Twelve fundraisers promoted to FIA Fellow status in 2021

FIA has elevated 12 fundraisers from around Australia to the rank of Fellow in 2021. 

The FIA Fellows program recognises fundraisers who have made significant contributions to FIA and the fundraising sector and advance ethical and effective fundraising through their work, both paid and voluntary.

The FFIA designation represents the pinnacle of service to their work, FIA and the broader fundraising community.

Katherine Raskob, FIA’s chief executive officer, congratulated the fundraisers, noting that FIA is always keen to acknowledge distinguished service and celebrate careers and contributions through the member journey.

“Our professional honours system recognises distinguished service from our members, those who uphold the very highest professional and ethical standards of fundraising and have made a significant contribution to society,” she said.

A mix of practitioners and suppliers to the sector made the Fellows list in 2021:

New South Wales

Frances Cinelli FFIA, fundraising manager, Wesley Mission

Dan Geaves FFIA, creative strategy director, Marlin Communications

Georgina King FFIA ACC, founder, Raucous Caucus 

Nicola Norris FFIA, fundraising and marketing director, The Shepherd Centre

Ashley Rose FFIA, chief executive officer, Mondial Telephone Fundraising

Jakki Travers FFIA, gifts in wills and mid-value program manager, The Smith Family

Ruth Wicks FFIA, senior consultant, More Growth Pty Ltd.


Paul Tavatgis FFIA, partner, Fundraising Partners Ltd. Pty.

South Australia

Rebecca Miller FFIA, strategic fundraising manager, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Ginta Orchard FFIA, executive officer, Neurosurgical Research Foundation


John Burns FFIA, director of fundraising, Plan International Australia

Western Australia

Paige Gibbs FFA, head of marketing and fundraising, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Members awarded Fellow of FIA status are entitled to use the FFIA (Fellow, FIA) designation after their name to highlight their achievement.

The 12 fundraisers received official recognition at a virtual ceremony at FIA’s annual general meeting on 9 March.