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Course presenters

Nigel Harris MBA FFIA CFRE
CEO Mater Foundation

Leadership in fundraising practice is more than just a conversation for Nigel – it has been a career focus that has encompassed his work, education and sector interests.

One of Australia’s earliest career fundraising professionals, Nigel has seen first hand the evolution of fundraising as a profession in Australia over the past three decades and he continues to be an influencer and innovator in the sector.

As Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane-based Mater Foundation, Nigel leads one of Australia’s largest health care foundations. In Nigel’s 20 years at Mater, Mater Foundation has grown annual revenue from $2 million to $70 million, positioning philanthropy as an important component of the broader Mater Institutional strategy.

Mater Foundation has a comprehensive, board-based fundraising program supported by professional, multi-disciplined teams and is part of a larger organisational group working in health care, medical research and health education.

While his responsibilities are primarily organisational management and leadership, Nigel continues to identify himself as a fundraising professional, a vocation that now spans over 30 years. Holding an MBA majoring in fundraising as well as qualifications in Public Relations and Marketing, Nigel is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). In 2012 he was recognised as the Arthur Venn Fundraising Professional of the Year and has also been honoured through other non-profit management awards.

Nigel is a Fellow of FIA and current Chair of the FIA Board of Directors, a past CFRE International Board member and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy based at Plymouth University (UK). He is actively involved in non-profit and community organisations, serving as Director of Act for Kids and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Albany Creek for 20 years.

A respected educator and mentor in fundraising practice, management and leadership both locally and internationally, Nigel commits significant time in providing counsel and sharing experiences with non-profit organisations and fundraising practitioners.


Peter Dalton FFIA CFRE
Director, fundraisingfutures

Peter is a fundraising leader, passionate about transitioning ‘for purpose’ organisations from good to great - through fundraising leadership.

Recognised for leading high profile fundraising campaigns in Australia and internationally, Peter strategically value adds to signature campaigns by implementing transformational fundraising business strategies, working at board and executive level.

He leads by implementing networking strategies to secure the personal commitment of ‘for purpose’ organisation stakeholders - major philanthropists, impact investors, government, and senior business, academic and cultural leaders.

Peter was recently appointed Head of Development at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute.

He is a Director of fundraising consultancy fundraising-futures; Chairman The Outback Spirit Foundation; Director Opera Asiana; Associate of the international emotional fundraising training group Revolutionise; a life-long environmentalist and an Al Gore trained Climate Reality Leader.

A former FIA National Chairman, Peter is the joint 2016 Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.