About Talent RISE Governance


Talent RISE is a registered charity with the ACNC and a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). It’s endorsed as an Income Tax Exempted Charity, and enjoys certain other tax concessions and exemptions consistent with its status as a PBI which relate to Goods and Services and Fringe Benefits taxes. The Talent RISE Foundation has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR, Item 1).

The Talent RISE Foundation Limited is a public company limited by guarantee, incorporated and domiciled in Australia.

Talent RISE’s ABN is 30 603 052 179.

Its registered office and principal place of business is:

Talent RISE Foundation Ltd.
Level 12, 2 Park Street
Sydney, NSW 2000


Our Board


Michelene Hart


Michelene has over 35 years’ experience in services and financial service businesses, operating at board level of numerous companies, ranging from large listed to small privately owned organisations. In 2009 she co-founded private investment firm Yorkway (now Quintet Yorkway) and is actively involved in all Quintet Yorkway investments. Michelene is a Non-Executive Director of a number of investee companies, including Talent and One Investment Group, and Chair of Infrastructure Advisory Group, Northland Group and Talent RISE ANZ. She is currently focused on developing ESG initiatives within the Quintet Yorkway investee family.


Richard Earl

Founder & APAC Director

Richard Earl is the Founder and Non-Executive Director of Talent. Earl launched Talent from his home in Perth in 1995 and since then he has grown the business into a global technology and digital recruitment and services company with 16 offices across APAC, EMEA and the USA. Passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and actively supporting the technology sector, Earl has committed to recognising start-ups and bringing technology communities together, both locally and globally to positively impact people’s lives through innovative programs such as Talent Unleashed, Talent Engage and Talent RISE.


Mark Nielsen

APAC Board Member

Mark Nielsen is a business leader with over 30 years’ experience. Over the course of his career, Mark has held C-level roles across start-ups, turnarounds and multinational corporations. Throughout his career he has held executive and non-executive director positions on listed and unlisted company boards. As CEO of Talent Asia Pacific, Mark is highly regarded for his ability to lead and build high performance organisations with compassion at their core. In 2018, Mark was named Australian CEO of the Year and Professional Services Executive of the Year (CEO Magazine).


Jane Tewson

APAC Board Member

Jane is the Founder of Igniting Change and non-Executive board member of Talent. Jane is also the Vice Chairman of Virgin Unite and creator of Comic Relief, which is the most successful charitable foundations in the UK which has raised over one billion pounds. Jane has received a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) from the Queen for her charitable endeavours.

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Ben Trollip

APAC Board Member

Benjamin has worked on a number of private investments, including the investment and management of Quintet's stake in Talent International, Exact Radiology and Northland Group and numerous private debt investments against real estate assets. Benjamin is currently a director of Talent International.

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Rebecca Stella

APAC Board Member

Rebecca is currently the Program Director of Head of Wellbeing and Engagement for the BlendED school at St Joseph Special Assistance School. Rebecca has built her career walking alongside young people who have experienced significant barriers to engaging in education across Victoria.


Chris Freel

APAC Board Member

Chris was the Group CEO of UnLtd, a social impact organisation who believe that every young person deserves the best opportunity in life. Under Chris's stewardship they have driven over $200 million of social impact value, helping positively influence tens of thousands of young lives.


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