Financial Basics Foundation (ABN 90 114 612 270) is an Australian Public Company, Limited by Guarantee, with a license to omit the word "limited" from its name.

Financial Basics Foundation is a registered Charitable Institution.


The Directors on the board of the Financial Basics Foundation provide their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.


Brigid Leishman - Chair 

Brigid has over 30 years of executive and leadership experience in the financial services sector.

She now runs her own coaching and consulting business.

Brigid has lived and worked in four countries. She developed and led a multi award winning company in Fiji.

More recently, Brigid was the COO at CUA. Prior to leaving CUA to start her own business, she led the development of a strategic roadmap for robotics and AI.

Brigid is a New Zealander by birth and is now an Australian citizen. She has an MBA (Dist), is a GAICD and a member of the Australian Coaching Association. 


Tarryn McMullen MBA - Secretary 

Tarryn McMullen

Tarryn has extensive experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Tarryn was the inaugural staff member of Financial Basics Foundation (formerly Collection House Foundation) and has 15+ years experience in fundraising and marketing roles for several not-for-profits.

Tarryn is currently a Director of three NFP Boards, and one private (Pty Ltd) company.




Kelly Evans CA - Director/ Treasurer

Kelly is a Chartered Accountant with over fifteen years' experince in external audit and financial reporting and is currently the Financial Reporting Manager for an ASX-200 company.

Kelly was appointed as a member and Director of the Foundation on 28 September 2018. 






Tim Devine - Director

Tim is a lawyer with over thirteen years' experience providing legal advice on corporate and commercial matters, both in private practice and in-house.  He currently works as part of an in-house legal team for an ASX top 100 company.







Cale Bennett - Director

Cale’s professional background encompasses both senior financial roles at some of Australia’s largest listed companies and co-founding a Fintech startup. His eclectic experience is fuelled by a strong interest in technology as an enabler and a commitment to life-long learning. Cale believes that financial literacy is a key ingredient in enabling young people to live the life they want to.

Cale is currently Head of Group Treasury at Tatts Group Limited, an ASX-100 company.



Norm Hunter OAM - Director

Norm Hunter is the principal consultant of Thinkit Through, an educational consultancy with a particular focus on leadership, strategic thinking, mentoring and writing. He has a special interest in organisational and school culture, believing that it is the key to a successful system and school.

Norm has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) from the University of Southern Queensland.

Norm was a founding Co-Principal, then Principal of Hillbrook Anglican School, serving for a period of 21 years. In 2010 Norm was awarded the ACEL Queensland Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.

Norm has been widely involved in education committees and other bodies at state and national levels, including Independent Schools Queensland's Education Committee. He served as a principal representative on the Queensland Anglican Schools Commission for several years, and chaired the Queensland Board of Secondary School Studies Social Sciences Syllabus Advisory Committee for six years.

Norm has authored a book – If We Build It They Will Come – which describes the ideas behind the founding of Hillbrook Anglican School, and the principles that underpinned it during his leadership.

He has led a research forum for the Strategic Research Division of the Queensland Education Department based on Schools Speaking for Themselves, and his recent work has included a review and a report for a Queensland independent school which has introduced a new learning management model. 


Katrina Birch – Director and CEO

Katrina Birch

Katrina has been a consultant to Financial Basics Foundation since 2004 and was appointed as CEO and Director in 2011.

Katrina has worked in the youth sector for 20 years with experience in government and not-for-profit organisations. A strong advocate for young people, Katrina was involved in the deinstitutionalisation of disabled clients from residential institutions in Queensland.

Prior to commencing with the Financial Basics Foundation, Katrina was the State Manager of CanTeen Queensland (the organisation supporting young people living with cancer).