Board & Founding Members

Board members

Governance

Goodstart is committed to best practice corporate governance and processes that will enhance Goodstart’s effectiveness and ensure the appropriate degree of accountability and transparency to stakeholders.

Goodstart’s Board ensures the organisation’s behaviour is consistent with it’s VisionPurpose and Strategic Priorities. The Board of Goodstart has ultimate responsibility to the Member organisations for the strategy and performance of the company in general. The Board is dedicated to fulfilling these duties in a lawful and professional manner, and with the utmost integrity and objectivity.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

“What Goodstart’s founders, board and CEO have achieved after purchasing the failed ABC Learning business empire some nine years ago is nothing short of extraordinary. Their shared belief and conviction about early learning in the first five years, and its impact on lifelong educational and social outcomes has propelled their journey from day one. Goodstart is a story of what’s possible with entrepreneurism, and a strong vision closely tied to strong corporate governance. 

With significant founding debt repaid ahead of schedule, Goodstart has become a successful billion dollar for purpose organisation, a leading early learning provider and Australia’s largest social enterprise. Many lessons can be taken from Goodstart. Their vision has remained constant, however their ability to continually adapt and refine its strategic direction to thrive, despite the most competitive sector conditions, is testament to building a solid foundation built on leadership, governance and accountability.”

– John Atkin FAICD, Chair, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Founding members

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

Board Members

Board members

Governance

Goodstart is committed to best practice corporate governance and processes that will enhance Goodstart’s effectiveness and ensure the appropriate degree of accountability and transparency to stakeholders.

Goodstart’s Board ensures the organisation’s behaviour is consistent with it’s VisionPurpose and Strategic Priorities. The Board of Goodstart has ultimate responsibility to the Member organisations for the strategy and performance of the company in general. The Board is dedicated to fulfilling these duties in a lawful and professional manner, and with the utmost integrity and objectivity.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael Traill AM BA (Hons); MBA

Non-executive Chair. Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Chair, Talent and Remuneration Committee. Member, Quality and Social Purpose Committee

Appointed 13 October 2009

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is also Chair of the SVA Leadership Council, Assetic, and a director of MH Carnegie & Co, SunSuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services, Paul Ramsay Foundation and the National Museum of Australia. In 2010 Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

“What Goodstart’s founders, board and CEO have achieved after purchasing the failed ABC Learning business empire some nine years ago is nothing short of extraordinary. Their shared belief and conviction about early learning in the first five years, and its impact on lifelong educational and social outcomes has propelled their journey from day one. Goodstart is a story of what’s possible with entrepreneurism, and a strong vision closely tied to strong corporate governance. 

With significant founding debt repaid ahead of schedule, Goodstart has become a successful billion dollar for purpose organisation, a leading early learning provider and Australia’s largest social enterprise. Many lessons can be taken from Goodstart. Their vision has remained constant, however their ability to continually adapt and refine its strategic direction to thrive, despite the most competitive sector conditions, is testament to building a solid foundation built on leadership, governance and accountability.”

– John Atkin FAICD, Chair, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Founding Members

Founding members

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

The Benevolent Society

Goodstart was founded by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading community sector organisations – The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia – who wanted to address one of the key sources of many societal problems – poor early childhood experiences. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

Goodstart’s founding members believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.

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