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Our Patrons & Ambassadors

“I feel incredibly well supported. A lot of organisations just talk about how they support their employees but Lighthouse actually does it really well.”

Meet Our Patrons

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Vicki Vidor OAM

Life Member, Founding Patron and Patron of the Young Parents Program

Vicki Vidor is a Company Director of The Victor Smorgon Group and Co-Founder of Fouress Foundation. Vicki was first elected to the Lighthouse board in 1994 and was chair of the board in 2007 and 2008. During her time with Lighthouse, Vicki has served on numerous committees with Lighthouse Foundation and is the patron of the Vicki Vidor Home for Young Mothers and Babies. Vicki was elected a life member of Lighthouse Foundation in 2010 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Lighthouse Foundation over many years.

Margaret Gardner AC

Patron-In-Chief

Margaret Elaine Gardner, AC, FASSA is an Australian academic, economist and university executive serving as the 30th and current governor of Victoria since August 2023. She was previously the vice-chancellor of Monash University from 2014 to 2023 and the president and vice-chancellor of RMIT University from 2005 to 2014.
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Peter Edwards

Patron

Peter is Managing Director of the Victor Smorgon Group. The Group’s ventures include Property, Consumer Retail, Recycling & Renewable Manufacturing, and Sustainable Agriculture. Peter is a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Julian Burton Burns Trust. He is a board member of SECUREcorp Pty Ltd and Chairman of the Jewish Museum of Australia Foundation.
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Alicia Loxley

Patron

Alicia Loxley is an Australian Journalist and news presenter, currently working as the weekend news presenter for Nine News Melbourne. She has been an ambassador for Lighthouse since 2009, generously promoting the work that the Foundation carries out.

Alicia began her successful career studying a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at RMIT University, where she won the Ormsby Wilkins Memorial Award for Best Performance in Radio Journalism. Alicia then became the ABC’s Triple J’s Western Australian Correspondent in 2003 until she moved onto the position of Lead Anchor of ABC Television News in Western Australia in 2006, her position prior to her work at Channel Nine.

Sally Capp

Patron

Sally is the current Chair of the Council of Capital Cities Lord Mayors, and also a member of the Federal Government’s Urban Policy Forum. In 2023, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the King’s Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the people of Melbourne, to local government, to business, and to the community through various organisations. She was also named the McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year in 2019.
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Jo Stanley

Patron

Jo Stanley is an Australian television and radio presenter and comedian. She has made guest appearances on a number of television shows across the ABC, Comedy Channel, Network Ten and Channel Nine. Jo is currently the co-host of the Seven Network's lifestyle program, House of Wellness.
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Deborra-Lee Furness

Patron

Deborra-Lee is an internationally acclaimed Australian actress and has been a Lighthouse patron since 1997. She is also a passionate supporter of children and advocate of their rights across the globe, believing that all children should be provided with every chance to live a fulfilled life and achieve their full potential.

Deborra-Lee is also Patron of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute for children with leukaemia, Patron of International Adoption Families for Queensland and an ambassador for World Vision. As an ambassador, Deborra-Lee travelled to Cambodia and Ethiopia to assist with raising awareness and funds for children living in third-world countries.

Deborra-lee is also the Executive Director for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Australia and was honoured at the Worldwide Orphans Gala in New York City for her advocacy for vulnerable children. She is an adoptive mother of two and married to Australian actor, Hugh Jackman.

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Jane Badler-Hains

Patron

Jane Badler-Hains is best known for her portrayal of the Lizard Queen Diana in the seminal Sci Fi Show ‘V’, and more recently her return in the reimagined ‘V’ in 2011.

Jane has reinvigorated her music career in the last 10 years. Spanning Jazz, Cabaret, Indie and more recently a recording artist. Her last two albums ‘Jane Badler With Sir / The Devil Has My Double’ and ‘Tears Again: Jane Badler With Sir’ were both critically acclaimed … “Album of the year – 5 stars isn’t enough” wrote the Sydney Time Out and from Vogue Australia “An American Marianne Faithful” just to name a couple.
Jane was nominated for the ‘Best Female Artist’ in the 2011 Age EG Awards for her album with its tales of betrayal, obsession and the surreal journey of life. It is part electro pop part dark cabaret, teaming up with the ‘Blow Waves’ keyboardist Byron St John and travelled the globe looking for interesting and creative producers and collaborations including Jeff Bova and Ivor Guest for her 3rd studio album ‘Opus.

Jane has been Ambassador for Lighthouse since 2014 and is a wonderful supporter of our work.

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Anthony Howard AM QC

Patron

Anthony Howard AM QC, a former County Court Judge, is the husband of the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC.
Mr Anthony Howard AM QC was born in Melbourne and educated at Xavier College. He graduated with Bachelors of Laws and Jurisprudence from Monash University, and a Diploma of Criminology from the University of Melbourne.

In 1973 he was articled to Frank Galbally CBE in the firm of Galbally and O’Bryan where he then worked as a solicitor before signing the Victorian Bar Roll in 1975. At the Bar he read with John Walker QC and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992.

Other than almost three years in Hong Kong where, with the Governor, Mr Howard was prosecuting criminal trials in the Attorney-General’s Chambers from 1982 to 1985, he remained at the Victorian Bar, specialising in criminal law, until his appointment as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in October 2006.

Mr Howard was actively involved in the life of the Victorian Bar. He was Chair of his list of barristers and was a member of the Bar Council from 2001 to 2004. He chaired the Legal Assistance Committee (the Bar’s pro bono legal service), contributed to the development of the Equal Opportunity Briefing Policy to promote the advancement of women advocates, and chaired a committee to create a dining and networking space for members of the Bar and a committee to assist new barristers as they started out in their careers.

As a Judge of the County Court, Mr Howard was, at different times, a member of the Court’s Executive and Management Committees and chaired the Media and Communication Committee. He remains an active member of the Bar’s Indigenous Lawyers’ Mentoring Program. Mr Howard retired as a Judge of the County Court in late 2016.

Mr Howard has also been involved in various community and not-for-profit organisations, including as a Trustee of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation, founding Chair of the Essendon Football Club Lawdons coterie and as a Board member of the youth mentoring organisation Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

The Governor and Mr Howard married in 1982 and have two sons, both of whom graduated from Monash University with Bachelors of Laws and Arts.

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Michael Crawford CBE

Patron

Michael has been a dedicated patron of Lighthouse since 1993 and is a well-loved English-born singer and actor, best known for his original title role in The Phantom of the Opera. Michael generously agreed to support the Foundation whilst on a trip to Australia, during which he paid a visit to one of the Lighthouse homes and recognised the vital work that Lighthouse carries out.

Michael has also been President of the Sick Children’s Trust (SCT) since 1987, a charity founded to alleviate family stress and promote the recovery of seriously ill children through the provision of accommodation near hospitals. In 1987 Michael was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama after a fulfilling career committed to brightening the lives of the public through entertainment.

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Professor Brian Burdekin AO

Patron

Brian has been a Patron of Lighthouse since 1995 leaving a lasting legacy upon Australia’s homeless youth. In addition to his work for Lighthouse, he is also Patron of the Burdekin Association and, during his term as Federal Human Rights Commissioner (1986 to 1994), he presented the National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness (1989), a landmark report that shocked the Australian public by revealing the number of young people who were homeless and the appalling lifestyle they live.

Brian was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1995/1985 and was also Special Adviser on National Institutions to the first three United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights from 1995 to 2003. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, teaches in the post-graduate program at Melbourne University Law School, and is International Adviser to a number of National Human Rights Institutions in Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

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Vicki Standish AM

Patron

Vicki Standish is a heartfelt philanthropist, pioneer and entrepreneur.

Her Foundations have been created to invest in projects aimed at promoting the wellbeing of children and young people and Indigenous issues which include:
• Ambassador for Lighthouse Foundation and sponsor of the Lighthouse Institute
• Ambassador for Whitelion, plus two projects for Indigenous and minors in remand
• CARA In Safe Hands project
• Kids Under Cover
• Uluru Children’s Home in India – Vicki Standish e-Education Centre
• Fuan Nabilan for the blind in East Timor
• Human Rights Law Centre Indigenous human rights unit

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Beverley Brock OAM

Patron

Beverly has been a patron of Lighthouse since 2000 and has dedicated much of her life to working with people in crisis. In addition to her support of Lighthouse, Beverly runs the Peter Brock Foundation, a charitable organisation assisting the less fortunate in the community.

Beverly was the late Peter Brock’s partner for 24 years and is mother to their three children. She graduated as a Teacher with a Diploma of Home Economics in W.A prior to completing a Graduate Diploma of Special Education and Psychology in Victoria, qualifications which have no doubt assisted her in her charitable contributions.

Beverly reflects the Lighthouse values and the organisation’s drive to provide our young people with a home and family, believing that “relationships are the prime programming influence – relationships with parents, siblings, peers, partners, in fact all relationships.

Meet Our Ambassadors

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Kara and Kyal Denmrich

Ambassador

Kyle and Kara Demmrich of Killarney Vale, NSW rose to fame as contestants on Channel Nine’s hit TV show The Block in early 2014 and Reno Rumble in 2015.

During the television series, The Block, teams renovated the bedrooms at our Lighthouse PIF Bonbeach home. Kara and Kyal won the challenge with their ‘mellow yellow’ calming room and in the process were inspired by the work that we do supporting young people.

We are fortunate to have this talented, creative couple as Lighthouse Ambassadors.

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Mick Molloy

Ambassador

Mick Molloy is an Australian comedian, writer, producer and actor who has been active in radio, television, stand-up and film. He is on the Triple M breakfast show The Hot Breakfast and the Seven Network's one-hour AFL preview show on Saturday night during the football season.

Mick has been a long-term supporter and Ambassador of Lighthouse Foundation. His support has included guest speaking at our Events, including hosting our annual Football Luncheon. Mick’s support for our important work is much loved by our community.

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Tommy Little

Ambassador

Tommy Little is an Australian comedian, writer, actor, television and radio presenter. He is currently co-hosting The Project on Network 10 and Carrie & Tommy on the Hit Network with Carrie Bickmore.

He is an advocate for youth homeless-ness, recently being involved in a campaign to promote Youth Homelessness Matters Day. By posting "model" images of himself to Instagram, he later revealed that these photos were in fact taken out the front of youth homelessness shelters in an attempt to highlight how social media fails to show people the whole picture.

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Stevie Nicholson

Ambassador

Stevie is an Australian singer and actor, currently a member of the Australian children’s entertainment group Hi-5.

Stevie has been an ambassador for Lighthouse since February 2013. His first experience with Lighthouse, however, was as a teenager; Stevie was unsettled by the thought of someone his age not having the same items and opportunities as he did and decided to donate to Lighthouse.

Stevie is a strong believer in providing equal opportunities for young people in Australia and across the world and is also an ambassador for Sids and Kids as well as World Vision, an organisation that he has travelled internationally with to provide support to children in third-world countries.

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Sharni Norder

Ambassador

Sharni Norder is an Australian athlete on both the netball court and football field. She has won 2 gold medals playing netball at the Netball World Cup and one gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She is currently enlisted to the Collingwood Football Club after retiring from her successful netball career.
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