Sarah Davies AM, CEO of Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Sarah has had a broad and wide-ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education in Australia to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and back in the dim dark ages in airport management.  But for the last 14 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for-purpose sector: in social change.

In March 2021 Sarah joined the Alannah & Madeline Foundation as the CEO – joining a highly committed and impactful community and team.

Her desire to work with like-minded people, to ensure that children and young people are safe and secure, building positive futures, was forged through 18 years as a Director of Kids Under Cover, working to prevent youth homelessness, and an exciting and rewarding four years as the CEO of The Reach Foundation, working to improve the wellbeing of young people so they can get the most out of life.

Prior to joining the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Sarah was the CEO of Philanthropy Australia, enabling and supporting the growth and evolution of thoughtful giving to achieve more and better philanthropy.  This was not her first role in the philanthropic sector as she was the CEO of the Australian Communities Foundation for four years, enabling accessible philanthropy and matching donor interests to emerging social issues and needs of communities.

In addition to her professional roles, Sarah also serves on several diverse Boards and committees.  Her current community roles include Deputy Chair of the Centre for Social Impact, Council Member of the National Museum of Australia and Director of Teach for Australia.

Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and a Victorian JP.

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