Our People

Our People

The team at Good Return is a talented and passionate group committed to eradicating poverty and inspiring others to make a difference. Our team includes dedicated volunteers who work in Australia and with our partners overseas to help us reach our poorest neighbours. Our employees, board, ambassadors and many volunteers are our most valuable resource and we are deeply indebted to the invaluable work they do.


Board of Directors  |  Ambassadors  |  Team Members



Legal Status
Trading as Good Return, World Education Australia Ltd (WEAL) is a public, voluntary, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Good Return has charitable status as a registered Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) and has the authority to fundraise in all states of Australia.

World Education Australia Overseas Relief Fund
Good Return is the Trustee of controlled entity World Education Australia Overseas Relief Fund (WEAORF), which holds Deductible Gift Recipient status from the Australian Taxation Office. The objective of WEAORF is to support economic and social development programs to improve the lives of the poor in the Asia Pacific.

World Education Inc.
Good Return shares its philosophy with its Founding Member, World Education Inc (WEI), a not for profit organisation based in Boston, USA. WEI was founded in 1951 and provides training and technical assistance through non-formal education across the globe. WEI and Good Return / World Education Australia operate independently of each other, and all dealings are conducted on
arms length terms.

ACFID Code of Conduct
Good Return strives to maintain the highest possible standards of governance. Good Return supports and is committed to adherence to the ACFID Code of Conduct as a minimum standard for integrity, governance and reporting. All directors, paid staff and volunteers are expected to adhere to and uphold the Code of Conduct.

Board of Directors
The Board meets at least four times annually and currently has ten members and four Committees: the Audit Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Development Effectiveness Committee.

Board of Directors


Kate Jordan – Chair
B.Com, LL.B, LL.M

Kate is a Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer. She is the Deputy Chief Executive Partner of Clayton Utz.

Sondra Cortis
B. Comm, CA, GAICD

Sondra has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, she joined Westpac in 1995. She has filled various roles in the bank’s finance area, since 2013 as CFO for Westpac Pacific.

Pamela Jonas – Member
B.A. (Hons), M.A. (Public Policy & Management)

Pam worked for more than two decades in education, training, and employment policy. She applied this expertise as an education and community consultant, and now splits her time between Australia and France.

William James Pigott – Member
B.S., M.B., formerly FRACP

Bill is a former education and public health practitioner, working with WHO for 21 years, latterly in Nepal and Cambodia. He is now involved in community support with Landcare
in NSW.

Gordon Cairns – Member
M.A. (Hons)

Gordon has had an executive career with several  global companies, latterly as CEO  of  Lion Nathan.  He now acts as chair of Woolworths and Origin Energy, and as a non-executive director of Macquarie Group and Quick Service Restaurants.


James MacNeil – Director
Ed. D, Harvard

James has worked for World Education Inc. (WEI) on education and livelihoods development programs in Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal and India. He is based in Boston where he is Vice President of WEI’s Asia Division.

Damien Woods – Member
B.Sc., MBA

Damien has worked for more than 25 years as a management consultant, mostly with Accenture, specialising in the healthcare field. He is a director of Accenture Australia Foundation, Smile Dental, and Australian Agricultural Technologies.

Guy Alan Winship
B.Soc.Sc., B.Com (Hons), M.Sc. (Town & Regional Planning)

Guy is a development expert who has worked in Africa and the  Asia and the Pacific. He consults and advises governments and NGOs on microfinance, institutional development, public policy   and vocational training.

Sonia Higgins
Appointed 01March2017

Sonia has over 20 years executive experience in the fields of global sustainability, corporate social responsibility, organisational strategy and effectiveness. She has been a senior HR executive for Cisco and Hewlett Packard, and more recently at Lendlease, with responsibility for its sustainability program and Foundation. Currently she consults to corporate and not-for-profits in her areas of expertise.

Joanna Ledgerwood 
B. Sc., MBA
Appointed 19 May 2017

Joanna has many years experience promoting microfinance in developing countries. Until 2016 she worked to increase financial inclusion in Zambia; before that had oversight of multiple country programmes for the Aga Khan Foundation. Her book Microfinance Handbook is used extensively by development practitioners. Joanna lives in Vancouver.

Vale David Kahler 

Good Return remembers founding board member David Kahler, mentor, passionate advocate, and dear friend of Good Return, passed away on September 2, 2015. David was an unwavering champion of education who found creative ways to encourage literacy in various forms, integrating learning into everything from integrated pest management in agriculture to anti-human trafficking and child labor elimination programs.


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