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Our Founders

Driven by their desire to create an enduring positive impact on the community, David and Sallie Prior founded the Prior Family Foundation in 2015 with an underlying principle that the earth needs our help, starting right here on the lands and in the waters we owe so much to.

David and Sallie recognise that so many of the challenges that we collectively face are masked behind agendas, half-truths or posturing. They are both driven by finding and backing solutions that get to the heart of issues to enable the preservation of our environment, protect our most vulnerable animals and honour our cultures.

“We exist beyond the constraints of saying what people want to hear. We’d rather say what needs saying. We are a foundation in the true sense; driven by an ethos that helps others do what they do best.”

Our Team

Our Board

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Mark Marcou | Chair

Mr Marcou has built a diverse professional career firstly in chartered accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and progressing to become a partner in a general private accounting practice.

After securing his law qualifications Mr Marcou moved into the legal profession and is currently a Partner within Frenkel Partners where over his 10 years with the firm he has developed broad based legal experience.

Mr Marcou has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University and a Master of Business from Victoria University.

David Prior

David Prior | Director

David is a passionate philanthropist and entrepreneur who holds  duel titles of Founder of the Prior Family Foundation and Owner-CEO of Scotland-based Bladnoch Distillery. The original founder of popular organic dairy brand five:am, David is intrinsically connected to the idea that people and the environment must look to co-exist in a balanced way if we are to preserve Earth’s natural wonders.

David is driven by an unwavering sense of environmental justice and is fast becoming recognised for leading the way on sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices.

David holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University and a MBA from the University of Melbourne.

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Sallie Prior | Director

Sallie Prior has always had a burning desire to make a lasting community impact, which proved to be the catalyst for Sallie becoming a Founder of the Prior Family Foundation.

Sallie previously held a senior executive role in fashion before pursuing her passion for social and community work. Sallie believes if something is wrong in society then you should speak up and take action, and has the ability to do this through both the Prior Family Foundation’s support of important causes as well as in her direct personal contribution in advancing community action.

Alan Logan

Alan Logan | Director

Mr Logan has extensive investment experience built over a career in leadership roles within the Australian financial services industry spanning superannuation, funds management, banking and financial planning.

He is currently the Principal Consultant at Marcona Partners, focusing on investment risk management, portfolio construction, governance and bringing quality financial advice to more Australians.

He holds a an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), a Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian institute of Company Directors.

Our Staff

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Chris Smith | Foundation Governance and Partnership

Chris has had a multi-disciplinary professional career spanning chartered accounting, investment and trading banking and private banking. His passion to work in the food, beverages & agribusiness sector provided opportunities to work nationally, in New Zealand and Asia.

After commencing his own consultancy in 2013, Chris now focuses on assisting successful private business owners with aspects of their needs including support for philanthropic pursuits.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma in Financial Planning and is a Chartered Accountant.

Alex Splitt

Alex Splitt | Foundation Administration

Alex is a Kabi Kabi man (Southeast Coast of Queensland). For the past decade, Alex has built a career focusing on advancing social and economic outcomes of First Nations Peoples, specialising in the co-design, development and implementation of strategic policy frameworks that seek to facilitate social equity and economic liberation for First Peoples.

Alex utilises First Peoples’ knowledges and perspectives to effectively work across governments, corporates and public institutions. Most recently Alex became a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity program.

              Our Ambassadors

Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich
Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich

Surfer and Environmentalist

Our Ethos

We believe in preservation – of our environment, our wildlife and more broadly, our cultures. We reject constraint and we let our collective heart match our heads, ready always to challenge, fight and speak up. Yes, we can be prickly, impatient and direct, but we figure if we don’t demand change without compromise, who the hell will?

Our Guiding Principles

  • We are proudly Australian and fight locally.
  • We partner with those who really want us, not merely need us.
  • We help only when the real truth of a problem is exposed.
  • We step up to say what needs to be said in a considered, balanced and informed way.
  • We inspire others to join our collective effort to preserve our earth, our animals and our cultures.
The Prior Family Foundation aims to create an enduring legacy of positive impact for future generations.
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