Our team

  1. Lisa Cotton
    Co-Founder and Chief Executive
    Lisa Cotton

    Lisa co-founded The Funding Network in 2012 with the late Steve Lawrence AO. Previously, Lisa was CEO of philanthropic consultancy firm Funding Edge and, before that served as Director Social Investment at Social Ventures Australia for seven years. Earlier Lisa was Associate Director of DDB Worldwide Communications. She has also held senior government roles in business strategy and marketing with Gold Corporation and the Western Australian Tourism Commission. She is currently a Board Director of mentoring program Kilfinan Australia, the former Chairman of Documentary Australia Foundation, a member of the Kokoda Track Foundation Leadership Council and former board member of School Aid Trust. Get in touch: lisa.cotton@thefundingnetwork.com.au

  2. Tom Hull
    General Manager
    Tom Hull

    Tom has 15 years international experience at marketing and creative agencies in London, New York and Sydney, advising on communications strategy and implementing consumer engagement programs for global brands including Sony, Virgin, Pepsi, Microsoft and British Airways. He is a recent scholarship recipient of the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW. Get in touch: tom.hull@thefundingnetwork.com.au 

  3. Jerome Fink
    Finance Manager
    Jerome Fink

    Jerome has a varied background in corporates, small business and NGOs. Before TFN, Jerome was the Finance Manager for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan for ten years where he supported work in education, housing, and women’s empowerment. His previous roles include working in IT start-ups and as an Economist assisting the Jawoyn Nation in Katherine to create an economic development plan. Jerome was an Australian Volunteer Abroad in the Solomon Islands early in his career and learned first hand that the best kind of change comes from building the strengths of people affected by social or economic challenges. Get in touch: jerome.fink@thefundingnetwork.com.au

  4. Andrea Heffernan
    State Director - Victoria
    Andrea Heffernan

    Andrea has over 15 years experience in the philanthropy and not-for-profit sector. Most recently, she was General Manager of Australian Communities Foundation for 13 years. Andrea is passionate about the social outcomes achieved by connecting donors with community needs. An energetic team player with extensive management and operations experience, Andrea is dedicated to organisational excellence. She is currently also a Board Member of Focus Individualised Support Services on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Get in touch: andrea.heffernan@thefundingnetwork.com.au

  5. Nina Stott
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Nina Stott
    Nina has over six years experience in marketing and communications, spanning both corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining TFN, Nina worked in agency roles where she gained experience in crisis communications, media and government relations, developing and implementing integrated communications strategies, and digital media. Nina holds a double Bachelor of Public Communications and International Studies, from the University of Technology Sydney, and is currently studying Social Impact at UNSW Business School. Get in touch: nina.stott@thefundingnetwork.com.au
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    Non-Profit Partnerships Manager
    Tom Trout

    Tom has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade, both in Australia and Sweden. Before joining the TFN team, Tom worked with Young Carers for Carers NSW and in a National role with Wesley Mission Sydney, where he was responsible for establishing and supporting grassroots community organisations aimed at suicide prevention across regional and remote Australia. Tom is passionate about innovation in the not-for-profit sector and is excited to support the growth of disruptive grassroots charities in Australia. Tom has qualifications in Community Services, Training & Assessment and is completing a Bachelor of Business. Get in touch: tom.trout@thefundingnetwork.com.au

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    Office Coordinator (volunteer)
    Sue Stewart

    Sue is a retired owner of three small businesses in manufacturing and retail, two of which began as start up companies.  She has a keen interest in the practical workings of philanthropy and has volunteered in a variety of organisations, including Social Ventures Australia.

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    MC and Pledging Facilitator (consultant)
    Patrick Lindsay

    Patrick is one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors. He’s also one of the country’s most experienced TV all-rounders.  After more than 25 years on network TV with the Nine & Seven Networks presenting on programs like Today, Sunday, Wide World of Sports, Money, Today Tonight and Sportsworld, Patrick started writing full time in 2002. He has written 20 best-selling books, including The Spirit of Kokoda, The Spirit of The Digger, Fromelles, Cosgrove, The Coast Watchers and the It’s Never Too Late series of inspirational books. He was Chairman of the Kokoda Track Foundation for ten years up to 2017.

  9. Rob Irving
    Pitch Coach (consultant)
    Rob Irving

    Rob has been lead pitch coach for TFN since its inception and has helped over 140 non-profits pitch their stories and hit their funding targets. Rob is Founder of the Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific, also Founding Partner of Forté Communications working with corporates to lift executive performance, communication and leadership. Rob's prior experience includes 20 years at multi-national ad agency, 
J. Walter Thompson, where he held CEO positions in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Sydney. 

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    Pitch Coach (consultant)
    Barbara Kamler

    Barbara is Emeritus Professor at Deakin University with over thirty years experience researching and teaching writing. She currently mentors early career researchers on academic writing and publishing and is passionate about helping young leaders in the not-for-profit sector argue a compelling case for the work of their organisations. Barbara has written eight academic books, over sixty journal articles and more recently has begun publishing poetry. Leaving New Jersey (2016) is a poetic memoir about leaving the US, where Barbara was born, and arriving in Australia, where she did not plan to stay.

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    Pitch Coach (consultant)
    Vicky Dodds

    Vicky has had a 20 year career in fundraising, philanthropy and communications in museums, science, health and the higher education sector. She currently works with a range of not-for-profits providing support and advice on strategy, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, philanthropy and communications.

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    MC and Pledging Facilitator (consultant)
    James Valentine

    James is a broadcaster, writer, MC and musician. Each afternoon from 1pm – 3pm, he presents Afternoons on 702 ABC Sydney. He writes regularly for all the major newspapers and feature magazines as well as a weekly column for the Northshore Times. He is currently the presenter of The Mix, an arts and culture television program, broadcast weekly on ABC News 24 and ABC TV.

  13. Linton
    Pitch Coach and MC (consultant)
    Linton Chalmers

    Linton is a facilitator, keynote speaker and coach. Working for Phuel Australia, he specialises in capability development programs primarily focused on high performing teams, behavioural change, and effective communication. He spent a number of years working for and with charitable organisations, focused on corporate fundraising and storytelling and currently works with clients including Qantas, Boston Consulting Group, eBay and KPMG. He holds a Masters of International Law and International relations from the University of NSW.