About Us

Our Vision

Creating a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation.

Clean water & sanitation has a positive ripple effect - children can go to school and have access to toilets and women are empowered to access education. That's why we're supercharging the work we've created a new independent charity in Australia: The Reece Foundation.

Water is fundamental for quality of life, and trades play a vital role in helping us access this prescious resource. And that's what we're about, connecting communities with trade skills to improve peoples health and wellbeing.

Reece Grant

A Strong Foundation

The Reece Grant started in 2016 after customers were coming to Reece with ideas for ways to give back. It was a way to provide funding and materials for these projects. Each year, the Grant had more applications and interest from tradies wanting to give back. It soon became clear the Reece Grant needed to evolve into something bigger.

2016

Reece Grant is established to support healthier, brighter futures for the next generation, here and abroad.

2017

Jack Timmins completes a project in Indonesia that helps over 700 community members gain access to water through a rain water catchment and filtration system. The Reece Grant supports 6 projects.

2018

Adrian Lockley travels to Haiti to build rainwater tanks and capture around a school. The Reece Grant expands to support 21 projects.

2019

John McComb installs flushing toilet suites, basins and cisterns to a school in Uganda, to help prevent diseases. The Grant is supporting 29 projects.

2020

Following Australia's devastating bushfire season, the Reece Grant dedicates all fundraising support to 24 local communities that needed to rebuild.

2021

Reece Group launches the Reece Foundation. With its own revenue stream and resources, the Reece Foundation will supercharge the work we've done with the Reece Grant, connecting more communities and partners with the invaluble skills of volunteer tradies.

People

Our Board

The Reece Foundation is an independent and registered charity. Our board members ensure we’re always working to achieve our vision.

Chris Pattenden

Company Secretary & Head of Investments at Superseed

Prior to Superseed, Chris spent 14 years advising high growth start-ups on capital raisings, M&A and strategic planning. Chris’s venture capital experience combined with his interpersonal skills will greatly assist the Foundation in its establishment, specifically with building strategic partnerships, generating deal flow and investment opportunities.

Howard Silby

Chief Innovation Officer at National Australia Bank

Howard has over 25 years of experience in Finance Services with a strong focus on digital and data driven financial solutions, new customer propositions and technological innovation. He has been Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer within large banks as well as having extensive experience building fintech-style solutions. Howard currently runs the corporate venture fund of NAB.

Katie Wyatt

Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Coles Group

Katie has more than 17 years experience as a senior leader across private, public & for purpose sectors, driving change and performance at the organisation and Board level. With an in-depth knowledge of people strategy & capability development, combined with commercial acumen, Katie brings a passion for the power businesses can have to effect social change.

Ipsita Wright

Executive Manager International Services, Australian Volunteers International

Ipsita has over 25 years experience working in the not-for-profit sector both as a practitioner and in executive leadership roles. She has strong established connections in local and international aid and direct experience working with and for communities. Ipsita brings invaluable advocacy and stakeholder engagement skills and knowledge of how to meaningfully engage with communities and build a strong volunteering program to make a difference.

Andrew Wilson

Managing Director at Wolf Capital

Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience in finance with leading national and multi-national companies in Australia and abroad. He brings to the Foundation Board a consummate understanding of impact investing and a strong network.

Andrew Nisbet

Managing Director at Shift Perspectives (Business Strategy Consulting)

Andrew has over 40 years of business leadership experience and operates with a start-up mentality that promotes innovation. He has established strong connections with Reece customers and is well placed to facilitate introductions between the Reece Foundation and potential partners across multiple sectors.

Partners

Supporting the Foundation

Reece Group

Our founding partner and supporter, the Reece Group shares our belief that tradies are proudly essential to our communities, and that everyone has the right to easily access clean water and sanitation. Reece work with us every day to empower trades to make a difference.