Our Board


Rob Ryan (Chair)



"My best teachers have been those with lived experiences.  I look forward to learning from others and finding a way to ensure we take what we know from the past and create a better future.”

Rob is the Executive Director of Key Assets Australasia.  Key Assets is a non-government, not-for-profit children’s services provider that was established by a foster carer and social worker over twenty years ago.  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.


Susan Dann

"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 the National Head of the Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University. Her area of expertise is in social marketing - the use of marketing techniques to promote changes in attitudes and behaviour for positive social outcomes. She has over 15 years’ experience on various boards and tribunals including the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Quality Improvement Council and Ozcare.


Kevin Mar Fan


Social justice is an important value for Kevin and he is proud to be involved with The Forde Foundation where he can use his skills and energy to improve people's lives.  He has volunteered in various capacities for other social and community organisations including St Vincent de Paul, Rosie's Youth Mission and Radio Lollipop.

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor.  He is currently a Director and Leader of Technology Risk Assurance within Ernst & Young's Queensland Advisory practice.  He brings over 20 years' experience in financial and information systems risk management and has worked in Australia, USA and Europe.


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.


Peter Young

"Having worked in statutory child protection early in my social work career, I am very aware of the very mixed outcomes for children who came into contact with that system.  While some children were well cared for, others did not receive the care that our society would have expected them to receive.  I am happy to support the work of the Forde Foundation as a small contribution to recognising and responding to this past failing."

Peter has been a social worker for over 30 years, and now lectures in social work at Griffith University.  His particular area of interest is social policy, and in particular, teaching new social workers how to engage effectively in influencing and changing policies.


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.













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.