Our Board


Rob Ryan (Chair)



"In my previous work with the Department of Child Safety, I was responsible for training new staff in the child protection and youth justice services. One of my fondest memories was the opportunity to hear Forgotten Australians tell their stories and bravely sharing the impact on their lives. I feel very honoured to be a member of the Forde Foundation Board of Advice and attending events such as Remembrance Day each year is a sobering reminder of the painful past for so many people we support and the resilience and passion Forgotten Australians have for ensuring that history is not repeated for the children in the future.”

Rob is the CEO of Key Assets.  Key Assets is a non-government, not-for-profit children’s services agency and provides services across Australia to children, young people and their families, with a particular focus on foster care and young people with a disability.  The focus of Key Assets is to make a positive and lasting difference to at-risk children, young people and their families. Rob was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 and studied internationally in the area of Children’s Services.  Prior to his current position, Rob worked in Queensland Government in the Child Safety and Communities area for more than nineteen years. Rob’s previous Board and Advisory roles in a number of areas include the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).


Jo Searle


"I'm grateful for the opportunity to support the interests of Forgotten Australians and contribute to better life outcomes for them and their families."

Jo has experience in the education and human services fields, including teaching, policy and program development, legislative review and management, including delivery of the Queensland Government's Redress Scheme.


Professor Susan Dann AM


"The work of the Forde Foundation shows that it's often the small things that can make a massive difference to people lives and wellbeing."

Susan is Professor of Marketing and Foundation Head of the National Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University. A former State President and National Deputy President of theAustralian Marketing Institute, Professor Dann's expertise and research interest is in the strategic application of marketing and strategy to noncommercial organisations with a specific interest in social marketing, the application of marketing to facilitate social and behaviour change.  Susan has published widely including 8 books, 2 of which have been shortlisted for awards.

Using this expertise Susan has spanned the boundaries of academia and industry through consultancies and external appointments. Susan has extensive experience on various not-for-profit boards including St Vincent's and Holy Spirit Health, Ozcare, Quality Improvement Council, AFL Queensland and General Practice Queensland. She has also served on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and is a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. In 2018 Susan was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to business education and social marketing.


Kevin Mar Fan


Kevin chairs the Ernst & Young’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and leads the firm’s Technology Risk practice in Queensland. He’s a Chartered Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor who brings over 20 years’ experience across both public and private sectors in Australia, USA and Europe. Kevin’s experience enables him to bridge the gap between the business and technology worlds to help his clients to effectively take advantage of digital opportunities to achieve their strategies and purpose.

Kevin's experience spans a diverse range of industries which include government, banking, insurance, superannuation, telecommunications, mining, energy, agriculture and health care sectors.

Kevin currently serves on the Board of Advice for the Forde Foundation (a charitable trust supporting Forgotten Australians and leavers of institutional care), Logan Together  (an innovative, community-led collective impact social initiative providing Logan children aged zero to eight years old the best possible start in life) and Loreto College Coorparoo (Finance and Risk Committee member). He is also Past President and current Director of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Brisbane Chapter and has served on several ISACA global committees and working groups.


Dawn Juratowitch


“In 2003 I attended the unveiling of memorial gates at the former St Joseph’s Orphanage Neerkol by Mrs Leneen Forde AC. The gates were dedicated to the more than 4,000 children who had passed through Neerkol. The stories of abuse of those survivors who attended will be forever etched in my memory as will their gratitude and the gratitude of many other Forgotten Australians to the Forde Inquiry. I feel very privileged to be able to support The Forde Foundation as a member of the Board of Advice”.

Dawn is a social worker with more than 30 years’ experience working in the area of child protection, in direct services and senior management positions in Queensland and NSW. She was on the editorial board of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. She is currently the Director of a professional practice providing counselling, mediation, strategic engagement and assessment. She provides supervision to social work students from a number of Queensland universities.


Kim Woolgar


“I was a child protection officer in my early career and a child protection policy officer during the Forde Inquiry and the subsequent implementation of the Forde Foundation.  I developed a strong commitment to addressing the lifelong needs of those impacted by the child protection system.  Returning to this area after many years has provided me with the opportunity to contribute, in a practical way, to improving the lives of Forgotten Australians."

Kim has over 30 years’ experience in working in some of the more complex human services portfolios. She has worked in policy development, led state-wide implementation of policy and programs, has significant stakeholder management expertise and currently provides leadership in the fields of procurement, contract and performance management.  Kim has worked in a non-government organisation and has extensive experience working with the non-government sector.


Sarah Lim

“I have had the privilege of hearing many stories of those who were in care. I have heard about the impact it had on their lives as children, and how these experiences shape them into adulthood. The Forde Foundation is able to make contributions which might go some small way to making a difference for those who might not have received the care they deserved, some of whom continue to feel the impact  throughout their lives. It is important that we never stop learning from the past and continue to improve the lives of children who are in the care of the state. It is a privilege to serve people who were in care through the Forde Foundation Board of Advice.”

Sarah Lim has worked in the human services sector for twenty years, across the government and not-for-profit sector. With extensive social and legal policy analysis and development experience, Sarah’s work in institutional child safety, youth justice, corrections, women’s policy, domestic and family violence and not-for-profit governance and operations is evidence of her passion for social justice.

Sarah has worked in a faith-based organisation since 2013, with close involvement in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people with lived experience of institutional abuse.



Sonya Beyers

Sonya Beyers is Director of Governance by Design, a consultancy that provides quality governance advisory and education services for boards and executive teams. As a practising solicitor, and experienced director, Sonya brings a wealth of knowledge and focus on ensuring the implementation of the best governance frameworks to ensure ethical and appropriate use of funds to support the organisation’s objects.

Sonya is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to an organisation that provides support to Forgotten Australians. 

Her experience working with vulnerable people through the indigenous and social housing sectors has provided her with an understanding that there is no one solution and all decisions must be made in the best interests of each individual.


Dr Malgosia Zlobicki

‘I am passionate about lifelong learning because everyone’s skills, abilities, hopes and aspirations should have the opportunity to flourish and reach the desired potential throughout a lifetime.’

Malgosia is an experienced university educator with broad expertise in ageing and life quality, designed environments and cultural diversity, interpersonal communication and business management, strategic planning and program evaluation, social welfare and education. Her professional interests are focused on research practices, academic sharing of knowledge, international pedagogy, and opposing ageism.  For many years, Malgosia has been a leader of university research projects, postgraduate theses supervisor, mentor of overseas students, gerontological consultant, public speaker and writer.



Anne Livingstone

I feel very honoured to be a director on the Forde Foundation Board of Advice. Throughout my work in the community and primary health care sectors, I've had a commitment to ensure Forgotten Australians receive targeted, personalised and high-quality support and care. I am saddened their childhood experiences of institutional care have left many with a variety of health and social-care support needs which are unique, critical and require new approaches and dedicated assistance. The Forde Foundation was established to support some of these needs as well as to advocate for quality support with a personal impact. 

Anne is the Projects and Research Director at Global Community Resourcing, an award winning Australian company, concentrated on business transformation and innovation agendas for the community-care sector. Anne has over 35 years’ experience in the sector across a variety of state, national and international roles.






Board duties

The Forde Foundation's Deed of Trust empowers the Board of Advice to determine grant criteria, assess applications and make recommendations to the Public Trustee on how the income from the Trust Fund should be distributed.


Board appointments

Members of the Board of Advice are appointed by The Public Trustee of Queensland upon the endorsement of the Premier of Queensland and the recommendation of the Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Board members are appointed for a three-year term afterwhich they can be reappointed.

The Chair of the Board of Advice is appointed by the Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women upon the endorsement of the Premier of Queensland and the recommendation of the members of the Board of Advice.