Welcome to Maree Sidey, new Philanthropy Australia CEO

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 7 Jun 2024 Estimated reading times: 2 minutes

Maree Sidey commenced earlier this week as CEO of Philanthropy Australia. She has spent the week in Brisbane for Queensland Philanthropy Week (QPW).

Maree’s first formal event as CEO was a QPW breakfast co-hosted by Perpetual and Philanthropy Australia. She spoke about her family connections to Queensland and the achievements of the thriving philanthropic funder community in the state.

“Here in Queensland, you have created a unique and special environment for philanthropy. Your collegiality, collaboration and momentum are obvious to all who visit. I hope you understand just how precious this is. It is truly impressive,” Maree said.

Maree Sidey speaking at the Queensland Philanthropy Week breakfast co-hosted with Perpetual. Photo thanks to: Perpetual

She commented about her first priorities in the role. “I’ve been asked to say a few words about my approach to the role and my vision for PA, but it is only day three, so I’m going to keep it simple.

“I want to acknowledge my predecessor Jack Heath and his really significant achievements in engaging government in a dialogue on growing giving in Australia. We eagerly await the release of the Productivity Commission report on the double giving agenda and the government response to the investment to the call for regulatory reform.

“My early goals in the role are a bit closer to home. I am wanting to ensure that the PA team you value and engage with feel supported and have clarity about member expectations.

“I also want to spend time over the next few months hearing from all of our members about what you want from PA and how you think we can better deliver it and grow to support your needs. I will be working my way around the country and visiting with members and supporters in each state and territory.”

Maree also reflected on the upcoming Philanthropy Australia Conference in Adelaide in early August and the November study tour to the UK and Spain as early priorities.

Philanthropy Australia staff members Kim Harland (left) and Kate Duffy (right) with Maree Sidey (centre). Photo thanks to: Perpetual

“We are focused on delivering a great conference with many fabulous sessions and speakers plus lots of breaks for catching up with new and existing friends and colleagues. We have had a huge early response to the Adelaide Conference, registrations have now topped 550, and the full program will be released shortly.

“Our UK/Spain study tour is now fully booked and will be an outstanding opportunity for funder members to learn from international leaders.”

I want to help enable an environment for robust and critical discussions on what great contemporary and critical philanthropic practice looks like now and into the future as part of our broader agenda of growing giving in Australia.

Maree Sidey, CEO, Philanthropy Australia

Maree is based in Philanthropy Australia’s Melbourne office and will visit member communities around Australia frequently.

Maree is speaking at a casual Meet the CEO event in Adelaide on 17 June. South Australian Philanthropy Australia members can find out more and register here.