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Philanthropy Australia appoints new CEO

April 01st, 2015

The President of Philanthropy Australia, Alan Schwartz AM, today announced Sarah Davies as the new CEO of Philanthropy Australia effective 30 November 2015.


“The Philanthropy Australia Council and I are pleased to announce that Sarah Davies has accepted the position of CEO at Philanthropy Australia.

“Sarah comes to us with significant experience in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors, she is a very experienced, respected and well-liked leader and we strongly believe that she is the right person to lead Philanthropy Australia,” Alan Schwartz, President, Philanthropy Australia said.  

Sarah is the CEO of The Reach Foundation and was previously the CEO of the Australian Communities Foundation.  Sarah is involved with a number of community organisations including as a Director of Kids Under Cover, board member of the Centre for Social Impact and Director of an independent school board.

“Sarah is a person of great warmth and integrity who inspires those she works with and looks to build a unified sense of purpose in her team. She will focus on continuing to develop the service culture within the organisation, focused on innovation and building strong and effective relationships with our membership and other stakeholders,” Alan Schwartz said.

“As a commercially astute CEO with significant experience driving strategies for long term growth and sustainability, Sarah demonstrates the qualities that are essential for driving the success of Philanthropy Australia,” Alan Schwartz remarked.

Due to current commitments at Reach, Sarah will commence her new role with Philanthropy Australia on Monday 30 November 2015.  Chris Wootton will remain Acting CEO until this time.

“We have every confidence in Chris Wootton’s ability to lead the team for as long as is needed, and to work with Council to guide the organisation through the strategic planning process,” Alan Schwartz said.

“To ensure that Sarah is deeply engaged with the outcomes of our current strategic planning process, she has agreed to act as a consultant to the process on a needs basis. We thank the Board of Reach for their flexibility and understanding during the transition.”

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Davies said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Philanthropy Australia and can’t wait to jump in.”

“I know it’s still some months away, but, that doesn’t diminish the excitement I feel about being selected as the new CEO of Philanthropy Australia. I have had much exposure and experience in the philanthropic sector, and I am looking forward to working with the team to promote and support philanthropy,” Sarah Davies said.

“I am personally very excited that Sarah has agreed to join us and look forward to working with her to fulfil the aspirations of our Members for the future of Philanthropy Australia,” Alan Schwartz said.

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