In August 2011, the Chief Director of Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP) in Australia – inaugurated the LVAP Advisory Board (LAB) in Vietnam. In 2016, a newly constitued Advisory Board was formed. We are indebted to these nominated persons – ready and willing to give their ethical advice and expertise along with direction towards the performance management processes of Loreto Kids Charity and its involvement within all developmental projects.

Thao's family is from Tay Ninh province in Vietnam on the border of Cambodia. When her family moved to Australia, they settled in Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a lawyer admitted to the New South Wales Supreme Court. Thao is currently Regional Director for the University of Technology Sydney’s pathway provider, INSEARCH with responsibility for Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. As a commercial/corporate lawyer she has advised a variety of multi-national companies on market entry, corporate structuring and acquisitions. In Vietnam, Thao was the founder of Ernst & Young Law Vietnam LLC and head of Vietnam/Cambodia strategy for a multi-billion dollar investment fund focusing on education & healthcare.

Thao has been members of Australia's National Non-Government Delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva (2005), the National Community Advisory Committee to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) (2004-2005), Ethnic Communities' Council of New South Wales Management Committee (2003-2005), Board of Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (2007-2009) and Board Member of San Art, a contemporary arts non-profit (2013-2016).

In addition to being current Chairperson of the Board of Loreto Kids Charity, Thao is co-founder and advisory board member of the inaugural Australia Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue and member of the Asian Development Bank’s Mekong Business Initiative Women’s Cabinet.

John has been living and working in Vietnam since 1993.  From 2004 (when he joined KPMG) until 2009 he was the Managing Partner of the Audit practice and he is currently responsible for the Advisory practice of KPMG in Vietnam and Cambodia.  In addition, John was the Chairman of the firm for four years until 2014.

Since John joined KPMG in 2004 he has overseen the growth of the firm from 2 Partners and less than 200 staff to 25 Partners and more than 1,000 staff. Prior to joining KPMG in 2004, John spent more than 17 years with another of the “Big 4” accounting firms in Australia, England, Hungary, Poland and Vietnam.  Through his experience John has developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding regarding business and business practices and has assisted many foreign invested businesses to enter and succeed in Vietnam.

In addition to his role at KPMG, John is also:

- Chairman (Honorary) of the RMIT Alumni Association in Vietnam

- Past Chairman of the Vietnam Advisory Committee for CPA Australia in Vietnam

- Past Chairman (and current Board member) of the Loreto Vietnam Australia Program

- Past member of the Advisory Committee to the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) and organisation established in Vietnam to promote and support entrepreneurial and sustainable solutions to social issues

John is an Australian Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Certified Public Accountant in Vietnam.

Born in My Tho in the Mekong Delta, Cass left Vietnam at the age of 2 with her family arriving first in Malaysia as refugees then sent on to live in Perth, Western Australia where she grew up and became a naturalized Australian. After firstly attending Loreto Convent Primary School, she then went on to Perth Modern Senior High School on a music scholarship. In 1995 after Graduating from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management and Marketing, she then moved to Singapore to take up positions firstly with Burson-Marsteller in Public Relations and Corporate Communications then on to Citigate Su Yeang as a Branding Consultant.

In 2001 Cass joined Interbrew (now InBev, the largest brewing company in the world) in Singapore as an Area Manager for Asia Pacific responsible for their Exports & Licenses business across the region. In 2005, Cass then moved to InBev’s Headquarters in Belgium as a Marketing Director responsible for External Growth and New Market Development.

After 3 years in Belgium, Cass could feel her Vietnamese roots calling and in 2007 accepted a position at Tetra Pak Vietnam as Marketing & Product Management Director for their rapidly growing operations.

Cass has a wide range of interests outside of work ranging from scuba diving to photography to golf and general fitness, and has always had a strong passion and support for a variety of charities especially here in Vietnam. Having attended Loreto Primary school as a child, Cass has a natural affection and affiliation for the work that Loreto and Trish does in the country of her birth.

Margaret, an Australian, is a trained teacher, majoring in English and History. She has taught in Australia for 30 years and was a Board member of the Loreto School in Ballarat for 6 years. She currently teaches English on a voluntary basis in HCMC and supports her community. She has had a long association with Loreto Kids Charity, having lived in Vietnam for over 10 years and managed the organisation for a period when Trish Franklin was on leave. Her passion is education and having had a diverse educational experience herself (lived in 3 different countries, attended 6 schools during her own primary/secondary years), has an appreciation for the various educational contexts in different countries, and a strong commitment to educational opportunities for children.  

Ms. Fiona Terry - Fiona is the Group HR Manager of AFG Vietnam.  Fiona is an Australian who has been living and working in Vietnam for more than 10 years. She has held national HR roles with RMIT and now AFG Vietnam, who are long-term sponsors and supporters of Loreto Vietnam.  Fiona initially came to Vietnam as a foundation teacher with AIS-Saigon, having an extensive teaching and community engagement background in Catholic Education in Australia.  She has a long association with Loreto in many capacities throughout her time in Vietnam as: volunteer, fund raiser, editor of Loreto articles, etc.  Fiona has a long association and history of being actively involved in a variety of INGO, NGO, NPO and other charitable projects, specifically with a service and education focus, both in Australia and Vietnam. Fiona is committed to the work Loreto Vietnam began under the founder, Trish Franklin and is committed to ensuring that work is ongoing as she believes education is vehicle for change.

Dr Roderick Crouch -Currently Executive Principal of the Australian International School in Vietnam, Dr Roderick Crouch is a highly experienced international school educator. His leadership career has included being Principal/CEO of schools in various states of Australia, as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and now Vietnam. In all the schools he has led, Dr Crouch has ensured that service learning and community action are key components for students.  While in the UAE, Dr Crouch also trained and mentored school principals.  Dr Crouch was educated in Australia and has various degrees including a Doctorate of Education.  He has presented at education conferences on school leadership, middle schools and the impact of gender on education and is a regular contributor to a variety of professional publications.