Meet the Philanthropy Team

KENNETH WATKINS, DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

As a member of The Australian Ballet’s Executive team for more than 18 years, I have made a strong contribution to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the business.  I have worked to increase the profile of the company and look forward to working with the philanthropy team to ensure The Australian Ballet has the resources to be one of the pre-eminent ballet companies in the world. My 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, they are beginning to make a real difference to the life of all arts companies. To discuss your philanthropic vision for The Australian Ballet, please contact me on 03 9669 2780 or email using the button below.

EMAIL KENNETH Watkins

SHARYN GILHAM, Assistant to Director of Philanthropy

I have been so fortunate to be part of the Philanthropy team at The Australian Ballet for the past ten years.  I have been truly amazed and inspired by our dancers and creative staff, together with many talented colleagues who are all striving to help the company excel at every level.  I have also been inspired and humbled by the generosity and passion of our Patrons who give so generously to support the Ballet to ensure its future success.  I love my job!

JANE MESSENGER, PHILANTHROPY MANAGER

As Philanthropy Manager – Major Gifts, I work with visionary philanthropic patrons who help The Australian Ballet create an ambitious but sustainable future. Based at our Sydney office, I am inspired by the passion and belief of our philanthropists, which ensures the wonder and transformative power our dancers impart to audiences nationally and internationally will not be compromised. If you would like to discuss how you could support the company please contact me directly on 02 9253 5317 or via email using the button below.

EMAIL JANE Messenger

DONNA BREARLEY, PLANNED GIVING MANAGER

I joined The Australian Ballet in 2003 and for the last five years, I have had the privilege of working as Planned Giving Manger, and now enjoy a closer relationship with company’s dedicated and loyal supporters.  To be able to share stories is a joy and an honour.

The ballet has always held a special place in my heart and it is warmed even more with the calibre of incredibly gifted and passionate people on both sides of the curtain.

Together we can ensure our ballet company will continue to provide happiness and beauty to everyone’s life.  Our nation is all the better for the cultural and artistic life our dancers bring to the world stage; now and forever more.

If you would like to have a confidential conversation about Planned Giving, please contact me on 03 9669 2782 or email using the button below.

EMAIL DONNA Brearley

JANE DIAMOND, PATRONS MANAGER

In my role as Patrons Manager (NSW & ACT) I oversee philanthropic fundraising for The Australian Ballet.  For the past 15 years, I have worked closely with ballet patrons in Sydney and Canberra to facilitate their ballet experiences and nurture a love of The Australian Ballet.  Should you wish to speak to a ballet representative in Sydney about the potential to join the ballet family, I would be delighted to hear from you on 02 9253 5316 or email using the button below.

EMAIL JANE Diamond

RACHEL GELIS, PATRONS MANAGER (VIC & TAS)

As a ballet lover from a very early age the opportunity to help people connect with and support this amazing company is a dream come true.

As a relative newcomer to the position of Patrons Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, I am so excited to chat with Patrons and I look forward to welcome new Patrons too.

I am particularly excited to understand your story, love of ballet and your amazing experiences that you have had with the company. I look forward to sharing some new experiences with you in the coming years.

Please feel free to contact me directly on 03 9669 2735 or email via the button below.

EMAIL RACHEL Gelis