Staff

Leonard Vary | Chief Executive Officer

Leonard assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund in October 2011.

Leonard is a director of the Malthouse Theatre, the immediate past Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, a past Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to his appointment to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel and a Director of the Linfox Group. Earlier in his career Leonard was in private practice at Clayton Utz, a leading Australian law firm.

Leonard holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne. Leonard also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, and in 2006 he undertook the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Amy Hill | Executive Assistant

Prior to her appointment at The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Amy held various high level support roles at Clean Energy Council, Spotless Services, Suncorp Metway and Linfox. Amy has a strong customer service focus, a proven capacity to deal with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and solid experience in program management.

KirstyAllen | Program Manager

Responsible for

  • Poverty and Disadvantage
  • Capacity Building grants (Poverty and Disadvantage and Education portfolios)
  • Reym Fund
  • Finance

Kirsty came to the philanthropic sector in 2007 following nearly ten years working in international development. As an Overseas Program Manager with International Women’s Development Agency Kirsty managed and monitored projects in Asia and the Pacific, and as Manager, New Initiatives she was responsible for developing new projects and seeking project funding from non-government sources, including philanthropy within Australia and internationally.

Kirsty is currently a member of the Ross House Association Committee of Management and was for three years on the Board of Women’s Health West. She holds a B.A (Arabic)/B.Com (Applied Economics) from Deakin University.

Elena Mogilevski | Program Manager

Responsible for

  • Education
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Myer Innovative Fellowships
  • Social Finance
  • Systems

Elena has a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Latrobe University. Prior to this appointment Elena worked at the Monash University, Department of Political and Social Inquiry, researching Asian politics post September 11, democracy and Islam. She also held a number of research positions with community based organisations. In 2010-11 Elena undertook a six month secondment at the Brotherhood of St Laurence where she worked in the finance strategy department. Elena is currently a non-executive Director of EdConnect Australia, a national charity that connects volunteers with schools.

Neal Harvey

Neal Harvey | Program Manager

Responsible for

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Merlyn Myer Fund
  • Family Grants Program
  • Fourth generation family engagement
  • Communications

Neal was the Creative Producer of Melbourne Fringe from 2010 – 2013, following numerous roles for independent and main stage theatre companies, festivals and local government councils. Neal has a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts and a PhD from the University of Queensland. He has worked as a Research Fellow for the AusStage project and has published articles on the changing role of technology for Australian arts organisations. Neal was Chair of Yarra City Council’s Arts Advisory Committee from 2012 – 2014 and a member since 2010. From 2014 – 2016 Neal was Chair of Melbourne company Snuff Puppets.

 

Jenny Kelly | Administration Assistant

Jenny made a significant career shift in 2009, leaving behind a successful career in the IT industry where she held senior management positions with both Australian and Global Manufacturing Companies to follow a new path in Office Administration. She accepted the role of Administration Assistant with The Myer Foundation in July 2012. Jenny has a broad range of business skills and an excellent customer service approach that support the business processes of the office well.

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