About

About

Noble Ambition is an independent consultancy that works with organisational leadership, industry and government agencies in the for-purpose sector.

We equip CEOs, Boards and executive teams with the capacity, confidence and strategy to achieve transformational impact through philanthropy.

We offer strategic consultancy, advice, executive coaching and training.

Our Story

Melissa Smith built fundraising and philanthropy programs from concept to delivery at major cultural institutions and in the university sector in Australia, raising millions from philanthropists globally. She achieved multiple awards including Australian Fundraiser Of The Year and Global Fundraiser Of The Year. This 20-year journey in fundraising expertise has crystallised Melissa’s thinking that unless leadership, Board and executive teams share a common understanding and are engaged in strategic fundraising, the potential of an organisation’s philanthropic capabilities cannot be fully realised.

Melissa established Noble Ambition in 2016 and has focused exclusively on working at Board and executive level to build the capability and confidence of Australia’s for-purpose sector leadership, to drive multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns and achieve lasting social impact.

Noble Ambition has worked with hundreds of board directors, CEOs and fundraising directors nationally across many sectors including health, education, advocacy, culture, Indigenous, climate, disability, and social services.

Our Team

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith built fundraising and philanthropy programs from concept to delivery at Australia’s major cultural institutions and in the university sector, raising millions from philanthropists globally. She achieved multiple awards including Australian fundraiser of the year and global fundraiser of the year. This 20-year journey in fundraising expertise has crystallised Melissa’s thinking that unless leadership, Board and executive teams share a common understanding and are engaged in strategic fundraising, the potential of an organisation’s philanthropic capabilities cannot be fully realised.

Melissa established Noble Ambition in 2016 and has focused exclusively on working at Board and executive level to build the capability and confidence of Australia’s for-purpose sector leadership, to drive multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns and achieve lasting social impact.

Noble Ambition has worked with hundreds of board directors, CEOS and fundraising directors nationally across health, education, advocacy, culture, indigenous, climate, disability, and social services.

Katy Phillips

Katy Phillips, has over 20 years’ experience working in operational roles for large corporate and financial institutions in both Australia and the UK.

Katy endeavours to utilise her broad skillset to provide Noble Ambition clients with a high level of service and support.

Sophi Bruce

Sophi Bruce has extensive learning design, teaching and facilitation experience across all sectors specialising in leadership development, skills & capability uplift, strategic thinking and systems change. From the design and delivery of bespoke learning programs to ongoing project delivery, Sophi’s focus on positive tangible outcomes is supported by professional aptitude and a passion for facilitating personal, organisational and social progress.

In addition to her role with Noble Ambition, Sophi is an industry fellow with UTS, and a faculty member and advisor to a range of NFP, government and corporate organisations. She holds a MSc Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Kirsty De Garis

Kirsty De Garis is a passionate producer and storyteller across multiple platforms and events. Key capabilities include program and event development and delivery, interviewing, writing and editing, filmmaking, speaker coaching and development and team member development. Proven ability to work collaboratively across departments and balance multiple conflicting stakeholders for a positive outcome.

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