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Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd was formed by board members of the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia in response to a request from Queensland Government to create a project as a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

The Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia’s purpose was to generate funds for a Commonwealth Tribute – “the elimination of avoidable blindness by 2020′. All monies were sent to the UK where they were matched dollar for dollar by DFID. As the Queensland project required that all monies be spent in Queensland it was necessary for a separate entity to be formed. Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd (DJPL) was that entity. A board member, Lyndall De Marco would lead the initiative.

The aim of the initiative was to sustainably reduce preventable blindness in Indigenous people suffering from diabetes. DJPL presented the IDEAS Van concept to Qld Health as a way to achieve this aim. Professor Paul Mitchell, the world expert on Diabetic Retinopathy, was asked to be the chief advisor.

BDO became the accounting partner. Minter Ellison, the governance and legal matters partner. Crowe Howarth, audit partner. Qld clinicians, Dr Rowan Porter (Ophthalmologist), Dr Tony Russell (Endocrinology) and Mr David Bradley (Optometrist) were asked to join the steering group along with Prof. Mark Radford (Prevent Blindness Foundation) and Selwyn Button (Qld Aboriginal Islander Health Council).

A Partners Advisory Committee was formed to advise and guide the establishment of the initiative. It comprised QAIHC, QEI, CheckUP, RFDS, Diabetes Qld, RACGP, RANZCO, Optometrist Association, PA Hospital, UQ Centre for Online Health.
Corporate Partners – Volvo, Kurtz, Ellex, TrayMark, Device Technologies and JJ Richards provided extraordinary support that significantly reduced the overhead costs.

The generosity of the Corporate Partners combined with the wealth of knowledge from the Partners Advisory Committee has created an initiative that holistically addresses preventable blindness amongst Indigenous people with diabetes.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation with a mission to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

Establishment of the Trust was announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth in 2011. Former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major, is Chairman of its Board of Trustees which includes the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma. A network of Country Representatives from the various Commonwealth countries has also been appointed.

In 2012 the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, appointed former Governor General, Major General Hon Michael Jeffery to be the Australian representative and asked him to establish the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia. The Australian Trust was established to raise funds in Australia for the Commonwealth wide Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Monies donated would be matched dollar for dollar by the UK Government and contribute toward a lasting legacy to the Queen.
The mission of the Trust is to enrich the lives of people from all backgrounds within the Commonwealth by working with partners towards eliminating avoidable blindness and empowering a new generation of young leaders

The Trust will raise funds to support projects that will help people throughout the Commonwealth including Australia and the South Pacific. The Trust welcomes donations from individuals, groups, organisations and companies in Australia, and inside and outside the Commonwealth.

With a five year timeframe in which to deliver successful programs, the aim of the Trust is to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, to honour Her Majesty the Queen.


Photo: © Annaliese McDonough/Commonwealth Secretariat

Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery AC, CVO, MC

Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) was born in Wiluna, Western Australia in 1937.

He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into Infantry serving operationally in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Army in 1993 and was appointed Governor of Western Australia until 2000. Post retirement as Governor, he established a not for profit strategic research institute – Future Directions International (FDI) – in Perth.

From 2003 to 2008 he served as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia where his key interests were in youth, education and food security. Currently he is Chairman of FDI and Outcomes Australia and patron of some other 16 charitable organisations and the Executive Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in Australia. In October 2013 he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Australia’s Advocate for Soil Health.

Married to Marlena, he enjoys golf, cricket, fishing, reading and music.


BruceCowleyMr Bruce Cowley Chairman

Bruce is the national Chairman of Minter Ellison, a senior corporate law partner and has over 33 years’ experience as a specialist in governance and mergers and acquisitions, acting for many large companies and government corporations.
Bruce has recently drafted a new Companies Act for Fiji and before that advised the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on the adoption of a new Chapter of Listing Rules to facilitate the listing of mining companies.

He has authored a series of publications entitled Protecting Your Position which summarise the laws in each State and Territory of Australia which impose personal liability on company directors and officers as well a publication entitled Protecting Your Position in the Public Sector which summarises all Queensland laws which impose personal liability on those working in the public sector.

Bruce is a former member of the State Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the National Chair of the Law Council’s Corporations Committee and Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Law Committee. He is also the Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Company Law Committee.

He also holds a number of roles with not-for-profit and educational institutions. He is Chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland and the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, Deputy Chair of Cerebral Palsy League, Chair of the Griffith Business School Advisory Board and is Deputy Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.


Lyndall De Marco Executive Director of Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd (DJPL)

Lyndall De Marco is the Executive Director of the Diamond Jubilee Trust and was instrumental in setting up Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd when the Qld Government donated $5million for a Diabetes and Diabetes Eye Disease initiative. The IDEAS Initiative commenced operations in July 2013 focussing on substantially reducing avoidable blindness in Indigenous people in Queensland. A strong partnership with 19 Aboriginal Medical Services and 21 partners has been instrumental in the success of this Initiative which has impacted on 51 communities across Qld.

Previously Lyndall enjoyed a 16 year international career as a Corporate Director of Education for Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts and most recently for the past eight years as the architect and leader of three global initiatives on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) in London.

Lyndall mobilised the private sector into action by inspiring industry leaders to move social responsibility and sustainability up the corporate agenda and respond with practical action. This was achieved through the three initiatives she designed, established and mobilised funding for – Youth Career Initiative (YCI), International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and Digital Partnership across twenty three countries.

The Youth Career Initiative was founded by Lyndall in 1995 in Thailand as a program to combat the sexual exploitation of children. It continues today and has spread to thirteen countries. The YCI program has enabled thousands of disadvantaged young people the chance to lead fulfilling lives. Lyndall was a founding member of the World Council for the Protection of Children.

When Lyndall returned to Australia she assisted Major General the Honorable Michael Jeffery in establishing the Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia, becoming a member of the board and its honorary Executive Director.


Paul-MitchellProfessor Paul Mitchell Director

Professor Paul Mitchell, MBBS, MD, PhD, FRANZCO, FRACS, FRCOphth, FAFPHM, is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health, Westmead Clinical School, Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, the University of Sydney.

Professor Paul Mitchell is a world renowned medical retinal specialist and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney, and Director of Ophthalmology for the Sydney West Area Health Service. His clinical work focuses on the management of AMD, diabetic and other vascular retinopathies and on systemic diseases and their effects on the eye. His research has targeted the epidemiology of eye disease and clinical aspects of retinal diseases. Professor Mitchell has made significant contributions in the fields of public health and ophthalmic epidemiology via the landmark Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES), the first large Australian population-based study of age-related eye disease, already yielding almost 300 international publications including in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The study examined prevalence, incidence, risk factors and impacts of the key causes of vision loss, vascular events, hearing, nutrition and other findings of systemic-ocular links, and key impacts of visual impairment on independent living and quality of life.


SharonHoughtonMs Sharon Houghton Company Secretary

Sharon is a Tax & Advisory Partner with BDO in Brisbane. She has many years of experience in providing high level advice and a range of consulting services to the not-for-profit sector. These services include corporate governance, succession planning, taxation structures and restructuring.

Sharon is acutely aware of the issues and concerns specifically relevant to not-for-profit sector clients and is actively involved in thought leadership issues and dissemination of information to the sector. Sharon has held positions on a number of commercial, family and not-for profit committees. She has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Queensland, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Family Business Australia Accredited Advisor.


Michael-Crouch1Mr Michael Crouch

The IDEAS Van is mourning the death of Michael Crouch, former Chairman of Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Limited in 2018.

Founder and former Executive Chairman for 52 years of Zip Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd.

The distinguished Australian business leader and philanthropist passed away after a short illness aged 84.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurship and donated generously to encourage innovation.

We are incredibly honoured to have benefited from his inimitable support.