• Serena awarded Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship
  • John Menzies set to continue family representation on the Foundation Board
  • Professor Michel Coppieters
  • Peter Jopling AM QC appointed Chair to take the Menzies Foundation into a new era
  • Associate Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson
  • Proud Mamu Waribarra woman, Serena Thompson, the 2018 Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellow
  • John Menzies set to continue family representation on the Foundation Board
  • Michel Coppieters is the new Menzies Foundation Professor of Allied Health Research at MHIQ
  • Peter Jopling AM QC appointed Chair to take the Menzies Foundation into a new era
  • Newly awarded CSL Centenary Fellow, Associate Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson

Clarendon Terrace, East Melbourne

Offices of the Menzies Foundation

Clarendon Terrace, East MelbourneBuilt in 1857, Clarendon Terrace was one of the first dwellings constructed in Clarendon Street. It is a terrace of three two-storied houses with cellars located at 208-212 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne, Victoria. The architect was Mr Osgood Pritchard and the builder was Mr Robert Huckson. Construction of the main building was in bluestone with brick dressing, whilst the main facade was stuccoed.

The building's architectural importance stems from the fine Corinthian portico supported by four giant columns rising through two stories. This feature, which is extremely rare in Victoria, gives the building the distinctive and striking facade.

Clarendon Terrace is now owned by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and was the scene of one of the Trust's greatest preservation battles. Classified in 1958, the property had previously suffered damage by neglect for many years. It had been placed on the State Government's Historic Buildings Register but this did not prevent it becoming a potential casualty when the owners applied to the Historic Buildings Preservation Council for a permit to demolish it in 1977. The permit was granted and the building seemed doomed. However, local residents and the National Trust recognised the architectural importance of the building and its great streetscape value and with the support of the Council of the National Trust a strong rearguard action was mounted. This culminated in the purchase of the building by the Trust, with significant financial support from the State Government.

In 1981, discussions between the National Trust and the Menzies Foundation resulted in a proposal whereby the building could not only be preserved, but could also continue to contribute to Australia's history. The Trust had no hesitation in accepting this proposal.

The Foundation agreed to meet the bulk of the restoration cost and in return, the National Trust agreed to lease Clarendon Terrace to the Foundation for a term of 45 years at a peppercorn rent, and has given the Foundation the right of first refusal of purchase if it ever decides to sell. Clarendon Terrace is now a valuable asset of the Foundation which is responsible for the maintenance of the building, the cost of which is met through the sub-rental of the northern terrace.

The central and southern terraces have been amalgamated into a single unit for the Foundation's administrative offices which are housed on the ground level whilst the upper floor provides meeting rooms for the Foundation. The third terrace has been restored to the original style as far as practicable.

About Clarendon Terrace

Council Members

Council members are appointments made by the Board of Directors to acknowledge their significant contribution to either the establishment, governance or operations of the Menzies Foundation. We are grateful for their extensive expertise and support over many years. Council are members are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Clarendon Terrace internal stairProfessor M I Bullock, AM
  • Mr N B Callinan
  • Mr M H Codd, AC
  • Professor J P Coghlan, AO
  • The Hon Sir Daryl Dawson, AC, KBE, CB
  • Mr Brian Doyle AM
  • Professor T Dwyer, AO
  • Ms B G Gibson
  • Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, CVO
  • Dr T H Hurley, AO, OBE
  • Mr Ross Illingworth
  • Mr Brian Jamieson
  • Mr C P H Kiefel, OAM
  • Professor S Leeder, AO
  • Ms S K Mackenzie, OAM
  • Professor J D Mathews, AM
  • Ms E C Menzies
  • Assoc Professor D A F Morgan, OAM
  • Professor K O'Dea, AO
  • Professor R E O'Hehir
  • Professor R Porter, AC
  • Mr A P Sheahan, AM
  • Professor P L Waller, AO
  • Mr M Whalley


 PeterJopling web


Peter Jopling, AM, QC, LLB (Melb)

  • Chair
  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2014
  • Barrister
  • Governor Florey Neuroscience Institute
  • Director of the Victorian Legal Services Board
  • Member of the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Ethical Leadership, University of Melbourne
  • Chair of the Ian Potter Museum of Art

JohnStocker web


Dr John Stocker AO, BMedSc (Melb), MBBS (Melb), PhD, FTS, FRACP 

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2015
  • Centenary Medal, 2001
  • Environment Protection Authority of Victoria, Board member
  • Previously:
    - Chief Scientist, Australia, 1996 - 1999
    - Member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council
    - Member of the Australian Research Council
    - Chairman, CSIRO Board, 2007 – 2010
    - Director, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, 2000 – 2006
    - Director of a number of Australian and overseas companies

 SimonMaddocks web


Professor Simon Maddocks, BAgSci (Hons), PhD, FAIAST, FAICD

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 1993 (Chair from 2016-2017)
  • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar 1987
  • President and Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University
  • Director, Governing Board, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin (Chair from 2004-2014)
  • Previously:
    - Department of Primary Industries & Regions, South Australian Research & Development Institute
    - Affiliate Professor, University of Adelaide
  • Member: Society for Reproductive Biology; Australian Society of Immunology; Society for the Study of Reproduction (USA); Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (Fellow); Australian Institute of Company Directors (Fellow)

ChrisButler web


Chris Butler

  • Treasurer
  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2017
  • Consultant to EY and Mutual Trust Pty Ltd
  • Previously:
    - Managing Partner, Ernst&Young (EY), Ho Chi Minh City
    - Tax Partner (Strategic Growth Markets), EY, Melbourne
    - Managing Partner Tax (Melbourne), Arthur Andersen
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership

JohnMenzies web


John Menzies

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018
  • Business coach and mentor
  • Nephew of Sir Robert Menzies
  • Previously:
    - Chairman, TEC
    - CEO Howe & Co Pty Ltd 1977-1994
    - Chartered Accountant

TerryMoran web


Terry Moran, AC, BA (Hons)

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2014
  • Previously:
     - Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
     - Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria)
  • Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Chairman of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority Board
  • Senior Adviser to the Boston Consulting Group
  • Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Governor, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)
  • Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012 for eminent service to the community through public sector leadership

 HarveyKalman web


Harvey Kalman, BEc, Grad Dip App Fin & Inv, Grad Dip Acc, CFTP (Snr), FAIBF, ACPA

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2017
  • Chair of the Investment & Finance Committee
  • Executive General Manager, Corporate Trustee Services with Equity Trustees
  • Previously:
    - KPMG, consultant to the Funds Management industry and ANZ Banking Group
    - Senior Adviser and Head of Strategy in the ANZ Funds Management area
    - Manager – Special Projects, Group Risk Management and executive liaison officer for the ANZ Board Risk Management Committee and the ANZ Credit Approvals Committee
    - Deputy Director – Research and Policy at the Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers
    - Senior Policy Adviser – Environment and Heritage for the Federal Opposition
    - Treasury and Risk Management at Ford Credit

Dr Sheree Hurn


Dr Sheree Hurn, PhD (UQ), BHSc (Pod) (Hons 1) (QUT), GradCertAcaPrac (QUT)

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2017
  • Chair of the Menzies Alumni for 2018
  • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar 2010
  • Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Podiatry, Queensland University of Technology
  • Registered Podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Podiatry Association (Qld) (Board position held 2015-2016)
  • Editorial Board member for Arthritis Care and Research

 AnneMarieHill web


Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill, PhD (UQ), MSc, Post Grad Dip Pt, B App PT, Grad Dip Uni Teaching

  • Director of the Menzies Foundation since 2018
  • Deputy Chair of the Menzies Alumni for 2018
  • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences – 2008
  • Associate Professor School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University
  • APA titled Gerontological physiotherapist (Australian Physiotherapy Association)
  • Member of the WA Health Falls Prevention External Advisory Group.




Menzies Virtual Museum

Go to menziesvirtualmuseum.org.au

Menzies Virtual MuseumThe Menzies Virtual Museum is an educational resource which documents the life and achievements of Sir Robert Menzies.  The site is designed to be of value to school children and members of the general public who have an interest in Australian history and the life and times of Sir Robert Menzies.

The site is a timeline spanning Sir Robert's life from 1894 to 1978 containing images, sound and film clips and text including "The Forgotten People" essays.

Looking at the time line in any one year, the context of what was happening in Sir Robert's life, Australia and the world can be seen.

For students participating in the National History Challenge, this is a good place to start your research for the special category on Sir Robert Menzies.  Click here to begin your journey through the timeline.


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About Sir Robert Menzies

sir robert gordon menzies 2The Rt Hon Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, KT, AK, CH, FRS, QC was born in Jeparit, Victoria in 1894.

He graduated in Law with First Class Honours in 1916 and in the spring of 1920 he and Pattie Maie Leckie married.

Australia's longest serving prime minister, he was a barrister before being elected to the Victorian parliament in 1928.

Entering federal parliament in 1934 as a member of the United Australia Party, he became Prime Minister in 1939 but resigned in 1941 because of dissatisfaction with his leadership.

In 1945 he formed a new Liberal Party which he led to victory in 1949, remaining Prime Minister until his retirement in 1966.

Sir Robert had the great honour of being appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in 1965. He held this title until his death in 1978. 

Further information about Sir Robert's life is available here.

Some salient dates are:

Further information about Sir Robert's life and career



  • Martin, AW (1993), 'Robert Menzies: A Life, Vol 1, 1894-1943', Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
  • Martin, AW (1999), 'Robert Menzies: A Life, Vol 2, 1944-1978', Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

A more extensive bibliography can be found in:

  • Bunting, EJ (1988), 'R.G. Menzies: A Portrait'. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

(The Menzies Foundation has a small number of copies of this book which are available at a cost of $25.00 AUD, including GST and postage.)

Sir Robert's own books include:

  • The forgotten people (1943), Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
  • Speech is of time (1958), Cassell, London.
  • Afternoon light (1967), Cassell, Sydney.
  • Central power in the Australian Commonwealth (1967), Cassell, London.
  • To the people of Britain at war (1970 edition), Longmans, London.
  • The measure of the years (1970), Cassell, London.


Chief Executive Officer - Ms Liz Gillies

LizGillies2018Liz brings over 20 years’ experience in social impact, philanthropy and leadership development, to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Menzies Foundation.

She has worked across the not-for-profit, university, government and private sectors, including setting up her own businesses.

Liz was instrumental in establishing and managing both the Centre for Ethical Leadership and the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Impact during her six years with the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.

She also worked as a higher education advisor to former Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu and managed a $5million grant making program during her six years as Grant Executive of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

Liz was awarded a research fellowship to investigate best practice in philanthropy, working alongside The Trust Company philanthropy team to develop the Engaged Philanthropy model. This work will culminate in the national launch of the Best Practice in Philanthropy Report in partnership with Philanthropy Australia shortly. 

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Management (Industrial Relations) from Victoria University and a Master of Public Policy from Deakin University.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-gillies-4630943b/

Contact Liz by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 0416 112 703

Communications Manager - Ms Kate Nolan

KateNolan2018Kate has worked in senior marketing and communication roles in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors and has a particular interest in health and sport. She is also the Director of Communications and Media with the Board of the Fitzroy Football Club and has her own consultancy, Writeside Communication.

For three years, Kate was the marketing communications manager for Southern Health (now Monash Health), Victoria's largest health care provider, working on a wide variety of issues from nursing recruitment to aged care.

Over five years with the Victorian state government, Kate was communications manager for a number of portfolios including Veterans' Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs, community development, disability, youth, seniors, women and regional development.

Kate was the Media Director for the ATO when the GST was introduced and worked as a stakeholder manager on a major national project for the ATO.

Kate has also worked in the private sector, as marketing manager for town planning and urban design consultancy, David Lock Associates, and for country and community newspapers as a journalist and editor.

Kate has a Master of Marketing with Swinburne University and a degree in sports journalism from the University of Canberra. She brings a wide range of communication skills and brand management experience to the Menzies Foundation.

Linkedin: http://au.linkedin.com/in/nolankate 

Contact Kate by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 0408 442 887.



About Us

Established in 1979 to perpetuate the legacy of Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, the Menzies Foundation has a vision to inspire and nurture Australia’s future leaders.

As a national, non-profit organisation, the Foundation has awarded more than 220 prestigious scholarships  to bright and inspiring young Australians. It has also invested over $9 million in four health and medical research institutes and supported a range of other legacy activities in line with Sir Robert’s passions.

In line with a strategic review early in 2017, the Menzies Foundation is reviewing its vision, mission, values and goals.


Sir Robert came from humble beginnings, starting life in a room at the back of his father’s general store in Jeparit, a small town in regional Victoria. His schooling came by virtue of scholarships to schools in Bendigo and then Melbourne.

It was his early start in life and education, coupled with his extensive experience in public life, which underpins the philosophy of the Menzies Foundation’s work. Sir Robert was a strong believer in the transformative power of educational opportunity.

Through a long life in the service of the Australian people – initially as a Victorian politician before his election to the federal seat of Kooyong – Sir Robert developed wide-ranging passions and interests with a common theme of excellence in all activities.

The Menzies Foundation supports future leaders; those who will represent the Menzies’ ethos of being the best you can be, no matter where you start; taking risks, inspiring others and being willing to work hard.

The Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 through a public fundraising appeal following his death in 1978. Read more about the history  of the Foundation. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Foundation, you can make a tax deductible donation online.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of honorary directors, in accordance with the Objects in its Memorandum of Association . The Foundation is managed by a team of experienced senior staff.