Board of Directors
IAN SMITH, Chair and Director
Ian Smith co-founded political and corporate advisory firm Bespoke Approach in July 2008, working with leading businesses on complex projects in Australia and internationally.
A former journalist and government advisor, Ian has a vast political, business and media network. He was previously CEO of Gavin Anderson & Company and part of the company’s worldwide executive committee.
Ian is a member of The Friendly Nation Initiative, placing Syrian refugees in Australia in roles with leading Australian companies, and attends UN refugee conferences talking about the role of business and civil society.
He is the Honorary British Consul in South Australia, a Director of the East Arnhem Regional Economic Development Corporation and of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute and a member of the NAB PrivateWealth Advisory Council.
He is an Ambassador for ENUF (a campaign to reduce stigma and support people living with HIV/AIDS) and an Ambassador for The Orang-Utan Project.
Ian is married to Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s former Ambassador for Women and Girls and they have two children.
MARGARET JACKSON AC, Director
Margaret Jackson is Chairman of Spotless Group Holdings Limited, Ansett Aviation Training Limited, Prince’s Charities Australia and is also a Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a member of Monash University’s Industry Council of Advisors.
Margaret has also served as Chairman of Qantas, FlexiGroup Ltd, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, and a Director of The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, The Australian and New Zealand Banking Corporation, Pacific Dunlop Limited, John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Billabong International Ltd, Telecom Australia, West Gippsland Healthcare Group, President of Australian Volunteers International, former partner KPMG Advisory, and BDO Nelson.
Margaret is a Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AC) for service to business in diverse and leading Australian corporations and to the community in the area of support for medical research, the arts and education. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society in Business and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University.
She is a former Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, the Playbox Theatre Company and Methodist Ladies College.
MOYA DODD, Director
Moya Dodd is a Partner in the competition and regulation group at Gilbert+Tobin Lawyers, and a member of the Asian Football Confederation's Executive Committee, and the Football Federation Australia Board. She was also one of the first few women on FIFA's Executive Committee, from 2013-2016.
A former Australian team vice-captain with the "Matildas", she has an Honours degree in law from the University of Adelaide. She was a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court and then worked in private practice and in-house legal roles. She has an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management. She has also worked in commercial and consulting roles in the media and telecommunications industries.
She serves on the AFC Legal Committee, and is a member of the ICAS, the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
As one of the first three women on the FIFA Executive Committee (appointed 108 years after the organisation was formed) Moya has focussed on women's participation in football. She chairs the AFC Women’s Football Committee, is Deputy Chair of the FIFA Women's Football Committee, and chairs FIFA’s Task Force on Women’s Football. She has been an active voice for gender equality in the FIFA reform process through the #womeninFIFA campaign.
She was in World Soccer magazine’s People of the Year in 2013, the overall winner of the AFR Westpac Women of Influence awards and Women’s Health magazine’s Person of Sporting Influence in 2016. She also received the IOC Women and Sport Award 2016 for Oceania.
Moya enjoys family and two kids, and playing in the over-35s.
LOUISE STEINFORT, Director
Louise has over 20 years experience in executive office and business management roles in corporate advisory, funds management, medical research and philanthropic industries.
Louise is currently Chief of Staff at RACV, and was previously at Goldman Sachs Australia for over 8 years working in the Executive Office.
Louise holds a Diploma in Financial Markets CertV from FINSIA and Governance Foundation for NFP Directors at the AICD. She has also completed Goethe-Zertifikat B1 at the Goethe-Institute in German studies.
Louise was the winner of the People's Choice Award in 2008 for her work depicting brain trauma in support of Brain Injury Australia. Since this time, she has furthered her involvement in philanthropy working closely with advocacy bodies and development of giving models. Since 2009, she has worked closely with medical research institute, Burnet Institute, in developing fundraising initiatives and corporate giving. This has involved travelling to Myanmar, Laos and Bangladesh to visit maternal and child health programmes.
AWER BUL, Director and Founder
Awer G. Bul was born in 1983 in South Sudan. He grew up in the midst of the Sudanese civil war. When he was seven years old he fled to the border of Uganda and South Sudan with his parents, where he was faced with similar insecurity. In 1994 he was separated from his parents and travelled to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya where he lived for six years, eating just one meal a day.
In December 2000 at age of 17, he was given the opportunity to go to America as one of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’. There he attended J.R. Tucker High School and worked at the local grocery store. He graduated in 2004 with Honours, which gave him entry to one of the top American Arts schools.
He joined Virginia Commonwealth University as a full-time Arts student majoring in Kinetic Imaging, with a minor in Fine Arts. While attending university, he created the Awer Bul Art Program, a project which provides artists in Kakuma Refugee Camp with art supplies, and conducts workshops. In 2012, he travelled back to South Sudan with the help of an American friends to build a water well in Wangulei, South Sudan. The well is currently in use by three villages.
Awer moved to Australia in 2012 to join his family. He is now the father of three children and is currently working as Draftsperson for Supaloc International, a steel structure building system.