Board of Advisers

The Henry Parkes Foundation has been established as a charitable trust (tax deductibility reference no. DGR:475061), with three Trustees under the direction of a Board of Advisers consisting of between seven and nine people.

The 2022 Board of Advisers comprises:

Mr Ian Thom, company director, Sydney NSW, Parkes family (Chair, Hon. Treasurer)

Mr Graham Spindler, Sydney NSW, retired Parliamentary Education and Community Relations Manager, Parliament of NSW (Deputy Chair)

Emeritus Professor Peter Webber, Sydney NSW, architect and planner; Parkes family (Deputy Chair)

Ms Catherine Gray, Sydney NSW, writer and editor, Parkes family (Hon. Secretary)

Mrs Dianne Barnes, Sydney NSW, educational adviser

Ms Gillian Webber, Goulburn NSW, grants officer, Parkes family

Mr Ken Halliday, Tenterfield NSW, retired journalist


Mr Neil Hartley, Ms Catherine Gray, Mr Graham Spindler

Hon Consultants:

Helen Irving, Professor of Law, University of Sydney; Hon. Neal Blewett, academic and former Federal MP

Hon. Auditor: Shane Chadwick, Boroughs Assurance

We acknowledge the contribution of our founder, Parkes’ great grand daughter the late Jane Gray, whose vision and spirit brought the Foundation to life, and who served as Honorary Secretary 1999-2014.

The Foundation also acknowledges the invaluable contribution of its founding chair, historian and author the late Professor Brian Fletcher, and the assistance of its first patron, the late Hon. Gordon Samuels AC, Governor of NSW 1996–2001, as well as the help of Perpetual Trustees during its establishment, and support over many years from Mr Bill Gibbins (formerly FCL Interstate Transport Services Pty Ltd).