Our training team

Lisa Jennings
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Lisa joined Our Community in 2018 as a trainer for NFP organisations and boards. She’s had a varied career as a professional orchestral musician, lecturer and university department head in music and arts management, as well as working in social enterprises and government, using the arts as a vehicle for learning and social change.

Lisa holds Masters Degrees in Music Performance and Public Policy & Management, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, and in her spare time she and volunteers for a number of organisations providing accessible arts education for young people, and better cycling infrastructure in our towns and cities.

Key areas of interest:

  • Not-for-profit sector governance and management
  • Public policy
  • Women in leadership
  • Arts management and leadership
  • Fundraising and grant seeking

Ange Andrews
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Ange has worked as a high school teacher and university lecturer in economics and environmental studies. She has most recently worked as an education specialist for the CSIRO, runs her own counselling business, and has been President of the not-for-profit Environment Education Victoria for the past four years.


Jon Staley
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Jon is a trainer, film-maker and writer with extensive experience working with disadvantaged youth and Aboriginal People. He was founder and Executive Manager of the successful social enterprise Youthworx for 12 years, and has made hundreds of films with Aboriginal people and groups. In 2017 he co-wrote and directed the short film Brown Paper Bag with indigenous storyteller Boori Pryor that won the award for Best Indigenous Film at the St Kilda Film Festival 2017.


Patrick Moriarty
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Having delivered training throughout the country to more than 50,000 organisations, Patrick's reputation as a practical and passionate adviser and trainer is unparalleled. As a grant assessor and consultant, a junior sports' coach and a long-time community sector board member and volunteer, Patrick brings knowledge from both sides of the fence to his highly practical and engaging presentations.

Patrick is an ASQA accredited trainer and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Key areas of interest:

  • Not-for-profit sector governance
  • Fundraising
  • Grantseeking

Natalie Bramble
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Natalie is a nonprofit trainer and consultant. Her focus is to create maximum value and impact by providing community leaders with practical skills and knowledge so they in turn can positively impact the communities they serve. She has experienced first-hand the difference it makes when people are given access to education.

Whilst operating her own consultancy business for the last 10 years, Natalie has had the pleasure of working with non-profits; social enterprises; businesses and government agencies. As a result organisations are working better with less, increasing their impact and improving their sustainability.

Boards, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Staff have increased their capacity to lead and govern; raise more funds; make better informed decisions and improve their outcomes. Natalie develops and delivers training programs including accredited material up to Diploma level; engaging conference presentations; fun workshops and planning sessions and hard-hitting seminars as a change agent.

Natalie holds an MBA with a focus on governance and entrepreneurship, is a company and non-profit volunteer director and sits on non-profit boards in a pro-bono advisory capacity.

Key areas of interest:

  • Social return on investment and program logic
  • Impact investing and donors
  • Funding business cases and ROI
  • Community and economic development
  • Governance and leadership
  • Integrated digital marketing
  • Grant and tender writing

Cirak Kylie

Kylie Cirak
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Kylie is the Founder and Executive Director of Tiger Grace Consulting.

She is also a passionate team member of Our Community, Australia's Centre for Excellence for the nation's 600,000 not-for-profits and schools, providing advice, tools, resources and training. Kylie is the ICDA Membership Experience Director and prior to this spent six years as Executive Director of GiveNow.com.au, Australia's only commission-free online donations platform, and hub for the many ways we can all give.

For nine years Kylie worked for Alcoa of Australia in operational and senior community relations roles, most recently as National Partnerships Manager managing Alcoa's national employee volunteering programs, and working with the global philanthropic trust, the Alcoa Foundation, to secure funding for Australian community groups.

Kylie is a graduate of PBAS, the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme facilitated by the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum and the Overseas Development Institute, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Key areas of interest:

  • Community Business Partnerships
  • Community Boards
  • Fundraising
  • Foundations
  • Building the capacity and sustainability of community groups

Brett

Brett de Hoedt
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Brett is the founder and self-appointed Mayor of Hootville Communications, a PR agency that serves community sector clients, as well as an in-demand speaker, trainer and facilitator.

His entertaining, irreverent style has seen him become a highly popular member of the AICPG's training team.

Before Hootville, Brett worked as a print journalist, talk radio host and publicist with media organisations including Truth, New Idea, Channel 7 and radio station 3AK. He's also contributed to The Sunday Age in Melbourne and ABC 720 Perth.

Brett is a true believer in not-for-profit causes, not-for-profit organisations and the people who choose to support them.

As well as his paid work with the not-for-profit sector, he is involved as a mentor and guest tutor with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, which selects aspiring green university students and readies them for the pragmatic world.

He has also participated in voluntary building projects in Sri Lanka and Ghana with Habitat for Humanity and in southern India with the organisation KEEP, which runs five schools for tribal children.

Key areas of interest:

  • Not-for-profit communications & PR
  • Web-based communications (including Web 2.0)
  • Marketing for community organisations

Dempster Fiona

Fiona Dempster
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Fiona is a Director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM), a division of Our Community that is devoted to building best practice in Australian grantmaking.

Working with her partner Barry Smith, Fiona co-authored the AIGM's best-selling Grantmaking Toolkit which has now been digitized and made available online through the AIGM and SmartyGrants membership.

She is a senior member of the AIGM's training team, devising and delivering grants management training programs, including a program on social inclusion in grantmaking.

Fiona has also been a regular presenter at the AIGM's annual Grants Management Conferences and Local Government Masterclasses.

Fiona previously worked in the Australian Public Service and as a Ministerial Adviser, and has over 10 years experience in program management and delivery.

Key areas of interest:

  • Best practice Grants management
  • Grant program health check training courses
  • Grant program reviews for organisations
  • Guiding individuals and teams through the program review and diagnostic process
  • Identifying strengths and gaps of grant programs and ways to streamline and improve them

Barry Smith
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Barry is a Director of the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM), a division of Our Community that is devoted to building best practice in Australian grantmaking.

Working with his partner Fiona Dempster, Barry co-authored the AIGM's best-selling Grantmaking Toolkit which has now been digitized and made available online through the AIGM and SmartyGrants membership.

He is a senior member of the AIGM's training team, devising and delivering grants management training programs.

Barry has also been a regular presenter at the AIGM's annual Grants Management Conferences and Local Government Masterclasses.

Barry previously worked in the Australian Public Service, and has over 30 years experience in program management and delivery.

  • Best practice Grants management
  • Grant program health check training courses
  • Grant program reviews for organisations
  • Guiding individuals and teams through the program review and diagnostic process
  • Identifying strengths and gaps of grant programs and ways to streamline and improve them

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