Board of Directors & Advisors to the Board
Below are 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 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. 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.
Secretary | Founding Director
Craig Spence 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. In this role Craig is responsible for the design and implementation of strategic plans for the implementation of Public Access Defibrillators (AED’s) in the Workplace & Community sector. Key segments include the Police, Fire, Stadia, Leisure, Military, School, Primary Care & the B2B corporate market. Craig is also the Sponsorship Liaison for Australian Country Waterpolo Association and a father of a beautiful baby girl. 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.In Sept 2014 at the 8th General Assembly in Sydney Craig’s commitment was acknowledged by the international community and was elected as an Executive Member to the International Council of the World Kindness Movement
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 invested in and now operates a professional skin clinic in Sydney Hills District which is in the process of rapid expansion. 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. As a Director for World Kindness Australia she also assists the peak national body in its international role the to the peak global body its Secretariat .
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.
Dr. Sharp has three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.) and an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach. He runs one of Sydney’s largest clinical psychology practices, a highly regarded Executive Coaching practice, and is the founder & CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute, Australia’s first organisation devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations.
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 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.