Elaine Henry OAM
Henry has been a leader in the non-profit sector for the past 25
years; formerly as the Executive Director of the Cancer Council
(NSW) and until the end of 2010 as Chief Executive of The Smith
Family, a leading social enterprise focused on breaking the cycle
of disadvantage through the power of education. She was also a
non-executive Director of AXA Trustees from 1998 to 2001.
Over a 30-year period Ms Henry has served on a wealth of
committees and boards at the state, national and international
levels. During the past decade she served as the Inaugural Chair of
the Commonwealth Government's Stronger Families and Communities
Partnership 2001-07 and the Australian Families & Children's
Council, as well as being a member of the former Prime Minister's
Community Business Partnership and Deputy Chair of the Commonwealth
Government's Welfare to Work Consultative Forum.
Elaine is Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children
and Youth, Chair of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and a
Founding Member of Social Ventures Australia. She was the inaugural
chair of Nonprofit Australia from 2003-10 and deputy chair of the
Community Council for Australia in 2010.
She has served on a number of Advisory Boards of Universities
including the University of NSW, Wollongong, Sydney and Curtin, is
a Governor of the Committee for the Economic Development of
Australia (CEDA), a Member of the Advisory Council of The Global
Foundation, the Australian Statistics Advisory Council and a
Director of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation.
Elaine was a member of the Consumer and Financial Literacy
Taskforce, the Financial Literacy Foundation and is now a Member of
the Financial Literacy Board.
Ms Henry was awarded the Medal in the Order of Australia for
services to community health in 1994; was selected as one of 50
Australian women to be profiled in the 2000 Businesswomen's Hall of
Fame; recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review's BOSS
True Leaders in 2001, again in 2004, 2007 and 2010 and in 2009
honoured by Research Australia with their Lifetime Achievement
Award. Elaine was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the
UNSW in 2006.
Last updated: 11 May 2016