Chief Executive Officer - Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

Chief Executive Officer - Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

The role

  • National leadership role serving Australia’s environmental philanthropic sector (climate change and biodiversity focus).
  • Inspire and cultivate a new wave of giving to the environment.
  • Lead a dynamic and influential membership-based organisation.
  • Role based in either Melbourne or Sydney.

The Board of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) Board is seeking to appoint a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and purpose-driven Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation with passion and energy as it seeks to drive a step change in effective philanthropic giving to climate and environment.

Reporting to an engaged Board, the CEO will lead the executive team to deliver a strategy that grows AEGN’s network and harnesses its members’ resources and influence.  The CEO will provide strategic leadership, direction and guidance for the organisation’s activities and programs. 

With a delivery mindset and a proven capacity to engage a diverse set of partners and stakeholders, to grow influence and to lead change, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of the environmental and philanthropic sectors.  The appointee will have strong management and commercial capabilities and an ability to develop and inspire teams.  As the voice and face of AEGN, the CEO will be an exceptional communicator and an effective advocate for the sector. 

The role can be based in either Melbourne or Sydney.

The organisation 

The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) is a member organisation that aims to harness the power of philanthropy to help protect our environment, including priorities of addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.  

AEGN was founded in 2008 by a small group of philanthropic foundations supporting environmental charities and was largely based on the model of the US Environmental Grantmakers Association.   

Today, AEGN is Australia’s peak membership organisation for environmental and climate philanthropy. Its 200+ members are trusts, foundations, and individual donors, community foundations and many private philanthropic funds and donors. 

The organisation provides broad support and guidance across the full spectrum of climate and environmental solutions, focusing on its core business of connecting donors, convening donor experiences, and curating impactful giving opportunities, including opportunities for strategic advocacy. 

AEGN is part way through an ambitious strategic plan aimed at growing the level of philanthropic giving to the environment and climate, growing membership, and increasing impact. 

How to apply 

To receive a candidate brief or to arrange a confidential discussion about the opportunity, please contact Fish Nankivell Partner, Andrew Abbott, on 0401 712 953 or

Applications must comprise a cover letter and CV and can be submitted here or emailed to

Applications close Friday 5 April 2024 .  


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