Antonia 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… )

Mylee Nguyen – Head of Client Administration & Operations

Mylee’s journey with Australian Philanthropic Services started many years ago as a Certified Financial Planner, referring private clients to the APS PAF establishment and administration service. (more…)

Cristina Espiritu – Client Administration and Operations Assistant

Cristina joined APS in August 2019 as a Client Administration and Operations Assistant. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge and expertise in the administration of not-for-profit foundations to APS. (more…)

Delia LuoDelia Luo – Client Administration and Operations Assistant

Delia comes to APS with years of administrative and managerial experience gained running a busy retail business. She is delighted to be able to transfer her skills to the philanthropy sector. (more…)

Cam Clarkson – Business Systems Analyst

Originally from New Zealand, Cam now calls Australia home.  Actively involved in the community and volunteering, he brings a wealth of administrative experience to the team. (more…)

Fiona Higgins – Grantmaking Specialist

Fiona has held executive and senior management roles in the philanthropy, non-profit and corporate communications sectors. (more… )

Alex Lagelée Kean – Grantmaking Specialist

Born and raised in Germany, Alex’s work and study has taken her around the globe. After graduating from New York University with a Master of Arts in Political Science, she helped start a global grassroots landmine clearance campaign (Adopt-A-Minefield), in association with the United Nations in New York. (more… )

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… )

Judith Fiander – Head of Advisory – 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…)

Kate Bowditch – Adviser, Governance & Giving
Kate has a background in financial services and private wealth, bringing a range of experience across investments, superannuation and estate planning.  Living by the beach, Kate enjoys spending time with her family and training for her next marathon. (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… )

Jane Kenny – Adviser, Governance & Giving
Jane comes to APS with considerable experience in giving and grantmaking. She is passionate about connecting people and helping them to share their knowledge, experience and assets to solve problems and strengthen the community. (more… )

Pennie Loane – Adviser, Governance & Giving

Pennie 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… )

caterinaCaterina Savoca – Associate Adviser, Governance & Giving

Caterina joined Australian Philanthropic Services in April 2019. She has over ten years’ philanthropic experience working for cultural institutions in the UK and Australia. Most recently she worked at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands where she led the capital campaign for the Sydney Garden’s 200th Birthday project, The Calyx.  (more… )

Rachael Rofe – Head of APS Foundation

For Rachael all roads led to APS. Her role as Head of the APS  Foundation 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… )

Cathy Bull – Accounting and Tax Manager, APS Foundation

Cathy joined APS in April 2019 as Accounting and Tax Manager for the APS Foundation. She has over 30 years’ experience in the tax and business services sectors garnered in mid-large tier chartered accounting firms, as well as in the private sector.
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Natasha O’Connor – Office Manager and 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… )