Established in 1976, the Abbotsleigh Foundation is a registered charity with the central goal of assisting the School financially for initiatives including scholarships, prizes, development of buildings and supporting educational facilities such as the School’s libraries.
The Foundation's financial reports are available on the website of the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and are also sent to Foundation members.
Notice of resignation of auditor dated 20 October 2017
On 14 September 2017 the Abbotsleigh Foundation board resolved, subject to ASIC’s consent, to appoint Nexia Audit Pty Ltd as the Foundation’s new auditor. The reason for the proposed change in auditor was the board’s view that Nexia Pty Ltd would offer increased value in its auditing services, particularly in the areas of not for profit and financial governance. On 5 October 2017 ASIC issued its consent to the resignation of the Foundation’s auditor, Manser Tierney & Johnston. On 12 October 2017 Manser Tierney & Johnston tendered its resignation as the Foundation’s auditor.
Apply for Abbotsleigh Foundation membership
Abbotsleigh Foundation members believe in the importance of an excellent education and care about the collective impact of their gifts on the School and its students. Our members feel immense pride as they join together to shape the future of Abbotsleigh.
Members are invited to Foundation dinners, have voting and Board nomination rights and are offered other invitational benefits as our way of showing appreciation for their support. We encourage the entire Abbotsleigh community to apply for membership, simply by making an initial gift of $500 to the Foundation. Gifts of $25,000 or more provide eligibility for Black and Gold Society membership.
For more information about Foundation membership, please contact the Development Manager.
Gifts to the Abbotsleigh Foundation
For the protection of the interests of donors and the Abbotsleigh Foundation, the Foundation uses transparent and ethical processes for the acceptance of gifts.
Read the Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy to find out more about the framework used to govern acceptance of gifts.
The Foundation’s directors and Abbotsleigh staff are committed to protecting the privacy of the individuals who interact with us. We also greatly value the relationships we have with our school community and welcome feedback on how we manage your personal information.
Contact details for enquiries about privacy and the collection of personal information:
The Company Secretary
ABN 46 001 333 124
1666 Pacific Highway
Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Email and telephone enquiries should be made to the Director of Development who is also the Foundation’s Company Secretary.
Abbotsleigh Foundation Board
The Foundation’s board comprises nine Directors, four ex officio and five who are elected. Eight of the current directors are past or current parents of Abbotsleigh girls and two directors are Abbotsleigh Old Girls.
Yvette Vignando is the Abbotsleigh Foundation's Company Secretary and the Director of Development at Abbotsleigh. Ms Vignando is a member of the Foundation's Fundraising Committee and Marian Clarke Society Committee. For more information about the Abbotsleigh Foundation, please contact Yvette Vignando.
Rob Adams, Chair
Mr Adams is a parent of an Abbotsleigh student, a member of the Foundation's Fundraising Committee and Investment and Finance Committee. He is the Executive Chair of Janus Henderson Investors in Australia.
Linda Cameron, Director
Mrs Cameron is a current parent and a member of the Foundation's Investment and Finance Committee. She is a Chartered Accountant and is the Treasurer of the Foundation.
Paul Fontanot, Director
Mr Fontanot is the Chair of the Council of Abbotsleigh and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a current Abbotsleigh parent and a member of the Foundation’s Investment and Finance Committee. Mr Fontanot is a Partner and National Practice Group Leader - Forensic & Technology Services at Clayton Utz.
Bronwyn Matthews, Director
Matthews is a current parent, an Abbotsleigh Old Girl and a member of the Foundation's Investment and Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Executive of the Abbotsleigh Old Girls' Union. Ms
Matthews is a Chartered Financial Analyst and investment manager.
Ross Bowden, Director
Bowden is a current parent, a member of the Council of Abbotsleigh and a member of the Foundation’s Investment and Finance Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and the CEO of Money Solutions.
Megan Krimmer, Director
Krimmer is the Headmistress of Abbotsleigh and is a member of the Foundation's Fundraising Committee.
Amna Khan, Director
Ms Khan is a current parent and the Chair of the Foundation’s Investment and Finance Committee. She is the Head of Product, AsiaPac & Americas at Colonial First State Global Asset Management.
Camilla Love, Director
Love is an Abbotsleigh Old Girl and Chair of the Foundation’s Fundraising Committee. She holds an MBA (Exec) and is responsible for institutional business at Perennial Value Management.
Vivek Bhatia, Director
Bhatia is a current parent and a member of the Foundation’s Investment and Finance Committee. He is the CEO of QBE Insurance Group, Australian and New Zealand Operations.