About Private Wealth Network

About PWN

PWN is an international, independent membership organisation for individuals and families of significant wealth.

We offer a safe and confidential environment for members to share knowledge, experience and make connections.

Making Wealth Meaningful

Through significant conversations, we strive to make wealth meaningful for our members, their families and the wider community, including:

  • Meaningful investments
  • Meaningful philanthropy
  • Meaningful family relationships

OUR TEAM

Alan Duncan Founder & Executive Director

Alan is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Private Wealth Network, having previously founded and run an events and media business catering to high-end corporate and private clients. He spent some years working for The Economist Group in Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africafacilitating government and industry dialogues. Alan provided commentary on economic and business matters as well as running conference, research and corporate membership businesses.

He holds an Executive MBA from the Philadelphia based Temple University (Tokyo Campus) and a Bachelor of Arts from Newcastle University, Australia. Alan is Chair of Impact100 Sydney, a community-based collective giving program.

Richard Milroy Founder & Executive Director

Richard is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Private Wealth Network, and also founded several other specialist events and publishing companies in the areas of wealth management and sustainability. Starting his career at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, he then moved into specialist trade publishing and investment conferences based in London and now Sydney.

Richard’s vision is to form knowledge networks where people connect face-to-face at events, then continue their relationships through online platforms. His focus is to assist members to share and gain new knowledge and understanding, and hopefully to inspire them too.

Richard holds a BA (Hons) in European Political Science with Modern Languages, from Newcastle upon Tyne University, UK.

Sandra Duncan Finance and International Insight Tour Event Manager

Sandra has worked in the telecommunications, education, an International UN-related agency and luxury brand industries in marketing communications, accounting, events and conferences. Sandra is Japanese-Brazilian, born and raised in the Amazon region in Brazil.

Sandra has a love of languages and multiculturalism, which developed over the years from her experiences growing up in Brazil, to going to university in California and Tokyo, living in Japan, Vienna-Austria and now Australia. She is also interested in globalisation vs tribalism, sustainability, human behaviour, travel and global rhythms.

Sandra holds a degree in Economics from Temple University, Japan.

Sita Bala Head of Communications

Sita has held a number of senior communications positions, including many years as Press Officer at Chatham House in London working on events, conferences and media conferences with visiting Prime Ministers, Presidents and international dignitaries. Sita was also Head of Corporate Communications & Media Relations at the Sydney Opera House for five years. She delivered communications campaigns for major events including, Millennium New Year and Sydney 2000 Olympics, opening of The Studio venue and re-engagement of architect Jorn Utzon to work on design principles for the building.

Sita has worked as a Publishing Editor for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Also, on communications campaigns for conferences and events for her own clients through Sita Bala Communications.

She holds a BA Hons. in Political Science & Film Studies from Newcastle upon Tyne University, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from City, London University.

Carly Severino Moran Director

Before joining PWN, Carly spent six years with Australia’s CEO Forum Group. Prior to this, she worked in academia at Monash University and in communications with both not-for-profit and corporate organisations.

Most recently, her energies have focused on philanthropy and social investment. She is interested in the creative investment opportunities presented by those wanting to do good, and do well. Carly has held a number of not-for-profit board positions and has supported a family in establishing their philanthropic foundation.

She holds a Masters in Social Investment and Philanthropy from Swinburne University of Technology, a BA (Public Relations) from RMIT Universtity and a BLit (Hons – Literature & History) from Monash University, Australia.

Ruth Johnstone Membership Director - New South Wales

Ruth was previously Executive Director of The Caledonia Foundation based in the Darling Family Office for eight years. Prior to this, she worked for Social Ventures Australia as Program Manager. Ruth has over 15 years private sector, public and non-profit experience in senior management roles overseeing programs that facilitate learning, building networks and connecting people to opportunities. More recently, Ruth has focused on philanthropy and non-profit advisory and sits on the board of a non-profit organisation.

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Graduate Diploma of Social Science from the University of New England (UNE), Australia. She recently completed the Change Up Leadership program run by Mim Bartlett.

Elizabeth Court Membership Director - Western Australia

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience within the finance and banking sectors, starting her career with the ANZ Bank in its Perth Treasury in 1991. In 1993 she moved to Sydney with ANZ as a Treasury Consultant and has since held senior positions within bank and corporate treasuries.

Over recent times Elizabeth has been a business consultant and has facilitated and implemented strategic plans for a number of Perth based SMEs. Libby is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the board of a number of not-for-profits.

Elizabeth has a keen interest in demographic studies and Futurism. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University, Australia.

Louisa Scott Membership Director - South Australia

Louisa holds more than 10 years in management, research, marketing, corporate relations and investor education with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and a major South Australian stockbroking firm.

Since then her work has been primarily as a board member in the health space, most recently serving on the national Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, as well as chairing their Finance and Governance Committee.

A graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors Course, Louisa has also been involved in promoting South Australia’s tourism regions, supports a number of philanthropic endeavours such as Impact100 and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Louisa holds an Arts degree in Psychology and English from University of Adelaide, Australia and post-graduate qualifications in Applied Finance and Investment from Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Kim Swann Membership Director - New Zealand & Queensland

With over 25 years of experience in the Management, Public Relations, Marketing, Philanthropy, and having owned her own retail business, Kim has a very broad outlook on life and varied life experience.

Before joining PWN, Kim was the Executive Director for the Auckland Research Foundation and is still committed to the cause. During this time she also served on the Board of Philanthropy NZ as Deputy Chair, so brings considerable expertise in this area.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, Korean and Education from University of Auckland, she has travelled and worked overseas and ran the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs education and cultural programs for New Zealand.

Clair Perry Membership Services & Communications Coordinator

Clair is Member Services and Communications Coordinator at the Private Wealth Network, working in membership, event preparation and communications.
Clair aims to provide PWN Members with a seamless registration system and flow of communication.

Clair loves to travel and experiencing new cultures which is reflected in her past experience as a Travel Agent. Clair’s past experience along with PWN’s events has focused Clair’s interests on health and wellbeing, the environment, philanthropy and dance.

Clair holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce Marketing, with a major in Management, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Lanta Woodward Membership Manager, Victoria

Lanta has spent most of her professional career with the luxury tour operator, Abercrombie & Kent. She tailor-made exceptional itineraries to all reaches of the globe, with her travel highlights including swimming in the freezing polar waters of Antarctica, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, and reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Lanta has an avid interest in human rights and social justice, and was on the fundraising committee for HRAFF (Human Rights Arts & Film Festival), a not-for-profit organisation which explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art and music forums.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Leon Kantor Director, Member Programs & Partnerships

Leon is Programming Lead at PWN, with responsibility for planning and delivering all activities across the network. He strives to deliver innovative events to give members the opportunity to interact, share knowledge and compare experiences with their peers as well as world-recognised experts.

Leon brings over 20 years of international experience to this role across content management and event production. He has a proven track record of successfully managing and growing events and content businesses from conception to building regional and international rollouts.

Across his career, he has held senior management roles across three continents, including the CIO Network, Beacon, the Middle East Economic Digest and Investor Relations Magazine, amongst others.

Leon holds a Bachelor of Communications, University of Canberra, Australia.

Jackie Ruiz Communications Specialist

Jackie works on the development of all PWN’s communications and digital media.

Before joining the PWN team, Jackie worked for the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), a membership-based organisation where she was Marketing Executive and managed the digital communications and events for the AANA’s members.

Jackie has a Bachelor of International Business Administration, from Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico, and an MBA (Major in Marketing) from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Frances McGregor Event Manager

With over 20 years managing event teams and executing events from end to end, Frances has delivered a broad range of business events throughout Asia-Pacific and Europe. These includeconferences, leadership forums, road shows, and special events to name a few and have varied in size from 10 - 5,000 participants.

Having lived and worked in London, Cyprus, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, Frances has delivered events across multiple industries for clients such as, King and Wood Mallesons, BT Financial Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Harvard Business School.

Frances holds a Masters of Commerce in Hospitality Management and Marketing, from University of NSW, Australia.

Najat Ibrahim Events and Office Administrator

Najat plays a key support role helping to deliver members with a seamless PWN experience.Najat appreciates meeting new people and experiencing new cultures through her work and travel. Her interests include philanthropy, emotional wellbeing and social justice.

She is currently undertaking a double major in Event Management and Creative Intelligence and Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Nina Warita PWN Intern

Nina was born and raised in Japan, moving in 2018 to Sydney to continue her studies.

Nina assists in many areas of the organisation with the goal of creating a seamless PWN experience.

Nina is currently studying a Bachelor of Design Computing at the University of Sydney, Australia.