Waratah Education Foundation is operated by a small team of individuals with years of experience in charities and educational institutions.
CEO, Board member & Company Secretary
Prior to commencing as CEO of Waratah Education Foundation, Geraldine managed the finances of Reddam House Independent School for almost 8 years. With extensive knowledge of the Education system along with a strong accounting background the Board where delighted with her acceptance of the position of CEO and Board member of Waratah Education Foundation.
Geraldine, after obtaining a first-class accounting degree, continued her accounting students and became qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant in 2009. In 2010 she decided to travel with her husband, and they settled in Sydney at the end of 2010. As the Global Financial Crisis took hold they remained in Australia rather than return home to Northern Ireland were the economy and job market had been hit hard.
Now after 10 years Sydney is Geraldine’s permanent home, and she is looking forward to the impact she can make through the Foundation for the next 10 years and beyond.
Geraldine has a BA Hons First Class in Accounting from the University of Ulster, is a Fellowship member of ACCA and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia
Alistair McKeough joined the Waratah Education Foundation Board as Chairman at the beginning of May 2016, when the Board operated the K-12 school.
Alistair is a successful solicitor and he has extensive experience running and leading a variety of private and listed corporations in many sectors, including professional services, technology, financial services, charities, mining and resources, health, child care and education.
Alistair is currently Head of Professional Services at Automic Group, which provides Registry, Company Secretarial, Governance, Legal and Finance services, powered by our in-house technology. Around 20 per cent of all companies listed on the ASX take one or more of these services from Automic.
Alistair is trusted by some of Australia’s most pre-eminent business people to handle their personal legal affairs. Alistair is regularly engaged in matters involving serious risk to personal and corporate reputations and he has extensive experience in media sensitive matters.
Alistair is passionate about supporting Educational programs to all Australians and in particular to help our remote, regional and Indigenous communities.
Rabbi Mendel Kastel
Rabbi Mendel Kastel joined the Waratah Education Foundation Board at the beginning of November 2012.
Rabbi Mendel Kastel, OAM is the Rabbi and CEO and director of Jewish House Crisis Centre, an independent, not-for-profit charity providing crisis intervention and prevention services. Rabbi Kastel has been providing Rabbinic expertise to the Sydney community for almost 30 years, is a rabbinic fellow of the Great Synagogue, past Board member of NCOSS, and J-junction. Current Board member of Ending Street Homelessness and the Uncle Earl Property Group, the Jewish Chaplin of the NSW Police Force, NSW Maccabi, St Vincent’s Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and The Sydney clinic and is a commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission.
Rabbi Kastel brings extensive experience in community welfare work and his interests span across the broad spectrum of mental health including trauma, homelessness, youth, suicide prevention, economics, social investment and innovation.