About the Foundation

Mission

The McCusker Charitable Foundation has been established for charitable purposes aimed at improving health and education, with particular emphasis on Western Australia.

Key Objectives

The McCusker Charitable Foundation will consider all applications for assistance. However, priority will be given to projects related to:

  • Medical research and advancement of medical science.
  • Care, welfare and education of young people.
  • Promotion of high achievement and excellence.
  • Support for the aged and infirm.
  • Arts and Environment.
  • The Trustees are committed to encouraging greater philanthropy, volunteering and giving throughout Australia at all levels.

Directors

The McCusker Charitable Foundation has 5 Directors:

The Hon Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC CitWA (Governor of Western Australia 2011-2014)

  • Born in Perth and educated at Perth Modern School.
  • Graduated from UWA Law School and admitted to practice in 1961.  He has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court, Federal Court, High Court and Privy Council.
  • Part-time lecturer at University of WA (1963-1982) .
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel (1982).
  • Chairman, Legal Aid Commission of WA (1983-2011).
  • Special Inspector to investigate and report on Rothwell’s Bank collapse (1989-1990).
  • Chairman, WA Constitutional Committee (1993-1994).
  • Chairman,  Advisory Board WA Constitutional Centre (1997-2011).
  • WA Member,  Australian Constitutional Centenary Foundation (1998).
  • Inaugural Parliamentary Inspector, Corruption and Crime Commission (2004 - 2008).
  • Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (2005).
  • Awarded WA Citizen of the Year - Professions (2005).
  • Awarded Civil Justice Award (Australian Lawyers Alliance) (2007).
  • Awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Western Australia (2008).
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Murdoch University (2011).
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Edith Cowan University (2009).
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Zhejiang University.
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Curtin University.
  • Awarded WA Citizen of the Year - Community Service (2010).
  • Awarded WA Australian of the Year (2010).
  • Awarded Knight of St John (2011).
  • Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AC) (2012).
  • Patron of Ear Science Institute and many other organisations.
  • Extensively involved in the establishment of the Lady McCusker Home – providing 60 high care beds to Alzheimer’s patients and the Sir James McCusker Alzheimer’s Training Programme.
  • Board member, Martindale Agricultural Research Project – a joint project with UWA and the WA Agricultural Department and funded by the McCusker family.
  • Patron, Lion's Eye Institute fundraising campaign.
  • Life Member, Law Society of WA.
  • Director, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Minderoo Foundation.
  • Chairman, WA Health Translation Network

Carolyn McCusker

  • Carolyn, Malcolm’s sister, was born in Perth and educated at Perth College.
  • Graduated from UWA Law School in 1970.
  • Completed Diploma in Business Studies (with Distinction) from the London School of Foreign Trade.
  • Admitted to the Bar and joined McCusker & Harmer law firm becoming a partner.
  • Completed Bachelor of Arts at Australian National University in 1978.
  • Admitted to practice in the High Court Australia.
  • Worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Social Service, Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Law Faculty at ANU.
  • Purchased restaurant and became chief cook and bottle-washer.
  • Worked for a number of years with her partner Alan Jordan (mining engineer) as an underground gold miner with hoist driver and shot-firer’s certificates.

Tonya McCusker AM

  • Tonya, wife of Malcolm, was born in New South Wales and educated at Applecross SHS and through the School of Isolated and Distance Education, WA.
  • Trained and danced in Monte Carlo and then with the Australian Ballet Company (1982-1989).
  • Graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Laws (1994).
  • Studied and worked in Hong Kong for 3 years.
  • Graduated from Henley Management College (UK) with Graduate Diploma in Management.
  • Worked with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation as Business Development Manager.
  • Worked with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce as Business Development Manager.
  • Advisory Board Member, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.
  • Founder and Chair, Kids Who Give WA.
  • Awarded Dame of St John.
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Curtin University.
  • Patron, Lion's Eye Institute fundraising campaign.
  • Patron, Fremantle Press, the University of Western Australia Hackett Foundation and other organisations.
  • Trustee, Channel 7 Telethon Trust.
  • Board Member, Minderoo Foundation, Celebrate WA and the Australian Ballet Foundation.
  • Ambassador for Children, WA Office for Children and Young People.
  • Administrator of the McCusker Charitable Foundation.
  • Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AM) (2016).

Judge Denis Reynolds

  • Denis was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.
  • Graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Law.
  • Practised in the Legal Profession in Perth.
  • Appointed as a Magistrate in WA in 1984.
  • Appointed as a Commissioner of the District Court of WA in 1997.
  • Appointed as a Judge of the District Court of WA in 2004.
  • Appointed the President of the Children's Court of WA in 2004.
  • Recipient of the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award 2012 – Community Category.
  • Appointment as an Ambassador for Children and Young People – 25 October 2012 (Commissioner for Children and Young People).
  • Currently the President of the Children's Court of WA and the Senior Judge of the District Court of WA.

Mark Bellini

  • Long-time friend and employee of Malcolm, was born in Perth and educated at Hale School. 
  • Current Investment Manager for McCusker Holdings Pty Ltd (2015-present).
  • Worked within the finance industry with national and state based investment firms: JBWere (2011) and Blackswan Equities (2012-2015). 
  • Graduated from Curtin University (Economics & Finance); Certificate IV in Accounting (2007-2010).
  • State representative in AFL and Athletics (2005).
  • Coach of Wembley Football Club (2016-present).
  • Member of the Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht Club (2016-present).

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