A mentoring relationship is built on mutual trust, respect, and communication, and provides both mentor and mentee with a wide range of personal and professional benefits – ultimately leading to improved performance. Kilfinan’s mentors have extensive business experience that they draw on to help mentees think through challenging issues in their CEO roles.

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“Watching people do fabulous things and knowing you were some small part of it, you helped them get there.  This is all why I’m doing this.  I helped that person be a better person.  It’s been incredibly rewarding for me – far more than I anticipated.  It’s an invisible finger-print you leave on people’s lives that you don’t even know you’ve left.” Dr. Vanessa Guthrie, Kilfinan Mentor, former Chair of the Australian Minerals Council, former board-member Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Kilfinan Mentor.


Kilfinan Australia mentors:

  • Listen to issues and challenges.
  • Give practical suggestions.
  • Offer alternative approaches.
  • Share access to other sources of support or ideas.
  • Build the mentees’ self-confidence.
  • Help crystallise priorities and develop action plans.
  • Provide insights about working with boards.
  • Discuss different ways to effectively manage performance.
  • Decrease the mentees’ feelings of isolation.



Kilfinan Mentors

When you become a Kilfinan Australia mentor, you will be joining this distinguished list of professionals.

Terry Agnew
Patty Akopiantz
Rob Aldis
Patrick Allaway
Peter Allen
Vicki Allen
Rick Allert AO
John Ashby
John Atkins AO

Grant Bailey
Chris Barlow
Christine Bartlett
Sally Basser
Chris Bell
Fiona Bennett
Penny Bingham-Hall
Michael Bisset
Barry Bloch
Cath Bowtell
Steve Bracks AC
Dov Brener
Anne Brennan
Bruce Brook
Malcolm Broomhead AO
Lara Bruhns
Anna Buduls AO
Nancy Bugeja

Alberto Calderon
Dale Calhoun
Anthony Callinan
Elizabeth Carr
Pamela Catty
Andrew Clark
Steven Cole
Peter Coleman
Tony Concannon
Helen Conway
Frank Cooper
Simon Cowen
David Craig
John Craven
Dame Diana Crossan
Ewen Crouch AM

Diana D’Ambra
Gerard Dalbosco
Mark Daniel
Maree Davidson AM
Sandie de Wolf
Roger Dench
Jennifer Douglas
Judith Downes
Vicki Doyle
Tonianne Dwyer

Greg Evans
Tony Evans

Anthony Fasso
Christine Feldmanis
Jane Fenton
Karen Fifer
Joan Fitzpatrick
Mark Ford
Nancy Fox
Andrew Friars
Leah Fricke

Andrea Galgoczi-Kratochvil
Jann Gardner
Michael Georgeff
Michael Gill
Anne Giugni
John Gleeson
David Gonski AC
Jack Goodacre
Beth Gordon
Scott Grimley
Vanessa Guthrie

Tim Hammon
Leigh Harry
Susan Harry
Jane Harvey
Margie Haseltine
Michaela Healey
Sean Henaghan
Michael Henry
Margaret Herley
Paul Hill
Carrie Hillyard
Peter Hodgett
Evelyn Horton
Trevor Hunt
Tony Hyams AM

Michael Ihlein
Shirley In’t Veld
Launa Inman

Lynne Jensen
Greg Johnson
Craig Keary
Michael Kennedy
Daniel Kleijn
Marius Kloppers

Peter Lamell
John Langoulant AO
Deanna Lomas
Anne Loveridge

Heith Mackay-Cruise
Jenny Macklin
Arturo Mauleon
Louise McCann
Sandra McComb
Marie McDonald
Ian McGill
Rebecca McGrath
Simon McKeon AO
Jennie McLaughlin
Peter McVean
Bruce Miller
Patricia Montague
Mark Mullington
Paul Mulraney
Steven Münchenberg
Anne Myers
Alistair Mytton

Michael Neilson
Robert Nethercote
Tony Noonan

Mick O’Brien
Nicole O’Connor
Shane O’Hare
Sean O’Malley
Duncan Ord
Wayne Osborn
Tony Osmond

Matthew Percival
Sonia Petering
Jac Phillips
Tim Poole
John Poulson
Andrew J Price
Brian Purdy
Ingrid Puzey

Greg Ridder
Alastair Robertson
Tony Robinson
Peter Rohan
Nicola Roxon
Elana Rubin

Rachel Sansom
Bob Santamaria
Nora Scheinkestel
Margie Seale
Ruth Shean
Julie Simon
Erica Smyth AC
Marion Stanway
Debra Stirling
Matthew Stubbs
Meredith Sussex
Annette Swann
Giam Swiegers
Jane Sutchberry

Lindsay Tanner
David Thodey AO
David Timm
Jane Tongs
Janet Torney
Jonathan Tribe

Mark Valena
Michael van de Wiel
Karen Vella
Mary Verschuer
Mario Villa
Trudy Vonhoff

Michael Wachtel
Craig Wallace
John Warburton
Anne Ward
Leanne Ward
Robyn Watts
Michael Webster
Rosalie Wilkie
Paul Wilson
David Wills
Penny Winn

Heather Zampatti
Wayne Zekulich
Gianin Zogg

Specialist Mentors
Winsome Bernard
Nancy Bugeja
Cara Campbell
Amitabh Das Gupta
Glenn Garnaut
Phil Giltinan
Susan Harry
Jane Hunt
Alison McClelland AM
Jac Phillips
Geoff Price
Catherine Sherrington
Jane Sutchberry
David Timm

AMP Alumni Mentors
Tzipi Avioz
Chris Bell
Vicki Doyle
Anthony Fasso
Saskia Goedhart
Victoria Hickey
Greg Johnson
Craig Keary
Arturo Mauleon
Patricia Montague
Mark Mullington
Sean O’Malley
Rachel Sansom
Mario Villa
Leanne Ward

Mentor Stories

Fiona Bennett Kilfinan Australia Mentor

Fiona Bennett’s Kilfinan mentee is CEO of a national advocacy organisation. She meets her mentee every 6-8 weeks for 1.5 hours during which they schedule their next meeting. “I get her to send me her questions ahead of our meetings. This allows me to prepare and to ensure both of us get the most out of our time together. I feel this structured approach is the key to our success as a team.”

Trevor Hunt Kilfinan Australia Mentor

Trevor Hunt feels he’s assisted one of his mentees by instilling confidence in his approach towards his board and guiding him on how to be more directive to ensure the organisation remains sustainable. For his second mentee, it’s been challenging her about the next stage of her life, including her legacy as a CEO. In return, Trevor’s learnt that not-for-profit CEOs put their hearts and souls into their organisation’s needs, often neglecting their own.

Anne Ward Kilfinan Australia Mentor

As a professional company director with extensive experience in business management, strategy, finance, risk and governance, Anne Ward especially enjoys working with her not-for-profit mentee. “It’s given me a deeper understanding of human services at the coalface, particularly family violence, homelessness and mental health issues – areas I’ve not been involved in before. These are complex issues requiring high level skills and expertise, and the risks of getting it wrong can be very significant.”

Daniel Kleijn Kilfinan Australia Mentor

Daniel Kleijn says that what motivates him as a mentor is that he gets to work with people who are exceptionally driven and passionate about what they do and the results they get. While the mentor and mentee often work in very different environments, he feels there are more touch points and commonalities than one might expect. “Starting with these commonalities, but using the difference in experience, is where the relationship becomes valuable.”

David Williamson Kilfinan Australia Mentor

David Williamson recognises that a CEO position is a lonely one. As a Kilfinan mentor with two matches, he feels his role – as well as offering guidance on people, financial and other strategic issues – is to “provide a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen”, allowing his mentees to discuss difficult issues which cannot be shared internally. He also values that the role gives him a greater understanding of the not-for-profit sector and the challenges it faces.