Board & Executive Team / About

We are directed by some of the country’s most talented creatives, lawyers, accountants, business leaders, fundraisers, educators and not-for-profit administrators.

What draws them together is the vision that they can be an instrument of change and help brighten the future of Australia’s most disadvantage children, through the work of The Song Room.

Andrew Baxter – Chairperson

Andrew Baxter is the Chairman of Publicis Communications, one of the country’s largest communication agency groups. He is also CEO of Publicis Worldwide Australia and a member of the Publicis Worldwide Global Management Board. Prior to heading Publicis, Andrew was CEO of Ogilvy Australia.

Throughout his career, Andrew has worked with many of Australia’s largest companies, brands and government bodies.

Andrew Chairs both the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the Deakin Business School Advisory Board, and sits on the Boards of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Pork. He’s also previously held significant Board roles at the Melbourne Aces, Catch Group and the Communications Council.

Andrew regularly writes about the future of marketing, in a world where both consumers and technology are ever-evolving. He is one of LinkedIn’s Top 40 Australian influencers, and recognised by Campaign magazine as one of the Top 5 Communications Agency Leaders in Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Monash University, and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Marketing Institute.

Richard Price – Deputy Chairperson

Richard’s nearly 25 years with Macquarie Group saw him rise to senior Executive Director, Resources Group, overseeing a broad range of corporate finance assignments for major Australian and global companies, particularly in the Resources and Energy sectors. He has extensive experience providing strategic/financial advice, M&A, debt and equity financing, principal investment and takeover advice to leading corporations in the resources and energy sectors.

Richard is Executive Chairman of Aligned Resources Group, an asset management business focused on remote accommodation assets for the resources and Government sectors. He is also pursuing a number of strategic business initiatives in other sectors including digital technology.

Richard has had significant involvement in the philanthropic sector including his role as Chair and Deputy Chair with The Song Room since 2004. In his role with The Song Room, Richard is actively involved in a number of important strategic and policy issues including Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, Member of the Finance & Risk Committee, Government and Stakeholder relations, and involvement in the organisation’s strategic direction.

Professor Rob McGauran – Director

Robert McGauran has been a director of McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd Architects, Urban Planners and Interior Designers since 1985.

He has been a leading advocate for affordable housing, investment in public transport and also education. Rob is a board member of the Lord Mayors Charitable Fund in Melbourne, sat on the board of Housing Choices Australia and prior to that the Melbourne Affordable Housing board.

He is the University Architect for Monash University and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture.

Rob has sat on expert panels and advisory committees for both Governments and leading Educational institutions; was awarded a Life Fellowship by the Australian Institute of Architects in 1999 and made a fellow of Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association in 2010.

Kerry Willcock – Director

Kerry Willcock is the former Executive General Manager, Corporate, Legal and Regulatory, and Company Secretary of Tabcorp Holdings Limited, a top 100 ASX-listed company and a world leader in responsible gambling practices. Kerry was responsible for all legal and regulatory matters for Tabcorp, as well as government and shareholder relations, external and employee communications and responsible gambling.

Kerry was also formerly General Counsel of Australia Post, and spent many years in private practice with national law firms Clayton Utz and Arthur Robinson Hedderwicks. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, Harness Racing Victoria, and a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Association of Corporate Counsel General Counsel 100.

Russell Phillips – Treasurer

Russell is a Partner at Ernst & Young specialising in taxation. Russell brings over 23 years of experience working with domestic and international companies operating across manufacturing services, technology and retail sectors.

Russell and his team have worked closely with a range of high growth public and private company groups, advising on matters concerning asset and transaction structuring events, mergers and acquisitions, international taxation and capital gains tax.

Russell is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia and has previously been a Director of the Melbourne Community Foundation and the Tigers in Community Foundation.

Fabienne Michaux – Director

Fab has held a variety of executive and non-executive roles in a career spanning 30 years, including 22 years with S&P Global Ratings where in her final posting she was the Australian Country Head and Head of Developed Markets Asia-Pacific.

Fab is principal of Petrichor Consulting Services Pty Ltd, and a member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, a board member of Housing Choices Australia, chair of KAGE Physical Theatre Inc., and an advisory board member of Deakin’s School of Business and Law.

Fab holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) with Distinction from RMIT, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Nettlefold – Director

Michael Nettlefold was most recently CEO and a Director of the AFL club St Kilda for a period of 5 years commencing in April 2009. Currently the Chairman and shareholder of emerging AFL player management business Vivid Sport Management. Vivid has an extensive portfolio of current AFL players and AFL coaches.

Michael conceptualised and delivered the first AFL premiership match in a country outside of Australia through the annual Anzac Day fixture played in Wellington, New Zealand. Through this project Michael maintains an active interest in the development of AFL football in New Zealand through his role as Deputy Chairman of AFLNZ.

As founder and co-owner of out of home advertising company Eye Corp, Michael built Eye Corp into a media business that had operating activities in many markets throughout the APAC region including Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. Michael was also founder and co-owner of Nextt Health before divesting his interests in 2013. Michael is now founder and principal of his private investment company Nettlefold Group.

Anthony Mackay – Director

Anthony Mackay AM, is CEO of the Centre for Strategic Education. He is Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research, Deputy Chancellor Swinburne University, Melbourne, Chair of the International Advisory Board for the National Institute for School Leadership, Washington DC, and Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Education Council.

He is an expert consultant to OECD and UNESCO, Consultant Advisor to Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, Co-Chair Global Education Leaders Partnership, Board Director of the Innovation Unit UK, International Advisor to Learning Forward (USA), Advisory Board Member New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), Board Director of the Foundation for Young Australians & Teach For Australia and Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.

Anthony is moderator of the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession, the Global Education Industry Summit and debates at the World Innovation Summit for Education. He was Inaugural Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and the Inaugural Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Jane Power – Director

Jane Power became Bupa’s Marketing Director for Australia and New Zealand in January 2017. She previously served as Director of Brand and Health & Care Marketing where she guided Bupa’s brand strategy and helped reposition the company from an insurer to a broad health and care company. She is also Bupa’s key global brand lead, helping all of the company’s markets expand their brand presence.

Jane joined Bupa in 2013 from Suncorp Group where she held roles including Executive Manager of Direct Life and Executive Manager of Wealth Management and Direct Risk. She was Head of Product and Marketing at Asteron, prior to its merger with Suncorp. Jane also spent five years at MLC working across a range of roles including platform distribution. She has an MBA from Queensland University of Technology.

Katherine Payne – Director

Katherine is a Special Counsel at the national law firm Hall & Wilcox.  She is a commercial litigation specialist, with a focus on insolvency, the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) and its practical implications, building and construction litigation and general commercial litigation.  She has provided expert commentary and regularly publishes articles and presents to organisations and industry bodies concerning the PPSA, insolvency and directors’ duties, and building and construction disputes.

Katherine has been recognised in the editorial of leading legal directory The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 in dispute resolution and is listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia in litigation.  Her clients include many well-known insolvency practitioners, national and international corporates, suppliers and manufacturers of a variety of goods, building companies and logistics suppliers.

Katherine is a member of the Australian Reconstruction Insolvency and Turnaround Association, the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and the Melbourne Central Insolvency Discussion Group. She is also actively involved in the community and previously helped fundraise and profile-raise for organisations such as KidsHelpline.

Dr Caroline Aebersold – Chief Executive Officer

Caroline has worked in senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector for over fifteen years and is the CEO The Song Room. Caroline has served on various not-for-profit boards for the past 20 years, including her current role on the board of the Diplomacy Training Program, providing human rights capacity building through Asia and the Middle East, as well as having been the Deputy Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) for several years. She has also participated in a range of Advisory Committees in education, mental health and community services. Caroline previously worked as a Psychologist, specialising in suicide prevention in a range of roles including counselling, provision of specialist training programs, managing community services and consulting to Government, Community and Corporate clients.

Since joining The Song Room as CEO in 2005, her expertise in strategy, governance and organisational development has led to more than tenfold growth from a small Victorian charity to a national organisation, having directed strategic planning, the national roll out of programs, a diverse funding regime and development of an organisational structure with talented staff.

Caroline is a Doctor of Juridical Science (Human Rights Law), completed at Monash University and focused on human rights and foreign investment law. She has technical expertise and experience in law reform related to fields of human rights, foreign investment law, coronial and family law.


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