Charity Bounce co-founder and Chairman Steve Dunn at the recent Stand Tall Central Australia tour.

Stephen Dunn- Chairman


Stephen is the Chairman of Charity Bounce and a Qualified Accountant (CPA), originally from South Australia. Having worked as a Senior Officer at the Australian Taxation Office prior to moving to London in 2008, he went on to establish a successful Tax Consultancy and Accountancy Business.  He sold the company in 2008 and moved to Sydney with his family, managing a significant financial portfolio including Properties in Australia and overseas, share funds and investments in several companies.


With a passion for basketball, he became an Owner and Director of Sydney Kings Basketball in 2010 and held a position on the board until the sale to AEG Ogden in 2016. In addition, Stephen was a Director and Shareholder of the National Basketball League and held the position of Executive Director for 8 months overseeing the de-merger of the NBL from Basketball Australia. Since 2015 he was a Director of the not for profit organisation, Kings Community Limited, which was launched as Charity Bounce in 2016 where he now holds the position of Chairman.

Max Schroder


Max graduated from the University of New England, with a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in English, Philosophy and Education and then went on to complete his BA (hons) and post-graduate studies in Education and Linguistic Philosophy, graduating with MA (hons) in Educational Philosophy.


Max has extensive experience within the education sector as a teacher, administrator, and academic executive and registrar roles at a number of institutions including the University of New south Wales. Max went on become a founder of NAVITAS Ltd., which is currently in the ASX200 and has a market capitalisation of the order of $2bn, operating globally.


Heather Tropman


Heather is the Group Director of Distribution and Partnerships at Foxtel and a business executive with diverse global experience including senior leadership roles at ASX listed technology and telco companies. Recently as the former Director of Commercial Management at Telstra, Heather was responsible for managing key strategic commercial matters for consumer and small business teams. Previously, she was Group Executive & COO of Macquarie Telecom and practiced law in senior roles at law firm Gilbert & Tobin and Aristocrat Technologies (Global IP Counsel).


Heather is passionate about diversity, the power of education, and employment in enabling all people to reach their full potential. She also loves basketball and while she is best placed watching from the sidelines, both of her sons play at the representative level. Heather also manages a representative basketball team comprised of students from Year 8/9. Over the past two years, she has enjoyed watching the students compete and grow in their skills as well as connect socially and instill a love of this sport.

Rickard Gardell


Rickard is a founder of PEP and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Rickard was a Director of Bain & Company and had 14 years of consulting experience in Europe, Asia and Australasia.


Rickard received a BSc from the Stockholm School of Economics where he was awarded Carl Liljevalchs Scholar and an IMP Scholar attending McGill University Graduate School of Management.

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Kristen Foster


Kristen Foster is the Director of Government Relations at eBay Inc (including StubHub & Gumtree) for Australia, New Zealand, Japan & South East Asia. Kristen is a tech and payments leaders and brings 20+ years of international, corporate and government affairs leadership and campaign management experience to Charity Bounce. Kristen is a global tech and ecommerce leader and advocate for the digital economy. Currently on eBay’s AUNZ Leadership team and Asia Pacific GR management team, leading eBay’s GR business function in Australasia, Japan and ASEAN/Asia Pacific. Kristen liaises closely with the US, EU and APAC teams.  Before eBay Inc. Kristen held senior leadership positions at Visa Inc. and Genworth (formerly a company of General Electric), leading global teams in worldwide government affairs and complex international stakeholder and advocacy campaigns on the ground in Australasia, North America, Europe & Asia Pacific, including advocacy with G20 governments on taxation, digital trade, payments, privacy, consumer affairs, cyber security, free trade agreements, fintech and ecommerce reforms.


Kristen is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, also having worked at the United Nations in New York, FOXTEL & across major trade associations, starting her career as a political journalist.   Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts, Communication (Charles Sturt University); Master of Arts, Public Policy, Hons (University of Sydney) & Master of International Relations (The University of New South Wales). Kristen has completed Executive Programs at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government in Boston U.S. as well as INSEAD and the LKY School of Public Policy, Singapore.


Kristen grew up in country NSW, with devoted teachers as parents, and is a strong advocate for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and the benefits of sports in achieving their dreams. On weekends you’ll find Kristen and her husband cheering for their teenage son, Hugo, and tween daughter, Jemima, on the basketball, rugby and netball sports circuits.

Phil Hudson


Phil is a Fellow and Life Member of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc.  Phil is a highly regarded Tariff & Trade Consultant, in which capacity he has represented many major companies in tariff and trade negotiations with the Australian Government with outstanding success.



Ian Heininger- CEO


Originally working with homeless youth on the streets of Sydney, Ian has spent more than 25 years working in the not for profit sector and during this time went on to bridge the divide into the corporate space having now worked with 1000’s of people from homeless youth to CEO’s.


Having worked with diverse communities, global companies, and professional sports, Ian is a registered psychologist, accredited mediator and trainer, with a BA (Psychology and Technology), Post Graduate studies in Psychology, Associate Diploma of Community Services, Bachelor of Ministry, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and Certificate in Business. Ian always returns to his passion to make the biggest difference for those most in need with as much energy as he can provide, continuously striving to pioneer innovative programs for disadvantaged individuals and communities.


As one of the founders of Charity Bounce, he is still working on his slam dunk ability (with little improvement noted to date), but he is a firm believer that ‘When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”