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 a business executive with diverse global experience including senior leadership roles at ASX listed technology and telco companies. Currently Director of Commercial Management at Telstra, Heather is responsible for managing key strategic commercial matters for the consumer and small business teams. Previously, she was Group Executive & COO of Macquarie Telecom.


Prior to becoming a telco executive, Heather had a legal career including senior roles at law firm Gilbert & Tobin and at Aristocrat Technologies (Global IP Counsel), having commenced her legal practice in Canada.

Heather is passionate about diversity and the power of education and employment in enabling all people to reach their full potential. She also loves basketball although is best placed watching from the sidelines.

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.


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.”