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 and Company Secretary
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 30 years of varied experience in financial management, treasury, 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.
Katharine Dix Corke
Executive Director, Partnerships
Katharine has over 15 years’ experience working in stakeholder engagement, business development and marketing strategy. Katharine’s experience in the not-for-profit sector includes working for the World Food Programme in resource procurement and extensive volunteering with The Song Room. Katharine has held senior positions in marketing, customer strategy and key account engagement.
As Executive Director of Partnerships, collaborating with the CEO Katharine is responsible for engaging and enhancing relationships of the foundations existing and new partners, as well as overseeing the delivery of all stewardship program activities.
Katharine has specialist certificates in Digital Marketing and in Copywriting, a Bachelor of Arts specialising in History and European studies, a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) and a Master of Marketing from Monash University. Katharine is a member of the AMI.
Marketing and Communications Manager
As a Marketing and Communications Manager, Sarah aims to highlight the contribution of the philanthropy and education to the community, as she is driven by the desire to promote empowerment and opportunity.
Within the charitable sector, Sarah has a wide range of marketing, philanthropy and advocacy experience, as she is Co-Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, Founder of KOS Magazine, an advisory board member of The Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice at Monash University, and the Communications Lead at NEXUS Australia. She holds a Master of Marketing and Communications from Monash University and has completed the AICD Governance NFP Leadership Course.
Appointed to the role of Scholarships Manager in early 2023, Anna oversees all facets of the Scholarship process, from coordination of review and selection panels, managing the application and selection process, to supporting Scholars pre- and post-departure.
Anna has had varied experience in the Australian tertiary sector, primarily at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe, where she managed programs which enhance students’ engagement and success. During her time at the University of Melbourne, she also managed study abroad programs and coordinated students’ engagement with overseas prestigious travelling scholarships such as the John Monash. Prior to her tertiary education roles, Anna taught English as a Second Language for several years, both in the People’s Republic of China and in Australia, preparing international students for tertiary study in Australia. Anna has a Master of Education, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Leadership Academy Manager
Alexandr has been with the Foundation since July 2017 and is making a return in late April 2023 to manage the Leadership Academy.
Prior to joining the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Alexandra worked in the finance sector in compliance and planning whilst concurrently completing her Bachelor of Arts (International Studies and Italian) 1st Class honours, from Swinburne University of Technology. She was the recipient of the Swinburne Medics Award for excellence in Italian studies and received the Charles D’Aprano Memorial Scholarship, which supported her honours thesis project and a period of research in Italy in 2016.
Alexandra’s professional interest is in fostering positive social impact through access to leadership development opportunities and education. She is completing a Master of Social impact through Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Social Impact. She volunteers for Fight MND in their annual big freeze campaigns.