Igniting Change (formerly Pilotlight Australia) is purposely small, but with a network of extraordinary pro bono supporters, including our board, our website builders, creative writers, database wizard, legal eagles, financial advisers and administrative supporters. We have a great team and sincerely thank them all. 


Jane Tewson

Working at the forefront of social change for over 30 years, Jane is driven by her passion for social justice and the need to reshape the charity sector. Working with people rather than giving to them, giving people a voice who aren't usually heard, finding creative ways to make a difference and making charity 

involving, edgy and fun are all hallmarks of Jane's visionary work.


Igniting Change (formerly Pilotlight Australia) is the fifth not-for-profit organisation founded by Jane, each with the aim of pushing the boundaries of social change and all of them still flourishing today, including the phenomenally successful Comic Relief, better known as Red Nose Day in the UK (which this year raised it's billionth dollar).


Jane has been recognised internationally for her accomplishments including; in 1999 she was awarded a CBE for innovation in charity; in 2001 she was named one of the top ten innovators in the UK by The Times; andin 2007 she was the 

Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Jane has been a trustee of a number of organisations including Oxfam, the Media Trust, St James Ethics Centre, and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Committee. She is currently a Director of the Reichstein Foundation, Virgin Unite Australia and Virgin Unite International. Jane is married to Charles and has three children, Sarah, Charlie and Sam.


Jackie Polonsky

Jackie provides part time administrative assistance and brings to Igniting Change her passion for justice and her experience from senior management roles within the airline industry.

Jessica Gomo

works with Jane across all areas of Igniting Change. Jess has 6+ years’ experience in Marketing and Project Management, first in Retail and then the Property Sector and now applies her skills in charitable and philanthropic work which she is passionate about.



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Jane Tewson.

Jackie Polonsky..




"Thank you for the dignified tenderness that I see in the team at Igniting Change."