Executive Team

Prior to his appointment to role of Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel, President HR and a Director of the Linfox Group. Earlier in his career Leonard was in private practice at Clayton Utz, a leading Australian law firm.

Leonard is a non-executive director of Creative Partnerships Australia and the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. He is also a member of the Geminder Family Advisory Board. In addition, Leonard is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former director of Malthouse Theatre, a past Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and a past Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Leonard holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne as well as a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Cranlana Colloquium having completed the program in 2013.

Leonard Vary
Leonard Vary

Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for

Poverty & Disadvantage

Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships

Not for Profit Leadership Program

Kirsty came to the philanthropic sector in 2007 following nearly ten years working in international development. As an Overseas Program Manager with International Women’s Development Agency Kirsty managed and monitored projects in Asia and the Pacific, and as Manager, New Initiatives she was responsible for developing new projects and seeking project funding from non-government sources, including philanthropy within Australia and internationally.

Kirsty is currently a member of Council of Philanthropy Australia, the Ross House Association Committee of Management and was for three years on the Board of Women’s Health West. She holds a B.A (Arabic)/B.Com (Applied Economics) from Deakin University.

Kirsty Allen
Kirsty Allen

Program Manager

Hang is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in April 2018, and Company Secretary in December 2017.

Through her previous senior roles at Mutual Trust, The Myer Family Company (MFCo) and KPMG, Hang has extensive experience in business partnering, financial accounting, taxation consulting, and wealth management. Hang has worked closely with a range of entities, including not-for-profit organisations, ultra-high net worth individuals and families, and ASX-listed and private companies.

Hang holds Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and Bachelor of Information Systems degrees from the University of Melbourne. In addition, Hang holds a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, was awarded the 2015 National Dux from Kaplan Professional, and is ASIC RG 146 accredited.

Hang Truong
Hang Truong

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Responsible for

Sustainability & Environment

Merlyn Myer Fund

Jane has worked across the for-purpose, government and consulting sectors for 25 years.  Prior to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Jane was Executive Officer of Aussie Farmers Foundation, and before that worked in strategic communications and media management. During her career, Jane has worked in a range of non-profit organisations including headspace, SunSmart at Cancer Council Victoria, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and youth homelessness charity Ladder. Jane has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and a Diploma of Business (Governance).

Jane Thomas
Jane Thomas

Program Manager

Denise continues a successful administration career at The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund.  Her skills and experience accrued through previous positions held as Human Resources Manager, Administration Manager and Executive Assistant are well applied to provide great support to the team.  Denise is relishing the move into the philanthropic sector, further diversifying her background in real estate and healthcare.

Denise Minahan
Denise Minahan

Executive Assistant

Responsible for

Arts & Humanities

Carl comes to philanthropy after many years in the performing arts. He has worked as an actor, producer, translator, dramaturg and marketer for companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre and The Hayloft Project. He has also been a dance and theatre critic for RealTime Arts magazine. And his work as a communications strategist has taken him to the University of Melbourne and Future Super amongst others.  He holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as a BA from the University of Adelaide. In 2014, he was awarded the inaugural Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders by Sydney Opera House.

Carl Nilsson-Polias
Carl Nilsson-Polias

Program Manager

Sunali is an experienced accountant bringing a wealth of knowledge from her time in finance and administration. She has worked in the audit, banking, communication, retail and medical equipment industries amongst others. Joining The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund in January 2021 has fulfilled her long-term desire to make a contribution to the philanthropic and charity sectors.

Sunali Silva
Sunali Silva

Finance & Administration Co-ordinator