The Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF), one of Australia’s largest charitable philanthropic organisations, today announced the addition of long-time not-for-profit leader Julia Davison to its Board of Directors.

Ms Davison was most recently the CEO of Goodstart, a position that she held since February 2011.  Her leadership was instrumental in the transformation of Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care into a globally acclaimed large scale social enterprise.

PRF Board Chair, Michael Traill AM said that he and the Board were delighted that Ms Davison was joining as a Director and welcomed MS Davison’s not-for-profit and social enterprise experience to the mix.

“Julia Davison is a highly respected leader across the sectors with a depth of understanding in the vital early years space. In her role at Goodstart, she was a driving force for influencing positive policy and sector change. We welcome her expertise in this area,” said Mr Traill.

“We look forward to her joining us from March 2023.”

Ms Davison said that joining the PRF Board was a wonderful opportunity and that she looked forward to delving into the work.

“I’m hopeful that my experience and insights in working in the early childhood, not-for profit, homelessness, and education space will enable me to provide a meaningful contribution to the fantastic work already under way at PRF.

“We’re already seeing positive changes to the way PRF considers granting and investing, and using its considerable influence to shape policy in Australia. I look forward to being a part of the team that helps steer the organisation to help improve outcomes for all Australians, especially Australia’s young people.”

Ms Davison’s term on the PRF Board begins in March, 2023.

About Julia Davison BSc (Hons); MPA; MAICD

Julia most recently held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Goodstart, a role that she held since February 2011. Prior to this, Julia had extensive senior management experience in the human services sector in Australia and the UK.

Between 1999 and 2004 she was CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide.

From 2004 to 2010 Julia was CEO of WorkCover SA, a statutory authority which manages the South Australian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme, extending protection to 430,000 employees in SA.

Julia is on the Board of DJARRAGUN COLLEGE and has held a number of non-executive roles including Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit working to solve women’s homelessness, Director of Territory Insurance Office, NT and Director of Business SA.

As a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, Julia has a strong interest in Public Policy.