About UsOur Board Members
The Magic Moments Foundation is privileged to have a team of extraordinarily committed volunteers on our board who give tirelessly and generously of their expertise, time, spirit and effort to ensure that the foundation achieves its ultimate annual goals.
The board is unswerving in its determination to ensure that almost all the funds raised through MMF are used to directly run programs, host events, support, sponsor, surprise, delight and bring true happiness and joy to the lives of the youth, the elderly and families in need in our community.
Our Board members are all successful people in their own right and have made the decision to give back through the Foundation and its programs. Listed below are our current board members, however, we would like to deeply thank all those who came before us and all those who will come after us.
Jules has been with Magic Moments almost since the start having joined the foundation in 1998, joining the Sydney Basket Brigade and on the board as a Director in 1999. She is passionate about helping to raise the conscious level of our planet through growth and contribution. Jules was the driving force behind the Sydney Basket Brigade from 1999 for six years. She moved into helping Australian Youth in 2001 with a vision that is now being achieved through the Youth Leadership and Business Summits. Our Grandies Gifting Program came about because she saw a need in the community and Jules is not the type of person to look the other way when someone is in need.
Jules is a prime example of walking your talk and an excellent role model – not just for young people. Professionally she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Jules other passion (apart from her family) is her business. True Colours PEOPLE Solutions has reinvented the recruitment process, using a method which measures sub-conscious strengths, driving over 80% of behaviour, allowing the right people to be hired.
Jules has a background in Business Development, Host Beneficiary and Client Relationship Management, with a successful track record of over 20 years in sales, marketing and coaching. Training in the UK, U.S., London and Israel – and providing excellence in Sydney since 1998. Jules is a Certified Trainer of NLP, a Performance Coach with a strong background in NLP techniques and Positive Psychology.
Company Secretary, Treasurer & Director
Jenny joined Magic Moments in July 2016 although she has been aware of the Foundation and its programs over the years through her association with Julie Bowden. A chance conversation with Jules, when Jenny was considering what she could do to give back, saw Jenny join the Board to oversee Finance and Corporate Governance. She is passionate about leading MMF to set and implement the Finance and Corporate Governance framework that will allow MMF to remain a viable, sustainable and scaleable organisation that grows to increase the number of people it can reach and help across all its programs.
Jenny is a qualified accountant and has over 35 years’ experience in finance, corporate governance and HR. She currently works full-time as Assistant Company Secretary and HR Manager for a global reinsurer. She is also a Justice of the Peace and a Civil Marriage Celebrant. In her spare time (!), Jenny loves spending time with family, traveling, reading, sewing and pottering with plants. Fortunately, she has a VERY supportive husband.
Sharon is the driving force in Magic Moments Youth Development Programs. Passionate is an understatement for how Sharon feels about helping young people to realize their true potential and to be the best possible person they can be. She joined the Magic Moments Board in 2007 as our Youth Program Coordinator and is responsible for the fantastic program we have operating today.
She is a qualified and experienced trainer. As well as working in the training field, she mentors secondary school students who need a little assistance to find their way. As well as doing all this she finds time to run her own small business in retail and is supported by her wonderful husband.
Marketing Coordinator & Director
Cory first became involved with the Magic Moments Foundation back in 2003 when she, along with a small group of passionate like-minded friends, resurrected the Melbourne Basket Brigade. Their goal that year was to feed 50 families. By the end of a 42 degree sticky Melbourne day, one week before Christmas, they had fed over 110 families. From here she was hooked.
Since then Cory has coordinated the Melbourne Basket Brigade for 12 years and worked on the Event Managment Team for the Youth Program since its inception in 2009. In 2006 she took on the role of National Basket Brigade Coordinator and in 2007 was asked to chair the foundation, which she did through to 2015.
With a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & International Trade) from Swinburne University and many years of working both in Australia and overseas for large through to small firms, Cory brings to the foundation not only a passion for the projects but a wealth of business experience which she is equally passionate about. As well as being a Director on the board of the Foundation, Cory currently runs 2 family businesses in the Animal Boarding Industry and is supported by a wonderful husband and an amazing young daughter.
Alex was introduced to Magic Moments Foundation in 2006 through volunteering at Gold Coast Basket Brigade. Yearly she came back, addicted to the incredible community spirit packing hundreds of food baskets and delivering firsthand to families who cried upon receival of their Christmas surprise. In 2014, moving to Melbourne, Alex joined the Melbourne Basket Brigade committee and from 2019 became head co-ordinator with a passionately committed group of volunteers who today build up to 1200 food hampers, wrap 1500 children’s toys and pack some 300 Sleeping Rough packs for those experience homelessness.
Alex is a Director of her family property development business and also Chairs a property organisation that are continually looking to increase residential housing supply in the affordable bracket to ensure affordable rental and home ownership is a reachable achievement for all living in Australia.
Andy is the CEO of The Youth Impact Foundation. When Andy was 21, he founded the Not-for-Profit organisation Burn Bright, a social enterprise with the mission of increasing the wellbeing of young people through leadership and character-building programmes and national camps based on an evidence-based theory of change centred on wellbeing science and positive psychology. Andy also serves as The Managing Director of the National Leadership Forum, an annual leadership event for Young people aged 18-26 in Parliament House in Canberra. As a result of these ventures, Andy has impacted Over 100,000 young people In Australia and Internationally.
While completing his Master of Science in Coaching Psychology at the University of Sydney, Andy was part of a working group of 10 youth mental health-focused charities. They were tasked with discussing ‘how might they collaborate better together’, leading to him founding The Youth Impact Foundation.
Andy believes in a community and people-first approach to living out his vision for the not-for-profit sector is to see more reliance, cooperation and resource sharing to ensure not-for-profits are more sustainable in making a difference in the lives of all Australians, which compliments his ambition to help others build relationships and community so young people are known, loved and can see their value and influence on the world around them. Andy firmly believes leadership is accessible to everyone – not just those with a badge or appointed in leadership roles.
Simon Thurston is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Youth Impact Foundation, where he leads the Organisational Development, Measurement, and Policy.
He has extensive experience in learning and development and organisational development and change. He previously worked as part of a Global Learning and Development team, having project managed, designed, and deployed both face-to-face and digital learning in over 15 languages and into over 75 countries. Simon has a comprehensive background in facilitation, having led corporate learning in four countries and countless coaching, train-the-trainer, and specialised workshops.
Simon is passionate about coaching and elevating others to reach their potential and facilitating opportunities for others to recognise the impact they can have on the world around them.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations, human resource management, and Geography with honours from the University of Waikato and a Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology from the University of Western Australia.
In his spare time, Simon enjoys reading, ultramarathon running, and playing board games with friends.
What drives us and the individuals from around Australia that help bring our programs to life? We're glad you asked!
Play as a team & love what we do
We are friends, we are united, we back each other. We work hard but have fun because we love what we do.
Be the change you seek
We encourage everyone to create positive change and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our organisation, our programs and our world.
Be energetically invested
Get involved & don’t be a passenger. We all add enormous value when we contrib
We are a team that stands by its word and does what it says it is going to do.
We encourage diversity, different opinions and life experience and are open, approachable and supportive.
Dare to be great
We are leaders, we challenge, we push the boundaries, we aspire and inspire.