Child Wise is a social enterprise of Save the Children Australia. The Board of Child Wise consists of Peter Hodgson, Andrew Jackomos, Michelle Somerville, Michelle Scott and Paul Ronalds in their capacities as directors and Chief Executive Officer respectively of Save the Children Australia.
Andrew Jackomos is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man. Andrew currently heads Aboriginal Economic Development for the Victorian Government. Prior to this, Andrew was appointed the Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-Determination to the Victorian Government where he played an influential role in embedding the ethos of self-determination across the whole of government context. Andrew’s role as Special Adviser followed on from his five years as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria. As Commissioner, Andrew was responsible for advocating for and overseeing the provision of state government services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, particularly the most vulnerable in the areas of child protection, youth justice and homelessness. Andrew became a Child Wise board member in August 2020.
Peter Hodgson is currently a director of several public companies and, until late 2016, was the Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Family Company. Peter has been a director of Save the Children since May 2012 and became Chairman in June 2012. He became a Child Wise board member since the merger in December 2017.
Michelle Somerville was an audit partner at KPMG and has 26 years of experience in financial accounting, audit, risk management and compliance across a range of industries including the not-for-profit sector, in both Australia and the United States. Michelle has been a director of Save the Children since December 2012 and a Child Wise board member since December 2017.
Paul Ronalds joined Save the Children Australia as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013 and led the merger with Child Wise in December 2017. Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Michelle Scott has over 30 years’ experience leading and influencing government and community organisations to address and reduce contemporary, complex social challenges. She has also been an independent statutory officer, including as WA’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People (6 years), and Public Advocate for WA (5 years). Michelle has been a director of Save the Children since November 2019.