Our Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
(appointed January 2016)
In a career spanning more than 20 years Nicola has held national and international leadership positions in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors as CEO, senior executive and director.
While working for ANZ Bank, Nicola was awarded the International Quality and Productivity Council (IQPC) Shared Services Thought Leader of the Year and was a member of the United Nations Environment Program - Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) Steering Committee.
Nicola has also been a member of the NSW Premier's Council for Active Living and the Expert Advisory Panel of the NSW Office of Preventative Health.
Chief Operating Officer
(appointed October 2014)
Mark has spent the past 20 years working in the not-for-profit sector in Australia, Europe and Asia as an Executive level manager, after building a career in finance and accounting. His experience in driving engagement and relationships spans an extensive portfolio of fundraising activities, with a focus on delivering superior leadership, implementation, operational change and management. Mark was a member of the Board of WaterAid from to August 2014 to June 2019.
Mark currently sits on the Board of WaterAid and chairs their Finance and Risk Committee.
General Manager, Development
(appointed June 2019)
Julieanne has considerable leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector with an emphasis on strategy, business performance, marketing, fundraising, and stakeholder management.
She worked in New York at Blue Medium and Fitz & Co, two of the city’s most regarded arts marketing firms, managing several high-profile clients. Back in Australia, Julieanne was General Manager for leading arts companies including Performance Space, Parramasala and Urban Theatre Projects, developing successful philanthropy programs. Her passion for fundraising deepened and she worked exclusively in development at Sydney Dance Company and Belvoir Theatre before joining the Foundation.
Julieanne has served on several Boards, including Chair of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and Theatre Network NSW. Julieanne is a Principal at Cobalt59.
General Manager, Engagement
(appointed July 2019)
Olivia began her career working for a grass roots health not-for-profit organisation in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has had more than 15 years’ fundraising experience in Australia and the UK, in addition to three years’ commercial sales experience.
Most recently, Olivia spent six years at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, raising funds for one of the top three children’s research hospitals in the world. During this time, Olivia led a high-performing team to secure multi-million pound partnerships with FTSE 100 companies. She also led Fundraising Innovation across the charity, to deliver growth in income-generation by accessing new markets and new audiences along with developing new ideas and product for existing audiences.
Head of Leadership Development
(appointed March 2020)
As a registered psychologist, Erica has more than 15 years’ experience working in organisational development across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.
She began her career supporting disadvantaged adults to gain sustainable employment before moving to the UK where she assessed and trained foster carers looking after children with disabilities. On her return to Australia Erica moved into the consulting sector and spent eight years working with a wide range of organisations on leadership development, culture change, strategy and change management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent six years in the finance sector leading organisational development strategies across leadership, culture, talent, organisational transformation, innovation, and diversity and inclusion.
Director of Corporate Communications
(appointed January 2015)
Yvonne has 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and fundraising. She was Brand and Communications Manager for The Benevolent Society and 200th Anniversary Campaign Director. She also worked for the YWCA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program and managed the Children’s Promise campaign for the Foundation for Young Australians.
Yvonne has also held senior new product development roles for Thomson Reuters in London and Sydney.
Director of Capital
(appointed March 2018)
Susan is an experienced leader with more than 20 years working across multi-disciplined areas and industries. She began her career in the corporate sector, holding senior positions in marketing and communications with a key focus on brand and business strategy and development.
Before joining the Foundation, Susan spent four years at Sydney Dance Company where she managed philanthropy and major gifts development while also working in local government as an elected representative for Woollahra Council since 2008 (a role she still holds today).
Susan is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on many committees within her role on Woollahra Council. She is currently Mayor of Woollahra and is also the Deputy Chair of the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and former Chair of Lokahi Foundation.