Board of Directors & Goodwill Ambassadors
Please see below the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee members that guide and lead World Kindness Australia Ltd.
Founder | Chairman
Michael brings a unique experience to the table as a strategic leader able to motivate and inspire people to not only consider new ideas and concepts, but to embrace them, thereby becoming a catalyst for change. Motivated by the motto at his daughters’ Primary School, “Kindness & Courtesy” Michael started a Kindness campaign in 2009 to address a culture of “bystander behaviour” At his instigation the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations in 2010 wrote to the Minister of Education and had World Kindness Week placed on the State School Calendar and co-hosted the 6th General Assembly in Sydney for the World Kindness Movement. In May 2011 Michael founded World Kindness Australia and was appointed as the Chair. In Sept 2012 at the London 7th General Assembly, Michael became the first elected General Secretary to the prestigious peak global body The World Kindness Movement. Under his stewardship, the organisations have secured support and endorsements from Australia’s Prime Minister, Vice Regal, Australian Commissioner for Human Rights, State and Federal Ministers including the Premiers of NSW and Victoria, Local government bodies representing 1.7 million residents including the City of Sydney and Gold Coast. This achievement was acknowledged in the NSW Parliament and in Her Excellency Professor Dame Marie Bashir Governor NSW 2014 Message. Michael continues to deliver passionate keynote addresses to engage, inspire and influence our leaders and people of influence that a kinder world can be realised in our lifetime.
Craig Spence is a loving father father and plays an key role in World Kindness Australia; he is committed to building and strengthening WKA and its presence across the nation. He is currently ANZ BDM for a health provider of AEDs and the Sponsorship Liaison for Australian Country Waterpolo Association. Upon graduating Craig joined the Australian Army serving 6 years and amongst other duties trained the elite SAS commandos on health and fitness. It was during this time he witnessed first hand a culture which struggled to be the best it could be which reminded him of his childhood where he was severely bullied at school. As a result Craig was instinctively drawn to the core values of kindness to address cultures of exclusion and bullying . Despite Craig’s wide range of interests and commitments he somehow manages to find the time within his hectic schedule to invest in making a difference to a community through WKA and engaging the corporate sector to place Kindness on the Agenda. See Kindness Performance Indicators and Kindness Clause for the corporate sector to consider when reviewing their organisation.
Leanne commenced her involvement as a Goodwill Ambassador with us when the City of the Gold Coast signed “Declarations of Support” for World Kindness Australia endeavours to create a kinder world. As an advocate for the environment and the Arts, her Foundation has supported such things as the SWELL Culture Festival, Australian Marine Conservation and Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Enterprise, Leanne has always been community minded. Leanne is a mother of two sons and is active on the executive of the Southport Yacht Club including past Associate President. With a background in the film and advertising industry she adds value to this campaign for a kinder world. When asked Why? Leanne simply responded, “Giving Up is Not An Option” Leanne was invited by the Chairman to join the board as a simply “Must Have” and as an excellent Ambassador of Goodwill north of the border Leanne uses her extensive network to connect and introduce people of influence to the global campaign for a kinder world.
Director Member Services
Yuliana brings a level of confidence to any project regardless of how ambitious the plan. Yuliana comes to us recognised as an accomplished business woman in her own right having succeeded in the corporate world as an Executive Analyst in Finance and Business for multi-national corporations where she was responsible in overseeing 400 million dollars revenue. Yuliana graduated as a registered CPA who is now Commercial Finance Manager for Australia’s premier nursery, Oasis. Despite a focus on business and the bottom line, Yuliana has always been compelled to help those less fortunate as she actively supports various Not For Profit organisations within Australia and contributes significantly to orphanage homes in Indonesia and Africa. appointed as a Director for World Kindness Australia in 2015 Yuliana assists us in fulfilling our duties to the to the peak global body, The World Kindness Movement, as its Secretariat.
In 2012 Glenn was appointed by the Mayor, Tom Tate to be the City’s Goodwill Ambassador for the World Kindness campaign following a unanimous resolution by the city to sign a Declaration of Support for the endeavors of World Kindness Australia. In 2014 Glenn represented the Gold Coast at the World Kindness Movement’s 8th General Assembly presenting the cities kindness initiatives to the international community having launched Gold Coast City Council co branded World Kindness Cards and presenting Cool To Be Kind Awards to individuals, schools, business and community groups. Working with community groups and City colleagues to see the Gold Coast realise its full potential to receive listing as a “World Kindness City” making it a premier destination for businesses, students and tourists while remaining the ideal place to raise a family. As a father of three sons, Cr Tozer aims to build on the legacy of pioneering families who have created a strong community spirit in Mudgeeraba and the Hinterland, and to encourage this spirit among the many new families in the area.
With 15 years corporate experience with companies including Rydges Hotels, Fairfax Ltd and Sensis, Juice Media Limited, (Juice 107.3FM) Glenn is well-equipped to deliver for the division and city, working on key infrastructure projects, enabling community groups to be more effective, and protecting World Heritage listed natural areas. All of these roles gave him an important insight into the opportunities and challenges of running a small business.
Dr Karen Phillip
Goodwill Ambassador (NSW Central Coast)
Dr Karen Phillip is a Counselling Psychotherapist & Clinical Hypnotherapist and the Parenting and Relationship Expert on television, radio and print media both here and overseas. She is an International Author and Key Note Speaker. Using effective Counselling modalities, combined with proven Hypnotherapy techniques, results are fast and long term. Karen joined World Kindness Australia identifying with the shared cored values of positive relationships and the important role kindness plays. Dr Phillip guidance assists many to gain clarity and direction, stop many addictive behaviours quickly, reduce stress and anxiety levels that lead to depression which affects so many. Karen brings an amazing energy to the team and is a very active Goodwill Ambassador walking the talk inspiring many to place kindness on the agenda and always “Seek the Kinder Option.”
Goodwill Ambassador (Brisbane)
Thinker . Speaker . Leading-Edge — Success Innovator / Coach . Trainer . Tourism Professional
Kayleen joined World Kindness Australia in 2015 as a Corporate Member through her business Tourism Gems which provides consultancy to tourism and other industries, specializing in providing Management and Strategic Marketing Advice, Training, Mentoring and Project Management. Kayleen also works with The Australian Tourism Awards which recognises the best of best in Australia in 28 different categories including accommodation, attractions, tours, transports, events and tourism services. Having been part of the Think Tank for developing the marketing campaign “Best Job In The World” Kayleen brings a vast amount of expertise and experience to World Kindness Australia and is a true value add to the campaign making her the perfect candidate as our Goodwill Ambassador in Brisbane. In 2016 at the request of the our Chairman, Michael Lloyd-White, in his capacity as the General Secretary to the World Kindness Movement, Kayleen facilitated a 3 day international SWOT workshop for the Executive Members which comprise representatives of 7 nations of the peak global body being Australia, China, France, India, Korea, Malaysia and Switzerland. This laid the ground work in the lead up to the World Leaders Kindness Summit and recalibrated the movements global strategies to create a kinder world prior to the 20th anniversary in 2017. Kayleen is certainly dynamic and continues to contribute on many levels through her knowledge, expertise and extensive network not just at home but now on the international stage.
Goodwill Ambassador (ACT)
Courageous, Kind and Inspiring are the words that come to mind when you meet this amazing mother of six from Canberra. Kate approached us with an idea and within a short period of time was embarking into uncharted waters of the Not For Profit sector. Inspired by her own journey through the world of gaming and poker machine addiction, Kate came through a nine year battle as a shining light to guide others to safe shores. Not only has she kept her family together during these difficult times she was the lifeline to her husband suffering depression. In 2016 Kate was a finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (NFP) and was part of the Australian delegation to travel to the USA with the our Chairman to present a letter of acknowledgement from the City of Gold Coast to the City of Anaheim which are both incorporating kindness initiatives within their communities. Kate launched HOPE Project and became our ACT Goodwill Ambassador and is already making a difference introducing and connecting people to place kindness on their agenda and is certainly an agent for positive change.
Woollahra Council Goodwill Ambassador
Councillor Peter Cavanagh is Paddington Ward Councillor on Woollahra Council and served a 3 year term as a Executive Director to World Kindness Australia attending international events in China and Sydney. Peter is a Chartered Accountant in private practice, living and working in his Ward. He is involved in many social and community organisations within the Municipality and the wider community. These include board positions with Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (Deputy National Convenor); President of the Royal Society of St. George and The International Monarchist League in Australia Ltd; Treasurer of the English Speaking Union (NSW) and the Commonwealth Day Council NSW Branch; President of the Paddington Branch of the Liberal Party.Peter remains supportive of our endeavours in his role as a Council Goodwill Ambassador.
Waverley Council Goodwill Ambassador
Councillor Miriam Guttman-Jones has over 20 years experience working within the health industry and within her role as Deputy Mayor of Waverley Council, Miriam is challenged every day to inspire Kindness within the community. She was the first Goodwill Ambassador appointed from local Government and is also founder of a international Human Rights NGO “Forcefield” which supports political prisoners and individuals under persecution due to political beliefs. WKA fits well within her portfolio and she amazes us all with the amount of energy she provides to do so much good.
Eva is an influential well know Australian feminist and was our key note speaker at the 6th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement in Sydney 2010 and again in 2014 where her speech was embraced by the international delegates. She was born Eva Hauser in Vienna in 1938, and was soon declared stateless by Hitler so grew up as a refugee in England, till 1946, Italy and then Australia from age 10. She is an advocate for social justice and provides sagely advice on strategy as the campaign for a kinder world gains international traction. In 2014 Eva participated with the Australian Commissioner of Human Rights, Tim Wilson at the 8th General Assembly in a panel “A Conversation in Kindness” We are truly grateful for her time and support and look forward to Eva seeing a kinder world that she has been lobbying for for decades, realised.