Duncan Power

Position: CEO, email: [email protected] Duncan

Duncan Power has over twenty years experience working in the not for profit and social enterprise worlds in a financial and advisory capacity. 

Duncan joined British registered Bank Mercury Provident (now known as Triodos Bank) in 1989 as CEO following a career in Accountancy in New Zealand. The bank specialised in making loans to organisations that were for community benefit as well as being financially viable. During the 5 years he was at the helm of this bank, the balance sheet grew over 600%.

After 5 years in the role and overseeing the successful merger with Triodos, he was appointed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in London as Manager responsible for establishing a social investment loan fund for Charities. Now registered as a bank itself (Charity Bank), the fund grew quickly following the success of getting 99.5 loans back out of the first 100 made, despite being unsecured and considered as being un-bankable deals by the UK banking community.

After three years in the role Duncan was yearning to come back to the Southern Hemisphere and put forward a business development plan to establish CAF in Australia finding the necessary matched funding for CAF in the UK to give their backing to the venture. Ten years with Duncan as CEO, CAF in Australia has facilitated grant making to the Not for Profit organizations in Australia and the Asian region of over AUD120 Million. Annual donations facilitated in Australia amounting to nearly 1% of total Australian tax deductible donations by 2009.

Duncan also headed-up CAF’s Asian grants management work that made grants to developing world Asian projects that have positively influenced over 1 Million peoples lives in its first 3 years of operations.

Duncan has over 20 years of working experience with the community sector, directly in an executive capacity, as a volunteer and as a non-executive Director. He has been the Chair of a number of Boards and Committees in diverse range of community organizations including a UK grant making foundation, an aged care facility and a school. Duncan is also a former director of INAISE, an international networking organisation for social investment organisations based in Brussels.

Duncan’s passions include “making a difference for those in need”, meeting people, philosophy, travelling, trekking, kayaking, sailing and soccer.


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Michelle Sawyer

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Position: Director of Operations, email: [email protected]

Michelle Sawyer has twenty-five years of experience in the corporate sector working predominately for Macquarie Group, one of Australia’s leading banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services providers with offices across the world. Michelle has also worked for an Aboriginal Native Title Consultancy, a Communications and Marketing Group and an Executive Search firm.

Michelle has recently returned to Sydney having spent the last five years living in Singapore. During this period she worked as a Project Manager for the Macquarie Group managing the design and implementation of a number of key global IT projects.
Michelle has always had a keen interest in the Asian region having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Asian History and Anthropology at the University of Sydney. The move to Singapore provided Michelle with the opportunity to expand on her academic knowledge through personal experience as she travelled extensively throughout the region. These travel experiences were pivotal in rekindling her interest in the social and economic issues facing many of those living in Asia.

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