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Meet the Philanthropy Team

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Kenneth Watkins AM

Philanthropy Director

Kenneth’s vision is to make a difference through relationship building and securing a strong financial base through philanthropy. As a member of The Australian Ballet for more than 30 years, Kenneth has made a strong contribution to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the organisation. He has worked tirelessly with the Philanthropy team to increase the profile of the company and to ensure that The Australian Ballet has the resources to be one of the world’s premier ballet companies.

Contact Kenneth on 03 9669 2780 or get in touch via email.

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"I am passionate about developing the next generation of fundraisers by actively mentoring staff from several organisations across Australia and assisting them to build their strategies and networks." Ken­neth Watkins AM

Jasmine Mansfield

Executive Assistant to Philanthropy Director & Special Events Coordinator

Jasmine joined The Australian Ballet in 2024 as Special Events Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Philanthropy Director, Kenneth Watkins. A highly experienced professional, Jasmine has supported a wide range of organisations and high-net-worth individuals over her long-standing career as an EA, having previously worked in the luxury fashion industry. With a natural flair for event styling and creative projects, Jasmine is passionate to produce the company’s many elegant events throughout the year with the highest level of attention to detail, alongside supporting Kenneth and the Philanthropy team.

Contact Jasmine on 03 9669 2732 or get in touch via email.

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“It is a privilege to work for The Australian Ballet – combining my love of the arts and the movement of dance, with everyday life. To be surrounded by this exquisite art form; the creativity, the dedication, the iconic wardrobe department, and its inspirational leaders is an honour. I am proud to bring my creative panache to The Ballet’s events, enriching the experience of the wonderful patrons who loyally support this first-class Australian arts company.” Jas­mine Mansfield

Adam Santilli

Head of Philanthropy

Adam’s career in the arts began more than 15 years ago at the Sydney Opera House. It was there that he fell in love with The Australian Ballet and set his sights on becoming a part of the organisation. He joined the company in 2011 as Customer Services Manager and moved into the Philanthropy team in 2014, where he now oversees the business operations in the team and has the added pleasure of being the Patrons Manager for supporters in South Australia.

Contact Adam Santilli on 03 9669 2784 or get in touch via email.

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“The generous individuals and families who surround The Australian Ballet, have taught me more than I ever imagined about this art form and the company.” Adam San­til­li

Louise Topple

Philanthropy Manager, Foundation Board and Special Projects

Louise is a passionate and experienced executive support professional, event organiser and stakeholder relationship manager. After more than a decade working in the Financial Services and Legal industries, Louise joined The Australian Ballet in 2022, as EA to Philanthropy Director, Kenneth Watkins. In 2024, Louise was elevated into a new role where she will be responsible for the management of the Foundation Boards in Australia and the UK. Louise is excited to deliver a variety of special projects for the company’s loyal philanthropic supporters.

Contact Louise on 03 9669 2732 or get in touch via email.

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“Being back around ballet has reminded me of the joy I experienced when I danced as a young girl. I am so excited to now be a part of the team that helps support the future of The Australian Ballet.” Louise Top­ple

Andrew Wright

Philanthropy Manager - VIC, TAS & WA

Andrew began his journey in philanthropy after being appointed as inaugural Philanthropy Ambassador while dancing as a soloist of The Australian Ballet. After a 15-year career on stage, he was invited to join the Philanthropy team in 2019. Andrew takes great enjoyment in building on existing relationships and forging new ones with The Australian Ballet’s supporters.

Contact Andrew on 03 9669 2735 or get in touch via email.

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“As a proud long-time company member, it gives me great pleasure to draw on my time as a dancer and to share my knowledge of the art of ballet, enhancing our supporters’ experience of our performances and their interactions with the company that we all love.” Andrew Wright

Jane Harris

Planned Giving Manager - VIC, TAS, SA & WA

Jane joined The Australian Ballet with a wealth of experience in philanthropic fundraising, relationship management and community engagement from the education, health and arts sectors.

Contact Jane on 03 9669 2782 or get in touch via email.

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“I feel very fortunate to be working in a role that significantly contributes to the growth and evolution of the company, and I look forward to working with our community of supporters to ensure The Australian Ballet continues to flourish.” Jane Har­ris

Clea Caisley

Philanthropy Manager - NSW, ACT & QLD

Clea has been a member of the company’s extended ‘Ballet family’ for almost 20 years, having previously worked in The Australian Ballet’s Sponsorship team from 2004 to 2007. After a period living overseas with her family, Clea re-joined the company in 2023 from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, where she was a valuable member of the Major Giving team. Clea looks forward to creating meaningful connections with our giving community through her passion for philanthropy and love of the art form.

Contact Clea on 02 9253 5317 or or get in touch via email.

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"Returning to The Australian Ballet after a 15-year hiatus, is beyond my wildest dreams. I am thrilled to be back with this extraordinary powerhouse of talent who dedicate their lives to the exquisite art form we all adore. None of what we do would be possible without our amazing family of supporters and I am so looking forward to meeting the people who, quite literally, make us fly." Clea Cais­ley

Sonia Brennan

Planned Giving Manager - NSW, ACT & QLD

Sonia is a highly experienced fundraiser with a passion for connecting people and building strong, positive relationships. Before joining the team at The Australian Ballet, Sonia worked in the education sector in a range of roles, most recently as Director of Foundation and Community Engagement at Wenona School.

Contact Sonia on 02 9253 5316 or get in touch via email.

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“I am so excited to be joining this dynamic community of philanthropists and I look forward to meeting and getting to know those who have generously agreed to support the company to ensure its continued success well into the future.” Sonia Bren­nan

David Wynne

Ballet Ambassador Program

Over 30 years David has led marketing and development teams for several arts organisations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also worked for government agencies and corporate consultancies, promoting arts sponsorship. Prior to his current role he was the head of The Australian Ballet’s Corporate Partnerships team.

Contact David on 02 9253 5311 or get in touch via email.

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“I have always had a personal interest in visual arts and dance, and the fortune to have turned that into my vocation. I’m passionate about making the arts accessible to all audiences. and promoting corporate and individual support to help the diverse arts community flourish.” David Wynne

Elle Cahill

Patrons Manager

Elle Cahill joined the team as Philanthropy Coordinator NSW, ACT & QLD in early 2021. Elle cut her teeth in the arts with a ballet career and recounts dancing at the unveiling of David McAllister’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016 as a personal highlight. She then transitioned into philanthropy via Sydney Dance Company before relocating to Canberra where she held a donor relations role for the Cancer Council.

Contact Elle on 02 9253 5309 or get in touch via email.

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“Ballet has been a defining factor in my life and my identity for as long as I can remember. To now be working with this iconic company, particularly during this exciting period of transition and evolution, is a true honour. I am so looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the art form with our incredibly devoted patrons and supporters.” Elle Cahill