Our People

Inspiring Brighter Futures would not exist without the unwavering support and ceaseless drive of a passionate group of founders, supporters, mentors and volunteers.

John Godwin - Founder and Chairman

John founded Fair Go Australia Foundation in 2009 and continues to drive the newly named ‘Inspiring Brighter Futures’ Foundation as Executive Chairman. He has extensive experience in executive leadership and in teaching and learning. As an educator, John helped develop and run the middle school at Villanova College. He was Managing Director (Australia) of a leading global ticketing company, selling over 650 million tickets every year in over 40 countries. John also facilitates a number of the mentoring programs. He holds an MBA, B Teach, B Ed St, Cert IV Theology, JP Qual, Prince II qualifications.

John is married to Sue and together they parent four boys. Sue is also an Inspiring Brighter Futures volunteer, helping with our programs for single mothers and all their boys are enthusiastic volunteers. John loves family time, teaching, sport and seeing people move their lives onwards & upwards.

Dan Perrier - Treasurer

Dan is the Foundation’s Treasurer. He is a chartered accountant. For the last 20 years, he has been co-owner of Perrier Ryan, an accounting and financial advisory firm in Woolloongabba.

Away from business Dan loves running around after his four teenage kids and spending time at the beach. His wife Bernadette is an Inspiring Brighter Futures volunteer mentor who never misses a program and his daughter ran a volunteer fitness class for residents at Sheltered by Grace, one of our partner organisations. Dan is a passionate supporter of Canberra Raiders and Easts Tigers Rugby.

Bernard Canavan - Board Member

More than 30 years ago, Bernard founded renowned Brisbane-based design and digital agency, Portfolio. Over this time, he has forged long-term relationships with clients including Brisbane City Council, Australand, Investec, Lendlease and Suncorp Life & Superannuation. Bernie is also a volunteer mentor.

Glen Richards - Board Member

Glen spent his early years as a veterinary surgeon in Townsville where he developed a group of veterinary clinics under the Greencross brand as well as large format pet store.  During this time he also established two veterinary hospitals in China. From there, as founding managing director, he went on to help build a multi-million dollar integrated pet care empire, which now operates more than 200 veterinary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.

Greencross is also Australasia’s leading specialty pet care retailer, with more than 300 stores operating under the brand names Petbarn and City Farmers in Australia and Animates in New Zealand. The company employs over 6000 employees including veterinarians, nurses, retail team members and managers.

Since moving from an executive role, Glen spends his time as a professional investor, mentor, and director with a number of companies and his favourite area of interest is helping to scale up health and allied health companies.

He is chairman of ASX-listed companies Healthia and People Infrastructure. He is also chairman of two private companies Cardionexus and Naturo Technologies and a non-executive director of SmartVet, Petsure (Australia), De Motu Cordis and Adventure Holdings Australia (Oztrail and Companion).

Prue Long - Operations Manager & Program Facilitator

Prue has 30 years’ experience in education, having worked in the Primary and TAFE sectors in regional QLD and NSW. She was the Australian and New Zealand Manager of a UK Teacher Recruitment Company for 10 years. Prue is now our program facilitator who leads the operation management of the Foundation, along with her wonderful volunteers.

Prue has four children and enjoys the adventures of outdoors.

Helen Winter - Board Member

Helen is an experienced solicitor with a professional indemnity and risk management background.

Helen has extensive success in the management and leadership of risk management and learning and development programs for professionals. Her expertise is in the design and development of creative and practical content. As an experienced trainer, assessor, facilitator, and presenter with considerable knowledge of planning and execution, people leadership and management, Helen ensures that the Inspiring Brighter Futures’ programs are aligned with the development outcomes expected by Inspiring Brighter Futures’ community partners and the people it strives to inspire.

As an Inspiring Brighter Futures mentor and facilitator, Helen sees the potential in harnessing the power of mentoring to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives.  Investing time in the delivery of the programs aligns with Helen’s personal values and helps her guide Inspiring Brighter Futures to deliver is programs in accordance with its values.

Kelly Murphy - Board Member

Kelly has worked in Information Technology in the Mining industry for over 20 years and has led technology teams and projects on three continents. With a can do attitude, Kelly is adept at implementing complex technology solutions for large organisations. An avid philanthropist, Kelly provides hands on support to multiple not for profits and charities with a particular focus on drought relief, mental health support services and providing pathways for Australians needing a little bit of extra help. Kelly is an active member of her local Rotary club and is the first female president of the club. Kelly has two young children who regularly help with Rotary fundraising activities and other charitable activities.

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