Meet the Planning Committee
Overall Conference Chair
Nick Blinco joined the University of Melbourne as Vice-President (Advancement) in September 2015. He leads a fantastic team that partners with academic colleagues in Advancement activity across the University.
The University's Believe campaign seeks to transform lives - with a dual target of activating and engaging 100,000 alumni and friends in the life of the University and raising $1 billion to support people, facilities and research that will change the world.
Before Melbourne, Blinco was at the University of Birmingham (2001-2016) as Director of Development & Alumni Relations and then as Director of Engagement.
With the support of fantastic donors, a highly engaged academic body, and amazing teamwork, the University’s Circles of Influence campaign exceeded the £160 million (A$320 million) target in 2015.
Blinco is currently the Chair of the Group of Eight Advancement Leaders Group. He served on the Pearce Review of Higher Education Fundraising in 2012, on the CASE International Philanthropy Commission from 2008-2010, has a CASE Crystal Apple, and presents annually at the CASE Asia-Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising Conference.
Advancement Services Track
Rami Abi Jomaa, CFRE
Rami Abi Jomaa is an advancement professional with 14 years of experience in supporting education.
As the former Chief Advancement Officer at King’s Academy, Jordan, Abi Jooma led the advancement office's fundraising, alumni relations, advancement services, events, and communications functions, as well as managed a multi-year capital campaign. Prior to King’s Academy, Abi Jooma was the Director of Advancement Services at American University of Beirut, where he led several advancement functions. Abi Jomaa has successfully completed complex projects related to building advancement systems, structures, processes, and capital campaigns infrastructure. He is experienced in annual giving, technology management, human resources, and business processes development.
Abi Jomaa holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and information systems and a master’s degree in sociology.
Alison Anlezark is a highly experienced strategic data manager, with a passion for achieving business outcomes through informed decision making. With extensive experience in research in the tertiary education sector, and two years in advancement, Anlezark delivers insights that support the University of Adelaide’s Advancement team with decisive performance reporting. With strong communication and stakeholder management skills, and through leadership of a cohesive small team of analysts and administrators, she achieves actionable outcomes for the University that grow and support its philanthropic income stream.
On a personal note, Anlezark has a passion for fitness, and lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband, border collie dog and 3 chooks.
Pauli Kautoke is the Prospect Development Manager for Advancement at the University of Queensland (UQ). He joined the UQ Advancement team in 2014, was appointed as the Advancement Information Services Manager in 2016 and have been in his current role since 2018. He currently manages a range of comprehensive tools and services to support fundraisers at UQ with prospect identification, research and relationship management. He’s also the Secretary of Apra-Australia – the association of Prospect Development professionals in Australia.
Kautoke holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Information Technology Studies from UQ. Before joining UQ, Kautoke led various IT initiatives in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Alumni Relations Track
Ken Gideon is currently the Director (Alumni) at University of Southern Queensland, USQ. In this role, he strategically leads every aspect of USQ’s alumni programme and is responsible for the database.
He is also the current Co-Chair of the Australian Universities Alumni Professionals Group – a professional group designed to share learnings in the university alumni space within Australia.
He previously spent seven years as Alumni Manager at Queensland University of Technology, where he was responsible for their alumni programme, and three and a half years as the inaugural Alumni Manager for The University of Queensland, School of Medicine.
Austin Tomlinson is an accomplished advancement professional with 15 years of experience in leading and managing global alumni relations engagement strategies and teams. His areas of expertise include alumni relations, capital campaigns, digital transformation, and developing and leading high-performance teams. Throughout his career, Tomlinson has spent significant time living and working in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Tomlinson currently serves as the Senior Director of Alumni Relations at INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools. Based on INSEAD's Asia Campus in Singapore, Tomlinson leads INSEAD's global Alumni Relations, Lifelong Learning and Event teams and is responsible for the leadership of the school's alumni engagement activities for 60,000 alumni in 170 countries.
Rebecca Hazell, CFRE
Rebecca Hazell is a senior advancement leader who is passionate about philanthropy, alumni, and community engagement, with particular interest in building a philanthropic culture in the higher education sector and developing connectivity with community.
Hazell has held leadership roles in both the higher education and charitable sectors. She is currently the Director of Advancement at The University of Newcastle, where she has led the establishment of an integrated approach to advancement, enabling a sustained and meaningful approach to engaging with alumni, community, and donors across the globe.
Daniel Martin has close to 20 years of experience in executive philanthropy roles in universities, charities, and schools across New South Wales, Australia. Martin previously held senior positions at UNSW Sydney where he was the Director of Development for the medicine and science faculties, and at The University of Sydney where he was the Director of Development for Mental Health, Neuroscience and Nursing, contributing towards the successful $1 billion INSPIRED philanthropic campaign. Martin currently serves as the Director of Foundation and Executive Officer for St Aloysius’ College Foundation based in Milsons Point, NSW, and also volunteers on the Board of Women’s Community Shelters, working to address the issues of domestic violence and women’s homelessness across NSW.
William Roth began his role as the Executive Director for Major Gifts at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, where he leads a growing team of fundraisers in July 2021.
Originally from Pennsylvania, United States, Roth has been in advancement for more than two decades, primarily focussing on major and principal gifts. Initially, he served small liberal arts colleges, Haverford College, and Goucher College in the United States, and more international research universities including University of Pennsylvania, University of Oxford (as Development Fellow for University College Oxford), and University of Toronto. Before joining NTU, he was the Associate Dean at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Roth has a 16 year old daughter and he enjoys sport (watching and playing) and classic films.
Marketing and Communications Track
A senior leader and passionate storyteller specialising in strategic and structural transformation, Tracy Chalk joined The University of Newcastle in 2018 as Chief Marketing Officer overseeing the centralisation of branding, marketing, communication, and student recruitment. This followed two years at University of the West of England where she led a complex transformation of marketing, communication, internal engagement, alumni relations, and philanthropy. Chalk entered the higher education sector at Australian National University where she spent seven years leading the development of the university’s brand and marketing strategies.
Phillip Stork is Vice President (Marketing and Communication) at Griffith University. As a member of the University executive, Stork is responsible for the University’s brand and communication strategies, prospective student engagement and media relations.
Since joining Griffith, Stork has overseen a major restructure of the University’s marketing, and communication functions. In 2018, he led the promotion of the world first university partnership with the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the unique opportunities it provided for Griffith students and researchers.
Prior to working for Griffith, Stork held senior roles with the Queensland Government. Stork spent over a decade working in marketing, communication and stakeholder management roles in the United Kingdom and Australia. His work for the Queensland Government received multiple accolades including Australian Marketing Institute and Public Relations Institute of Australia awards.
Petrina Gilmore, CFRE
A results-focused, forward-thinking advancement professional with extensive experience across the independent school and higher education sectors. Petrina Gilmore’s areas of expertise include all facets of the fundraising pipeline: campaign and feasibility planning; communications, marketing and public relations; establishing Gift in Will bequest programmes; and implementing an effective data-driven approach to increase revenue.
Gilmore applies creativity to marketing and communications and in campaign planning. She forges enduring associations with board members, academic and teaching staff, donors, alumni, community members and colleagues. A highly motivated achiever, Gilmore has successfully raised principal and major gifts, built institutional profiles, facilitated engagement with alumni and research communities leveraging these networks to successfully support fundraising objectives.