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Working at Monash

Lisa Mitchell - Senior Development Manager, Faculty of Arts

“Since coming to Monash nearly four years ago, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of our donors.  Not content just to hand over the cheque, they are highly engaged in the outcomes and impact of their benefaction.  Furthermore, they feel a great sense of ownership of and pride in the achievements made possible with their philanthropic support and actively encourage others to join them.

In harmony with our donor's philosophy is the understanding by our academics of the important role that philanthropy plays in helping them deliver break through research and an unparalleled education experience.  Together, our academics and donors understand the true value of a partnership that makes a difference and collaborate to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. 

Being a professional fundraiser in such an environment is both a pleasure and a highly rewarding experience. “ 

Lisa Mitchell has been a fundraiser in the not-for-profit arts sector for over 25 years.  This is her first role in higher education and one she is relishing the diversity and challenges of this new environment. In her spare time she juggles the needs of three energetic children.


Ed Smith - Director Development - Business, Engineering, Science & IT

"As a proud Second Generation Monash alumnus, I've been impressed by a number of things since joining the Development Team at the University. Firstly, the sheer scale of Monash - with 70,000 students, over $2b a year in revenue, and some 330,000+ alumni means we are in a very different league to many other Universities around the globe.

Then there is the un-relenting focus on excellence - to be ranked #2 in the world for Pharmacy, and to be ranked #1 in Australia for Engineering & Technology is an amazing achievement.

Thirdly I'd note how truly multi-cultural the staff body is - I work with colleagues from Germany, Greece, the UK, Ireland, China - and just how international Monash is - with multiple campuses in Melbourne and a campus in Malaysia, as well as research institutes in China and India, and strong ties with the University of Warwick, teaching in South Africa, an office in Indonesia, a centre in Prato, Italy, and thousands of alumni in Singapore and the US. 

And being just shy of 60 years old, Monash is also future focused, engages well with industry, and is open to innovative new approaches".

Ed Smith joined the Monash Development team in 2014 after 22 years in China, and his experience includes stints with both Government and the private sector. He is fascinated by 3D-printing, autonomous vehicles, drones and other new technological capabilities and their impact on society.


Megan O’Connor - Development Manager, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

 “When I first joined the Monash University development team, I really didn’t appreciate the reach and impact Monash has had and continues to have in the community. The Medicine faculty has in just 50 years grown to be amongst the best in Australia and is renowned for making significant medical breakthroughs that change people’s lives. Playing just a small part in supporting our researchers, academics and clinicians by connecting them to our philanthropic supporters is a privilege and pleasure.

The breadth of research and teaching at Monash is really quite incredible. Within the Medicine faculty alone, we work on projects across all stages of life from newborn babies and children through to ageing and dementia. Our researchers are at the forefront of medical developments that span from early scientific breakthroughs in the lab, through to clinical translation to change treatments for patients. None of this is possible without the support of our community of donors. Being able to work with our donors to realise our shared vision is inspiring. It is through their support we are able to make a difference for future generations.”

Megan O’Connor started her career in communications and media relations roles in the corporate sector before moving into communications and fundraising in a small mental health charity. Megan then moved into a dedicated Trusts and Foundations role with a larger community organisation working primarily with young people in out-of-home care. She now works part time for Monash University while also being a mum to her young family.


David Haines - Senior Manager, Campaigns and Development Projects

“What’s struck me most about working at Monash is its sheer scale and reach: I’ve got absolute confidence that our success over the last few years has still only scratched the surface of our potential in philanthropic fundraising. More importantly, Monash has had the institutional vision to build a first rate Development team with an uncompromised focus on achieving and exceeding ambitious fundraising targets (and whose ambitions are constantly growing as result!). 

Monash isn’t just big, it’s both big and consistently outstanding. As a result I’ve had the privilege to work on world-class fundraising projects ranging from mental health to motorsport, performing arts to scholarships for refugees, 3D printing to oncology and a pipeline that is constantly diversifying.

As we approach the challenges of the next phase of growth, I’m excited about the opportunities for my own learning and professional development alongside being part of something truly transformational for Monash.”

David Haines started his fundraising career at a not-for-profit working with young offenders, later moving into the Higher Education sector in the UK. He joined Monash from the Development office of the University of Stirling (Scotland) in 2015. He lives by the beach with his wife and baby son Theo. 


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