ISF Australia Directors2017-05-23T17:16:06+00:00

Neil Cutler – Chairman

After graduating from the University of NSW in Sydney, Neil Cutler embarked on a business career which over a period of 30 years has encompassed the finance, precious metal & electronics industries as well as not-for-profit organisations operating in social welfare and medical research. He has lived and worked in six different countries.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, and the Institute of Chartered Directors. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

Neil is a member and former director of Sydney Legacy, is a former Chairman of Scouts Australia NSW and actively supports the social service organisations: The Red Cross, The Salvation Army and The Smith Family.

As a Director and Secretary of Indochina Starfish Foundation (Australia) Limited, Neil has facilitated ISF’s registration as a charity in Australia and assisted in the establishment of several aid projects in Cambodia. He and his wife Louise visit Cambodia regularly to assist these projects, attend ISF football tournaments and participate in the Angkor Wat marathon to raise funds for ISF.

Ben Williams

Ben is a chartered accountant who returned to Australia in 2015 after 32 years in Hong Kong.  During this time he held senior financial positions with several companies operating across Asia Pacific including Cambodia.  He has been a supporter of ISF from its inception and is a strong believer in the ISF philosophy of facilitating development one child at a time.  Ben is an enthusiastic sailor and has served on a number of bodies working to develop the sport in particular with youth and the disabled.

Jim Fulton

After attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Strathclyde University, Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Glasgow in 1978. He then moved to Hong Kong later that year and spent the next 6 years with Price Waterhouse in audit. He moved into the corporate services area in 1984 when he joined the corporate services associate of HSBC as general manager and has been in this area ever since.

Jim left Hong Kong in 2006 to move to Sydney and has been a supporter of ISF and its soccer programme since that time. He is a regular visitor to Cambodia and participant in the various projects there.

Jim is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Simon Gipson

Simon has had an extensive international career in education, working as a teacher, leader and consultant across Australia, and in Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Since 2000, Simon has been Head of St Michael’s Grammar School, an inner-city, co-educational independent school in Melbourne.  In that time, he has taken the School through a series of significant innovative reforms and St Michael’s enjoys a reputation not only within Victoria but also nationally and, indeed, internationally, as a consequence of its creative approaches to teaching, learning and caring.

In 2009, Simon was named the Hedley Beare Educator of the Year by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.  The following year he was invited as a Visiting Scholar to the National Institute of Education in Singapore to assist in baseline research on models for principal leadership for the Singaporean Ministry of Education.

In 2012, Simon was the first school principal to be named the Lynda Gratton Australian Business Leader of Year by the Australian Human Resources Institute. He was also elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Simon was conferred with a national Fellowship by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2013. In 2014, Simon was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education”. Simon was recently featured as one of Australia’s most innovative and influential education leaders in “The Educator” magazine’s 2015 ‘Hot List’.

Passionately committed to issues of social justice and human rights, Simon has been a member of ISF Cambodia’s Education Committee since 2016.