About

Staff

Sylvia Admans, Chief Executive Officer
Sylvia joined the Ross Trust as CEO in 2011. She has lead a transformative process founded on organisational strengths that has enhanced the Trust’s capability and reputation, with an emphasis on extending the Trust’s place-based work in Robinvale, Gippsland and Benalla. Sylvia has worked in the philanthropic sector since 1999. Prior to joining the Trust, she spent 10 years as CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and before that as Manager, Charitable Services, ANZ Trustees and as an Adviser to Philanthropy Australia. Sylvia was a senior manager with the Australian Public Service for many years. She is a qualified librarian, a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a Churchill Fellow and holds a Diploma from the Australia Institute of Company Directors. She is a Director of the Inner North Community Foundation.
Margarita Sagris, Grants and Office Manager
Margarita has extensive experience in youth work, the charitable trusts sector and administration and holds a BA in Youth Affairs from RMIT University. She came to the Trust after working at ANZ Trustees Philanthropy Partners. Prior to this Margarita held a number of positions within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Venetia Taylor, Program Manager
Venetia has a Masters in Philanthropy and Social Investment from Swinburne University and prior to joining the Trust was Executive Officer of Aussie Farmers Foundation, setting it up in 2010 as a Public Ancillary Fund supporting rural and regional Australia. Her initial work in Corporate Social Responsibility for the business market drew her to the third sector where she transferred her marketing experience to the not for profit sector prior to joining Aussie Farmers Foundation.
Rebecca Chew, Program Manager
Rebecca has a Masters of Visual Culture from Monash University. Before joining the Trust she was the Development Manager at Polyglot Theatre where she built capacity and support through philanthropy and sponsorship. She has been working in the not-for-profit arts sector for over 16 years, responsible for delivering sustainable and diverse funding for arts organisations.
Pam Mitchell, Finance Manager
Pam is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in the establishment, documentation, financial management and reporting of property and investment funds management businesses and superannuation funds. Pam currently holds non-executive directorships with State Government Boards.
Louise Kuramoto, Program Manager (Maternity Leave)
Louise holds a BA International Studies (International Relations) from Deakin University. Before joining the Trust she worked for the Myer Family Company providing strategic advice, research and secretariat services to families, foundations and corporate businesses with regard to their philanthropic activities and held various communication roles in the not-for-profit sector.