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.
Director, Scholarships and Alumni
Trudi graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts and the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music with a BMus and a GradDipOpera before heading off to London to pursue a career in Opera. After specialising in the Puccini heroines in the UK and Europe, Trudi settled in London and retrained in Musial Theatre.
She was cast in many West End shows: Ragtime, The Pirate Queen, Death Takes A Holiday and most notably the award winning European Premiere of Queen of the Mist, for which she also made the Original London Cast recording and is a founding member of the cabaret company ‘The Diva List’. Trudi recorded for film, television and radio and pre-pandemic was the featured artist in the Amazon Alexa worldwide campaign ‘The Opera Singer’.
Trudi has worked concurrently as an administrator in the non-for-profit sector, in planning, logistics and events, adult education and building management at The Bishopsgate Institute, London and House Manager at The Victoria League Student House, London, an international student halls of residence.
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 philanthropy and advocacy experience, as she is Co-Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, Founder of KOS Magazine, a board member of Kids in Philanthropy, and the Communications Lead at Nexus Australia. She is completing her Master of Marketing and Communications at Monash University.