Origin Foundation: Who we are

Our Foundation believes in the power of education to help transform lives and improve communities.

Our focus

Our focus, chosen by the people of Origin, is to support programs that use education to help break the cycle of disadvantage and empower young Australians to reach their potential.

We are transitioning to a greater focus on the following areas:

  • Creating greater gender diversity in ‘STEM’ education – science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • Providing equality of educational opportunity for two groups: Indigenous students, and children in rural and remote Australia.
  • Building a stronger community sector by increasing the professionalism and productivity of the not-for-profit sector through training and development.

How we offer support

Grant program

We provide funding to Australian non-profit organisations that use education, training and development to help young people become the best that they can be.

We think it’s essential that our partnerships are well-planned, have proven results, represent good value for money and are sustainable over time.

Please note: we do not accept unsolicited requests for funding.

Capacity-building for the non-profit sector

We assist non-profit organisations improve their social impact by providing access to learning and development opportunities.

Give Time volunteering program

With fully paid volunteer leave, Origin employees donate their time and professional skills to help our partners pursue their important work.

If you’re an Origin employee and want to get involved in volunteering, check out the volunteering calendar on the Origin Intranet, Source.


Origin employees donate to their favourite charities and we match their donations dollar-for-dollar, to any registered Australian charity with DGR status.

Who we support


Through our grant program we support a range of Australian non-profit organisations who share our belief that education has the power to transform lives and improve communities.

In addition, we have partnerships with a number of charities who provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities for Origin employees.

Our partners

Our impact

Annual review

Giving money away is easy. It’s called charity. Giving money with purpose is harder and called philanthropy and that is what our Foundation does.

We are funded by the interest income from a $50 million corpus provided by Origin. Origin also funds our running costs, ensuring that all of our investment income goes to the community programs we support.

We think it’s important to be open and transparent about how we work and the impact we have, so we produce a report each year highlighting the outcomes from our activities.

The Board

Steven Sargent

Steven Sargent, Independent Non-executive Chairman

Steven was appointed Chairman of the Foundation since inception. He is an independent Non-executive Director of Origin.

Steven has been with Origin since 2015 and is Chairman of the Remuneration & People Committee. Steven’s executive career included 22 years at General Electric, where he led businesses across the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. Steven was President and CEO of GE Mining, GE’s global mining technology and services business. Prior to this he was President and CEO of GE Australia, NZ & PNG where he had local responsibility for GE's Energy, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Healthcare and Financial Services businesses.

Steven is Chairman of OFX Group Ltd (since November 2016) and Deputy Chairman of Nanosonics Ltd (since July 2016). Over recent years Steven has been a Non-executive Director of Veda Group Ltd (2015 - 2016).

Steven holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Frank Calabria

Frank Calabria

Frank is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the parent Origin Energy Limited (Origin) since 2016.

Frank first joined Origin as Chief Financial Officer in November 2001 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Energy Markets in March 2009. Frank is a Director of the Australian Energy Council and the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. He is a former Chairman of the Australian Energy Council and former Director of the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Frank has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Frank is also a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Kevin McCann

Kevin McCann AO

Kevin is Chairman of Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited and China Matters. He is a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House, a member of the Champions of Change Coalition, a director of E&P Financial Group Limited and the Australian Haydn Ensemble. He is a member of the Barker College Council, Origin Energy Foundation Limited and a Presiding Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Kevin was a partner of Solicitors Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens) and Chairman from 1995 to 2004. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Law from Harvard University. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, corporate governance, and as an advocate for gender equity in 2020.

Grant King

Grant King, Independent Non-executive Director

Grant King has been a Director since the Foundation's inception. Grant retired from his role as Managing Director of Origin after 16 years in the role, in October 2016.

He is Chairman of HSBC Australia, CWP Renewables, GreenCollar and is Chairman (elect) of Sydney water. He also Chairs the Climate Change Authority. He is also the Chairman of Arventa and runs his own advisory business specialising in energy markets, climate and technology. He also holds a position as Professor of Energy Economics and is Chairman of the Energy Institute at the University of NSW.

He served as President of the Business Council of Australia from November 2016-19. He is a former Director of BHP (April – August 2017), a former Chairman of Oil Company of Australia, a former Chairman of Contact Energy Limited and a former Director of Envestra Limited.

Grant has a Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Management from the University of Wollongong. He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is involved in a number of community and philanthropic activities. He is Chairman of the Melanoma Institute Australia, a Director of the Great Barrier Foundation and a member of the UNSW Foundation.

Helen Williams

Helen Williams, Independent Non-executive Director

Helen joined the Foundation Board since its inception. Helen retired after a long public sector career. She was the first woman to head an Australian Government department and, since 1985, has headed the Departments of Education, Tourism, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Communications IT and the Arts, and Human Services. She has been Public Service Commissioner and Parliamentary Service Commissioner, and was the inaugural Head of the Commonwealth-State Relations Secretariat.

In 2019, she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia 'for eminent service to public administration through senior advisory roles, and to policy reform and innovative program delivery.’ She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration.

Kitty te Riele

Kitty te Riele

Kitty was appointed as Professor to the University of Tasmania in 2016, where she leads the research portfolio in the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment. Prior to this, she worked in research at Victoria University, Melbourne (2012-2016), and in pre-service teacher education at the University of Technology Sydney (2004-2011) and the University of Sydney (2001-2003). She earned her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2003.

She is inaugural co-chair of the Board of the Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education, and member of the Education Committee, Jesuit Social Services Board; Out-Of-Home Care Monitoring Expert Advisory Panel, Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People; and Research Assessment and Approval Committee, Tasmanian Department of Education.

Sean Barrett

Sean Barrett

Sean is the Head of the Foundation and reports to the Board. He was recruited from the not-for-profit sector where he has held senior roles in managing organisations in Australia and overseas. He successfully completed the inaugural Harvard Business School Humanitarian Leadership Program for senior managers in the NGO sector.

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