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Chris Wootton

Philanthropic Services Manager

B Sc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MBA

Chris joined Philanthropy Australia in January 2014 as the Victorian & Tasmanian Membership Manager.

Chris has worked in philanthropy for over 10 years managing the granting programs for some of the largest trusts including the 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 (now Equity Trustees), Chris was responsible for the granting programs for around 250 trusts and foundations across Australia which distribute over $85 million per year.

He was the inaugural CEO of WaterAid Australia (2004 – 2007) an international aid and development agency delivering water and sanitation community development programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and established new programs in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Chris has also held senior executive roles at Melbourne Water, the University of Melbourne as General Manager, Vice-Chancellor’s Office and was the inaugural General Manager of Melbourne University Private.

He has also served on the Boards of Community Information and Support Victoria (2009 – 2015), the Trustees for the Strathewen Bushfire Relief Fund (2010-2013) and the Bushfire Education Foundation (2013+).

In conversation with Daniel Lee of the Levi Strauss Foundation

In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.

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