About

Staff

Sarah Hardy, Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Hardy has been the CEO of the Menzies Foundation for the last four years. She has held leadership and management positions in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors for 28 years and has strong commitment and sound relationships with a broad cross-section of the philanthropic, not-for-profit and community sectors across Victoria and Australia. Previously Sarah held senior positions at The Myer Foundation, the Foundation for Young Australians, the Victorian local government, the Jean Hailes Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Originally trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Sarah holds postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education and Training (University of Melbourne), Community Health (La Trobe University), Mental Health Sciences (University of Melbourne) and Business (Philanthropy and Not-for-Profit studies, QUT). Sarah completed the Executive Program for Philanthropic Leaders at Stanford University in 2008 and the Exponential Course in Fundraising at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University in 2017. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
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.