltd, (ACN 676 472 834, ABN 375 066 732 86). We are a DGR 1 listed charity and registered with the ACNC. Our governing documents, the Trust Deed and our Constitution are available on the ACNC website.

Board of Directors

Will Martin

Captain William Martin RAN (Rtd)

Sir David and Lady Martin’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 the Director of Waterline Leadership.

Anna Beaumont

Anna Beaumont, the daughter of Sir David and Lady Martin, has always been an integral part of the Foundation. Starting as a Fundraising Coordinator in 2011 and later excelling in the role of Philanthropy Manager until her retirement in 2023, Anna forged deep connections with donors, staff, and the young beneficiaries of our programs throughout her 12-year tenure. Now, as a member of the Board, Anna is thrilled to continue championing her father’s vision and to stay connected with our community.

Anthony Cheshire SC

Anthony was called to the English Bar in 1992 and practised at the bar in London before moving to the New South Wales Bar in 2004. He practices from the 8th Floor of Wentworth Chambers in a broad range of areas, but with a particular focus upon general commercial, corporations, insolvency, equity, probate, charities, associations, inquiries, property, licensing, insurance and professional negligence. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015.

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.

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.

Jason Millet

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.
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Jie Qian

Jie has nearly 20 years of management consulting and commercial experience within financial service, mining, FMCG and health industries specialising in technology, strategy and mergers and acquisitions across the Asia Pacific region.

Jie is currently a technology director at Macquarie in the deal advisory space for Macquarie Capital, a role she has held for the last two years. A key aspect of this role is to support Macquarie Capital manage and create value for their principal investments post acquisition, especially with regard to technology.

Jie is an effective communicator within a wide spectrum of audiences, ranging from board members, investors, executive teams and strategic suppliers to drive the right commercial outcomes through effective governance even in the absence of direct operational control.

Jie is a proud mentor to Women in Technology at Macquarie and serves in several advisory roles across the technology start up sector, a reflection of her passion at nurturing and supporting the next generation.

Our Founder

Lady (Suzanne) Martin OAM

Lady Martin founded the Sir David Martin Foundation to honour the vision of her late husband, Former Governor Sir David Martin. She served on the Sir David Martin Foundation Board from its inception in 1990 through to 2024.

Lady Martin and the Martin family continue Sir David Martin’s legacy through the Foundation to this day, Lady Martin 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.


Our Patron

Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC is the 39th Governor of New South Wales, commencing her five year tenure on 2 May 2019.

Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level.

Her Excellency brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of New South Wales.

Foundation team

Helen Connealy

Chief Exectuive Officer

Jenny Leahy

Philanthropy Manager

Jennifer Ball

Marketing Communications Manager

Anna Alexander

Inidividual Giving Manager

Jade Bankier

Finance Manager

Olivia Carney

Database & Operations Officer

Jennifer Worgan

Jennifer Worgan

Digital Marketing Officer

Molly Hutchinson

Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator