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Leonard Vary | Chief Executive Officer

Leonard assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund in October 2011.

Leonard is a board member of Creative Partnerships Australia and the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former director of Malthouse Theatre, a past Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and a past Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Prior to his appointment to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel, President HR and a Director of the Linfox Group. Earlier in his career Leonard was in private practice at Clayton Utz, a leading Australian law firm.

Leonard holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne. Leonard has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, and in 2006 completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Leonard is a graduate of the Cranlana Colloquium having completed the program in 2013.

Kirsty Allen | Program Manager

Responsible for

  • Poverty and Disadvantage
  • Myer Innovation Fellowships
  • Not for Profit Leadership Program

Kirsty came to the philanthropic sector in 2007 following nearly ten years working in international development. As an Overseas Program Manager with International Women’s Development Agency Kirsty managed and monitored projects in Asia and the Pacific, and as Manager, New Initiatives she was responsible for developing new projects and seeking project funding from non-government sources, including philanthropy within Australia and internationally.

Kirsty is currently a member of Council of Philanthropy Australia, the Ross House Association Committee of Management and was for three years on the Board of Women’s Health West. She holds a B.A (Arabic)/B.Com (Applied Economics) from Deakin University.

Neal Harvey

Neal Harvey | Program Manager

Responsible for

  • Arts & Humanities (incl. Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships and Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards)
  • Fourth generation family engagement
  • Communications

Neal has been a Program Manager with The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund since 2013. In that time he has assisted with the Class Ruling declaring the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships  tax-free, the establishment of A New Approach (Australia’s first think tank dedicated to arts and culture), and the creation of the National Assistance Program for the Arts during the COVID-19 emergency. Neal has a First-Class Honours BA and a PhD from the University of Queensland and an MBA from University of Melbourne/Melbourne Business School. Neal was Chair of Yarra City Council’s Arts Advisory Committee from 2012 – 2014 and a member since 2010. From 2014 – 2016 Neal was Chair of Melbourne company Snuff Puppets and is currently Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network. Prior to his current role he was Creative Producer of Melbourne Fringe.

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Jane Thomas | Program Manager 

Responsible for

  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Merlyn Myer Fund

Jane has worked across the for-purpose, government, and consulting sectors for 25 years.  Most recently Jane was Executive Officer of Aussie Farmers Foundation, and before that worked in strategic communications and media management. During her career, Jane has worked in a range of non-profit organisations including headspace, SunSmart at Cancer Council Victoria, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and youth homelessness charity Ladder. Jane has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and recently completed a Diploma of Business (Governance).


Hang Truong | Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Hang is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in April 2018, and Company Secretary in December 2017.

Through her previous senior roles at Mutual Trust, The Myer Family Company (MFCo) and KPMG, Hang has extensive experience in business partnering, financial accounting, taxation consulting, and wealth management. Hang has worked closely with a range of entities, including not-for-profit organisations, ultra-high net worth individuals and families, and ASX-listed and private companies.

Hang holds Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and Bachelor of Information Systems degrees from the University of Melbourne. In addition, Hang holds a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, was awarded the 2015 National Dux from Kaplan Professional, and is ASIC RG 146 accredited.

Denise Minahan | Executive Assistant

Denise continues a successful administration career after joining The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund in October 2018.  Her skills and experience accrued through previous positions held as Human Resources Manager, Administration Manager and Executive Assistant are well applied to provide great support to the team.  Denise is relishing the move into the philanthropic sector, further diversifying her background in real estate and healthcare.

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