SPANA Australia’s Trustees (also known as Directors) are responsible for ensuring our charity is pursuing its long-term goals, effectively managing its finances and successfully fulfilling its charitable obligations, while operating in line with all legal requirements and the wishes of our supporters.
Rob Gethen Smith – Chair
Rob brings extensive experience of both the charity sector and the business world to his role as Chair of the SPANA Australia Board, having served in roles for various commercial companies that support not-for-profits and also having worked in-house for numerous charities. Before assuming his current role as Director of Business and Digital Consulting at Equantis, he previously worked as Global Programmes Director at Unit4, Head of Partnerships at m-hance and Director of Customer Engagement at Blackbaud, and served in Chief Information Officer roles at Anthony Nolan, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and Macmillan Cancer Support. Rob is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Digital and Technology Group in the UK, and sits as a Trustee on SPANA’s global board.
A versatile leader, senior manager and change agent whose experience spans the not-for-profit, finance, professional services, education, ICT and automotive sectors, Gregory currently works as CRM & Managed Services Practice Manager at Blackbaud – Asia Pacific. He began his career at the Commonwealth Bank before moving on to roles for organisations including Plan International Australia, Uniting Church in Australia – Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (UCA), KPMG Australia, DaimlerChrysler Financial Services (DCFS) and Telstra. Gregory is passionate about bringing value to the not-for-profit sector and seeks to ensure charities balance their core mission delivery with commercial rigour, effective governance and successful change initiatives. He feels privileged to be a member of SPANA’s Australia board, where he can share his skills and passion with the team as they establish this important organisation and its mission in Australia.
Melbourne-born Cameron Fellows is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Company Secretary and Fellow of FINSIA (the Financial Services Institute of Australasia). Having commenced his career with Coopers & Lybrand (now called PwC), Cameron has since held senior finance roles in publicly listed and private businesses in Melbourne, London and Sydney. Cameron currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the ASX-listed business AWN Holdings Ltd.
Jackie is a consultant and trusted adviser with 15 years’ experience in media, communications and advocacy, spanning international humanitarian, human rights and refugee organisations. She has lived and worked in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia and is passionate about the importance of cross-cultural communication and ethical storytelling. Jackie holds a master’s in strategic communications from the University of Sydney and a first-class honours degree in journalism from Monash University in Melbourne. She works in English, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.
An internationally accredited Certified Fundraising Executive and Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), Kerin Welford is the Director of Bluestone Fundraising. With more than 24 years’ experience, Kerin has worked within nine international, national and regional charitable organisations, spanning the not-for-profit sector across Australia and New Zealand. A multi-award-winning fundraising leader, change manager, international conference speaker and mentor, Kerin also serves as a Board member of Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia and the President of Sydney Street Cats.
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