EQT names manager for major philanthropy client

Equity Trustees appointed a grants program manager to oversee one of Australia's largest philanthropic trusts.

Ferdi Hepworth takes on the key role for the William Buckland Foundation, which was established in 1964 and has distributed more than $105 million in grants since then.

The foundation focuses on four key areas - housing and employment, health, education and agriculture - and is stewarded by chair Sandy Clark as well as Jane Gilmour, Graeme Sinclair and Jennifer McGregor.

EQT general manager of charitable trusts and philanthropy Jodi Kennedy said the philanthropic sector "is an exciting and growing area of our company. Many of our clients are dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable Australians and we are privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility."

"EQT is deeply invested in growing and developing philanthropy in Australia. We aim to take the pain out of giving, by providing cutting-edge advice and support to drive long-term impact - it's an integral part of what makes us unique as a business," Kennedy said.

Hepworth joins EQT's philanthropic business from Social Ventures Australia, where she was director of partnerships and business development.

Before that, she was director partnerships and investment at Children's Ground and corporate responsibility manager at PwC Australia.

"I've been lucky to have worked with some of the cleverest people in the social impact sector over the past 15 years and am thrilled to join the team of specialists at EQT," Hepworth said.

"The William Buckland Foundation has a well-considered, thoughtful strategy for its giving that looks closely at where the investment is needed to empower change and have a sustainable impact. I am delighted to be continuing this impressive legacy."

Read more: EQTEquity TrusteesWilliam Buckland FoundationFerdi HepworthJodi KennedySocial Ventures AustraliaAustraliansChildrenGraeme SinclairGroundJane GilmourJennifer McGregorPwC AustraliaSandy Clark
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