Taylor Hawkins

Co-founder, Foundations for Tomorrow

2024 NSW Young Australian of the Year Nominee

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor Hawkins set up Foundations for Tomorrow, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that aims to protect Australia’s future interests by tackling today’s social, economic and environmental issues. 

As the Foundation’s ​m​anaging director, Taylor gathered 30 young Australians to propose a ​vision for a more equitable and sustainable Australian future​ that would serve future generations of Australians. 

She surveyed young Australians about their concerns in 2021, collecting more than 10,000 responses – the single largest survey of young Australians by young Australians.  

Despite facing disengagement of volunteers after extended lockdowns, maintaining her full-time work and having to learn on the job, Taylor has successfully sustained Foundations for Tomorrow. 

An experienced speaker and facilitator, Taylor is also an advisor to the Our Future Agenda team of the United Nations Foundation. She has been recognised in Smart Company’s 30 under 30 and is part of the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program.