Sydney, 30 May 2019 – Highly experienced professional non-executive director Penny Bingham-Hall has joined former NSW Premier Bob Carr on the board of the Crescent Foundation, a charity that supports refugee education, helps the homeless and promotes the conservation of Islamic art and culture.

Ms Bingham-Hall, who is a director on several other boards including Fortescue Metals Group, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management Ltd and DEXUS Property group, replaces Hisham El Ansary, who was recently appointed CEO of BUPA Australia & New Zealand.

Other Crescent Foundation board members include innovation and strategy leader Dr Sayd Farook, who is currently adviser to the Director General at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

Ms Bingham-Hall said she was delighted to be joining the board given the Foundation’s proud history, its continued work assisting refugees and migrants from a range of backgrounds and its quality of leadership and directors.

“I have a diverse background and as a director I like companies that do things, build things and are very much focused on the community and those they serve. The Crescent Foundation is all of these things and more.

“At its heart, the foundation is all about helping refugees and asylum seekers find new homes and places to grow where their diversity will be respected. It is also committed to helping homeless and destitute Australians to break cycles of disadvantage and support themselves. This is critical and important work,” she said.

A major supporter of the Foundation is Islamic superannuation fund Crescent Wealth, led by Managing Director Talal Yassine OAM, who is also a Crescent Foundation Company Secretary. The Foundation was established in 2011 and began distributing funds to Not-For-Profit organisations from 2013. Its projects include:

  • The Foundation partners with Western Sydney University to deliver a leadership scholarship program to assist refugees to enhance their qualifications to join the workforce and better transition into professional life in Australia.
  • The Foundation also supports Scouts NSW so children from refugee families can participate in scouting.
  • It also supports the Thrive Refugee Enterprise which helps refugees and asylum seekers start their own small businesses in Australia, and Sanctuary Australia Foundation, which helps refugees from war-torn areas with aspects of settlement, including education, employment and housing.
  • The Foundation also partners with several organisations and programs to help the homeless, including The Big Issue, an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives.
  • In addition, the Foundation supports the Islamic Museum of Australia, based in Victoria, which showcases the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia, as well as the University of Melbourne Grimwade Centre for Cultural Material Conservation, which preserves significant Islamic manuscripts dating to the 13th century.