Our Board

Chris Erskine is a marketing leader who brings her experience to help Primary Ethics build its brand with authenticity and purpose. Chris leads with passion, focus and energy and has helped shape the marketing and brand agenda within some of the world’s most recognisable entertainment entities, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production company (Cats, Phantom of the Opera), the Top Gear Festival (with BBC Australia) and the Sydney Opera House. Chris is currently SVP of Marketing and Promotions for Warner Music Group, Australia and New Zealand.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of such a vital organisation like Primary Ethics and contribute my expertise in the areas of brand and marketing. The future of Primary Ethics will be forged where we are able to continuously and meaningfully engage with the passions in staff, volunteers, teachers and families, and I hope to play my part in growing those connections.”


Justine Felton is an experienced director who brings strategic expertise in social impact and sustainability, having worked for 16 years in management roles in the not-for-profit and business sectors within the UK and Australia. For Justine, joining the Primary Ethics Board brings together many passions: the evolving role of education, the chance to unlock the skills and drive of volunteers and the measurement of Primary Ethics’ impact.

“There’s also a real relevance for me personally right now – I’m immensely grateful to Primary Ethics that my children are benefiting today from ethics classes that equip them with the skills and courage to navigate their futures.”


Bruce Hogan AM is the Founding Chair of Primary Ethics. A director of the Stolen Generations Testimonies Foundation and founder and Chair of the Hogan Family Foundation, Bruce has had an extensive director career, following his executive career in investment banking, primarily with Bankers Trust Australia. Past directorships include Chair of, amongst others, Snowy Hydro Limited, State Super Financial Services and the Coles Myer Superannuation Fund, plus non-executive director of NSW Treasury Corporation, Coles Myer, Metcash, GIO, Energy Australia and Funds SA.

“When we formed the Board in late 2010, we had no curriculum, no staff, no offices, phones or computers and no money. But we did have passionate supporters and volunteers and belief and a vision. Today we have a world class curriculum and are delivering ethics classes in 500 schools to over 40,000 children through the extraordinary generosity and skill of over 2700 volunteers supported by an outstanding staff. It’s been incredibly rewarding to be part of this journey.”


Stephen Knight is a finance industry professional with over 40 years experience in executive and non-executive roles. He held senior financial markets roles at ANZ and UBS and was CEO at NSW TCorp from 2005-2015. Steve currently chairs the ASX Clearing & Settlement Boards, the Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) Audit Committee and the Bond Issuance and Due Diligence Committee for the National Housing Finance & Investment Corporation (NHFIC). He is a non-executive director with Hall & Wilcox and Sydney Financial Forum and coaches a number of senior executives across a range of industries.

“It’s a privilege to be involved with Primary Ethics, as it continues to grow and play a crucial role in helping our next generations develop their ability to navigate a complex and ever-changing world”.


Dr Simon Longstaff AO Named a 21st Century leader by Australia’s financial newspaper, one business identity observed they “don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff”.  Simon has been executive director of The Ethics Centre, a unique not-for profit bringing ethics to personal and professional life, since 1991. With a Doctorate in Philosophy from Cambridge University, Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University’s Centre for Indigenous Studies. Simon helped give birth to the Banking and Finance Oath, the annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas and ethics classes in schools. Simon serves on a number of boards and committees.

“Primary Ethics is playing an essential role in helping our next generation to address the profoundly important ethical challenges facing our society. I am thrilled to be supporting this work.”


Scott Mannix holds the role of Company Secretary and is Special Counsel for Maddocks State Government group. Scott has extensive experience in advising on commercial and financial matters for both organisations and government agencies. Before joining Maddocks, Scott was General Manager Legal & Strategy at New South Wales Treasury Corporation where he was responsible for advising on and managing the legal risks for the State’s borrowing programs, investment management products and asset financing transactions. He brings a depth of understanding of the unique requirements of government agencies and how legal risks are effectively understood, managed and controlled within organisations.

 


Roger Reidy provides HR and strategy advice and consults across a wide range of businesses, including several top-tier public corporations. Roger joined Primary Ethics in 2011, providing leadership for the Classroom Support Team while also offering pro bono human resources advice and recruitment skills for senior managers, plus acting as CEO when necessary.

“Becoming a director is an unexpected but very welcome progression of my long term involvement, bringing my professional skills to help shape the direction of the organisation.”

 


Nigel Stokes held the role of Financial Adviser in the NSW Government for 10 years, working on a number of Government projects. At Bankers Trust Nigel worked on a series of significant privatisations, including GIO, NSW State Bank and NSW TAB. He also advised on the demutualisation of the ASX as well as consulting to the NSW Treasury Corporation on risk strategy. Nigel also sat on the Boards of the CSIRO and the Electricity Commission of NSW.

“For me, the value of Primary Ethics lies in the feedback we hear from students about how they’ve developed in ethics classes. They are learning to explain ideas in their own words. They are developing understanding of the basis of fair discussion and of reasoned argument. Most importantly, they are recognising the value and utility of these skills in their everyday lives.”