Our Story, Our People

In 2012 Jenny accepted the invitation to lead the Fairfax family office as joint CEO of VFFF and Cambooya Pty Ltd.  These entities support the multi-generational Vincent Fairfax Family Office with financial, investment and philanthropic advice and services. Jenny is a Chartered Accountant and prior to her role with VFFF she specialised in litigation support and forensic accounting for almost twenty years. Jenny is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact's Advisory Board, a Director of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership (CCEL) and of a number of private family companies associated with the Fairfax family office.  Previously, Jenny also chaired the Board of Yume Pty Ltd - an early stage for-profit company with a social mission to eradicate food waste, and the War Widows Guild of NSW - which has 4,600 members and only 500 of them under the age of 80.
In 2012 Jenny accepted the invitation to lead the Fairfax family office as joint CEO of VFFF and Cambooya Pty Ltd. These entities support the multi-generational Vincent Fairfax Family Office with financial, investment and philanthropic advice and services. Jenny is a Chartered Accountant and prior to her role with VFFF she specialised in litigation support and forensic accounting for almost twenty years. Jenny is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact's Advisory Board, a Director of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership (CCEL) and of a number of private family companies associated with the Fairfax family office. Previously, Jenny also chaired the Board of Yume Pty Ltd - an early stage for-profit company with a social mission to eradicate food waste, and the War Widows Guild of NSW - which has 4,600 members and only 500 of them under the age of 80.

Jenny Wheatley

Chief Executive Officer

David has worked at VFFF since 2011. Over a 35 year career, David has worked in government, not-for-profit and philanthropic organisations. His professional background is in the government sector, holding managerial positions at Sydney Water Corporation from 1998 to 2007. David also has extensive volunteer experience in diverse roles, including telephone counselling, refugee settlement assistance and youth mentoring. From 2008 to 2010 he helped establish and manage a successful education support program for school students from a refugee background. David has a Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt), Master of Policy Studies (UNSW) and Graduate Certificates in Environmental Policy (UNSW) and Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (QUT). He is the Founder and Director of the Slingsby Foundation and the Chair of The Social Outfit.
David has worked at VFFF since 2011. Over a 35 year career, David has worked in government, not-for-profit and philanthropic organisations. His professional background is in the government sector, holding managerial positions at Sydney Water Corporation from 1998 to 2007. David also has extensive volunteer experience in diverse roles, including telephone counselling, refugee settlement assistance and youth mentoring. From 2008 to 2010 he helped establish and manage a successful education support program for school students from a refugee background. David has a Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt), Master of Policy Studies (UNSW) and Graduate Certificates in Environmental Policy (UNSW) and Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (QUT). He is the Founder and Director of the Slingsby Foundation and the Chair of The Social Outfit.

David Hardie

Foundation Manager

Prior to joining VFFF in 2020, Claire’s career spanned management consulting, the not-for-profit sector and most recently, corporate philanthropy. She held philanthropic roles with the Fossil Foundation, Perpetual, the icare foundation and the Macquarie Group Foundation. Claire grew up in country NSW and has since taken the opportunity to live, study and work in the USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Commercial Law) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Sydney.
Prior to joining VFFF in 2020, Claire’s career spanned management consulting, the not-for-profit sector and most recently, corporate philanthropy. She held philanthropic roles with the Fossil Foundation, Perpetual, the icare foundation and the Macquarie Group Foundation. Claire grew up in country NSW and has since taken the opportunity to live, study and work in the USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Commercial Law) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Sydney.

Claire Mannion

Grants Director

Peta joined the VFFF team as EA to the CEO in August 2019 and brings over 15 years’ experience working as a C-Suite Executive Assistant across a variety of industries such as banking, real estate, medical technology, retail and media sales in both privately operated and publicly listed companies, and most recently a non-government mental health organisation. She has extensive experience and strengths in corporate governance, event management, change and project management. Peta holds various qualifications in executive secretarial studies, marketing, and project management and is a member of a number of EA networks and industry groups.
Peta joined the VFFF team as EA to the CEO in August 2019 and brings over 15 years’ experience working as a C-Suite Executive Assistant across a variety of industries such as banking, real estate, medical technology, retail and media sales in both privately operated and publicly listed companies, and most recently a non-government mental health organisation. She has extensive experience and strengths in corporate governance, event management, change and project management. Peta holds various qualifications in executive secretarial studies, marketing, and project management and is a member of a number of EA networks and industry groups.

Peta Rennie

Executive Assistant

Prior to joining VFFF in 2018, Camilla held various roles in the education and not-for-profit sectors including asylum seeker casework, storytelling and education support, communications, events and resource development. She has extensive experience as an English language teacher in Australia and overseas. Camilla is a Director of Behind the Wire, a multi-award-winning organisation that records stories of seeking asylum in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (ACU), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology with Distinction (WSU), producing a major research project on vicarious trauma in child protection caseworkers.
Prior to joining VFFF in 2018, Camilla held various roles in the education and not-for-profit sectors including asylum seeker casework, storytelling and education support, communications, events and resource development. She has extensive experience as an English language teacher in Australia and overseas. Camilla is a Director of Behind the Wire, a multi-award-winning organisation that records stories of seeking asylum in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (ACU), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology with Distinction (WSU), producing a major research project on vicarious trauma in child protection caseworkers.

Camilla Chapman

Grants Manager

Natalie Buckett, Grants Trainee
Natalie joined the VFFF team as Grants Trainee in August 2020 and brings a background in media and communications to the role. While studying a Bachelor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Natalie edited the University's weekly student newspaper Honi Soit and directed Australia's largest student event, the University of Sydney Union's O Week Festival. Natalie is in the final year of her Master of Media Practice and has professional experience across digital media, not-for-profit communication and media production.

Natalie Buckett

Grants Trainee

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