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:

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson, Chair

Scott joined Toyota Australia in 2003 as a Marketing Manager after originally making his name as a first-class cricket all-rounder with NSW Blues in the 1990’s. Since joining the company, Scott has held multiple roles at Toyota Australia, including head of National Marketing and National Sales.

In 2016, Scott was appointed General Manager of Marketing for Toyota Motor Sales USA. In this role, Scott was responsible for developing Toyota’s first ever global marketing campaign to support the company’s Olympic and Paralympic partnerships. On returning to Australia in 2018, he was appointed Lexus Australia Chief Executive and Vice President of Lexus Operations in 2019.

In January 2020, he was further appointed as Vice President of Product and Corporate Operations, whilst retaining his position of Lexus Chief Executive.

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

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 whose area of expertise is in the field of paediatric thrombosis and haemostasis with Vera and her team acknowledged as being at the forefront of their field. 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 on the value of teamwork.

Vera’s contribution to and leadership in medical research and education has been recognised via her appointments as a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

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.