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.

Jayde van Summeren

Works closely with Jane to connect and deliver across the Igniting Change family and manages our feedback and reporting. She brings energy and insight to the team.

Kim-Katharina Bezemer

Works on all matters related to SMALL WAYS TO SHAPE OUR WORLD.

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.

Jess Frid

Is currently enjoying time with her two babies, 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.

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.

Michael Bird

Co-founder/CEO of Social Garden, Exec Director of urban.com.au, Board Member of Snaplisting.com & Igniting Change

Linda Fox

Grants Manager, Planet Wheeler Foundation and Executive Officer, Partners For Equity. Previously General Counsel & Company Secretary, Cooper Investors; and corporate and finance lawyer in Sydney and London.

Margaret Thorpe

Manager Sacred Heart Community Residential Services.
Providing support you services for younger people who may have experienced homelessness, trauma and who live with mental illness. Since arriving in Australia worked as a nurse and midwife in rural and remote communities.

Radek Sali

Former CEO and partner of Swisse Wellness. Now Chairman of Light Warrior, a Director for Made by Cow, Hydralyte, myDNA, Stratosphere and wanderlust. Radek is also the Chairman of the not for profit Lightfolk Foundation and Food and Wine Victoria, Hawthorn Football Club Director, The B Team member, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Director and a Campaign Cabinet member for Latrobe University.



Sir Richard Branson, Suzi Carp, Ian Darling, The English Family Foundation, Paul and Jane Hallam, Tom Snow, Julie Kantor, Laini and Nic Liberman, Talya Masel, Lizzie Murray, Simon and Tina Oxenham, Tracey Ryan, Peter Cooper and Suparna Bhasin, Prior Family Foundation, The Spotlight Foundation and Light Warrior.


Supporters include Ajaz Ahmed, Andrew Anastasios, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Mim Bartlett, Andrew & Natalie Bassat, Bennelong Foundation, Matt Berriman, Wendy Bonnici, Sarah Brockhoff, Jasmine Brunner, Nick Brunner, William Buckland Foundation, George Columbaris, Barry & Suzi Carp, Nicky Carp, David & Karen Cheah, Caroline Cresswell, Convic, Peter Cooper, Cooper Investors Philanthropy Fund, Jennifer Cummins, Richard Earl, Natalie Elliott, Encore Journeys, Allan & Tessa English, Equity Trustees, Martin Flanagan, Jess & David Frid, Linda Fox, Mark Gilmour, The Grosvenor Foundation, Paul and Jane Hallam, Hardie Grant Books, Claire Hatton & Greta Thomas, Britt Hawkins, Have You Been Paying Attention, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Michael & Celia Hirsh, Trevor Jack, Emmanuel Jal, Danielle Keighery, KOGO, Andrew Knight, Charles Lane, Kathy Lantouris, Ben Lilley, Geoff Lloyd, MAdE Establishment, March Studio, McCann, The Nappy Collective, Jean Oelwang, Simon & Tina Oxenham, PWC Australia, Sonja Reja, Lee Ridder, Sarah Robinson, Ros & Richard Rogers, Diamond Rozakeas, Tracey Ryan, Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, Alice Macdougall, Macquarie Foundation, Jane Rowe, Radek & Helen Sali, Shark Island Productions, Amanda Smorgon, Social Garden, Jason Spiteri, The Spotlight Foundation, Karson Stimson, Tim & Kimberley Swann, Talent International, TBWA Melbourne, Jane Vadiveloo, Virgin Australia, Virgin Unite, Ian & Penelope Ward-Ambler, We Are Digital, Jacqui Webb, Phil Weickhardt, Kimberlee Wells, Kit Willow, Elina Wilson, Tania Wolff, Working Dog Films and many more. Thanks to each and everyone, and to anyone we may have missed.