Liz brings over 20 years’ experience in social impact, philanthropy and leadership development, to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Menzies Foundation.
She has worked across the not-for-profit, university, government and private sectors, including setting up her own businesses.
Liz was instrumental in establishing and managing both the Centre for Ethical Leadership and the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Impact during her six years with the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.
She also worked as a higher education advisor to former Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu and managed a $5million grant making program during her six years as Grant Executive of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.
Liz was awarded a research fellowship to investigate best practice in philanthropy, working alongside The Trust Company philanthropy team to develop the Engaged Philanthropy model. This work will culminate in the national launch of the Best Practice in Philanthropy Report in partnership with Philanthropy Australia shortly.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Management (Industrial Relations) from Victoria University and a Master of Public Policy from Deakin University.
Kate has worked in senior marketing and communication roles in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors and has a particular interest in health and sport. She is also the Director of Communications and Media with the Board of the Fitzroy Football Club and has her own consultancy, Writeside Communication.
For three years, Kate was the marketing communications manager for Southern Health (now Monash Health), Victoria's largest health care provider, working on a wide variety of issues from nursing recruitment to aged care.
Over five years with the Victorian state government, Kate was communications manager for a number of portfolios including Veterans' Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs, community development, disability, youth, seniors, women and regional development.
Kate was the Media Director for the ATO when the GST was introduced and worked as a stakeholder manager on a major national project for the ATO.
Kate has also worked in the private sector, as marketing manager for town planning and urban design consultancy, David Lock Associates, and for country and community newspapers as a journalist and editor.
Kate has a Master of Marketing with Swinburne University and a degree in sports journalism from the University of Canberra. She brings a wide range of communication skills and brand management experience to the Menzies Foundation.