Chris Erskine is a marketing leader who brings her experience to help Primary Ethics build its brand with authenticity and purpose. In her career, 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) and the Top Gear Festival (with BBC Australia). Chris joined the Sydney Opera House in 2014 and is currently General Manager Marketing (leading a team that won the 2017 Mumbrella Marketing Team of the Year).
“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 corporate responsibility and sustainability, having worked for 16 years in management roles in the not-for-profit and business sectors across 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, and 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 the Hogan Family Foundation, he is also a past director of Coles Myer, Metcash, GIO, Funds SA, Energy Australia, and other boards. He is past Chair of, among others, Snowy Hydro Limited, State Super Financial Services, Proteome Systems and the Coles Myer Superannuation Fund.
“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 over 500 schools to over 40,000 children through the extraordinary generosity and skill of over 2700 volunteers supported by an outstanding staff of just 8 dedicated professionals. It’s been incredibly rewarding to be part of this journey.”
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”. For over 25 years, Simon has been executive director of The Ethics Centre, a unique not-for profit bringing ethics to personal and professional life. 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.”
Robin Low was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 17 years, specialising in governance, risk, control and assurance. Her clients included many leading Australian financial institutions. Robin has considerable not-for-profit experience and is currently a director of the Public Education Foundation and Treasurer of the Sydney Medical School Foundation. Robin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and brings to Primary Ethics risk, process, governance and financial skills.
“I believe that Primary Ethics is building a societal capability which will support our students to navigate a changing world with an enhanced ability to question, listen and to negotiate through an ethical lens.”
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.
Amanda Morgan has had a unique career in governance, moving between journalism (at Choicemagazine) and law before moving to compliance and risk management. Amanda’s focus is to empower excellence in teams, working to embed high standards through mentoring, coaching and building the right culture. An ethics teacher at Lucas Heights Community School, Amanda sees her role as both student and teacher.
“I will bring that approach, along with my experience helping big organisations make better decisions, to work with Primary Ethics on its ongoing success,” Amanda says.
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, and 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,” Roger said.
Nigel Stokes has 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 has 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.”