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Our Coaching Mentors

We have carefully chosen Coaching Mentors with extensive experience as successful leaders from all sectors in Chair, CEO and senior executive roles. Our Coaching Mentors are experienced in governance, leadership, management, strategy development and implementation, and understand the nuances of the different sectors. All our Coaching Mentors have been successfully coaching and mentoring within the NFP sector for many years.

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson is a highly experienced professional who has successfully combined his 20+ years in senior executive roles at ASX listed and global companies with a broad contribution within the community sector. He has held a number of roles in community organisations as a director, committee member, trustee, office bearer or volunteer.

Bruce's most recent corporate role was Regional Director of a global career transition business which involved him leading a team of 100+ career coaches whilst personally providing career guidance and coaching to a large number of senior executives from a broad spectrum of sectors. Bruce has been a coaching mentor to a number of leaders from within the community sector.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Education from Deakin University, and an MBA from RMIT University.

Bruce is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. He is currently the Chairman of the Dafydd Lewis Trust, Council Member of Leadership Victoria, and a Trustee of the Anglesea SLSC Foundation

Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman's professional career has two parts, the first in the commercial world, the second in the not for profit world.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant and gaining international experience with PwC. Jonathan held a range of commercial positions, his last as CEO of a Melbourne based family office for 14 years with specific responsibilities for the professional services and investment activities. This included roles as a Non-Executive Director of private and public companies.

Alongside his commercial career Jonathan was involved as a volunteer, leader, board member or chair of a range of not for profit organisations. During this time, he also graduated from the Williamson Community Leadership and the Goldman Sachs Not For Profit Leadership Programs.

In 2001 he transitioned his employment to the not for profit sector where he used his wide range of commercial skills and experience to lead not for profits to better achieve their vision. In this period Jonathan's roles included CEO of Lord Somers Camp and Power House, and the Australian Communities Foundation.

Jonathan is now working with family companies, professional services practices, corporates and charities where there is a need for an executive who can bridge the gap between the different sectors.

Jonathan is currently Chair of the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship, a charity established to build thriving communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities.

Petrina Dorrington

Petrina Dorrington is an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector. She was the Executive Director of Kids Under Cover from 1997 to 2007 and a Non-Executive Director from 2007 to 2013.

Petrina is currently on the boards of the Royal Children's Hospital and the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre and has previously served on other boards including the Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre and Homes for Homes.

She was awarded a study scholarship to Stanford University's Executive Program for Non Profit Leaders in 2006 and graduated as a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2007.

Petrina currently provides project services to not-for-profits and private companies. She volunteers for the Anglicare Friends Program and is a mentor for the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy program.

Nell White

Nell White has a long history of community and professional leadership as a Project Manager, CEO, Director, Policy Maker and volunteer. Professionally Nell is an MBA qualified Project Leader who has led complex and creative projects relating to the environment, health, housing, and the arts within, and across, the private, community, government and university sectors. Nell has successfully run her own production company since 2000, writing and producing numerous documentaries including 6 for national broadcast by the ABC or SBS. Previously, Nell managed over 40 hours of television including 12 award-winning programs for the ABC's Natural History Unit.

Nell's experience in the broader Arts sector has involved leadership roles in not-for -profit organisations including as CEO of Australian Poetry, the national peak body for poetry, and Producer of "Waderbirds - Odyssey of the Wetlands", a ground-breaking international environmental arts project.

Prior to working in the arts sector, Nell had over 10 years' experience in research and policy analysis for government.

In addition to her professional experience, Nell has been an active Board member of numerous not-for profit community organisations including Open Channel, ADEC (Action for Disability in Ethnic Communities), Westside Circus and Australian Poetry.  As an Alumni of the Williamson Community Leadership Program she has also been involved in numerous community projects.

Elizabeth Mildwater

Elizabeth has ten years' Executive level experience, in both for profit and for purpose environments. She moved from being a professional lawyer into general operations, benefiting from executive coaching and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard to help her move. She has worked in the for profit, government and for purpose sectors, and is able to translate experience from one environment to another.

Elizabeth spent many years in the infrastructure and utilities sector, both within Australia and internationally. She then moved to Save the Children in 2013 where she is the Director of Australian Programs. She leads a diverse workforce of more than 500 around Australia to develop and support communities in some of the most challenging environments in the country.

Elizabeth delights in seeing people develop and achieve their best. She particularly enjoys developing people in complex environments and with diverse backgrounds. Having gained years of experience, training and coaching in the corporate world, she is now able to distil and share that experience with those in it and for purpose environments. Through coaching and mentoring, Elizabeth enables people to directly achieve much greater impact themselves while also developing their own people to do the same.

Robyn Charlwood

Robyn's career has traversed the public health, not for profit, corporate sector and philanthropy. She operates skilfully across all. The ability to identify essential and transferable skills, and to translate across sectors is a personal strength.

In essence, Robyn is a people focused leader - passionate about people as well as about strengthening communities.

Most of Robyn's formative experience was in the not for profit sector, including 10 years as CEO of the Heart Foundation, a leading Australian charity and as leader of the federated Heart Foundation Finance Shared Service. She attributes her success to genuinely caring: about her people, about organisational sustainability and about stakeholders.

Robyn moved to the corporate sector eight years ago, taking a leading role in Philanthropy at ANZ Trustees. Outside of her work in creative grant making and philanthropy she made a significant contribution to the cultural leadership of the trustee business.

Robyn is an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership program and an active Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She has been a director on Arts Access, board member of Foundation 49 Men's Health and a reference group member for the Centre for Social Impact (CSI). Robyn has a B.A., BSc (Hons), Grad Dip. Nutrition and Dietetics.

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