About Us

Members of the Working Group represent a cross section of the community, with deep experience in the issues under discussion. They do not speak for any school they may be or have been affiliated with.

Alan Schwartz AM
Alan Schwartz led the merger of Jewish Community Services and Montefiore Homes to create Jewish Care and was its inaugural President. He is the Managing Director of Trawalla Group which manages his family’s investments and a Board member of his family’s philanthropic arm – the Trawalla Foundation.

Alan is the past Chair of Philanthropy Australia and a former Council member of Swinburne University. In recognition of his contribution to community and business, Alan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, followed by an Order of Australia (AM) in 2007.

Alan graduated from Monash University with degrees in Economics and Law (Honours) and during his first year at Monash co-authored a best- selling economics textbook, The Australian Economy.

Genia Janover
Genia Janover, who served as Principal of Bialik College for 20 years, and prior to that as Vice Principal of Leibler – Yavneh College, has enjoyed a stellar career in education for over 4 decades. Innovative educational programs and a focus on school culture and staff and student well-being marked her principalship at Bialik College where enrolments grew from 380 students to almost 1,100 students during her tenure.

Genia has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, among them the Australian Government National Award for Best National Achievement for Excellence by a Principal (2007) and the Max Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora (2005). She has been named by the Bulletin Smart 100 as one one of Australia’s top 10 educators (2003). She is a Fellow of The Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of The Australian College of Educational Leaders.

Since retiring from Bialik College, Genia serves on the Boards of 2 schools, works as an education consultant and Ambassador to Independent Schools Victoria. Genia was born in Germany in 1948. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She is married to Myer. They have twin sons and 4 grandsons all of whom have been and are being educated in Jewish schools.

Nathan Cher
Nathan is a Tech Entrepreneur & Investor who has been a founder and director of a number of companies (listed and unlisted) in the areas of Technology, FinTech, Property and Venture Capital in Australia and Israel.

Nathan serves as a director of the AJF (Australian Jewish Funders), he is the Victorian Chairperson of the ORAH Project.

He has served on boards of Jewish Communal organisations and working groups, and together with his wife Camit, supports a wide range of charities and causes.

Andrew Markus AO, FASSA
Andrew Markus is Emeritus Professor in Monash University’s Faculty of Arts and was previously Director of the university’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation.

Since 2004 he has been a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His research specialisation is in the field of racial and ethnic relations, ethnic communities and immigration policy.

He has played a leading role in two national surveys of the Jewish community, Gen08 and Gen17, and is the senior researcher on the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009.

Graham Goldsmith AO
Graham Goldsmith is currently Chairman of SEEK Limited, Deputy Chairman of Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd and a Panel Member of Adara Partners. He is also Chairman of Armitage Associates and a board member or consultant with a number of family offices.

He is also a director of Stars Foundation Ltd. Graham was previously a Council Member and then Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology over the period 2010-2019, and a Council Member, Treasurer, Vice President and President of Bialik College over the period 2000-2014.

Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison has almost twenty-five years’ experience in the Australian property and propertyfinance sectors. He joined Wingate in 2008 as Managing Director, Property and has overseen the growth of the firm’s property division into one of Australia’s most active real estate debt and equity investors.

Mark was a Board member at The King David School for 13 years from 2007-2020 and President for six years from 2012-2018. During his time as a Board member, Mark was also part of the Finance Sub-committee, the Property Sub-committee and served on the King David Foundation.

Leah Balter, Chief Information Officer, Bunnings Group
Leah currently leads Bunnings’ Technology, Innovation Lab, Data and Digital teams including the Online Shop. Leah enjoys leading strategy and change during industry disruption. Over the past year these teams worked at pace to roll out Drive & Collect, a new customer website and a number of apps to deliver best customer experience.

Prior to joining Bunnings, Leah held a range of strategy and executive roles at companies including McKinsey & Company, ANZ Bank, Trawalla Group and Incitec Pivot. Leah has held a number of roles on Jewish community boards including Jewish Care and helped design and rollout YBRCaps a model to lower Jewish school fees.

Lisa Kennett
Lisa Kennett is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director of Boards, bringing to the table her years of experience as a Commercial Barrister and Solicitor, Conflict Resolution Advisor and Facilitator of Negotiation Skills Workshops.

She was the President of Mount Scopus Memorial College for 7 years and is currently the Vice President of Jewish Care, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Community Security Group and the Allocations Committee for Orah in Victoria. Lisa is passionate about facilitating positive change for the communities in which we live, which is why she has embraced this Working Group.