Our Advisory Group

We have carefully selected a group of highly experienced and committed specialists appointed to give considered advice, recommendations and counsel in the success of Dovetail's Social Impact Program, conducting due diligence on our charity partners, providing guidance on delivering a superior customer experience and ensuring we are providing the greatest impact for the charities we partner with.

Katherine Ellis | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Katherine Ellis


Katherine has 25+ years’ experience in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors, and brings particular strengths in for-purpose strategy and operations, and cross-sectoral partnerships. 
She is curently the CEO of Youth Affairs Council Victoria, and formerly held leadership positions at the Commonwealth of Nations and the Reach Foundation.

Julia Keady | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Julia Keady

Charity & Corporate/Family Philanthropy

Julia has been an active contributor to the Australian philanthropy & social Impact community for 10 years, and has worked with hundreds of changemakes and game-changers on projects ranging from local rural communities to global significance. This includes philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, trusts/foundations, universities, charities and social enterprises.

Marlene Elliott | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Marlene Elliott

Marketing & Client Experience 

Marlene is an expert in client experience, increasing client retention and driving profitable growth. She works with Executives and Boards to achieve strategic outcomes. Strong coaching capabilities, successfully leading teams to enable behavioural change and build client centric culture. Marlene has 15 years’ experience as a Director at KPMG. She is a Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Games Australia and Netball Victoria.

Lisa Thomas | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Lisa Thomas


Lisa is a funding and grant expert and has a thorough understanding of the context, process and environment to ensure her clients are successful grant candidates.

Working with SME’s, Corporates and Not for Profits to help them identify and access Government Grants and Philanthropic trust funds. 

Rugare Gomo | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Rugare Gomo

Entreprenuer & High Performance Coach

Rugare is an Australian lawyer that helps entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses. Rugare’s commercial experience, leadership roles and community engagements in Australia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe have exposed him to work with startups, venture capitalists, CEO’s of big business, billionaire families, prime ministers and more. 

Kate Riordan | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Kate Riordan

Business Process Improvement

Kate has an amazing ability to convert any process blueprint into a practical and detailed approach for implementation. Her background across HR, business process, project management and change management ensure a people focussed approach for high quality business process outcomes delivered to her clients. 

Alex Tullio | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Alex Tullio

Business Performance

With an extensive portfolio of experience and qualifications, Alex is the results oriented change-agent that business owners and leaders turn to, when they want to develop a hugely successful business that is authentic to their values and vision. Over a career spanning more than twenty years, Alex has developed a deep level of experience in growing and transforming businesses into profitable enterprises.

Tatiana Niken Cross | Dovetail Social Enterprises Advisory Board

Tatiana Niken Cross 

HR & Organisational Culture

As a Business Development and Corporate Culture leader, Tatiana's strengths are to build strategic relationships internally and externally in the companies she worked with. She also led the Visionary Branding and Customer Centric teams in several businesses.  Tatiana has a background in HR, Marketing and Social Enterprise. 

John Cross


John has 23 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant advising small and medium sized businesses as well as 20 years experience as an Investment Adviser. 
John was directly involved in setting up a global business where he took on the role as CEO and Strategic Director for 5 years and was responsible for International branding, global manufacturing, sales and distribution. 

Geoff Donovan | Dovetail Social Enterprises | Advisory Group

Geoff Donovan


Geoff has over 40 years experience practicing law, and his expertise extends to corporations law, directors duties, insurance, litigation, governance, risk and compliance, charities and not for profit law.  For ten years, Geoff was a Director and Chair of The Tipping Foundation, a charity supporting people with disabilities and their carers and families. Geoff is also a regular presenter for Leadership Victoria on governance and strategy for not for profit organisations.

Our Specialist Panel

Charity leaders and business owners in the Dovetail community will also have a broad range of passionate, skilled and experienced specialists, coaches and mentors at their fingertips.
This will be powered by our partnership with The Xfactor Collective – Australia’s first multi-disciplinary community of pre-vetted consultants, coaches, mentors and trainers across 300+ areas of specialisation.
Access to Specialists will be made available in the different membership packages, and charities and business owners can also connect with Specialists for one-off sessions or small projects.

Julia Keady | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialties

Julia Keady

Individual, Business & Family Philanthropies
Kirrily Graham | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Kirrily Graham

Fundraising & Charity Challenges
Darren Taylor | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Darren Taylor

Brand & Digital Marketing
Jodie Artis | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Jodie Artis

Public & Media Relations
Julie Weldon | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Julie Weldon

Linda Garnett | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Linda Garnett

Jane Smith AM | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Jane Smith

Charity Mentor & Strategic Planning
Renae Hanvin | Dovetail Social Enterprises Specialist

Renae Hanvin

Corporate Social Responsibility, Communications
Jodie Willmer | Dovetail Social Impact Specialist

Jodie Willmer

Governance/Boards, Coaching and Mentoring

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