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Philanthropy sector staff changes

Sarah Hardy has been appointed as new Chief Executive Office of the R E Ross Trust. Sarah has spent the last four years as CEO of the Menzies Foundation. She has held leadership and management roles in the philanthropic and not for profit sector for the last 28 years, including with the Myer Foundation, the Foundation for Young Australians, Jean Hailes Foundation, local government and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Sarah replaces Sylvia Admans who retired this January.

Rebecca Chew has been appointed as Program Manager for the R E Ross Trust’s environment program. AEGN members may have met Rebecca last year when she filled the Program Manager role in a maternity leave capacity.

Louise Kuramoto has been appointed Head of Philanthropy and Impact at the Australian Communities Foundation. Louise was previously Program Manager for the environment program with the R E Ross Trust.

Congratulations to Sylvia Admans for a stellar career in philanthropy

We congratulate Sylvia Admans for her strategic, collaborative and thoughtful 19 year career in philanthropy. Sylvia was most recently CEO of the R E Ross Trust for 7 years and prior to that spent a decade as CEO of the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal. Both organisations are long standing AEGN members. This January Sylvia retired from paid work but continues to be involved in the world of philanthropy as a Director of the inner North Community Foundation and a Committee Member of the Give Where You Live Foundation, Innovation Grants Committee.

Sylvia is particularly proud of two projects that resulted from her time at the helm of the R E Ross Trust. In 2013 the Hilliview Bushland Reserve was created when a 47 hectare parcel of pristine bushland was transferred from the R E Ross Trust to Cardinia Shire Council with a Trust for Nature conservation covenant. At the time this was the largest gift of bushland by a philanthropic Trust to a Melbourne Council for more than 50 years. More recently the R E Ross Trust made a $0.5M impact investment in new social enterprise ecotourism venture ‘Wildlife Wonders‘ located in Victoria’s Otway ranges.

In parting Sylvia says, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my career in philanthropy and look forward to staying on the periphery of the sector.”