Hear For You has an Advisory Board comprising people who have special expertise in various areas. The main purpose of our Advisory Board is to provide program, networking, marketing, legal and fundraising advice and guidance.
Members include Mark Carnegie, Jack Heath, Sophie McCarthy, Cass O’Connor, Harold Scruby and Angus Gemmell.
Mark Carnegie is Principal of M.H. Carnegie & Co. He was previously Head of Lazard Australia Private Equity (formerly LCW Private Equity), Lazard’s Australian private equity business. Mark co-founded Carnegie, Wylie & Company in 2000, one of Australia’s leading independent corporate advisory and investment firms. Carnegie, Wylie & Company was acquired by Lazard on 31 July 2007. He has had a near twenty five year career as an investor and corporate adviser in New York, London, and Sydney.
Mark is a Director of Macquarie Radio Network Ltd and a large number of investee companies. He is a former Director of Lonely Planet Publications, Chairman of STW Communications Group Pty Ltd (formerly Singleton Group Ltd and Australia’s most profitable advertising and marketing group) from 1993-2005 and President Commissioner of PT London Sumatra (one of Indonesia’s premier plantation companies) from 2004-2007.
Amongst other investments, Mark has been a participant in groups that have acquired major stakes in the Courage Pub Estate, John Fairfax Holdings, Hoyts Cinemas, Formula One Holdings, SCTV, Macquarie Radio Network, and Lonely Planet Publications.
Mark holds a BA from Oxford University and a BSc (Hons) from Melbourne University. He is a former Treasurer of the Oxford University Union.
Through The Carnegie Foundation, Mark has provided Hear For You with a “seeding fund” to help establish its mentoring programs. He is also providing ongoing fundraising and financial advice.
Tanya Carnegie is joint founder and co-director (with Maree Rennie) of MREIC (Matilda Rose Early Intervention Centre) in 2000, a joint venture with SCIC (Sydney Cochlear Intervention Centre), to provide an early intervention service for hearing impaired children with additional special needs, from birth to age six. This is an intensive program, in a home-like, rather than clinical, environment, and brings together different therapists (eg physiotherapists as well as speech therapists) in one location. This was inspired by her daughter, Matilda Rose, who at age three, was still mute despite having been implanted at nine months. Matilda attended MREIC for three years, and is now in the gifted program at school. MREIC was incorporated into RIDBC at the start of 2011.
In discussion with SCIC, Tanya became aware of the social-emotional needs of teens with cochlear implants and so knew there was a need for the mentoring program Olivia Andersen wanted to establish with Hear For You. Tanya was impressed by Olivia professionally and personally, and so committed to providing start-up funding for Hear For You, through The Carnegie Foundation.
As well as being a Director of The Carnegie Foundation, Tanya is Ambassador of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. With a BA in Human Sciences from St John’s College, Oxon, her professional career has been in management consulting and investment banking.
Tanya’s current interests include investment opportunities in the well-being sector.
Jack Heath is the Founder and Executive Director of the Inspire Foundation which was established in 1996 in direct response to Australia’s then escalating rates of youth suicide. Inspire’s mission is to help millions of young people lead happier lives through its Reach Out and ActNow programs.
After graduating in Honours Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, he entered the Commonwealth Public Service serving with key departments including Prime Minister and Cabinet. A former diplomat, Jack was speechwriter to the Foreign and Trade Ministers in 1993 and a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Keating in 1994.
Jack has won a number of awards including a Centenary Medal for Community Service and the 2007 Ernst & Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was a Torchbearer for the Sydney Olympics and a national organiser for the Dalai Lama’s 2002 Australian Tour. Jack was awarded a Centenary Medal for “service to the community” and received the 2004 Equity Trustees Non-Profit CEO Award for Innovation. In 2005 he was a NSW Finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards.
Jack is Chairman of the Inspire USA Foundation and a Director of the Inspire Ireland Foundation which will launch American and Irish versions of the Reach Out service in 2009. He is also a Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation.
Jack provides Hear For You with assistance and advice on youth issues.
Sophie McCarthy is the General Manager of McCarthy Mentoring, a boutique business that specialises in providing mentors to individuals in professional services, business, government and not-for-profit organisations. McCarthy Mentoring was established in 1998 and works nationally from Perth to Sydney and Broome to Hobart helping people in a diverse range of professions and industries to unlock their potential, broaden their networks and outlook and plan their careers more strategically.
Sophie joined the family business in 2007. In the decade prior to this she worked in communications and public relations roles including with the NSW Government and an overseas aid and development organisation.
Sophie's formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the ANU and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Sydney.
In a voluntary capacity she was the President of the Family Planning NSW Foundation from 2001-2007, and she is currently a member of the South Eastern Illawarra Area Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee at Prince of Wales Hospital.
In 1997 she was awarded a Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for ethics in leadership.
Sophie gives mentoring assistance to Hear For You.
Cass O'Connor has spent over 20 years as corporate advisor, investor and analyst, mostly focusing on the communications, media and entertainment industries. Cass has been a Director with Carnegie, Wylie & Company (CWC); Executive Director with Goldman Sachs Australia Limited; Director of Turnbull & Partners Limited and equities research analyst with Bain & Company (Now Deutsche Bank).
Cass has been involved in disability support – particularly deafness – issues since 2005, while maintaining her own corporate advisory and investment practice.
Cass was recognised as one of the ‘Top 40 Australian Bankers under the age of 40′ by Banking and Finance Magazine in 1998, appointed by Federal Cabinet to the Board of Australian Multimedia Enterprises in 1994, and was awarded the International Advertising Association Travelling Scholarship in 1992.
Cass is a director of Hear For You, giving advice regarding finance and fundraising. She holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney.
Harold Scruby is the Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia which was incorporated in 1996. He was elected as an alderman to Mosman Council in 1983, where he spent 8 years, retiring in 1991 having been Deputy Mayor in 1990-99.
Harold is responsible for implementing the first 40 kmh School Zone on a main road in Australia in June 1995. He approached senior management at the NRMA, RTA and the NSW Police Service and exstablished an organisation to advocate the safety, amenity, access and health benefits for pedestrians throughout Australia.
The NRMA and the RTA jointly funded the incorporation of the Pedestrian Council of Australia "The Walking Class Heroes". The Board was then appointed, primarily comprising vulnerable road users including representatives from: the Council on the Ageing, Federation of Parents & Citizens Associations, the Royal Blind Society, ParaQuad and ACROD and the Australian Institute of Urban Studies.
The PCA created and manages two annual events to promote walking: National Walk to Work Day and National Walk Safely to School Day. It also holds the Seven Bridges Walk in Sydney in October. This event raises money for the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council Diabetes Australia and Beyond Blue.
Harold provides Hear For You with networking opportunities in the not-for-profit and government sectors.
Angus Gemmell is Olivia Andersen’s eldest brother, and immensely proud of what she and her team have achieved through Hear For You.
In Angus’ first year out of school in 1990, he organised with four friends a nine month 35,000km adventure expedition called Australia Wide Adventuring Youth (AWAY). The expedition took a number of homeless youth from Salvation Army refuges around Australia into the wilderness, to use outdoor adventure as a medium for restoring meaning and direction in their lives. In 1991, Angus and his friends received Australia’s “Young Adventurer of the Year” award by Australian Geographic.
After concluding his law degree at UNSW and working as a solicitor in Canberra, Angus achieved the highest score in the 1999 NSW Bar Exams, for which he was presented with the “Award of Robes” by the NSW Chief Justice. In addition, Angus was invited as guest lecturer at defamation classes at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Over the years Angus has embarked on numerous adventures, including a six week solo kayak journey down a remote river in Mongolia in 2001, a two week white water kayaking expedition in Venezuela in 2003, and a month long expedition up the Congo River in 2007 to track and film a rare species of Great Ape called the bonobo. Angus has had a long standing passion for the study and conservation of bonobos, and is the co-founder of Bonobo Conservation Initiative.
Angus has worked in Sydney as a barrister specialising in defamation law, and was involved in a number of high profile cases against Channel 7 and The Bulletin magazine. In 2008 he opted for greener pastures, and established a flourishing renewable energy business called Solar Choice, which he currently runs.
Angus is helping Hear For You with general guidance on legal matters.
Zoë Boyd is a communications professional with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Queensland. Zoë began her career in the construction and engineering sector where she managed communications for major infrastructure jobs in Australia and multi-billion dollar projects in the Middle East.
Zoë is currently the Director of Strategy and Planning at the Australian Communication Exchange, a national not-for-profit organisation which provides innovative communication solutions for Deaf, hearing impaired and speech impaired Australians. Zoë oversees ACE’s strategy, delivery and marketing of new community services.
In 2011, Zoë was named Brisbane’s Young Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management. Zoë is also the Vice President for the Society of Business Communicators Queensland.
Zoë is a director of Hear For You, providing strategy and fundraising advice.