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Annual report released

The Ross Trust has released its 2017-18 annual report, showcasing the incredible work done by organisations across Victoria, with over $4 million in grants distributed by the Trust in the last financial year.

Ross Trust CEO, Sarah Hardy, said “these grants, alongside our partnerships, collaborations and other investments in not for profits across the State, demonstrate our keen focus on supporting vulnerable Victorians and environmental preservation.

“In my first year with the Ross Trust it is a delight to look back over the year, see what has been achieved by those we support, and this is just a small snapshot.

“The report includes stories about impact investing in conservation in the Otways, how new approaches to early childhood learning are netting strong results on the Mornington Peninsula, some of the unexpected benefits of developing advanced statements with mental health patients in Melbourne, and more.

“I would like to thank the many organisations who have worked with us over the recent months to tell their stories and demonstrate the great work they do,” Sarah said.

The Ross Trust was very fortunate to have Trustees the calibre of Eda Ritchie AM and Ian Renard AM, who both retired during the year. The annual report also features a story on Eda and Ian’s experiences in philanthropy with the Ross Trust and the changes they have seen in the past 20 years.

You can read the report here.

New Trustees Appointed

The RE Ross Trust Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of two new RE Ross Trust Trustees and Directors of Hillview Quarries.

Mr Jon Webster and Ms Prue Digby will replace Ms Eda Ritchie AM and Mr Ian Renard AM, who will retire from their trustee and directorship responsibilities on 30 June 2018, after 21 years and 20 years respectively. This completes their exceptional leadership and dedicated service to the Trust and Hillview Quarries.

We welcome Jon and Prue to the Trust, who will take up their responsibilities on 1 July 2018.

Mr Jon Webster

With a long and distinguished career in the Law, Jon is currently a partner at the law firm, Allens. Jon was a board member of Allens from 2004 -2016.

Having held several academic appointments, Jon recently retired as a Senior Fellow of the Law School at the University of Melbourne.

Jon currently holds several Director positions including Director of the Human Rights Law Centre and listed investment company AMCIL Limited. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Northern Land Council.

Jon brings exemplary legal, business and governance skills to the RE Ross Trust and Hillview Quarries.

Ms Prue Digby

Prue brings extensive government and community experience having held several senior executive and non-executive Director positions, across a range of state, local government and non-government sectors.

Originally a Social Worker, Prue recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Building Authority. Prior to this role, Prue was Deputy Secretary – Planning, Building, Heritage and Local Government and the first Chief Executive Officer for the City of Yarra.

Prue previously held Director positions on the board of many community organisations. Currently Prue is the State Government appointed Municipal Monitor for Frankston City Council and Member Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) WorkCare Board.


Prue brings extensive government networks, knowledge and business acumen, along with a strong understanding of complex community systems, to the RE Ross Trust and Hillview Quarries.

Ross Trust 2016-2017 Snapshot

A snapshot of the highlights from the Annual report is produced in a 2-page format.
Please click here to view the snapshot.

Ross Trust 2016-17 Annual Report

The Trust accepted 116 applications in 2016–17. Of these, 92 (79 per cent) were approved totalling $4,205,672.
67% of these grants were directed to Vulnerable Victorians, 19% to Children at Risk, 11% to Education, Arts and Culture and 3% to Australian Flora and Fauna.

Click here for the full report