Antonia Ruffell joined Australian Philanthropic Services as Chief Executive Officer in September 2012. With a career spanning the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, she is passionate about encouraging philanthropy and enabling people to make the most of their charitable giving.
Antonia’s interest in the not-for-profit sector began in 1996 while working for The Prince’s Trust, the UK’s largest youth charity. It was there that she developed a passion for social justice and encouraging different sectors to work together to make lasting change.
On moving to Sydney in 2002, she helped an individual philanthropist to set up one of the first private ancillary funds in Australia (known then as a prescribed private fund). It was there that she learnt firsthand the benefits that structured philanthropy can bring to individuals and families and the charities they support. Prior to joining Australian Philanthropic Services, she also held senior roles with Perpetual Trustees, the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation, Mission Australia and ING Australia.
Antonia serves on the Board of The Social Outfit, a social enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities to refugees. She is a trustee of the Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation and fulfils the role of Responsible Person for a number of private ancillary funds.
Antonia holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature. She has studied with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Sydney Leadership Program, a social leadership program that aims to create leaders able to understand and respond to complex social issues.