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, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to CEO
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.
Meghan Weekes, Senior Program Manager
With over ten years’ experience Meghan is passionate about philanthropy and the potential it has to influence social change. Most recently Meghan held the position of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services Manager at Perpetual. She worked closely with philanthropists designing strategies to support not-for-profits achieve social impact and build strong, healthy communities. Prior to this, Meghan worked at The Trust Company as Program Area Manager where she was responsible for funding approaches with a focus on Positive Ageing. In addition, she has a strong understanding of not-for-profit governance, business development, estate planning and the management of various charitable entities. Meghan also has experience in fundraising and community engagement roles and brings with her an in-depth understanding of the charitable sector and unique insights into grant making practice and strategy.
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.
Dina Vlanes, Administration Officer
Dina has extensive experience in administration, accounts, customer service, stakeholder management and data base administration. She has extensive experience in the public and private sectors.