Our Board

OzHarvest has come a long way in a short space of time, thanks in part to the incredible support of our Board members who share our vision for a better world.

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Our Board

OzHarvest has come a long way in a short space of time, thanks in part to the incredible support of our Board members who share our vision for a better world.

Founder & CEO

Ronni Kahn AO

Ronni Kahn AO is a social entrepreneur and founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest. Ronni is a passionate advocate and activist renowned for disrupting the food waste landscape in Australia. She appears regularly in national media, serves in an advisory capacity to government and is a sought after keynote speaker. Her mission to fight food waste and feed hungry people is supported by some of the world’s finest chefs. Ronni is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and was named Australian Local Hero of the Year (2010). Her journey is the subject of a feature film, Food Fighter and her memoir A Repurposed Life has recently been published.

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Chairman

Lawrence Goldstone

Lawrence took on the role of OzHarvest Chairman in January 2020, having been on the Board since 2016, leading the strategy committee and a passionate supporter and contributor to OzHarvest since 2011. A Partner at PwC Australia, Lawrence leads their Future of Work team. With 25 years local and international experience, Lawrence co-founded and led The Difference before it’s acquisition into PwC in 2010, and is an expert in collaborative design, facilitation, engagement and creative communications. Lawrence sits on the PwC CMO Advisory Board, as well as Social Impact and Sustainability steering groups. Lawrence is also a Board Director at ForPurposeCo., OzHarvest’s innovation business.

Board Secretary

Steven Alperstein

Steven is General Manager and Company Secretary of the Rose Property Group who holds the degrees B.Com, LL.B and MBA and is a Solicitor admitted in NSW. Steven is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute. Prior to joining the Rose Property Group in 2005, he was the Company Secretary for a number of Australian listed companies.

Director

Andrew Baxter

Chair, board director, business advisor and marketing thought leader, Andrew is the Chair of Australian Pork, Chair of Tjapukai, Chair of Commtract, and a Non Executive Director at both Foresters Financial and GrowthOps. He is also a Senior Advisor at BGH Capital and the Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Sydney, and has been the Senior Advisor to KPMG’s Customer, Brand and Marketing business. Prior to this he was the CEO of two of the country’s largest communications agencies, Publicis, and Ogilvy, where he was a trusted counsel to many of Australia’s most iconic brands. Andrew is also a Non-Executive Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of the NBL.

Director

Guy Brent

Guy was appointed Managing Director of The Woolworths Food Company & Metro in August 2019. Before being appointed to Managing Director, Guy was the Director of BWS from August 2014, and prior to this, Guy held the role of General Manager of Pinnacle Drinks. Guy joined Woolworths in April 2011 as part of the acquisition by Woolworths of the Cellarmasters Group. He was Chief Financial Officer of Cellarmasters from 2007 to 2011. Guy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a BSC from the University of Bristol. Guy’s passion outside of work is playing tennis and kayaking with his two boys.

Director

Melinda Petrunoff

Melinda has been on the Board since 2016, is leading the strategy committee this year and has been a passionate supporter to OzHarvest since 2015.

Melinda is currently the Director of Small and Medium Business (SMB) at Facebook for Australia and New Zealand. Melinda has 20 years of leadership, sales strategy, digital media monetisation & marketing experience across the APAC region.

Prior to joining Facebook in 2013, Melinda worked with Fairfax Digital where she led the monetisation of businesses including The Sydney Morning Herald and Domain. She began her career in several e-commerce start-ups including Shopfast.com.au.

Director

Yasmin Poole

Yasmin is an award winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is currently Plan International’s National Ambassador and frequently appears on prominent Australian media programs to discuss the role of diversity in social change. Yasmin has represented over a million young Australians as the Chair of the Victorian Government’s Youth Congress and led the global business development of 180 Degrees Consulting, the largest youth consultancy in the world. In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians.

Director

Kieran Pryke

Kieran has held a number of senior finance roles in the property industry over the past 25 years. His roles have included Chief Financial Officer of both Australand Property Group and The GPT Group. Prior to that Kieran gained experience across the Lendlease businesses of property investment, management and construction. Kieran has served on a number of committees of the Property Council of Australia, served as a director of St Vincent’s College, Potts Point. Kieran serves as the Chairman of the OzHarvest Finance Committee and is a director of Aventus Capital Limited.

Director

Miriam Stiel

BA LLB (Hons)

Miriam Stiel is a partner of Allens where she heads the Intellectual Property practice. She has over 20 years’ experience in advising clients from a range of industries, including food and beverage, media and entertainment, luxury goods, sport, technology, telecommunications and financial services, to develop strategies for the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of their IP rights. As a litigator, Miriam has handled a number of leading cases in the Federal and Supreme Courts. She also works closely with clients to develop strategies for managing risks, avoiding disputes and handling dispute-related publicity. Miriam has been on the board of OzHarvest since 2012 and is also a director of Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview Limited.

Director

Kate Towey

Kate is a partner at Allens and a leading M&A and equity capital markets lawyer and governance specialist. She is the Head of Allens’ Real Estate Sector and Co-head of Allens’ Head Office & Governance practice. Kate has been involved in a wide range of transactions across government, property, infrastructure, financial services, retail, media and technology. Her practice also includes corporate reconstructions and distressed M&A. In addition to her transactional practice, Kate regularly advises on general corporate advisory and corporate governance. Kate is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Property Council of Australia and is admitted in NSW.