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This section is regularly updated with news from the R E Ross Trust, the organisations it supports and the philanthropic sector in general. Stay tuned for the next update.

Ross Trust welcomes new CEO

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Hardy has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer and will commence in the role in late January 2018.

Sarah has spent the last four years as CEO of the Menzies Foundations and held leadership and management positions in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors for 28 years. She 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.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah.

Ross Trust welcomes new Trustee

The Ross Trust welcomes  Jeremy Kirkwood as Trustee commencing 1 August 2017.  Jeremy is a highly respected corporate advisor, Mr Kirkwood has been a principal with Pilot Advisory Group and was previously a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Austock.  He has primarily worked in public markets, undertaking merger and acquisitions and capital raisings for companies principally in the metals and mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.  He has been a Director of companies in the not-for-profit sector and is currently Chair of Geelong Grammar School and Independent Schools Victoria.

Ross Trust 2015-2016 Annual Report

The Trust accepted 110 applications for grants in 2015–16. Of these, 75 (68 per cent) were approved, and total funds of $3,947,727 were paid.
The grants were made as Open Grants, Collaborations, or Programs, across one of four impact areas – A: Vulnerable Victorians; B: Children at Risk; C: Education, Arts and Culture, and; D: Australian Flora and Fauna.
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Ross Trust 2015-2016 Snapshot

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