Andrew Penfold AM
“Ensuring all Australians have access to high quality education regardless of circumstances is not just right - it’s essential for Australia’s future”
In 2004 Andrew Penfold left a successful career as a lawyer and investment banker to devote his time voluntarily to help transform the lives of Indigenous children through education. Working from his dining room with a laptop and mobile phone, Andrew established the St Joseph’s College Indigenous Fund to support 40 Indigenous boys to board at the College, winning acclaim as the nation’s pacesetter in Indigenous scholarships.Read more
With an unwavering belief that the challenges facing Indigenous children can be overcome, Andrew recently established the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) to expand the delivery of Indigenous education scholarships for thousands of Indigenous children on a national basis. AIEF has already won critical support and is well advanced in raising funds from individual, corporate and philanthropic investors in partnership with investment by the Australian Government, to permanently change the trajectory of disadvantaged Indigenous children.
In addition to his role as founder of AIEF, Andrew is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Council at the Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales. He was also appointed as the inaugural NSW Human Rights Ambassador in 2013 and in recent years received the UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (2013), the NSW Human Rights Award (2013), an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013), the UTS Community Alumni Award (2013) and was a finalist for Australian of the Year (2010).