Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation from the start of 2017, Annemarie is an experienced not-for-profit executive with a passion for the world of education. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was CEO of Schools Connect Australia, a NFP which brought businesses in partnership with disadvantaged schools. She led this organisation for 4 years, strengthening its marketing and economics and ultimately guiding its merger with the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN).
Annemarie previously worked with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) initially in Sales and Marketing followed by three years as General Manager and publisher of ACER Press. In support of her passion about the role of arts in the community she has produced a documentary, Dare To Be Different, which showcases the impact of an arts based curriculum on the learning of children with a range of disabilities at the Port Phillip Specialist School.
She is Deputy Chair and non-executive board director of Creative Art Therapy Australia (CATA).
Annemarie has a diverse global perspective and has lived, worked and studied in Fiji, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA.
She has a BA English Lit. (Hons, cum laude) CofC, USA; MA Monash University; Grad. Dip. Education and Training, Victoria University and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Chuan is responsible for the Foundation’s financial functions including accounting, audit, investments and governance. He also leads all human resources activities. His career spans over 25 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and information technology delivery.
Before joining the Foundation in early 2018, Chuan served as Treasurer and Finance Operations Manager at an Australian University and as Company Secretary for its subsidiaries. He has held senior positions in investment banks, transportation, mining, agricultural and tertiary education organisations.
Chuan has a Master of Finance and Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from RMIT University and holds CPA and CFTP (Snr) memberships.
Dr Nicholas Hill
Director, Scholarships and Alumni
Nick graduated from the University of Surrey in Arts/Commerce with Honours and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing working in commercial marketing communication roles in London, after a graduate rotation in the Royal Navy.
Transitioning into tertiary education to develop foundational arts and cultural management programmes, he became involved with international scholarships through the Erasmus programme in Europe and exchange as Visiting Professor at UCV, Caracas. He undertook a Masters in Arts Policy at City University, followed by a PhD in Cultural Patronage, carrying out fieldwork in India, funded by an ESRC scholarship and the Gresham College.
He came to the University of Melbourne in 2004 as an academic in the School of Creative Arts, involved with the Masters programme in Arts Management. Moving into administrative roles, Nick was central to the establishment of the Australia India Institute and was sponsored through the Harvard Kennedy School International Security programme. He later worked in residential colleges and was instrumental in recalibrating pastoral care and wellbeing, focusing on an intentional academic community.
Nick is a Director of the Cultural Development Network and Creating Australia, Chair of the James Morrison Academy and Director of Upbeat Arts, a mental health charity focussing on choirs and creative arts practice to effect transformation.
Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Member of the Royal Over-Seas League in London. He is an advocate for the soft power value of international exchange in education and collaborative research.
Serena is the Marketing Manager at the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Serena has 10 years of international experience working within the education sector across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Asia. She has a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts from Deakin (focussing on Journalism, Political Science and Dramatic Arts), and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing (RMIT).
Her professional values include supporting both students and educators to create fulfilling career pathways that encompass lifelong learning. Serena enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to develop best practice through sharing knowledge, which enables the best outcomes for all partnerships. She brings to the team an ideal range of skills, experience and qualities to make a great contribution to the Foundation.