Our Executive Team

Sarah Davies AM – Chief Executive Officer

In March 2021 Sarah joined the Alannah & Madeline Foundation as the CEO. 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. 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.

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Linda Barry – Deputy CEO

Linda has been with the Foundation since January 2015 and leads the delivery, development and strategic direction of all programs. Linda has extensive experience in leading large teams, operations management as well as HR and stakeholder relationships. Linda had a long and varied career in the finance sector prior to joining the Foundation and was attracted to the organisation's mission of keeping children safe from violence.

Scott Gordon – Chief Operating Officer

Scott joined the Foundation in 2019. He is an experienced chartered accountant and motivated leader who is passionate about making NGO dollars go further and creating high-performing organisations in the not-for-profit sector. Scott has experience leading major cross-functional business projects, strategic planning, budget management and team building, and is focused on ensuring resource allocation decisions are informed and financially responsible. Scott joined the Foundation so he could use his experience to make a difference in the lives of children.

Ariana Kurzeme – Director, Policy & and Prevention

Ariana has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the for-purpose sector. She joined the Foundation in 2019 as the Head of Program Design, Innovation and Advocacy before moving to the Director of Policy and Prevention role in 2021. Ariana leads the functions of innovation, advocacy, evaluation and prevention programs to drive system level change and influence public policy to improve outcomes for children and young people. A purpose-led and impact-driven leader, Ariana has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and developing collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, and is committed to ensuring that the needs, wishes and experience of children and young people is at the core of the Foundation’s work.

Amy Johnston – Director, Development and Communications

Amy Johnston is a fundraising and communications professional with significant experience across the not-for-profit, health and medical research, and education sectors. She is driven by a desire to connect supporters and the wider community with the work the Foundation does in order to create even more impact for children and young people.

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