About Us

The Forde Foundation (the Foundation) is a perpetual and independent charitable trust that improves the quality of life for people who were in the care of Queensland institutions or foster care as children.

The Foundation provides material aid through a small grants program to enhance the lives of people who may have suffered abuse or neglect in Queensland institutions.

Our Vision

  • To help improve the quality of life for people who were abused or neglected in care, through advancing their health, education and welfare.
  • To pay respect and honour the experiences of care leavers who were abused or neglected in institutions and systems that were meant to support and care for them as children. 
  • To acknowledge the disadvantages many care leavers have had to overcome, as a result of their childhood experiences.

The Forde Foundation

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The Forde Foundation

The Forde Foundation was established in August 2000, in response to Recommendation 39 of the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry).

The Queensland Government has contributed $4.15 million to the Forde Foundation’s Trust Fund since its inception. The income generated from the investment of this capital by The Public Trustee is distributed through a grants program to both individuals and to NGOs who support care leavers and, in particular, Forgotten Australians.

Grant applications are assessed by the Forde Foundation Board of Advice and paid by The Public Trustee following recommendations from the Board.

The Forde Foundation does not regard the grants as compensation, but rather acknowledgement of the disadvantages that many care leavers have had to overcome as a result of their childhood experiences, particularly the effects on their education, employment, health and general wellbeing.

Our Patron

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Our Patron

In 1998, the Honourable Ms Leneen Forde AC was appointed to Chair the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions. The Commission of Inquiry has become known simply as the Forde Inquiry and it was the first inquiry into child abuse and neglect in institutions in Australia.

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Our Board

Mr Rob Ryan

Mr Rob Ryan

Mr Rob Ryan

Rob is the CEO of Key Assets, a not-for-profit children, family and community service agency. Key Assets provides services across Australia and internationally with a focus on foster care, family support and young people with complex needs. Rob has worked in a range of senior roles in both Government and Non-Government for more than 26 years. Rob has previously held Board responsibilities with the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN – QLD Branch) and was the Deputy Convener of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Advisory Council. Rob has a long commitment to Forgotten Australians and this is his third term on the Forde Foundation Board.

Ms Jo Searle

Ms Jo Searle

Ms Jo Searle

Jo has experience in the education and human services fields, including teaching, policy and program development, legislative review and management. In 2008, Jo had a pivotal role in managing the delivery of the Queensland Government Redress Scheme.

Professor Susan Dann AM

Professor Susan Dann AM

Professor Susan Dann AM

Susan is Professor of Marketing and Foundation and Head of the National Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University. Susan’s publications include eight books, with two shortlisted for awards. Susan’s not-for-profit board experience includes St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health, Ozcare, Quality Improvement Council, AFL Queensland and General Practice Queensland. She served on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and is a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal member. In 2018, Susan was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to business education and social marketing.

Ms Dawn Juratowitch

Ms Dawn Juratowitch

Ms Dawn Juratowitch

Dawn is a social worker with more than 30 years’ experience working in the area of child protection, and in direct services and senior management positions in Queensland and New South Wales. 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.

Mr Kevin Mar Fan

Mr Kevin Mar Fan

Mr 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 more than 20 years’ experience across both public and private sectors in Australia, USA and Europe. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Logan Together and Loreto College Coorparoo. He’s 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.

Ms Kim Woolgar

Ms Kim Woolgar

Ms Kim Woolgar

Kim has more than 30 years’ experience in some of the more complex human services portfolios. She has held extensive leadership roles within the public and non-government sector. Kim has a strong commitment to addressing the lifelong needs of those impacted by the child protection system.

Ms Anne Livingstone

Ms Anne Livingstone

Ms Anne Livingstone

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

Ms Sonya Beyers

Ms Sonya Beyers

Ms Sonya Beyers

Sonya 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 best governance frameworks to ensure ethical and appropriate use of funds to support the organisation’s objectives.

Dr Malgosia Zlobicki

Dr Malgosia Zlobicki

Dr Malgosia Zlobicki

Malgosia is an experienced university educator with broad expertise in ageing and life quality, designed environments, cultural diversity, interpersonal communication and business management, strategic planning and program evaluation, social welfare and education. For many years, Malgosia has been a leader of university research projects, postgraduate theses supervisor, overseas students’ mentor, gerontology consultant, public speaker and writer. 

Ms Sarah Lim

Ms Sarah Lim

Ms Sarah Lim

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.