Chief Executive Officer - Ms Sarah Hardy

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Sarah has held senior leadership and management roles in the not for profit and philanthropic sectors for over 25 years. Sarah’s experience has focussed on governance, strategic direction, evaluation, financial management, grantmaking, grant seeking and fundraising.

Sarah has worked with a broad and diverse cross-section of the philanthropic, not for profit sector and education sectors across Australia. This includes organisations working in postgraduate education, mental health, youth, school education, rural and remote issues and women’s health. Previously Sarah held senior positions at The Myer Foundation, the Foundation for Young Australians, 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 has also completed the Executive Program for Philanthropic Leaders at Stanford University and Harvard University's Non Profit Strategic leadership Program. She will commence an Executive Course in Fundraising at Harvard University in September 2016.

Sarah’s particular interests lie in not-for-profit management and sector leadership. Sarah is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a founding board member of the not for profit organisation, YouthLive4Life.


Communications Manager - Ms Kate Nolan

Kate Nolan - Communications ManagerKate 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.

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.