Elaine Henry OAM

Elaine 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.

Elaine has served on a number of committees and boards at the state, national and international levels. 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, and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and Deputy Chair of the Commonwealth Government’s Welfare to Work Consultative Forum.

Elaine chairs the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, is 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.

Elaine has served on a number of advisory boards of universities, including the universities of NSW, Wollongong and Sydney, and Curtin University. She 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.

Awarded the Medal in the Order of Australia for services to community health in 1994, Elaine was selected as one of 50 Australian women to be profiled in the 2000 Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame. She was also recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS True Leaders in 2001, again in 2004, 2007 and 2010 and, in 2009, was honoured by Research Australia with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Elaine was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of NSW in 2006.