CEO, Philanthropy Australia

Sarah has had a broad and wide ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education in Australia to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. But for over 10 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for-purpose sector.

In October 2015, Sarah joined Philanthropy Australia as the CEO. It is the peak body and membership organisation for all individuals and organisations who are engaged, or want to be, in planned and thoughtful giving to bring about effective, positive social and community change.

Prior to joining Philanthropy Australia, she held CEO roles at The Reach Foundation and The Australian Communities Foundation.

In addition to her professional roles, Sarah has also served on a number of diverse Boards and committees. Her current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover, Deputy Chair of the Centre for Social Impact and Board member of the National Museum of Australia. Sarah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and a Victorian JP.

“The important contribution that these Awards make is that entrants are giving us tangible, accessible role models and case studies. You’re showing how it can be done. You’re creating a slipstream that others can come into and follow.”