Dusseldorp Forum’s small, dedicated Sydney Office Team are supported by an experienced Board and guided by the values, principles and practices of our founder GJ Dusseldorp.
After 30 years at the helm of his group of companies, Lend Lease Corporation, Gerardus Jozef (GJ) Dusseldorp’s final address as Chairman at the 1988 AGM summed up his business beliefs.
He reflected that “caring” and “sharing” in industry had a powerful impact. “Caring, of itself desirable, also pays.” While his business acumen was legendary, Dusseldorp’s achievements are characterised by his determination not only to succeed but to also share the benefits of that success.
Tjerk (Jack) Dusseldorp OAM
Jack is Chairman of the Forum. His vast career includes the NSW Law Foundation, Evatt Foundation, the Office of Youth Affairs, NSW TAFE Commission, Australian Student Traineeship Foundation, WorldSkills International and the WorldSkills Foundation. In 2000, he received the Order of Australia Medal for services to education and community.
Lindie is Deputy Chair of the Forum and Director of Macquarie University’s Professional and Community Engagement program. She has worked for the Commonwealth Government in the employment, industrial relations and health portfolios and holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. She is the author of ‘Finding a Common Interest: The story of Dick Dusseldorp and LendLease.’
Teya is Executive Director of the Forum. She worked formerly as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission as an advisor to the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and with the National Inquiry into the Stolen Generations. She holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts from UTS.
Tom is a marketing executive in the private sector and joined the Dusseldorp Forum Board in 2010. Tom has grown up with the Forum and has taken an active role in many of its projects over the years including early WorldSkills competitions and the ‘Skills Across the World’ building initiative in Africa. He has an Arts degree from UNSW and a number AFA marketing certifications.
James joined the Board in 2019 and is the current CEO of Atlas Arteria. Previously he was the CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation in New York and served in senior management positions in Australia with Fairfax Media Limited, Bain & Company and Phillips Fox Solicitors. James has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws degree and is the author of three books.
Donna joined the Board in 2016 as an educator with 25 years experience working with students who’ve found it difficult to engage with traditional educational providers. She is founder of Educate Up, providing institutions with programs to develop students’ literacy skills. Donna worked for 15 years in remote Aboriginal communities developing and delivering community- based programs.
Joe joined the Dusseldorp Forum Board in 2020. He is a specialist surgeon, clinical researcher, and medical technology entrepreneur. He is particularly focused on the care of children affected by disadvantage, deformity, and disability and shares his family’s passion for social justice. He holds multiple medical leadership, commercial advisory, and board roles both in Australia and internationally.
Marta joined the Dusseldorp Forum Board in 2020. She is an award-winning actress who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. She has received an AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama and a Helpmann Award. She sits on the board of Creative Island and the Screen Export Advisory Panel for Screen Producer’s Australia and has her own production company Archipelago productions.
Teya is Executive Director of the Forum. She worked formerly as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission as an advisor to the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and with the National Inquiry into the Stolen Generations. ?She holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts from UTS.
Margot is General Manager of the Forum and has worked in the community services sector for the past 30 years. She has experience in senior and executive management positions within both government and NFP’s in early years education, child protection, disability services and aged care. Her commitment is to engage with compassion, mindfulness and respect.
Jess is Project Manager at the Forum. Jess holds a Bachelor of Psychology majoring in Human Resources as well as her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has been with Dusseldorp Forum for 8 years and previously worked in the corporate sector in human resources and executive support roles. She enjoys working closely with people and is passionate about organisational development and positive staff culture.
Rachel is the Communications Manager at the Forum and has worked in NFP communications for over 16 years. She has a Bachelor of International Studies and previously worked for Chain of Hope UK, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Foresight Australia. Rachel’s experience is with health projects in rural and remote Australia, Mozambique, Jamaica, Philippines and Solomon Islands.
Katie is the Finance Officer at the Forum and has over 15 years of accounting experience. She has a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance from Loyola University New Orleans. Katie started her career at Ernst & Young as an external auditor in the USA. She also has experience in internal audit and financial accounting. More recently she has worked as a financial accountant across various industries in Singapore and Australia. Katie is a registered BAS Agent in Australia.