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ABOUT US

The team bring a deep understanding of challenges and opportunities facing social sector Boards gained over 20 years of experience, relishing the opportunity to improve governance and social outcomes.

OUR TEAM

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Melissa Macpherson

After starting her career at KPMG, Melissa worked for a decade in financial services before transitioning into the social purpose sector. Melissa brings over a decade of CEO leadership experience and is a trusted advisor to boards on leadership acquisition, structure and governance performance improvement for non-profit organisations and social enterprises. Melissa brings her cross-sector knowledge to support boards to consolidate their purpose and optimise performance and has a reputation for asking robust questions.
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Rachael McLennan

Rachael co-founded People for Purpose in 2011 believing an opportunity existed to connect passionate, talented leaders to organisations delivering social and environmental impact. Rachael transitioned from the commercial sector. Prior to People for Purpose, Rachael was the CEO of Australian Philanthropic Services and brings a wealth of knowledge as an experienced Non-Executive Director in the social sector. Rachael specialises working with boards and senior executives to build capability and achieve greater diversity.
BOARD AND GOVERNANCE ADVISOR

Michelle Cutler

Michelle is a former lawyer who brings globally acquired expertise across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors to assist boards and CEOs with their governance and strategic issues. Her experience includes advising boards and executives on effective strategy, change management, stakeholder engagement as well as governance, risk and organisational culture issues.
Michelle is an experienced CEO in the social sector and prior to this, worked in strategic advisory and business development roles.
CONSULTANT

Christine Cutter

Christine brings a multi-faceted background in operational and people management across various sectors, including financial services, philanthropy, property, and the building and construction industry. She is driven by a keen desire to facilitate successful outcomes for both individuals and organisations.
From delving into research and publishing in Australia’s building and construction industry to navigating the intricate landscape of financial services, Christine consistently demonstrates her expertise in being able to cut through the complexities of sectors.
Christine's hands-on experience in growing teams within small businesses and navigating the complexities of managing people through mergers and acquisitions have provided her with invaluable insights.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Pauline George

Pauline supports the Govern for Purpose team to manage Board reviews. Pauline works with clients to manage the implementation of our services and ensures that all interviews and consultations are planned well in advance.
CONSULTANT

Cain Beckett

Cain has 30 years’ experience delivering program, policy and change initiatives across public, private and for-purpose sectors, often with a strong focus on strategy, tech, and high integrity or mission critical functions most recently with the Department of the Prime Minister and
Cabinet.
He has a strong entrepreneurial bent and is a former Deloitte Partner. Cain has founded a “project rescue” firm, a media company which created a national television series designed to engineer social change, a medical research foundation now leading prevention globally, and a charity offering adventure experiences for people with disability.
As the first head of Markets and Pricing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Cain led the implementation of the Scheme’s supply-side market infrastructure, including pricing, provider market regulation and housing. In 2019, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister's Office, he helped establish the Royal Commission into Violence Abuse Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability and led the Commission’s Canberra office.
Cain is a former Chair of the NSW Disability Council, and former board member of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Life Without Barriers, the Jubilee Sailing Trust (Australia), the Summer Foundation, and the Attitude Foundation which he co-founded with former AHR Commissioner Graeme Innes AM.
He is the co-founder of the Cerebral Palsy (medical) Research Foundation and the recipient of the 2020 Australian Academy of Developmental Medicine Outstanding Achievement Award.
Cain is a former Archery National Champion and represented Australia at the 2003 and 2005 Para-World Championships.
He is managed by his wife Dr Sara Beckett and their two daughters Eleanor and Alexis.
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