All About us
We're very proud of our team and what we've achieved to date, so before we find out all about you, please allow us to tell you a little bit about ourselves.
Adam Watson MFIA's experience is unique. After six years working for the UK's largest door-to-door fundraising agency, Adam moved to Australia in 2010 and continued to perform at the highest level of the industry working with agencies and charities.
In his first charity role, Adam was responsible for quadrupling the number of new and active regular givers and improving retention figures and LTV.
In 2015 Adam founded and now heads up Fundraising Partners, a charitable fundraising consultancy network based in Sydney with national and international reach. He is also a director of The Benchmarking Project alongside Fi McPhee and the other Fundraising Partners.
He is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), a speaker at numerous fundraising events including Fundraising Forum and FIA Conference, and an occasional industry commentator for Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine.
Paul Tavatgis FFIA is a Brisbane-based fundraiser with 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and fundraising sector in Australia, starting in 1996 inside a giant candle suit representing Amnesty International on stage in front of 800 high school students. Paul has since worked with charities, fundraising agencies and sector organisations with a single goal – to make fundraising as effective and responsible as possible.
Between 2002 and 2012 Paul helped build Cornucopia Consultancy into one of Australia’s leading face to face agencies, representing Australia’s leading charities in their acquisition of hundreds of thousands of new donors.
Paul supported more than sixty organisations to create the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. As CEO of the PFRA he represented fundraising to the media and to government at all levels. He is now working with the US fundraising sector to build the Professional Face-to-face Fundraising Association.
As a consultant Paul has worked with more than fifty organisations, building fundraising programs, supporting best practice and finding ways to make it easier for clients to achieve their goals.
Peter Coleman, Ph.D. MFIA, is a Melbourne-based fundraiser with over a decade of experience working in the not-for-profit sector. Starting out as a face-to-face fundraiser, he eventually became Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading face-to-face and telephone-fundraising consultancies.
He has worked as a consultant with both charity and supplier clients and possesses a keen understanding of what makes fundraising ‘work’, both in terms of donor acquisition and stewardship. He is a huge believer in ‘joy’ and ‘delight’ as key drivers of success.
Peter served on the Board of Directors of the PFRA and maintains an unwavering commitment to ethical employee engagement and fundraising best practice.
He is also very proud of his work in the LGBT community, including two years volunteering as a phone counsellor with the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard.
Before entering the world of fundraising, Peter earned a Ph.D. in Critical Theory & Cultural Studies at Monash University, where he also worked as a sessional tutor teaching Eastern Philosophy to Undergraduate Students.
Genevieve Watson CA CPA looks after all aspects of finance and ensures compliance to statutory and regulatory requirements as Head of Finance and Company Secretary of Fundraising Partners.
She brings significant finance and accounting experience from her previous roles managing the reporting requirements of investment funds and operating companies.
Genevieve started her career in audit working for Ernst & Young and KPMG, and, after five years, moved on to specialise in fund accounting working for UBS, Macquarie and, more recently, a Sydney-based specialist global fund manager, where she gained extensive exposure in Australian statutory and management reporting.
Genevieve holds a bachelors degree in accountancy from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines, and is a Member of both the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants.