As Wyatt continues to grow and develop as a leading philanthropic foundation in Australia, Grants Portfolio Managers work closely with experts in our identified priority areas. These relationships are vital as Wyatt strives to better the lives of South Australians in poor or reduced circumstances.


    Andrew Beer

    Director, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)

    Andrew Beer is a Professor in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Adelaide and Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. Professor Beer has a long history of research in urban issues, including work in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan Australia. Professor Beer is an expert in urban economic development and has published numerous journal articles and two books on the topic. Much of this work has focused on the relationship between urban planning and the economic performance of cities. Professor Beer’s work also includes research on urban regeneration, locational disadvantage, the growth of outer metropolitan areas, the needs of employers in less developed regions and the supply of land for urban development. Professor Beer has also written on the impact of infrastructure on urban development. Professor Beer’s research partners have included: Urban Pacific, the City of Parramatta, the City of Onkaparinga, Planning SA; the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA); and members of the urban development industry.


    Barbara Pocock

    Director, Centre for Work & Life, University of South Australia

    Professor Barbara Pocock is Director of the Centre for Work and Life at the University of South Australia.

    Barbara has been researching work, employment and industrial relations since 1981. She joined the University of South Australia in January 2006, after fourteen years at the University of Adelaide.

    Barbara has worked in many jobs – in shearing sheds, advising politicians, the public service, on farms, in unions, teaching and researching in universities, for governments and as a mother.

    Barbara was initially trained as an economist, completed her doctorate in gender studies, and has taught and researched labour studies and social science since the mid-1980s.

    Her research has included work, industrial relations, trade unionism, pay and pay equity, vocational education, inequality in the labour market and the award of a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship to study the intersections between work, family and community for 5 years, 2003-2007. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and is a mother of two.


    David Rathman

    Executive Director, Aboriginal, Student and Family Services, Department of Education and Child Development

    David’s Office is responsible for strategic leadership in developing and implementing programs to improve educational, training and employment outcomes across the State, particularly for Aboriginal people. David was born and raised in Port Augusta. He began his career as a radio announcer with 5AU before progressing to Program Manager for the South Australian Broadcasting Network and the country radio station 3LK at Horsham in Victoria.

    In 1976 David joined the South Australian Public Service and was appointed to the position of Aboriginal Community Worker at Berri and later Social Planner to assist the Department of Community Welfare in its planning, development and operation of welfare services for Aboriginal people. In the 1980’s he was the Head of School, School of Aboriginal Education TAFE. Since then, he has held a number of senior roles within the South Australian public sector to foster Aboriginal outcomes, including Director, Office of Aboriginal Affairs and Chief Executive, Department of State Aboriginal Affairs. In 2002, David took up the joint position of Executive Director, Aboriginal Education and Employment Services in both DECS and DFEEST, a role that lasted until 2008 when it was agreed to appoint an Executive Director to each department.

    David has also been appointed to a number of committees ranging across a broad spectrum of Aboriginal issues. David Rathman is currently appointed as Executive Director for Aboriginal, Student and Family Services to focus on specialist programs for children, young people and their families, including support for Aboriginal students, those with disabilities and others who benefit from targeted support.


    Greg Ogle

    Senior Policy Analyst & Research Officer, South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS)

    Bio coming soon.


    Ian Winter

    Executive Director, Australian Housing and Research Institute (AHURI)

    Dr Ian Winter is the Executive Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and has been in this role since 2003.

    Ian is a housing and urban specialist who has conducted research and published on a wide range of matters for over 25 years. Now focusing upon evidence-informed policy development, he is an observer at the Housing Ministers’ Conference and a Special Advisor to Minister McClelland’s Advisory Committee on Social Housing and Housing Assistance. He regularly advises Ministers and senior public servants on the policy implications arising from AHURI research, and is also a regular conference speaker, media commentator and expert facilitator of a variety of forums, seminars and roundtables.

    Prior to working at AHURI, Ian was a Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and lecturer at RMIT University. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books on housing and urban issues and continues to serve on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Housing Policy, Housing Theory and Society, Housing Studies and Urban Policy and Research.


    Jan Paterson

    President 2012-2015, South Australian Secondary Principals Association (SASPA)

    Bio coming soon.


    Janet Taylor

    Senior Researcher, Brotherhood of St Laurence

    Janet Taylor is a Senior Researcher who has worked in social research with a particular interest in disadvantaged families and social exclusion. She joined the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 1988 and her research areas have included immigrant and refugee settlement, health needs, young people, unemployment, and attitudes to poverty. Projects include the longitudinal Life Chances Study, and Understanding Poverty Project. Janet has a MA Sociology from La Trobe University, and a BA and Diploma, Social Studies from the University of Melbourne. She is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.


    Julian Disney

    Professor, Director - Social Justice Project, University of New South Wales

    Julian Disney is a part-time Professor and Director of the Social Justice Project at the University of New South Wales. He has previously been Professor of Public Law at the Australian National University and Director of its Centre for International and Public Law. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

    Julian Disney is Chair of the Australian Press Council, which is the national standards council for print and online media.  He is also National Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week and Chair of the Board of the Energy and Water Ombudsman in New South Wales (EWON). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia and of the Asialink Advisory Council.

    Prof Disney has previously been Coordinator of the Sydney Welfare Rights Centre where he worked for six years assisting people who were unemployed or experiencing other forms of hardship. He has also been President of the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). He has been World President of the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) which represents social welfare organisations from more than 80 countries. He has also been Chair of the National Affordable Housing Summit group and the Community Tax Forum, and Convenor of the Neighbours Program to strengthen engagement between community leaders in Australia and neighbouring Asian countries.


    Kevin Robbie

    Executive Director, Employment, Social Ventures Australia

    Kevin has been with Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for around four years and is responsible for leading their work around employment creation for people excluded from the labour market. This includes identifying innovative approaches to school to work transitions, social enterprise development, developing new approaches to social finance, partnership working with the corporate sector to develop employment pathways and developing approaches to building the evidence base around the impact of the sector. Kevin is also the director of the SVA Melbourne office where he works closely with philanthropic foundations and high net worth individuals around investment strategies for the not-for-profit sector.

    Kevin has over 15 years experience in the community sector in the UK, including 7 years as Chief Executive of Forth Sector, one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises. He has also run projects, written a number of publications or acted as an advisor for the Scottish Government, Social Firms Scotland/UK and the Big Lottery. Prior to joining SVA, Kevin was on secondment to the UK Government’s Cabinet Office as an advisor on impact measurement and the role of social enterprise in creating employment for those seriously disadvantaged in the labour market.


    Marilyn Webster

    Director, Research and Policy, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc.

    Bio coming soon.


    Paul Smyth

    General Manager, Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood St Laurence (BSL), and Professor, Social Policy, University of Melbourne.

    Bio coming soon.


    Peter Saunders

    Research Professor in Social Policy, Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW

    Peter Saunders was the Director of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) from February 1987 until July 2007, and now holds a Research Chair in Social Policy within the Centre. His research interests include poverty and income distribution, household needs and living standards, social security reform, comparative social policy and ageing and social protection in China. His recent books include The Ends and Means of Welfare. Coping with Economic and Social Change in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2002), The Poverty Wars, Reconnecting Research with Reality, (with James Walter) Ideas and Influence. Social Science and Public Policy in Australia (both published by UNSW Press in 2005) and Down and Out: Poverty and Exclusion in Australia (Policy Press, 2011). He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995, and has worked as a consultant for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the OECD, the IMF, the Asian Development Bank, the International Social Security Association, and the Royal Commission on Social Policy in New Zealand. He was appointed a Sciential Professor by UNSW in 2006, in recognition of his research contribution and eminence. He is currently the President of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) and in 2009 was elected the first President of the Australian Social Policy Association.


    Phil Fagan-Schmidt

    Executive Director, Housing SA

    Phil Fagan-Schmidt is the Executive Director of Housing SA responsible for Government programs in the areas of public and affordable housing, homelessness, community housing and aboriginal housing.

    Phil holds a Masters of Public Policy and has worked across academic and government spheres. He has held executive positions within the public sector across a range of policy and service delivery areas including health, housing, community services, environment, natural resource management, urban development, infrastructure and major projects.


    Pippa Webb

    Local Employment Coordinator, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

    In 2009 Pippa was selected to provide consultancy services to the Australian Government as one of 7 Local Employment Co-ordinators (LEC).  In this role she is involved in a diverse range of work including assisting co-ordinating local responses to redundancies and brokering support for industries to satisfy their workforce needs.

    Prior to the Local Employment Co-ordinator consultancy, Pippa worked for 3 tiers of government in senior leadership roles, including in South Australia the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations, City of Charles Sturt Council, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Department for Social Security and the Department for Community Development, in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.  These roles engaged Pippa’s skills in statistics, community engagement and problem solving assisting her to develop new strategies to drive change in service delivery in these regions. In 2002 Pippa established the successful small tourism business “Cox Peninsula 4×4 Tours” and began undertaking business associate consultancy work.
    Most recently Pippa as the LEC has played a pivotal role in developing local responses to workforce issues. Pippa was instrumental in developing a National Trial of a “Workforce Development Hub”, which will develop and trial business tools for the small to medium sized business sector to find, keep and grow, their workforce.


    Rosalyn Black

    Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Foundation for Young Australians

    Rosalyn Black is the Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation with The Foundation for Young Australians, a PhD candidate with the Youth Research Centre at The University of Melbourne and an occasional lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her career combines teaching, policy development and research across the school, higher education, government and nonprofit sectors. Her research interests include education policy, practice and leadership, particularly as these apply to young people’s social inclusion; and youth identities, citizenship and participation. These themes are combined in her PhD study, which investigates the democratic participation of young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and the role of schools in this participation. She publishes regularly in recognised academic journals and is an international editor for Youth Studies Australia. She is the author of Beyond the Classroom: Building new school networks (ACER Press, Melbourne) and the co-author (with Lucas Walsh) of In Their Own Hands: Can young people change Australia? (ACER Press, Melbourne).