Ian Hicks AM, Chair 

Ian is Executive Chair of Applied International Pty Ltd, a private investment group based in Melbourne and Chair of the George Hicks Foundation. Ian was Chair of the MS Society, Victoria and Australia for 14 years and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of this work. He was until recently a Director of Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria and was a foundation Board member of Zoos Victoria. Ian has a strong interest in the arts having held positions as Chair of Deutscher Hackett, Deputy Chair of the Foundation Board of the National Gallery of Victoria and Director of the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. He is a major supporter of the Australian Ballet and an enthusiastic collector of Australian art and sculpture. Ian is part owner of a group of restaurants in Sydney and a gastro pub in Melbourne. He has a vineyard, avocado farm and sculpture park on the Mornington Peninsula in Shoreham.


Dr Genevieve Timmons, Director

Genevieve has been active in philanthropy and grant making for over three decades, pioneering approaches to contemporary giving and promoting thought leadership in Australia and New Zealand. As one of the most highly respected philanthropy executives in Australia, Genevieve advises a number of families and organisations and was recently awarded an honourary doctorate in recognition of her leadership in the sector by Swinburne University. Genevieve is a Director of Philanthropy Australia and Australian Communities Foundation, a Director of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership and former Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation. Genevieve is a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins Fellows in Philanthropy and a Fellow of Leadership Victoria.


Andrew Fairley AM, Deputy Chair

Andrew is a commercial and equity lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.  He is Chair of Equipsuper, a $16 billion industry super fund.  He is on the Board of The Australian Financial Complaints Authority, Qualitas Securities Pty Ltd, and is the former Chair of Parks Victoria and Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia. He has a deep involvement in the Philanthropic sector both as advisor and a trustee.  He Chairs the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and is Deputy Chair of the Greater Shepparton Foundation. Andrew is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria and the owner and operator of Yarra Valley Cherries, a premium cherry orchard in the Yarra Valley.



Dr Janet Stanley, Director
Janet is Principal Research Fellow, Urban Social Resilience, at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne and a Director of Stanley and Co., consultants in sustainable policy. Janet focuses on the interface between social, environmental and economic issues in climate change and sustainability, across policy, systems design and at community levels, particularly focusing on sustainability issues for people experiencing social disadvantage and exclusion. Working with the three levels of government, NGOs and the business sector, Janet’s research encompasses child protection, transport planning, climate change, arson and wellbeing. Janet and her family are long term residents of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.

Christina McGuffie, Director

Originally a journalist, Tina was until recently Adviser to the Hon Greg Hunt, Member for Flinders and Federal Minister for Health in capacities ranging from grassroots community projects to national policy development and implementation across several successive portfolio areas including mental health, palliative care, science, environment and national heritage. During this time and previously as his Media Adviser Tina developed strong relationships with the Mornington Peninsula communities and worked closely with diverse groups of community leaders. She brings to the MPF extensive knowledge of the MP communities and experience in media and communications as well as the design and implementation of public campaigns and high level policy development.


Andrew Wheeler, Director

Andrew is Chair of Sentinel Foundation, a philanthropic charity, and a resident of Mt Martha. He has had a long and successful career in the financial services industry working as an accountant before going out on his own to create Lonsdale Ltd a platform providing research integrated with full client software to Accountants and Financial Planners. Andrew then created Lonsec Ltd, a share broking service, followed by the concept design, development and launch of the BT WRAP Administration business. In 2000 Lonsdale was sold to Zurich and In 2004 Andrew established Dealer Group Advisers, consulting to a large number of National Dealer groups assisting with their strategic development and operational structure. Andrew is active as a philanthropic donor and close supporter of a number of not for profit organisations.


David Dyer 

David grew up in Brisbane and lived in Sydney for 15 years and in Melbourne for 30 years. David worked in Sealy Mattress, a family business (third generation) in general management, marketing and sales throughout  Australia and Asia.

He has been a director of Foundation 59 for five years and recently succeeded Sandy Murdoch as Chairman immediately prior to the merger with Mornington Peninsula Foundation.


Stephanie Exton, Executive Director
Stephanie is a leading practitioner and thinker in place based philanthropy. Prior to leading MPF she  was Executive Officer of both the George Hicks Foundation (Mornington Peninsula) and the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, (Shepparton). Previously Stephanie was Program Manager at Reichstein Foundation, well known in Australia for its progressive social change focus and for seven years was manager at Igniting Change, working in a small team to inspire deeper understanding of social issues, catalyse financial support for unmet social needs and give a voice to people often unheard. Stephanie previously worked as an orchestral musician and orchestra manager developing skills in listening and collaboration that constantly inform the place based work of the MPF.


Gitz Naidu, CFO
Rigorous and accountable, exemplary professional with high level business experience and commitment to MPF accountability and compliance.


The Mornington Peninsula Foundation acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurung / Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of these lands and waters.

Thanks Tanya Fry of TanyaFryPhotography for your beautiful photographs : )