Staff and Council

Philanthropy Australia staff

Chief Executive Officer
Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh brings extensive corporate, government, not for profit and philanthropic leadership experience to her role as CEO of Philanthropy Australia.

A former corporate lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson, Louise worked on Sydney's Olympic Bid, and corporate partnerships for the 2000 Olympic Games and the City of Sydney, before becoming Director of Development for the Sydney Symphony.

More recently, Louise was the founding Director of Artsupport Australia, an initiative of the Federal Government agency, the Australia Council for the Arts, to grow cultural philanthropy. During her 10 year tenure, Artsupport Australia facilitated over $77 million of philanthropic funds nationally for cultural sector across hundreds of organisations and individual artists.

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Deputy CEO
Anna Draffin

Anna Draffin has extensive experience in strategic development, communications and marketing and change management across the private and public sectors in Australia, USA and UK.

Anna mentored nearly 200 Victorian organisations and individuals, from the Board and CEO level down in establishing the Victorian office for the Australia Council for the Arts' philanthropy initiative, Artsupport Australia. She was previously the Deputy Director at Heide Museum of Modern Art, responsible for commercial operations, marketing, fundraising, membership and capital development. With her communications background, Anna has also consulted widely including local and state government organisations (Australia) and commercial companies (Australia, USA and UK).

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Victoria & Tasmania Manager
Chris Wootton

B Sc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MBA

Chris has worked in philanthropy for over 10 years managing the granting programs for some of the largest trusts including Helen Macpherson Smith Trust; William Buckland Foundation; L E W Carty Charitable Trust, The Felton Bequest; Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Trust, the Jo & JR Wicking Trust and the RACV Community Foundation.

In his previous role at ANZ Trustees, Chris was responsible for around 250 trusts and foundations across Australia which distribute over $85 million per year. He has also held senior executive roles at Melbourne Water, the University of Melbourne and was the inaugural CEO of WaterAid Australia.

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» Melbourne Office

NSW & ACT Manager
Louise Burton

Based in Sydney, Louise is responsible for membership recruitment and the development and delivery of Philanthropy Australia's membership activities and services for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

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» Sydney Office

Queensland Manager
Fiona Maxwell

Fiona Maxwell's career has spanned the non-profit, government and university sectors in Australia and the USA.

Fiona's most recent role at as Queensland Manager, Artsupport Australia encompassed growing cultural philanthropy – working with local philanthropists, advisors and intermediaries – as well as supporting the non-profit sector to build stronger and more sustainable relationships with its' supporters. A key achievement was the delivery of the "New York Philanthropy Leadership Study Tour", where Fiona scheduled and managed the visit of 20 non-profit Chairs and CEOs with their counterparts from top arts organisations in the USA, witnessing best practice and inspirational leadership.

Prior to this role, Fiona was Executive Director of the Next Wave Festival. She has been Chair and board member of organisations including industry service and peak bodies, internet startup and philanthropic grant-making committees.

A native Queenslander, Fiona is an active community volunteer working with sporting groups, and was an English teacher for new migrants in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from QUT, and a Masters from the University of New South Wales.

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» Brisbane Office

SA & WA Manager
Julia Steele Scott

Julia has strong commercial acumen in a range of sectors including not for profit, health and finance including organisations such as the Royal Automobile Association (RAA), Royal Flying Doctor Service and Ashford Hospital Alliance.

Julia’s most recent role was driving a revolutionary change in systems for Bellberry Limited, a not for profit organisation responsible for the scientific and ethical review of human research projects.  Julia has broad experience in business management with a passion for improving business results and systems through relationship building, project management and business and financial analysis.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide, Associate Diploma in Accounting and also is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She has also served on a number of committees for various organisations, is a board member of Kidsafe (SA) and an active volunteer in her local community coaching junior sport and fundraising for the local school.

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» Adelaide Office


NSW & ACT Researcher & Coordinator
Annie Scoufis

Annie semi-retired after a 15 year career with Macquarie Group prior to her engagement with the philanthropic sector. Her banking career was extensive and varied, working directly with Treasury and Commodities creating and managing financial settlements systems.

Desiring a change of career focus, Annie assisted Louise Burton to set up Philanthropy Australia’s Sydney office when it first opened in 2007, and until 2012 assisted with membership services and coordinated member events for NSW, ACT and QLD.

Since re-locating the office to Paddington in January 2013 and the addition of 3 more team members to the Sydney office, Annie’s part-time role is now as researcher and  coordinator as she continues to assist with membership services and events.

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» Sydney Office

Partnerships Manager
Chris Barnum

Chris brings substantial experience following various roles including, strategic relationship building and management, major and minor event management, significant brand and project management, development and implementing significant sales, sponsorship and marketing communication solutions, high level sponsorship partnership management, and destination marketing.

Roles have with and in many leading Australian businesses, major events or activities and projects, for example sponsorship marketing and event management for the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, the Delhi 2010 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Sydney 2000 Olympic Bid Company, NSW Department Premier and Cabinet and Australia Day Council of NSW and Football NSW plus roles in leading advertising, marketing/communications agencies and community organisations.

Chris is post graduate qualified and have also managed mentored and developed staff. He is married with 3 boys, living in Sydney. Passionate about most sports especially AFL, Rugby, Basketball and Sailing. Currently coaches Basketball and has been managing a Junior AFL team for the last 5 years. A keen cinema goer and gallery visitor and occasional gardener.

Chris joined Philanthropy Australia as full-time Partnerships Manager in April. Chris steps in for Katy Tyrrell who is on maternity leave.

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Partnerships Manager (on maternity leave)
Katy Tyrrell

Katy Tyrrell has over 15 years experience working across welfare, the arts and tourism sectors. She has extensive knowledge and skills in developing and managing strategic relationships with private, not for profit, government and corporate partners.

In her most recent role for Artsupport Australia, Katy undertook research, analysis and proposal development for funding opportunities between the arts and philanthropic sectors. Prior to this, Katy was the General Manager of Milk Crate Theatre where in collaboration with the Artistic Director, she managed the significant growth and development of the company from a small scale initiative to an independent and sustainable organisation with substantial, long-term financial and in-kind partnerships. Katy has also worked in business management and partnership development for Critical Path, Sculpture by the Sea and YHA Australia.

Katy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, a Masters of Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and she is currently undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the Centre of Social Impact at the University of New South Wales.

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New Generation of Giving Manager
Caroline Vu

Caroline comes to Philanthropy Australia with expertise across the legal, government and not for profit sectors. After working as a commercial lawyer at boutique Sydney law firm, Pigott Stinson, she joined the Australia Council's philanthropic arm, Artsupport Australia, as its NSW Manager. She managed the New Generation program for the 12 months it was under the Australia Council's auspices.

Caroline also spent five years as a board member of Information and Cultural Exchange, a digital media organisation based in Western Sydney.

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Policy & Research Manager
Krystian Seibert

Krystian has broad experience in public policy development, and an in-depth awareness of government, legislative and political processes. He has particular expertise in not-for-profit sector policy and in regulatory reform.

Prior to joining Philanthropy Australia, Krystian was an adviser to former Australian Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury. In this role he oversaw the delivery of major not-for-profit sector reforms including the passage of Australia’s first comprehensive statutory definition of charity, the Charities Act 2013, and the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Krystian has completed a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science focusing on regulatory policy, and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Deakin University.

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Event Coordinator
Emilie O'Malley

Based in Melbourne, Emilie completed her degree in Art History in her early twenties. She then went on to work in Real Estate marketing and copywriting, before finding her stride in an event management role at NAB.  She is responsible for the planning and management of Philanthropy Australia events.

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Victoria Coordinator
Patricia Burke

Pat has experience in Human Resources management, not-for-profit boards and business consulting. Over the past 25 years in the United States and Australia, she has worked in the financial sector, for not-for-profits and medium sized enterprises. Since completing the Swinburne Masters in Social Investment & Philanthropy, Pat has taken up a role at Philanthropy Australia in Victorian/Tas membership.  She has also worked at the Gardiner Foundation in a grantmaking role and is a Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni committee member. 

She has held leadership positions with not-for-profit boards and has experience in grants, fundraising, event planning, governance and board nominations, and policy development.

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» Melbourne Office

Digital Marketing Coordinator
Matthew Romania

Matthew is well-versed in planning and delivering targeted, customised online campaigns. He is responsible for developing and implementing digital marketing strategies for Philanthropy Australia.

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» Melbourne Office



Philanthropy Australia Council

Acting President
Robert McLean AM

Robert is a company director and private equity investor. He is a director of LJ Hooker and the Reserve Bank of Australia Payments System Board. He is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co Inc. where he served as the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.

His non-profit roles include serving as a director of the Centre for Independent Studies, the Nature Conservancy Australia Program Advisory Board, the Asia Pacific Council of the Nature Conservancy, the UNSW Medicine Advisory Council and as a Council member of Philanthropy Australia. Previous NFP roles have included founding Chairman of Social Ventures Australia, former President of The Benevolent Society and Chairman of The Nature Conservancy Australia Advisory Board.

David Ward

David is a trustee, governance and structure consultant in the philanthropic community. He is Director of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Private Ancillary Fund Service and is also on the Council of Philanthropy Australia.

David was the author of the Trustee Handbook: Role and Duties of Trustees of Charitable Trusts and Foundations (2008) and the Private Ancillary Funds Trustee Handbook (2009) for Philanthropy Australia and is a presenter of the trustee and governance workshops for Philanthropy Australia. David is also a Sessional Lecturer at Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment & Philanthropy, Swinburne University, Melbourne.

He was a member of the international panel that developed the Investment Management Code of Conduct for Endowments, Foundations and Charitable Organisations for the CFA Institute (2009-2010).

David had 20 years' experience as a financial market executive with ANZ including four years as CEO of ANZ Trustees, which manages over 200 charitable trusts.

David has a BSC (Hons) and started his working life as a diplomat in New Zealand.

Paul Clitheroe AM

Paul Clitheroe is a director of ipac securities, a company he founded in 1983 with four partners. ipac manages more than $13 billion dollars for clients.  Paul is a leading media commentator on financial issues.  His books have sold over 600,000 copies.  Paul hosted the Money Program on Channel 9 from 1993 to 2002. He also hosts “Talking Money” which runs nationally on radio.

Paul is Chairman of the Australian Governments Financial Literacy Board. It has established a national strategy to improve the financial skills of all Australians and is now implementing this strategy in schools and the workplace.

He is also Chairman of Money magazine, Chairman of the youth anti-drink driving body, RADD, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia, Chairman of the Australian String Quartet and a member of the Sydney University Medical School Advisory Board.

In 2008, Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to the financial sector through the promotion of financial literacy, and to the community.

In 2012 Macquarie University appointed Paul as Chair of Financial Literacy.  He is a Professor with the School of Business and Economics.

Timothy Fairfax AC

Tim Fairfax AC is a businessman, pastoralist and philanthropist.

He is Chairman of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Salvation Army Brisbane Advisory Board, Deputy Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia Council, President Queensland of the Art Gallery Foundation and Director of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Australian Philanthropic Services; and Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology.

Tim is also Councillor Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association Queensland and Patron of AMA Queensland Foundation, the University of Sunshine Coast Foundation and Volunteers for Isolated Students' Education.

Tim's business interests include being Director of Cambooya Pty Ltd, Building Solutions Pty Ltd, Rawbelle Management Pty Ltd and Principal of TVF Pastoral, Strathbogie Pastoral Company and JH Fairfax & Son; which operate ten rural properties in Queensland and New South Wales involving beef cattle, fine wool and grain.

Tim was the recipient of the 2011 Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Leadership Award.

Janet Hirst

Janet Hirst has been Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The George Alexander Foundation since December 2006.

Janet came to philanthropy after working in senior policy roles for the former Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon John Anderson AO, including National Transport Security Adviser and Social Policy Development Adviser. Janet played a key role in the establishment of the Regional Women's Advisory Council, which advised the Government on issues affecting communities in regional Australia, and was a member of the Regional Australia Summit Steering Committee, responsible for developing a plan for implementing outcomes from the Summit.

Janet is currently a member of the Indigenous Eye Health Advisory Committee; the Philanthropy and Government Working Group (convened by the Victorian State Government Office for the Community Sector); the Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) Advisory Group and the Committee for the Advancement of Health & Medical Research (established by Philanthropy Australia and Research Australia). Previous sector roles have included membership of the Centre for Social Impact's Melbourne Advisory Council, The Foundation Project, and the Philanthropy Australia Conference Committee (Vic).

Janet is passionate about genuine collaboration within the philanthropic sector itself as well as with government and community groups, and is dedicated to contributing to the development of a positive and dynamic culture of philanthropy in Australia.

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson is a director of the W & A Johnson Family Foundation. Ann and her husband Warwick established their PAF in 2006. She is a trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation and a director of Ecotrust Australia.

Ann trained as a lawyer and has worked in Sydney and Tokyo for law firms.

Noel Purcell

Noel is Principal of Simply Good Business which specialises in strategic advice to corporations, government and not-for-profit organisations in the areas of corporate governance, responsibility and sustainability.

Noel retired from Westpac Banking Corporation in September 2008, having spent 23 years in senior executive roles, as well as a former Trustee of the Westpac Foundation. Prior to joining Westpac, Noel had served at senior executive level within the Federal Public Service within Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Office of National Assessments, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Noel currently sits on several boards including as Vice Chair of the Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table, a member of the Tasmanian Government's Climate Action Council, and a Council member of Philanthropy Australia.


Genevieve Timmons

Genevieve is philanthropic executive of the Portland House Foundation, a private, family foundation based in Melbourne linked to commercial interests. Since her appointment in 2004, a strong grantmaking portfolio has been established consistent with the Foundation charter to assist people to move out of situations of disadvantage. Genevieve is also Deputy Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation, and a director of the George Hicks Foundation, and she brings more than 30 years of experience in grantmaking and social investment.

This experience includes management of the Lance Reichstein Foundation for 12 years, followed by 6 years as an international philanthropic consultant in Australia and New Zealand. Genevieve delivered a comprehensive range of services in both countries through this consultancy, including design, implementation and review of contemporary grantmaking programs, matched with policy and research on emerging trends and global challenges in philanthropic grantmaking. More than 30 clients included community foundations, trusts, PAFS, government, corporate and private donors, plus the peak membership organisation Philanthropy New Zealand. A range of professional development materials have been published both in Australia and New Zealand. In the last decade, Genevieve worked closely with state government as a member of the Victorian Advisory Council for the Community Support Fund, and the Government and Philanthropy Working Party which developed Principles for Collaboration between both sectors.

Other board appointments include the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership and Reconciliation Victoria. High level peer networks are maintained as a Fellow of Leadership Victoria, as a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program (USA), and in New Zealand with peer grantmakers.

Genevieve is committed to ensuring that philanthropy in Australia reaches its best potential in the decade ahead, and that Philanthropy Australia as an organisation is respected, influential, leading out with creativity and professionalism, while also adding value and accelerating the progress of all PA members.

Craig Winkler

Craig Winkler was a co-founder of MYOB, serving initially as joint Managing Director until public listing, and then as CEO for nine years.

Craig now divides his time between business pursuits and assisting NFP enterprises with his experience in strategy and management. He and his wife, Di founded the Yajilarra Trust, which has been a Philanthropy Australia Member since 2009, with a focus on disability, the environment and indigenous Australians. Craig also has a keen interest in global developments of impact investment and workplace giving.

Peter Winneke

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Peter Winneke has an extensive background in finance (insolvency/ media acquisition), including roles with Andersen and Southern Cross Broadcasting. He joined The Myer Foundation 11 years ago as Finance Manager. Eighteen months later Peter founded and developed the Philanthropic Services division of The Myer Family Company.

Peter has a driving desire to grow Australia's philanthropic sector. He currently serves as company secretary to the Myer Foundation, the Sidney Myer Fund and is a director or secretary of many private ancillary funds. Peter has also joined as an individual Member of Philanthropy Australia. Peter will immediately commence as a member of Philanthropy Australia's Audit & Risk Management Committee, a key succession planning consideration.

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