Board of Directors
Warren Mundine AO is Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. A Bundjalung man, Warren is Managing Director of NyunggaBlack and former CEO of GenerationONE and NTSCORP Ltd. Warren holds several Chairmanships such as the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council, Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, Indigenous Investment Management, NASIDA Ltd, the Healing Circle at Southern Cross University and he is a member of the Macquarie University Council and the Indigenous Business Advisory Policy Group. Warren is also an Advisory Board Member at the Australia-China Relations Institute, the University of Technology, Sydney. Previous roles held by Warren include National President of the Australian Labour Party, Chair of NSW Country Labour and member of the NSW Attorney General’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee, NSW PCYC State Board and IAG’s Expert Community Advisors Committee. Warren has also had considerable involvement in local government through a number of roles including Deputy Mayor of Dubbo, President of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network, Executive Member of the Local Government Association of NSW and as a commissioner with the NSW Local Government Grants Commission.
Rob Coombe is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Chair of AIEF's Investment Committee. Rob is the CEO of Quick Service Restaurant Holdings and was formerly Group Executive, Westpac Retail and Business Banking – with responsibility for all of Westpac's retail, small-to-medium enterprises and commercial customers in Australia – and CEO of BT Financial Group. Prior to joining BT, Rob accumulated ten years of experience in commercial banking, property investment and funds management. Rob is also a Director of BT Investment Management Limited; Director of Ascalon Capital Management; Director of CIMB Group; Director of Surfing Australia; and a member of the Advisory Board to the UTS Faculty of Law. In 2011 Rob was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from the University of Technology, Sydney, becoming a member of the UTS Luminaries.
Greg Cooper is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, a member of AIEF's Investment Committee and Chief Executive Officer of Schroder Investment Management Australia Limited, a position he has held since September 2006. Greg is also responsible for Schroders Institutional Business across Asia Pacific, including institutional teams in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan. Prior to joining Schroders in 2000 he was the Head of the actuarial and asset consulting practice for Towers Perrin in Asia, he has also worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. Greg commenced his investment career in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and the UK, Chairman of the Financial Services Council, Director of Schroder Investment Management Singapore Limited and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University.
Helen McCabe is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Head of Lifestyle at nine.com.au. She also makes regular appearances on the Today Show, The Project, and 2GB. Helen was formerly the editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly which she joined after 12 years in newspapers working as the Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Night Editor of The Australian and a number of roles on The Daily Telegraph. She has also reported from London where she was the European Correspondent for News Ltd. Helen began her career in Adelaide television before moving to Canberra Press Gallery with the Seven Network. She is also on the board of the Garvan Research Foundation and is an Ambassador for Adopt Change.
Carlie Smart is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and an AIEF Alum. Carlie, a proud Gumbaynggirr woman from Bowraville on the north coast of NSW, completed her secondary education at AIEF Partner School St Vincent’s College, Potts Point in 2008. She holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Law degree from the University of New South Wales. In 2015, Carlie completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law and was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW. Carlie has worked throughout her time at university including in roles at AIEF, AIEF Corporate Partner Allens and the UNSW Faculty of Law. Since completing University, Carlie has been working as a media and entertainment Lawyer at SBS.
Michelle Penfold is a co-founder of AIEF and former CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AustCham), the largest Australian business organisation outside of Australia, representing over 1,000 Australian businesses across Greater China. Michelle began her career in the hospitality industry and spent eight years working in hospitality management in Sydney, London and Hong Kong after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) at The University of Technology, Sydney in 1988, majoring in Journalism and Political Studies.
As Partnerships and Communications Director Michelle is responsible for all stakeholder relationships and engagement, as well as internal and external communications including media and marketing.
Andrew Penfold AM
Andrew Penfold AM is Executive Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and a member of AIEF’s Investment Committee. A former finance lawyer and investment banker with 20 years’ experience working in leading international firms in Sydney, London and Hong Kong, Andrew left the business world in 2004 and spent five years working on a full-time, voluntary basis for a range of non-profit and charitable organisations, before establishing AIEF in 2007. Andrew participated in the Indigenous Australia stream of the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra in April 2008 and received a Leadership Award from the Prime Minister at the Australian Davos Connection in 2008. He was also one of the 2009 True Leaders in the annual Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine award, was a finalist for Australian of the Year in 2010 and was nominated by The Australian for its Australian of the Year award in 2012. In 2013 Andrew received the inaugural NSW Human Rights Award, assuming the role of NSW Human Rights Ambassador, and an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the highest award issued by the organisation. In the same year he received the 2013 Community Alumni Award and the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from the University of Technology, Sydney. As the winner of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Andrew became a member or the UTS Luminaries, a select group of UTS graduates with a sustained record of outstanding achievements.