About Us 2014


Social Service is in the DNA of St Peter’s Eastern Hill. Established in 1846, St Peter’s is the oldest Anglican church in Melbourne still on its original site. Since the inception here of the Mission to the Streets and Lanes in the 1880s by Mother Esther, through the establishment of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in the 1930s by Father Tucker at Keble House, to the formation of a homeless breakfast program in the early 1990s, and most recently the establishment of “Heaven at The Hill” coffee caravan and social enterprise in 2019, St Peter’s has been serving the needs of the poorest and most needy Melbournians for more than 150 years.
The idea to form the St Peter’s Eastern Hill Melbourne Charitable Foundation emerged from a number of Parish Vestry meetings in the late 1990s, when a proposal to found a centre to assist the homeless and disadvantaged – the Lazarus Centre – was being explored. It became apparent that a vehicle for raising funds and supporting ongoing social service initiatives would be of great value.
On 15th January 1999 the Foundation Trust Deed was put in place, with the help of solicitors Deacons, Graham and James, acting on a pro bono basis, and the endeavours of our then accountant, Peter McWhinney. The inaugural Trustees were: Primrose Lady Potter AO, the Hon. Mr Justice Alex Chernov, Robin Briggs, Stuart Winston Hall, Willoughby Bailey AO, and the Rev’d Dr John Davis (Vicar).

Patron of the Foundation - Lady Primrose Potter AC

Lady Potter is a founding trustee of the St Peter's Eastern Hill Melbourne Charitable Foundation. She stepped down in 2015 and has chosen to retain her involvment in the capacity of Patron. Lady Potter is a philanthropist and has been Director and Victorian Chairman of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust 1989-91; Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company 1990-91; Trustee of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia since 1989; National President of the Australian Ballet Special Events Committee 1993; member of the Howard Florey Institute; member of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Artfrom 1999; and Life Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation. She was founding Honorary Patron of the Melba Foundation, Founding Patron of the Victorian Opera Company, and Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Lady Potter has also raised funds for The Smith Family, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and the AIDS Council.

Chair - Krystyna Campbell-Pretty

Krystyna Campbell-Pretty is a retired researcher and management consultant who is now focusing her energies on philanthropy. She sits on the Foundation Boards of The National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne and is a Board Member of The Production Company. While culture is an important part of her philanthropic focus, within this is a particular passion for improving access to both visual and performing arts amongst disadvantaged children. Krystyna has been a parishioner of St Peter’s Eastern Hill for 4 years, and from the time she became aware of the work of The Lazarus Centre, has been a supporter and advocate. She was invited to chair the fund-raising committee of the Charitable Foundation in 2016 and hopes that in coming months and years the Committee will raise funds to enable significant improvement in services offered by The Lazarus Centre. Krystyna has two daughters and two grandchildren and is a committed walker, gardener and Francophile.

Trustee - Fr Hugh Kempster

Fr Hugh has been the Vicar of St Peter’s Eastern Hill, and a Trustee of the Foundation, since 2012. He has served as the Area Dean of Melbourne, Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and is currently a member of the Geelong Grammar School Council and honorary Chaplain to State Parliament. He has been in parish ministry since 1987, in Australia and New Zealand, and is married to Dr Ree Boddé. They have two children and four grandchildren, and enjoy camping, hiking, reading, and walking “Plato” the dog.

Trustee - Michael Gronow

Michael Gronow is a barrister practising in general commercial law including insolvency.  He is also the lecturer and subject co-ordinator of the ‘Insolvency Law’ subject at the University of Melbourne Law School, and the author and co author of works about insolvency law, including bankruptcy and company liquidation.  He is married to Sharon, has two children (Miranda and Christian) and lives in North Fitzroy.  He enjoys reading, listening to music, cycling and sailing.  He and his family have been parishioners at St Peter’s Eastern Hill since the early 1990s.  He is also the honorary secretary of the Melbourne Anglican Trusts Corporation.

Trustee - Ingrid Van Dijken

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Trustee - Paul McConville

Paul has 25 years’ experience in executive managerial roles at renowned International and Domestic hospitality establishments. Paul is the Chairperson and Director of Kinfolk Enterprise; a Melbourne based social enterprise and registered donation gift registry. Kinfolk Enterprise has been trading for 7 years and over this period, has developed three profitable social enterprise business units; kinfolk café, kinfolk catering and donkey wheel house events. Paul began his hospitality career as a qualified chef in the UK, arriving in Australia in 1986 as Executive Chef of Michaels riverside restaurant. In 1995 he became the General Manager of a successful Sydney 4 star Hotel, over the next 15 years Paul executive hospitality managerial roles in Sydney, Adelaide, Coffs Harbour and returning to Melbourne in 2003. Coming back to Melbourne, Paul joined Grand Hotel Melbourne “managed by Sofitel” in an executive role, to lead operational improvement programs. Paul’s passion for business and social hospitality enterprise, has seen his passion drive growth within Kinfolk Enterprise, with its second hospitality social enterprise site opening in North Carton in mid 2018. Paul is a husband, father, grandfather and enjoys reading and spending time with his wife Lucinda and their family & their 3 year old golden retriever.

Trustee - Katherine Richardson

Katie Richardson is an environmental consultant, specialising in the assessment of risks associated with land contamination.  She is a passionate advocate for protecting health and the environment, and an empathetic communicator of risks to communities affected by contamination.  She has extensive experience volunteering her time for not-for-profit associations, including for the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA) for which she currently serves as chair or the risk assessment focus area, and was previously president of the association, with responsibility for financial management and assessment of funding requests.  Katie is a keen singer with several choirs across Melbourne, and has been a dedicated member of the choir at St Peter’s Eastern Hill since 2011.

Trust Administrator - Konstatine Soteriou

Kostantine earned a Double Bachelors Degree in International Trade/ Banking & Finance from Monash University in 2001 and has since worked across several industries ranging from FMCG's to Financial Markets. He currently consults to a range of business and administers St Peter's and its facilities on a part time basis.