Antonia Ruffell website April 2016 1Antonia Ruffell – Chief Executive Officer
Antonia 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. ( more… )


David Ward – Technical Director
David is our guru. There are few questions on private ancillary funds that David can’t answer. He (literally) wrote the handbook on the subject for the peak body Philanthropy Australia, and we’re very glad to have him on the team – and on the APS Board. ( more… )


Fiona Higgins_by_Luisa Brimble-77Fiona Higgins – Senior Manager, Grantmaking &  Evaluation
Fiona Higgins has held executive and senior management roles in the philanthropy, non-profit and corporate communications sectors.  ( more… )



Frances Deegan – Adviser, Governance & Giving
Everyone needs a good lawyer at some time, and fortunately we have Frances. She can translate complex legal issues into plain speak without blinking. She’ll also travel far and wide if it’s for a good cause. ( more… )



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Judith Fiander – Adviser, Governance & Giving
Judith’s belief that change is really possible led her to seek out a role in philanthropy. With a background in law and financial services, she’s a high achiever that can do almost anything for clients – just don’t ask her to dance.     ( more…)


Rachael Rofe – Adviser, Governance & Giving
For Rachael Rofe all roads led to APS. Her role as Client Services Manager is the ideal combination of her legal expertise and passion for structured giving. And as a lawyer with a love of travel and good food, Rachael can also advise you on the best places to eat, from Sydney to South America. ( more… )


pennie-loanePennie Loane – Adviser, Governance & Giving
Pennie Loane joined Australian Philanthropic Services in August 2016.  With a background in financial services, she has worked in corporate finance, project finance and as an investment analyst both in the UK and in Australia. Most recently, she managed the Australian Chamber Orchestra Instrument Fund.  (more… )


Candice January 2017

Candice Van Doosselaere – Adviser, Governance & Giving
Candice has a background in Law, specialising in Business and Human Rights. From negotiating as part of a European Union Delegation in China, to working for the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation in Sydney, Candice is passionate about making the world a better place. ( more… )


Alex Lagelée Kean Grantmaking & Evaluation Manager
In her 17 years in not-for-profit management and fundraising, Alex has been inspired by the generous donors she’s worked with who are committed to improving the world around them. With experience across three continents, we’re certainly glad that Alex decided to make Sydney her home. ( more… )


Judy Foster April 2016

Judy Foster – Client Administration & Operations Manager
Judy is a trained PRINCE 2 project manager and a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management. (more…)



Belinda Morrissey  Grantmaking Consultant
Belinda is a grantmaking consultant who specialises in managing family foundations. She has a wealth of experience working in philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector and the corporate world, and is passionate about social justice issues and growing philanthropy in Australia. ( more… )


Brittany Harding Walford website April 2016

Brittany Harding-Walford – Operations Assistant
With a background in administration and finance, including self-managed super fund (SMSF) administration, Brittany is well matched for her role as operations assistant. Her attention to detail and ability to multi-task make Brittany an invaluable member of the APS team. ( more… )


Natasha O’Connor – Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Natasha is an admin expert with an eye for detail. Her efficiency and organisational skills keep APS running smoothly, and a keen sense of humour keeps Natasha grounded, in her vital role supporting CEO Antonia Ruffell, Chairman Chris Cuffe, and the APS team. ( more… )



Alexis King – Operations Assistant
Alexis brings a can-do attitude to her role within the APS team. A problem solver with a positive outlook, Alexis is definitely a glass half-full kind of person. She’s also highly organised, and stays cool under pressure. When the going gets tough Alexis is there to help – and always with a smile.  ( more… )