Trustee

The Directors of Toyota Community Foundation Australia Pty Ltd (TCFA) act as Trustee of the Toyota Community Trust. TCFA Directors are appointed for two years by Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd.

The current Directors are:

Mike Rausa

Mike Rausa

Mike Rausa joined Toyota in 1985 as a Graduate Engineer in the former Engine Manufacturing Plant, after graduating from RMIT University as a Mechanical Engineer. In 1988 he moved to the Purchasing Division, where he spent the next 15 years in various purchasing positions to increase localisation levels of purchased parts and implement supplier development, supplier assessment and Supplier Parts Tracking Teams (SPTT) programs. Mike was then appointed to General Manager of Purchasing in 2001 and General Manager of Product Development in 2003.

In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Purchasing in an overseas post for Toyota Motor Asia Pacific in Thailand. In this role he was responsible for coordinating purchasing activity for Toyota’s manufacturing plants across multiple countries.

In 2013, he returned to Australia and was appointed to the Toyota Australia Board as Executive Director of Corporate Services where he was responsible for Human Resources, Information Systems, Corporate Affairs and General Affairs Divisions. Since then, he has held multiple roles at Toyota Australia.

In 2017, Mike was appointed as the inaugural Director of Toyota Community Foundation Australia and was reappointed as a Director in 2022.

John Chandler

John Chandler

John Chandler has recently retired from Toyota Finance and is looking to apply the insights gained from a successful executive career to Boards as a professional director. With extensive experience in leading a large financial services company for over a decade, John has broad and practical business acumen which can be applied in a Board environment. His major achievement is profitably growing the finance company he led from a portfolio of $6.5b to $20b over 11 years.

John’s experience includes financial services and funding markets, motor vehicle wholesaling and retailing, fleet management, insurance, real estate financing, management of a significant distributed network, mobility services and digital business models.

He was appointed as a Director of Toyota Community Foundation Australia Pty Ltd in 2020.

Damien Bayard

Vera Ignjatovic

Vera Ignjatovic is a medical researcher and innovator whose area of expertise is in the field of paediatric haematology and biomarker discovery. She was recruited to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in 2022 as a Professor at the Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, and the Assistant Director for Translational Research at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Vera also represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as a member of the Australian Handball Team and credits her personal and professional successes to the value of teamwork.

Vera has significant committee and board experience nationally and internationally, including the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Human Proteome Organisation, Australian Society for Medical Research and Women in Science Parkville Precinct.

She was appointed as a Director of Toyota Community Foundation Australia Pty Ltd in 2021.