The Australian Ballet

Kenneth Watkins AM

Director Philanthropy

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Kenneth Watkins has devoted his career to fundraising in the performing arts. This led to post graduate studies and to roles at the Queensland Performing Arts Trust and The Australian Ballet.

Kenneth’s work since 1989 has been built on the premise of persistence, dedication and determination. His vision is to make a difference through relationship building and securing a strong financial base through philanthropy.

As Australians begin to embrace philanthropy as part of their culture, Kenneth believes it is vital that all not-for-profits, in particular arts companies, increase their knowledge and expertise in all aspects of fundraising.

Kenneth is passionate about developing the next generation of fundraisers by actively mentoring staff from organisations across Australia and assisting them to build their strategies and networks.

As a member of the Executive team at The Australian Ballet for more than 27 years, Kenneth has made a strong contribution to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the business and increased the profile of the company. He works with the philanthropy team to ensure The Australian Ballet has the resources to be one of the pre-eminent ballet companies in the world.