Executive Leadership Team

Leading with our values, our experienced leadership team is committed to seeing our organisation grow and flourish.

David Swain

Chief Executive Officer

David has a track record of growing and leading social purpose organisations. He is a strong advocate for creating inclusive communities where each person has a fair opportunity of reaching their potential.

With experience gained across health and social services, military and regulatory environments, combined with a decade of governance and executive leadership roles, David is able to navigate the worlds of public policy, strategic leadership and operations.

David is a founding director and immediate past Chair of the Community Services Industry Alliance and is a current Director of Guide Dogs Queensland. He has served on several other for-purpose boards and a range of government and sector-led working parties.

David holds qualifications in business, health science, and education, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an alumnus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

David Blower

Chief Financial Officer

MBA, FCPA, GAICD

David has more than 20 years' experience leading multidisciplinary teams in a range of sectors including manufacturing, infrastructure, mining, health, wholesale distribution and retail. He has a track record of delivering positive business outcomes across strategic and operational planning, business transformation, financial and operational performance and culture change and development.

With Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director experience throughout Queensland, Australia and New Zealand, David's skills span governance, organisational structure, acquisitions, strategic management, operations, cultural development, IT, finance, branding and more, across diverse industries.

David is a director of Community Solutions Group, BRACE Education Training and Employment Ltd and Endeavour Foundation Disability Research Fund Ltd.

Shannon Foley

Chief People Officer

Dip HRM, BEd, MEd

Shannon is a senior human resources leader with a career spanning over two decades. She has worked in Australia and internationally in sectors including healthcare, aged care and community services, aviation, and telecommunications.

Shannon is an experienced HR generalist with specialist expertise in employee relations, organisational capability and leadership development, talent and succession management, safety and wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion, change management and culture transformation. In addition to her human resources expertise, she has a background in corporate social responsibility and Environmental Social Governance and is passionate about sustainability.

Shannon is also a Director for a not-for-profit organisation which aims to achieve substantial, positive social impact by improving reproductive and sexual health and promoting safe and respectful relationships for Queenslanders.

Shannon holds a Diploma in Human Resources Management, Bachelor of Education (Adult Education) and a Master of Education (Adult Education) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at QUT in Brisbane.

As a values-based Leader, Shannon is connected to the mission of Endeavour Foundation through her passion for inclusion and deep commitment to creating psychologically safe workplaces where people can thrive and achieve their goals.

Tom Mangan

Executive General Manager, Community Solutions Group

BA, GRAD CERT Business, GRAD Securities Institute of Aus, GRAD AICD

Tom has more than 30 years’ experience in the employment, recruitment, business and community sectors and is the General Manager of Community Solutions Group (an innovative community service organisation that amalgamated with Endeavour Foundation in October 2014).

An active Board member of AEN, NAEN and CoAct (including Governance Committee), Tom is also on the Boards of the entities that form the Community Solutions Group (BRACE Education Training and Employment Ltd and Community Solutions Group). Tom also brings an established network across industry, recruitment and government agencies.

Tom has significant leadership experience at state and national levels in a range of senior roles. This includes more than 10 years in employment services and mainstream recruitment and six years as a Recruitment Director at Hudson Global and previous experience in the manufacturing, building products and financial services sectors. Tom has a proven history of implementing and driving successful organisational change.

Tom has developed an excellent understanding of the balance between the importance of the work we do and the commercial realities of the challenging environment in which we operate.

Leanne Rutherford

Executive General Manager Service Delivery – Home and Community

Leanne has dedicated her career to human services, particularly in support of vulnerable children, young people and families. Over the past 25 years, she has brought about significant change and improvement for both people working in the sector and those experiencing disadvantage.

Leanne has extensive management and leadership capability, developed through direct service delivery, senior leadership and industry advisory positions held across both the government and non-government sectors, including Queensland Government (child protection and youth justice), Churches of Christ Queensland (CofCQ), Life Without Barriers and the Community Services Industry Alliance Reform Council.

Throughout her career Leanne has been instrumental developing new approaches to supporting children, young people and families with complex support needs. This includes forming and delivery a world-first social benefit bond program Youth CONNECT, whole-of-organisation governance frameworks includingPractice Governance and Child Safe Approaches, and introducing an individual Flexibility Agreement in Queensland to allow unique work arrangements and business continuity for essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Leanne is deeply committed to ensuring all people are afforded the opportunity to live a life of purpose, connection, and fulfilment and to receive the support they need, how and when they choose.

Kirrily Boulton

Chief Corporate Relations Officer

Kirrily joined Endeavour Foundation in 2011 to advocate for the profound unmet needs of people living with disability. She works for systemic change that will deliver broad benefits for people facing employment barriers and people living with disability, ensuring the voices of people with lived experience are at the fore. Kirrily leads values-driven teams who serve our clients and our organisation through advocacy, communication, engagement, marketing and philanthropy.

Her experience spans communication, advocacy, issues management, stakeholder relations, public policy and campaigns, with previous roles in media, community services, indigenous affairs, small business, government and politics. Her state government experience covered a diversity of portfolios including major public infrastructure development, health, mining, energy, trade and water.

Kirrily holds a BA (Journalism) from QUT and is an alumnus of the inaugural Trawalla Foundation / QUTeX Pathways to Politics for Women Program in Queensland. She has also been a director of not-for-profit organisations working with children at risk and domestic violence prevention training, support for learning disabilities, and legal advice for people living with disability.

Darryn Hammond

Darryn Hammond

Executive General Manager - Legal and Governance

BSci (Hons), LLB, G.Dip Corp Gov, MQLS, FGIA, FCIS, GAICD

Darryn brings his experience gained from more than 20 years of working in the legal, compliance, risk, assurance, and safeguarding arenas in Australia and overseas to Endeavour Foundation.

Darryn is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and formerly the Supreme Court of England and Wales and has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Honours); he holds a postgraduate qualification in governance. Darryn is also a chartered company secretary, a Fellow of the Governance Institute, and a graduate of the AICD’s directors’ program. He was the Executive Director of the RACQ Foundation and has also held a variety of non-executive positions across Australia.

His roles have included Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel, Company Secretary, Executive Director, and General Manager. Darryn was the General Manager – Risk and Assurance for Churches of Christ in Queensland prior to joining the Endeavour Foundation.

Darryn is the Endeavour Foundation Group Company Secretary and leads a division committed to providing legal, risk, compliance, assurance and safeguarding that is effective and of a high quality within the complexity of disability services.

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