Hon. Jeff Kennett AC
Jeff Kennett has been Chairman of The Torch since 2016. Jeff’s’ interest in Indigenous Affairs started in 1980 when he was appointed Victorian Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. He is also the Chairman of Equity Trustees Limited and currently the Chairman of the Hawthorn Football Club. Jeff is a Director of Seven West Media and he holds Director roles with several other unlisted companies. He was the Founder and the Chairman of beyondblue from 2000 -2017. Jeff was the Premier of Victoria from 1992-1999.
Deb is currently the Finance and Development Manager for The Torch and also holds the position of Treasurer with Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc (AMCS). Deb has a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University and was also a Founder and Director of WA research and development electronics company RF Innovations Pty Ltd.
Catherine Andrews, wife of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, has been a Director of The Torch since 2015. Catherine is a writer, editor and historian with a Masters in Public History. She has been Victoria’s SunSmart Ambassador since 2012, and in 2015 was appointed an Ambassador for The Stella Prize, which promotes Australian women writers and their work. Catherine is passionate about the arts, education and social justice. She lives with Daniel and their three children in the Premier’s electorate of Mulgrave. She also raises funds for the Monash Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital by running in charity events like Run for the Kids and Run Melbourne.
Mark Dingle joined the Board of the Torch in 2019. Mark’s career has included a decade as an outdoor education teacher, leadership roles in the not-for-profit and public sectors, and the last decade spent in professional services. Mark has worked closely with, and learnt a great deal from, Indigenous communities over many years including through his work establishing EY’s Indigenous Sector Practice, during which time he had a significant role supporting the Victorian Aboriginal community to explore how they could be represented in future Treaty negotiations. Mark is a Partner with Deloitte Asia Pacific, and more importantly a husband to Rachel and dad to Lucas, Poppy and Gil.