Who We Are

Our Team

Jane Tewson

Founder and Director of Igniting Change. Jane is an innovator with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for positive social change. She is ever-curious and drawn to the humanity and courage of people doing it tough.

Anne-Marie Sullivan

Is our general wrangler, managing communications and team delivery. This is the third time she has worked with Jane.

Jackie Polonsky

Works with us part-time, looking after finance and travel.

Stephanie Exton

Works with the courageous organisations we are privileged to support, ensuring they remain central to all our work.

David Pledger

Is a contemporary artist, bringing a fresh perspective to our creative initiatives.

Dr Charles Lane

Is a consultant who does occasional work with us, evaluating projects and emerging issues.

Jayde van Summeren

Is our trainee and admin assistant, bringing energy and insight to the team.

Jess Frid

Is currently enjoying time with her new baby Rocco, but stays involved in our conversations.


and our much valued volunteers!

“Igniting Change operates without fanfare and is committed to making a real difference.”

- Mark Scott, Managing Director, ABC

Our Board

Jane Tewson CBE

Founder Charity Projects, Co-Founder Comic Relief (better known as Red Nose Day), Founder Timebank, Founder Pilotilght UK, Pilotlight Australia and Igniting Change. Jane is Vice Chair of Virgin Unite globally and a Non-Executive Director of Talent International.

Major Paul Moulds AM

Director Salvation Army Services - Auburn area; Board Member Foodbank NSW. Having worked for over 20 years with marginalised people, Paul is recognised for his expertise in the design of innovative social programs and his deep understanding of the needs of disadvantaged Australians.

Jill Reichstein OAM

Chair, Reichstein Foundation; Board member of Trust for Young Australians; Australian Women Donors Network; Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

Mark Gilmour

Head of Global Brand Development & Brand Director Asia Pacific, Virgin Group; Trustee, Virgin Unite; Board of Virgin Management, Asia Pacific.

Darren Heveren

Managing Director TGS Partners P/L Chartered Accountants; Director TGS Partners Wealth Mgmt P/L.

Peter Scott

Chair, Igniting Change Board; Chair, Perpetual. Member of the Senate at the University of Sydney; Non Exec Director Trans Urban.

Nick Murray

CEO, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder.

David Trewern

Founder of DT & Republica Education. Advisor, investor and innovator.



Igniters over the last 3 years include Sir Richard Branson, The Caledonia Foundation, Mark Carnegie, Suzi Carp, Peter Cooper, Ian Darling, Allan and Tessa English, Ted and David Hummerston, Julie Kantor, Laini and Nic Liberman, Talya Masel, Lizzie Murray, Simon Oxenham, David Paradice, Tracey Ryan, Spotlight Foundation, Richard and Lorena Uechtritz.


Supporters include Andrew Anastasios, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Mim Bartlett, Andrew Bassat, Bennelong Foundation, Joey Borensztajn, Amanda Briskin-Rettig, Sarah Brockhoff, John Brunner, Matthew Byrne; David and Karen Cheah; Caroline Cresswell, William Buckland Foundation, Barry Carp, Convic, Ryan Cooke, Peter Cooper, Cooper Investors Philanthropy Fund, Jennifer Cummins, Ian Darling, Deloitte Australia, Richard Earl, Natalie Elliott, Ernst and Young, Equity Trustees, EVH PR, Paul Fletcher, Jess Frid, Linda Fox, Linc Gasking, Merinda Garrett, Mark Gilmour, The Good Guys, Grosvenor Foundation, Patrick Guerrera, Hardie Grant Books, Claire Hatton and Greta Thomas, Have You Been Paying Attention, Heiress Films, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Michael and Celia Hirsh, Peter Houghton, Trevor Jack, Danielle Keighery, Adam Knight, Andrew Knight, KPMG, Jo Lane, Ben Lilley, Paul Little, March Studio, McCann, Simon and Nicole Morrison, Nick and Sarah Orloff, O’Brien Glass, Jean Oelwang, Simon Oxenham, PWC, Ghadir and Melissa Razuki, Sonja Reja, Sarah Robinson, Diamond Rozakeas, Tracey Ryan, Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, Alice Macdougall, Macquarie Foundation, RE:, Reichstein Foundation, Lee and Greg Ridder, Ros Rogers, Julie Rosenberg, Robyn Scott-Vincent, Shark Island Productions, Dwaine Shrigley, Jennifer Smorgon, Karson and Jessica Stimson, Ricci Swart, Talent International, Ryan Trainor, Jane Vadiveloo, Village Roadshow, Virgin Australia, Virgin Unite, Peter Wade, We Are Digital, Phil Weickhardt, Kimberlee Wells, Kit Willow, Working Dog Films. Thanks to each and every one, and to anyone we may have missed.