SEFA Partnerships Limited (SEFA Partnerships) is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and established to provide benevolent relief to disadvantaged communities and persons from poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability or helplessness, in urban and rural centres in Australia, through partnerships with other organisations. 


SEFAP has identified three sectors that it will focus on: 

  1. Housing
    We aim to support organisations that are working to relieve homelessness, provide affordable housing, social housing or crisis accommodation; 
  2. Disability
    We aim to support organisations that are working to provide opportunities and relief to those with disabilities; 
  3. Indigenous welfare
    We aim to support organisations that are focused on developing opportunities within the Aboriginal community; this may be through employment, training, health or education; 

Our Board

David Rickards – Chair

David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. He coordinated a team based throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for over 16 years. David is an authority on global equities and capital markets, with particular expertise in strategic analysis and risk assessment. He has recently retired from working at Macquarie and is now devoting himself to the establishment and growth of SEFA, where he is a Senior Executive. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia. Up until recently David was a Director and Treasurer of Bush Heritage Australia.

Kylie Charlton – Director

Kylie is Chief Investment Officer of Australian Impact Investments.  She has been an active contributor to the emergence of impact investment in Australia and has written widely and spoken publicly on the topic of impact investment. Kylie graduated in Commerce at University of Canberra and has an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in England. 
Kylie co-founded Unitus Capital in 2008 and currently serves on the investment committee for the Indigeneous Real Estate Investment Trust as well as lecturing in impact investment for the University of New South Wales and University of Western Australia.  

Heather Watson – Director

Heather is a partner at McCullogh Robertson Lawyers. Heather has broad experience across the nonprofit sector, having acted for and been a member of many community and charitable organisations.  Her expertise covers aged health and community services, affordable housing and indigenous communities.
Heather focuses on establishing and restructuring legal and tax entities for charitable and nonprofit organisations, advising boards on risk and governance related issues and establishing charitable foundations.
Heather is a director of McCullough Robertson Foundation Ltd which is a conduit for giving by the partners, staff and clients of McCullough Robertson and forms part of the firm’s Community Partnership Program.