Our Board

 (L-R) The Channel's Board of Directors: Neil Pharaoh, Mikhara Ramsing, Georgia Mathews, Anthony Lam, Cat Fay, Luke Exell, David Anthony

(L-R) The Channel's Board of Directors: Neil Pharaoh, Mikhara Ramsing, Georgia Mathews, Anthony Lam, Cat Fay, Luke Exell, David Anthony

Georgia Mathews - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Georgia Founded The Channel is 2016 after several years working in the philanthropic sector. She currently works as Executive Director, and as Grants Manager at Australian Communities Foundation (ACF).

Before joining ACF, Georgia worked as Community Philanthropy Coordinator at Inner North Community Foundation and has also held roles at Social Ventures Australia and The Australian Women Donors Network. 

Georgia believes strongly in gender equality, education and philanthropy as key drivers for positive social change. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (History; Gender Studies) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy from the Swinburne Centre for Social Impact. She sits on the Board of Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights Asia and the Pacific.

David anthony - CHAIR

David is a solicitor and presently a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. 

At Corrs David specialises in commercial litigation with a focus on complex corporate disputes, trusts, securities and banking, finance and insolvency-related matters.  David is currently National Chair of the LGBTI@Corrs’ Network and is a member of the Diversity Committee of the New South Wales Law Society and the LGBTI Sub-Committee of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. David is also the current National Chair of the Churchill College Association of Australia and New Zealand for alumni of Churchill College, University of Cambridge. 

David is passionate about diversity and equality and a strong believer in the power of philanthropic giving.  David holds degrees in Law and Modern History from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

MIKHARA RAMSING

Mikhara is a 27-year-old social entrepreneur from Brisbane, QLD. She runs two social enterprises including Ethnic LGBT+ which is Australia’s only free national website providing support, education and mentoring for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBT+ individuals.

Mikhara is an FYA Social Pioneer, the NSW Young Achiever 2017, one of 10 Westpac Social Change Fellows 2018, and one of ASEAN-Australian Emerging Leaders by the Australian Federal Government. She believes stories save lives and has traveled around Australia in a self-built tiny home connecting with rural and regional youth to empower their voice in creating a more inclusive Australia.

ANTHONY LAM - TREASURER

A passionate, trusted and respected financial adviser focusing on High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth clients in the Family Office, Executive and Business Owner segments.
Recognised as a consistently high performer, having won the “2013 Perpetual Path To Growth Award”, “2016 Outstanding Achievement, Top 5 NPS Adviser” and achieving NPS score of +100 in 2017. 

Neil Pharaoh

For over a decade, Neil Pharaoh has led public policy, advocacy, and business issue campaigns on behalf of corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organisations. He created and chaired the Australian Labor Party’s core national rights organisation for social justice and equality issues. His chairmanship and campaigning led to over 200 significant legislative and regulatory changes in Australia.

Neil’s deep knowledge of government relations positions him as a leading authority on the intersection of civil society, business and government. Neil has developed and executed the strategic frameworks, corporate social responsibility and advocacy initiatives for a number of major international and Australian businesses including Samsung, Shell, Accenture, Westpac, and Bank of Melbourne.

In civil society, his business development and lobbying expertise resulted in over $100m of additional government investment into social service programs. Neil serves on the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) panel on Civics and Democracy, and is the Australian Co-Chair of the Nexus Global Philanthropy Movement. Neil holds a Juris Doctorate in Laws & a degree in Commerce from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Cat fay

Cat joined Perpetual’s Philanthropy team in January 2013 and is the current National Manager - Philanthropy, a senior role leading Perpetual’s commitment to Philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector.

With over a decade of philanthropic and grant-making experience in Australia and Europe, Cat has an extensive understanding of national and international funding approaches and mechanisms. Prior to joining Perpetual, Cat led townscape regeneration funding programs in the UK and more recently The Ian Potter Foundation’s granting team.

Cat has been a Board Member of Schools Connect Australia and is a former Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Education Affinity Group. As an inaugural team member of the Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) research project, Cat possesses a high level of understanding relating to the trends and challenges in the philanthropic sector within Australia. Her sector knowledge and standing was affirmed in 2012 when she was named the Australian Institute of Grant Management’s inaugural Grant-maker of The Year.

LUKE EXELL - DEPUTY CHAIR

Luke graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws and has subsequently practised exclusively in criminal law.

He has worked as a solicitor and solicitor advocate at Victoria’s Office of Public Prosecutions, appearing on behalf of Victoria Police investigators or the Director of Public Prosecutions in a wide range of criminal matters in all Victorian jurisdictions.

Luke later assumed responsibilities as a senior lawyer and Deputy Managing Lawyer of the Indictable Crime Team at Victoria Legal Aid, where he managed a large team of lawyers providing services to vulnerable Victorians charged with the most serious criminal offences. Luke was later appointed Associate Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid and was briefed to appear in a wide range of criminal cases.

Luke is currently completing graduate studies in Applied Finance. Luke has long been involved in projects within the LGBTQIA+ sphere and has previously volunteered as a peer education facilitator at the Victorian AIDS Council.

The Channel recognises the importance of eliminating barriers to employment or participation faced by members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We also recognise the importance of our work being community-driven. The Channel will therefore ensure that our board and team always consist of a majority LGBTQIA+ community members. 

The Channel will prioritise the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds in all the work that we do.