In 1993 Ann began a highly successful career in development after 17 years of work as a secondary and higher education teacher, curriculum director, lecturer in education and, finally, as a communications director for leading educational institutions in Melbourne. As a result, she addresses institutional advancement with a deep insight of the needs and opportunities at play in education.
Ann joined Marts & Lundy in April 2013 after eight years as Director of Advancement for Ormond College, the University of Melbourne. Under her leadership, Ormond College’s philanthropy efforts have grown from a very low base to more than $10 million raised for scholarships and endowment, donor participation has grown ten-fold, and student applications have doubled. Ann also planned and implemented a highly successful comprehensive campaign for scholarships and building funds.
Prior to her work at Ormond College, Ann was Director of Community Relations at Melbourne Grammar School. In this role she was responsible for marketing and alumni relations as well as for the development and implementation of the school’s fundraising program. During her tenure, she took the school’s fundraising programs from $150,000 in 1992 to more than a $2 million annual average from 1995 to 2004. In all, the fundraising program raised $20 million in cash in just one decade.
Ann is a past Victorian and national president of Educate Plus. She is the 2000 recipient of the Trevor Wigney Award, the industry’s highest recognition for outstanding leadership and achievement in development. In 2008, Ann was recognized with the Peter Crook Award, the ADAPE Victorian Chapter’s award for outstanding contributions to development. A passionate champion of professional development, Ann is a frequent presenter at Educate Plus conferences and master classes and also at CASE conferences in the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Ann is passionate about time with friends and family, good food and wine, cooking, travel, walking and reading. She loves spending time and being a nonna with her grandchildren. Ann is on the board of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and is a keen fundraising volunteer at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.