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 – Grantmaking Specialist
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… )



Judith Fiander for website April 2016

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 – Grantmaking Manager
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… )



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… )