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
Patrick Allaway
Peter Allen
Vicki Allen
Suzanne Ardagh
John Ashby
John Atkins AO
Grace Atkinson

Christine Bartlett
Sally Basser
Susan Beling
Fabio Bertola
Penny Bingham-Hall
Andrew Bousie
Cath Bowtell
Leigh Bracken
Norah Breekveldt
Dov Brener
Bruce Brook
Malcolm Broomhead AO
Lara Bruhns
Anna Buduls AO

Frank Calabria
Alberto Calderon
Dale Calhoun
Anthony Callinan
David Campbell
Elizabeth Carr
Christine Christian AO
Andrew Clark
Cameron Clyne
Steven Cole
Peter Coleman
Tony Concannon
Helen Conway
Frank Cooper AO
Simon Cowen
David Craig
John Craven
Ewen Crouch AM

Diana D’Ambra
Eric d’Indy
Gerard Dalbosco
Mark Daniel
Maree Davidson AM
Julia Davison
Alison de Groot
Sandie de Wolf AM
Jennifer Douglas
Vicki Doyle
Judith Downes
Jayne Dullard

Erica Edmands
Graham Elliot
Greg Evans
Jim Eve

Joanne Farrell
Christine Feldmanis
Jane Fenton AM
Karen Fifer
Joan Fitzpatrick
Nancy Fox AM
Andrew Friars

Andrea Galgoczi-Kratochvil
Jann Gardner
Nicholas Gaynor
Michael Gill
Anne Giugni
John Gleeson
Debra Goldfinch
Dennis Goldner AM
Beth Gordon
Matt Graham
Julie Green
Rosemary Grieve
Scott Grimley
Dr Vanessa Guthrie AO
Daniel Gutstein

Tim Hammon
Leigh Harry
Leisa Hart
Margaret Haseltine
David Hayward
Michaela Healey
Dr Michael Henry AM
Paul Hill
Kathy Hirschfeld AM
Peter Hodgett
Evelyn Horton
Graham Hubbard
Trevor Hunt
Angela Hutson
Tony Hyams AM

Michael Ihlein
Launa Inman
Shirley In’t Veld

Lynne Jensen
Paul Jensen
Greg Johnson

Jane Keating
Joanne Kirker
Daniel Kleijn
Marius Kloppers
Maha Krishnapillai

Mark Laidlaw
Peter Lamell
David Larocca

Matthew Lickwar
Deanna Lomas
Anne Loveridge

Heith Mackay-Cruise
Silvio Marinelli
Dav Mather
Arturo Mauleon
Dawn McAleenan
Phillipa McCaffery
Louise McCann
Alison McClelland AM
Ian McGill
Rebecca McGrath
Peter McVean
Bruce Miller AO
Patricia Montague
Tass Mousaferiadis
Paul Mulraney CSC
Steven Munchenberg
Anne Myers
Alistair Mytton

Helen Nash
Jane Nash
Michael Neilson
Dr Robert Nethercote
Tony Noonan

Nicole O’Connor
Shane O’Hare

Karen Penrose
Sonia Petering
Alan Plumb
John Poulson
Sanjay Prasad
Andrew Price
Geoff Price
Brian Purdy
Ingrid Puzey

Alison Quinn

Chris Raine
Ashley Reid
Greg Ridder
Geoff Roberts
Sue Robertson
Peter Rohan
Elana Rubin OAM

Rachel Sansom
Bob Santamaria
Dr Nora Scheinkestel
Dr Ruth Shean AO
Mark Sinderberry
Jane W Smith  AM
Dr Erica Smyth AC
Marion Stanway
Karen Stoffels
Dr Natalia Streltsova
Matthew Stubbs
Meredith Sussex
Gregory Sutherland
Annette Swann
Paul Sweet

Paul Takac
Lindsay Tanner
David Thodey AO
Janet Torney
Jonathan Tribe
Judith Troeth

Mark Valena
Gary Veale
Karen Vella
Mary Verschuer
Mario Villa
Trudy Vonhoff

John Warburton
Robyn Watts
Alistair Webster
Marion Webster OAM
Michael Webster
Sue West
Rosalie Wilkie
Richard Wilson
Penny Winn
Nicholas Wormald
Lotty Wright

Russell Yardley

Heather Zampatti
Wayne Zekulich
Prof. Gianin Zogg

Specialist Mentors
Winsome Bernard
Cara Campbell
Amitabh Das Gupta
Stephen Feneley
Glenn Garnaut
Michael Georgeff
Susan Harry
Jac Phillips
Catherine Sherrington
Jane Stuchberry



Kilfinan Mentor Alumni

Patty Akopiantz
Rick Allert AO
Tzipi Avioz

Grant Bailey
Chris Barlow
Chris Bell
Fiona Bennett
Michael Bisset
Barry Bloch
Duncan Boyle
Hon Steve Bracks AC
Anne Brennan
Mr Bruce Brook
Rob Brooks
Kerrie Burgess

Pamela Catty
Nicola Chanen
Leigh Clifford
Dame Diana Crossan

Ken Dean
Roger Dench

Ted Evans

Anthony Fasso
Anne Flanagan
Mark Ford

Jann Gardner
Glenn Garnaut
Saskia Goedhart
Jack Goodacre

Leigh Harry
Jane Harvey
Sean Henaghan
Victoria Hickey
Carrie Hillyard

Craig Keary
Michael Kennedy

Susan Macken
Jenny Macklin
Sandra McComb
Marie McDonald
Simon McKeon AO
Jennie McLaughlin
Peter McVean
Patricia Montague
Mark Mullington

Mick O’Brien
Wayne Osborn
Tony Osmond

Matthew Percival
Jane Perry
Tim Poole

Matthew Quinn

Paul Reid
Alastair Robertson
Tony Robinson

Brian Scullin
Margie Seale
Julie Simon
Erica Smyth AC
Debra Stirling
Giam Swiegers

Chris Thomas
David Timm

Michael Wachtel
Craig Wallace
Anne Ward
Leanne Ward
David Williamson
David Wills

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.