bbcon Speakers

We’re thrilled to announce the first wave of speakers who will share their expertise at bbcon.

Jemma Balmer bbcon speaker 2019

Jemma Balmer
Fundraising Manager
Ronald McDonald House South Island


Working in the not-for-profit and social change world is a special place, full of heart and quirks and fiercely dedicated, passionate, kind people. Jemma is an astute communicator who is as interested in the people working in this field as the people they help. Jemma’s especially interested in young people who are starting their careers in this industry, and what unique challenges they face. She regularly speaks and writes about vulnerability, leadership, Imposter Syndrome and creativity. During the day, Jemma leads the Fundraising team at Ronald McDonald House South Island in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is also an alumni and coach at Seth Godin’s altMBA.

Jeremy Bennett bbcon 2019 speaker

Jeremy Bennett
Owner and Chief Consultant
BigFoot Fundraising


Jeremy Bennett is the Owner and Chief Consultant of Bigfoot Fundraising. Bigfoot Fundraising is a boutique fundraising and marketing consultancy that helps not-for-profit organisations make a bigger impact, for a better world. If you’d like your digital fundraising to make a bigger impact, Jeremy would love to hear from you to discuss how he can help.

Marcus Blease bbcon speaker 2019

Marcus Blease
Donor Republic


Marcus is a transformational leader in the fundraising and marketing sector. Spending eight years as General Manager of Fundraising and Marketing at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, seeing income grow from $12m to $31m and over eight years overseeing outstanding growth at both Cancer Councils NSW and QLD.

In late 2016 Marcus co-founded Donor Republic, a brilliant full service fundraising and marketing agency for the charity sector, assisting others to successfully transform their fundraising programs from strategy through to execution across all areas of fundraising.

Abby Clemence bbcon speaker 2019

Abby Clemence
Infinity Sponsorship


International speaker and one of Australasia’s leading corporate partnership advisors to the For-Purpose Sector, Abby has spent the last 25 years’ helping fundraisers feel at ease with sponsorship, marketing and sales techniques.

With a background in adult education, comms & marketing, event management and corporate and cause-related sponsorship, she specialises in empowering corporate fundraisers and sponsorship seekers to see that they are not in fact a charity in need of handouts, but a powerful marketing partner to the right brand.

It doesn’t matter if you are volunteering on a committee in your rural town, or you’re the corporate partnerships manager for a global charity, every single one of you is working for change and better outcomes, and Abby is in your corner and can teach you how to build transformational partnerships that create meaningful and sustainable impact.

Cameron Glover bbcon speaker 2019

Cameron Glover
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Interplast Australia & New Zealand


Currently working as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Interplast Australia & New Zealand, Cameron brings extensive experience to bbcon 2019 having held senior positions in a number of not-for-profit organisations, together with a background in consultancy.

His professional experience has included establishing a specialist consultancy business working exclusively with non-profit clients, managing a national social enterprise as their inaugural Chief Executive Officer, leading a dynamic volunteer resource centre and numerous positions in the areas of fundraising and volunteer management. In addition, Cameron has been an active volunteer in the areas of youth, disability and sport with most positions he’s held being related to governance or large-scale program delivery.

Regularly asked to deliver key-note addresses, training workshops or to write for relevant publications, Cameron has developed a reputation for leading innovative non-profit management practices and implementing change processes.

Described as a dynamic leader who has demonstrated experience developing and managing innovative programs, his program concepts have been utilised by many organisations and are considered best-practice in sections of the wider not-for-profit community.

Stu Hawkins bbcon speaker 2019

Stu Hawkins
Red Arc


Stu is the founder of Red Arc, creators of innovative integration tools for NonProfits. With 10+ years providing solutions to the sector, he’s seen the real world of the technology challenges NonProfits face and is convinced innovation not hard work is the answer. Current focuses are INTEGRATION and AUTOMATION and a growing passion to TRANSFORM fundraising using technology.

Other things that get him emotional are the firm expectation that the England football team will one day have two stars on their shirts, the Portugese Restaurant scene in Love Actually, and pretty much anything his granddaughters do..

Alex Lambermont bbcon speaker 2019

Alex Lambermont
Senior Business Analyst
Australian Conservation Foundation


Alex was born and raised in The Netherlands and started his career as a Physical Education Teacher. However, he quickly realised his strengths lay in marketing and business analysis.

In 2010 he migrated to Australia and began work as an Account Director, focussing on innovative marketing initiatives and analysing market trends to maximise customer conversion. This role led him to a Business Analyst role with The Wilderness Society as part of the project team in place to implement their new Blackbaud CRM. He then took on the Business Analyst role at CBM to implement BBCRM there, leading the mapping and redesign of business processes, and overseeing testing and training.

His third BBCRM project was with Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) where he served as the Senior Business Analyst, leading analysis of requirements and processes in support of migration from RE to BBCRM. He also managed two junior BA’s during the duration of the project.

Alex holds a PhysEd teaching degree and a dual master degrees in International Business and Global Finance.

Cheryl Pultz bbcon speaker 2019

Cheryl Pultz
Director of Fundraising
Australian Conservation Foundation


Cheryl’s 30-year career has provided her with experience in all aspects of fundraising including the development & implementation of major gift & planned giving programs, annual & capital campaigns, corporate partnerships, regular giving and cash appeals.

Originally from Canada, she held a variety of fundraising positions there; then spent four years in Vietnam working as a fundraising advisor for local and international NGO’s, before setting up the charitable division for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City.

She moved to Australia 10 years ago and for the past four years has served as Director of Fundraising at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).

Previously, she spent three years as Director of Fundraising & Communications at WaterAid, and before that managed the major gift and bequest programs for Bush Heritage Australia.

Cheryl is a graduate of The Fundraising School and received her CFRE designation in 1998. She is a former tutor for FIA’s Certificate in Fundraising Program.

Katherine Raskob bbcon speaker 2019

Katherine Raskob
Chief Executive Officer
Fundraising Institute of Australia


Katherine is the Chief Executive Officer of Fundraising Institute Australia, the largest representative body for the $12.5 billion charitable fundraising sector. Previously she was Director of Communications & Customer Experience at the network called the Australian Alliance for Data Leadership, incorporating Australia’s largest marketing association, the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA), where she was responsible for the strategy and execution of personalised communications, member engagement and customer experience as well as brand, all internal and external communications including digital, social and PR and technology platforms and solutions for the network.

Her experience encompasses both established and start-up, commercial and not-for-profit companies including SBS, Australia’s national multilingual and multicultural broadcaster, where she spent more than seven years as Head of Group Marketing, responsible for all marketing communications for SBS programs and services across all platforms. While at SBS she managed large internal and external agency teams to achieve award-winning, highly effective campaigns that engaged audiences and stakeholders. Her achievements include the launch of the now iconic SBS brand refresh ‘Six billion stories and counting…’ and the launch of SBS’s digital platform SBS ON DEMAND as well as the establishment of connected communities for SBS content areas.

Katherine is also a member of the Board of Directors of Girl Guides Australia and was previously on the boards of Synergy & Taikoz, Australia’s leading percussion ensembles, and Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image. She grew up in Minnesota, USA where she completed her undergraduate degree as well as a Master of International Business Management degree. Katherine is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew Sabatino bbcon speaker 2019

Andrew Sabatino
Co Founder/Director
Donor Republic


Andrew has extensive fundraising and marketing experience both in Australia and the UK, specialising in Direct Mail, Tele-Fundraising, Digital, Major Gifts, Face to Face and Bequests. He led Guide Dogs SA/NT to experience significant fundraising growth, where annual income increased from $1m to $9m over seven years. In 2016 Andrew was part of a team that won a commercial tender to launch a social enterprise for Guide Dogs through building a Pet Hotel at the Adelaide Airport lifting projected revenue to $15m in the next five years. Due to his leadership in fundraising, Andrew was asked to chair the Guide Dogs Australia Fundraising Committee where annual income grew from $53m to $87m over 4 years.

Andrew orchestrated the marketing strategy behind Guide Dogs being voted as Australia’s Most Trusted Charity four years running. Balancing the broader brand marketing with targeted consumer marketing, Andrew also grew the annual client base for Guide Dogs.

In 2015 he was named in Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine’s list of ‘Movers and Shakers’. In 2016 he was named as a Pro Bono ‘Changemaker’ and was also awarded the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s (FIA) National Young Fundraiser of the Year. Currently a committee member of the SA Fundraising Institute of Australia and Board Member of radio station Fresh 92.7, Andrew has previously worked with charities such as The Cancer Council NSW, Multiple Sclerosis Society UK, RSPCA UK, Bernardo’s UK and the NSPCC UK.

David Sexton bbcon speaker 2019

David Sexton
Chief Executive Officer
Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT


David Sexton is the CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT, an organisation founded in 1975 which supports kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability through providing grants, services, programs, scholarships and experiences. Their aim is to improve a child’s quality of life, self-esteem and connectness to community while decreasing strain on families.

He has extensive senior management experience which spans across a variety of industries. With all leadership positions, he has a track record of implementing significant strategic business initiatives which have resulted in tangible and measurable results including increased revenue, reduced overheads, improved operational performance, enhanced customer experience or philanthropic outcomes.

He also have a passion for making a difference in the local, national and global community. He was on the Board of the Liz Ellis Foundation, is a strategic advisor to Fairbreak Global and co-founded the Youngcare Walk.