About Us


The Foundation seeks seed capital from financial supporters and generates funds from its internal operations. All funds, donated or generated, are applied to deliver on its purpose while creating a self-sufficient business model that applies business disciplines for social purposes.

Ian McHutchison OAM

Ian has held leadership positions in the for profit and not for profit sectors. He is Chair of Eva Tilley Memorial Home, Chair of Unison Housing Limited and a Board member of MECWA.

Hylton Mackley AM

Hylton served as Finance Director of Clemenger Group Limited since 1987. Hylton joined the advertising industry in Wellington, New Zealand in 1960 and by 1969 founded his own advertising agency, Colenso. He serves as a Director of Grant Publishing and Marketforce Limited. Hylton has been a Non-Executive Director of Clemenger Group Limited since 1976. He served as a Director of Hardie Grant Books Pty. Ltd. (formerly, Hardie Grant Publishing). In 2015, Hylton became Treasurer of the Victorian Artists Society.

Chris Lovell

Chris is Chair of VicForests and Chair of Holding Redlich Lawyers with significant expertise in corporate governance, investment structures, acquisitions and divestments, equity raising and debt financing and investment management. Chris is currently a director of the Clemenger Group and City West Water. He is the immediate past Chair of LawExchange International and a member of its Executive Committee. Former positions include deputy chair of Barwon Water (and chair of the Risk Committee), deputy chair of VicTrack (and chair of the Audit and Risk and Property Committee), chair of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (now Screen Australia), chair of Film Victoria, chair of the Australian Communities Foundation and trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Peter Hart

Peter is a civil engineer and has been actively involved in the construction and property industries in Australia for more than 35 years as a contractor, consultant and developer. He conceived of, and provided his own funds and guarantees to facilitate, the proof of concept Barnett Foundation apartment development in North Melbourne. 
He currently consults to private and public enterprises and provides on the ground supervision of emergency humanitarian infrastructure projects for several United Nations entities.

James Wilton – Chief Executive

James is the Chief Executive of the Barnett Foundation, donating his time and experience to the development of a model he believes can contribute to alleviating the current crisis in social housing. Previously, he worked in property and construction with companies including Lend Lease and in corporate finance at Macquarie Bank.

Mike James – Chair

For the last 13 year Mike has specialised in the governance of not-for-profit organisations.  He was an inaugural director of Goodstart Ltd in 2010, a director/Chair of Social Traders Ltd and director/Deputy Chair of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Mike has recently retired from the Boards of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Traders Ltd. after serving full terms of 12 and 11 years respectively.

Mike is currently a Council Member (and previous Chair) of the David Scott School in Frankston.