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Board of Governors

Anne McCutcheon

BA, Dip Soc Stud, MBA, AFAIM
Chair

Pam Simmons

BASW, MPolAdmin, GAICD
Deputy Chair

Nick Costello

BCom, Dip Lang, CFA
Governor

Richard Dennis AM PSM

LL.B (Hons) Grad Dip Business Admin
Governor

David Minns

BEc, F Fin, FCA, FTIA
Governor

John van Ruth

FCA, FAICD, FNVI
Governor

Liz Wilson

BSW, AUA (Soc Stud)
Governor

Team

Stacey Thomas

Chief Executive Officer
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Stacey Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Stacey Thomas is one of Australia’s most respected leaders in philanthropy. Her deep knowledge of the sector, together with her personal values of equity and social justice, and a preternatural instinct for collaboration, underpin her leadership at Wyatt.

“The opportunity to lead an organisation with such a long history was very appealing,” Stacey says of her decision to join the team in 2019. “I have strong social justice principles, and with Wyatt focusing on poverty and inequality it was a perfect match.”

While philanthropy is often described as a balancing act between head and heart, Stacey knows that creating lasting impact requires both.

“Working in the sector exposes you to so much you would never have normally had the opportunity to see,” she explains. “Sometimes it is very confronting, and other times it’s incredibly heart-warming; either way it’s an absolute privilege.”

“At Wyatt we aim to generate the highest impact possible for the people who need it most. I’m very fortunate that in my role I get to work across all areas of the organisation,” Stacey says.

“I love listening to the stories of individuals we support, seeing the impact and plans of our organisational partners, working with our Board to increase our impact via our investments. I plan to do even more listening and learning from our partners so that we continue to grow our impact together.”

Stacey previously held roles at the Fay Fuller Foundation, Myer Family Company and Telstra Foundation. She is a Director at Philanthropy Australia, the country’s peak body for philanthropy.

Tony Ashdown

Community Relations Manager
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Tony Ashdown

Community Relations Manager

An accomplished veteran of the community service sector, Tony Ashdown has spent his career raising funds for compelling causes that span education, disability, medical research and more.

After retiring in late 2018, Tony undertook a limited number of fundraising consultancies and was enticed back into the workforce by Wyatt to help develop strategies that would significantly expand the Trust’s financial capacity to change lives.

“I had known the work of Wyatt for many years and had great respect for what has been done,” Tony says. “The opportunity to contribute to a new approach was important to me.”

Tony’s amiability and warmth shine through in all his interactions with Wyatt’s donors and potential supporters.

“Working with people to fulfill their philanthropic plans and seeing the satisfaction it gives them to help others is extremely rewarding,” Tony says.

“I love the support provided by Wyatt is helping to change lives for the better. To be involved (behind the scenes) in bringing hope and optimism is a privilege.”

Leanne Crisp

Payroll & Finance
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Leanne Crisp

Payroll & Finance

With a background in administration and finance, Leanne Crisp has worked across a range of sectors including publishing, engineering and consumer goods, as well as running her own bookkeeping business.

At Wyatt, Leanne takes care of payroll and assists with various finance functions. Working with the team at Wyatt, she says, provides a deep sense of purpose and satisfaction.

“I love the passion and purpose of the people at Wyatt and the way that they care so deeply about helping those less fortunate,” Leanne explains.

“I love knowing that my time and knowledge contribute to keeping the support frameworks of day-to-day operations ticking along for staff, as well as suppliers and grant recipients.”

As Wyatt continues to innovate and re-imagine its work in order to help more South Australians who are experiencing poverty and inequality, Leanne says she is looking forward to playing her part in the organisation’s evolution.

“It warms my heart to be a small part of Wyatt’s future growth and success,” she says.

Jo Edwards

Grants Manager
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Jo Edwards

Grants Manager

One of the things Jo Edwards loves most about her role as Grants Manager is witnessing philanthropy’s catalytic power.

“It’s that alchemy where community interest, a proposal and an injection of resources and connections can create such positive energy,” Jo says.

Before joining the team at Wyatt, Jo dedicated 15 years to working across disability, youth, higher education and health in a range of programs and services.

“Philanthropy was new and a bit foreign to me,” she explains, “but the scope of this role at Wyatt just sang to me and it all felt so right.”

Jo works closely with Wyatt’s non-profit partner organisations to help every South Australian live a life free from poverty and disadvantage.

“As Grants Manager, I value my daily discussions with partner contacts across South Australia,” she says. “They are solid gold.”

Sophie Doyle

Philanthropy & Engagement Manager, Foundation SA
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Sophie Doyle

Philanthropy & Engagement Manager, Foundation SA

Community-mindedness and positive impact are the hallmarks of Sophie Doyle’s career. Even while working for one of the country’s biggest law firms, Sophie’s left a lasting legacy by establishing the company’s SA/NT Foundation, workplace giving and staff volunteering programs. She is also a co-founder of MumKIND, a SA-based charity that supports families experiencing family violence.

During her time at Philanthropy Australia, Sophie managed the peak body’s membership programs in SA and WA, developing strong networks within the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.

“I love that working in philanthropy gives me the ability to get people thinking about giving,” Sophie says. “Everyone can make an impact, but often people don’t know how to start.”

In her role at Foundation SA, South Australia’s state-wide community foundation, Sophie intends to help even more people experience the rewards of giving.

“I can’t wait to share the opportunities our new community foundation creates for donors and the non-profits supporting our community,” she says.

“Inspiring people to think about giving back to their local community and seeing the joy this brings is why I do what I do.”

Kate Fox

Small Grants Lead
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Kate Fox

Small Grants Lead

Kate Fox’s passion for helping people has existed for as long as she can remember. It has shaped her career pathway which includes working in community development for both government and non-profit organisations.

“In each of my professional and volunteer roles, I have seen the impact of poverty on so many aspects of people’s lives: physical health, mental health, social isolation, addiction and so much more,” Kate says. “Providing support is not always enough, advocacy and policy change are necessary.”

“I feel fortunate to work at Wyatt which is an organisation that focuses on challenging inequality and eradicating poverty. The impact of this work has already been life-changing for many, and hopefully even more people will benefit in the future.”

As Small Grants Lead, Kate’s community focus and ability to build strong relationships is critical to the program’s success.

“Working collaboratively with people with lived experience, other organisations and grant makers is essential if we’re to make a positive difference,” she says. “At Wyatt, we are constantly reviewing our practices to improve and change according to community need.”

Julie Maguire

Grants & Administration Officer
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Julie Maguire

Grants & Administration Officer

Julie Maguire has been a stalwart of the Wyatt team for more than a decade and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It has always been a priority for me that people have access to life’s basic necessities: a safe home, education, and a feeling of self-worth,” she says, adding that many people use the word ‘fair’ as one of her strongest personal attributes.

“The knowledge that we are helping people who are often not given a fair go in life through no fault of their own is why I love working here,” she explains.

As Grants and Administration Officer, Julie plays an integral role in the assessment and processing of the thousands of grant applications Wyatt receives each year.

“Assessing direct grants for individuals and families in need and knowing that they are receiving items, or services or training that is important for their wellbeing at that time is the most rewarding part of my work.”

Angela Meegan

Grants Manager
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Angela Meegan

Grants Manager

Angela Meegan’s natural empathy and deep commitment to community service has shaped her career. She has worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors including disability services, project work in Kakadu and Uluru Kata Tjuta National Parks and most recently, as a financial counsellor.

“Working as a financial counsellor, I developed a deep understanding of the extent of disadvantage in our community, with all of the complexities and often related issues such as trauma, mental health, addiction and homelessness,” Angela says.

“I learned that the Wyatt Trust was often there to fund specific needs for clients where other funding was unavailable. The Trust is widely respected and fills a real funding need.”

Angela seized the opportunity to join the Wyatt team, which she says is “passionate about service delivery and better outcomes” in early 2019.

“As Grants Manager, I enjoy hearing about the back stories of the applications we receive,” Angela explains. “Clients share very personal and real details of their lives and it’s a constant reminder of why we are here and why we do what we do. It is very humbling and grounding, as well as rewarding.”

Simone Pomeroy

Reception & Administration
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Simone Pomeroy

Reception & Administration

With her friendly, down to earth personality Simone Pomeroy provides a warm welcome to visitors in her Reception and Administration role, or as she cheekily calls it, vice-president of first impressions. Hers is often the first face you’ll see, or first voice you’ll hear, when getting in touch with Wyatt.

Having worked in a range of roles across several industries, Simone’s multitasking skills are second to none.

“I answer the phones, take care of enquires, help check applications and payments – a bit of everything,” she says.

“The people you meet in this sector are very compassionate and lovely,” Simone adds.

“I love working at Wyatt. Being part of a great team and being part of a process that ultimately helps people who are in financial need is really rewarding. I’m excited to see where Wyatt will go next.”

Gavin Reid

Business & Operations Lead
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Gavin Reid

Business & Operations Lead

Before joining the team at Wyatt, Gavin Reid, a self-described ‘passionate South Australian’, worked in finance and accounting for large corporates for more than three decades.

“I wanted a change in direction from the corporate world where I could use my skills to benefit another sector or organisation,” Gavin explains.

“I love the ‘vibe’ of the philanthropic sector and the fact that you have people who are doing great things to support people in need. I enjoy knowing that our work is making a real difference to people’s lives.”

As Business and Operations Lead, Gavin ensures Wyatt’s business and operational systems including investments, accounting, IT and admin are as effective and efficient as possible. He takes particular pride in ensuring the systems “are always improving so they can more effectively support all those who rely on them.”

Dana Shen

Organisational Mentor
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Dana Shen

Organisational Mentor

Dana Shen has worked across the public and non-profit sectors in the areas of health, families and child protection for more than 20 years.

As an Aboriginal/Chinese woman descended from the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia, Dana has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities and brings a unique skill set in facilitation, Aboriginal cultural consultancy, mainstream service delivery and systems change. Dana’s current work includes supporting organisations to plan for the future and improve service delivery.

“As an organisational mentor I have been privileged to provide advice and support to Wyatt across multiple areas and systems,” Dana says.

“The Wyatt team has a genuine desire to deliver the best outcomes for the people they serve. They are willing to explore the organisation’s history, their ways of thinking and doing.

“When teams are willing to listen and reflect, this gives me a unique opportunity to draw from a wide set of experiences and skills including systems thinking. I look forward to continuing to walk alongside the Wyatt team as a friend.”

Keren Sutton

Data, Insights & Learning Lead
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Keren Sutton

Data, Insights & Learning Lead

Keren Sutton brings a wealth of valuable experience to Wyatt in her role as Data, Insights and Learning Lead. Beginning her career as a primary school teacher, Keren went on to work for the South Australian State Government in community and industry engagement programs before switching to donor engagement and governance for non-profit groups providing access to healthcare and education for people living in poverty in Uganda.

The alignment between her own personal values and the organisational focus of Wyatt made Keren’s decision to join the team an easy one.

“Wyatt’s focus on making a difference to people in my community who are experiencing poverty and inequality really spoke to my passion for social justice,” she explains.

“The team here works to empower our South Australian community to address poverty compassionately, with clear actions that bring positive change and hope to families and individuals.”

Working with like-minded people across the philanthropic sector to create positive impact is one of the things Keren enjoys most about her role.

“Having the opportunity to influence change and see people-focused approaches developed and actioned is very important to me,” she says. “I’m looking forward to engaging with people across all walks of life, and listening and learning to enable Wyatt to have greater long-term impact on people experiencing poverty.”

Consultants

David Holston

Investment Consultant

Ed Bernard

Financial Consultant