Our Non-Profit & Association Advisors

We’ve selected a team of advisers from a range of NFP sectors, to ensure we can always link you up with the right person for your association’s needs.





Maria Eliadis

Associate - Specialist in Social Policy, Program Evaluation, NFP Training

Maria is a Management Consultant with experience in not-for-profit associations, most recently as Executive Officer of the Australasian Evaluation Society Inc. Maria provides advice on business analysis, sustainable programs, business models, leadership coaching, professional development and education for AES. Maria has a Masters in Social Policy and a certificate in The Art and Practice of Leadership Development from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. Maria can also advise on social policy, program development and management and evaluative approaches and thinking. 




Warren Parker 

Specialist in small to Medium Association Accounting.

Warren Parker is an experienced Account, Registered Tax Agent and holds a public practice certificate.   

Warren provides assistance to AES Association Clients from small to large organisations. He is often called upon to provide information and services to AES clients

He’s other passion is cricket, and helping others.  As a result, Warren is treasurer of the local cricket club along with being VP (Vice President) of a local BNI networking group.


Chris Wootton

Associate - Specialist in Philanthropy Grants and Funding

Chris has worked in the philanthropic sector for over ten years, managing the grants programs for some of the largest trusts and foundations in Australia, including the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the William Buckland Foundation. At ANZ Trustees, Chris was responsible for the grants programs for over 150 trusts and foundations, which distribute over $85M per year to charitable organisations across Australia.

Chris was also the inaugural CEO of WaterAid Australia, a new international aid and development agency which provides safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.


Susan Barbour

Associate - Auditing Specialist - NFP's & Associations 

Susan has over 20 years’ experience working in accounting firms in both Australia and overseas.  Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, Susan worked in London for seven years, and loved travelling around Europe performing audits in locations such as Monaco, Cyprus and Russia.  Susan then worked in Vladivostok, Russia, for three years, heading up the office and international audit division of an internationally recognised mid-tier firm.  Upon her return to Australia, Susan worked for another mid-tier firm before joining Baumgartners to assist in establishing the audit division.

Susan has experience in auditing a diverse array of entities from small Not for Profits and AFSL licencees to a large listed mining company.

Susan’s philosophy is that great audits start with fully understanding her client’s needs and end by delivering results to meet those needs on a timely basis.



Gavin Sharp

Associate - Specialist Psychologist for NFP’s

Gavin is a psychologist with over 15 years' experience specialising in individual and organisational improvement. He develops solutions and strategies for organisations, people and team issues. He has diverse and extensive experience in the Not for Profit sector, as well as consulting projects in the private and government sectors, higher education and NGOs. He provides support to AES clients in the areas of bullying and harassment, performance management, executive and management coaching, career management, conflict management and mediation, plus psychometric assessments. Gavin, also, has a Masters of Management and is a nationally accredited mediator.


Greg Mullins

Associate - Specialist in Government Relations, Advocacy, Submissions, Lobbying Campaigns

Greg Mullins has over 25 years' experience in policy development in the community sector, public service and business. Greg has been involved in numerous consultations and submissions and is well versed in the engagement of government and the submission process. Most recently, he has been involved in developing submissions to the national review of health medical research funding. Greg is a specialist in the NFP sector and assists AES client organisations with the development of policy platforms and strategies for influencing governments at all levels.



Valentine Smith APM

Associate – Specialist in Investigations for NFP's, Professional Standards, Integrity

Valentine is heavily involved in both police and community service and is an experienced practitioner in community engagement, investigation, intelligence and media relations.

For over 16 years, he was the operational manager of Crime Stoppers Victoria at state, national and international levels. Valentine managed and coordinated the international media and community information support project for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and later in 2009 as field commander (CSI – Lyon France) on a global operation, working alongside international agencies coordinated by Interpol. In 2011, he was the operational driving force behind Australia's inaugural national fugitive manhunt, Operation ROAM.

Val is called upon by AES clients to provide advice in areas such as how to manage potential risk relating to criminal activities, breach of ethics and development of policy, as well as whistleblowing, and how to deal with unethical behaviour by members.


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John Crosby

Associate - Specialist in NFP Governance. Legal Constitution Review all Not For Profit Organisation Matters

John Crosby is a consultant, and a barrister and solicitor. He is an experienced general counsel of three different companies owned by Shell, including Shell Australia and Brunei Shell Petroleum. John has served as a company secretary, an independent director of a public company, and has served on several private company boards. He has served on committees and boards of both professional and Not for Profit organisations as a company nominee, and on the boards of community and charitable organisations. John is one of the most experienced legal practitioners within the not for profit sector. Over the last few years, he has been providing support and advice to AES clients - in particular, issues relating to NFP governance and legal matters.


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