Our Team

Wendy Brooks

BMus, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip LP, AMICDA, MFIA

Managing Director and Founder

Wendy Brooks is passionate about social justice, equity and human rights. Her career has spanned law, music (professional violist), marketing, business development and fundraising for the tertiary education, environment and conservation, arts, health and medical research and social welfare sectors.

Wendy’s voluntary leadership positions include: Co-Chair, Human Rights Watch Australia; Board Chair of InLife Independent Living Ltd; Chair and Trustee of the National Trust of Australia Victoria Foundation; Trustee of National Trust of Australia Victoria; Board Director of Fitted for Work; Board Director of Kokoda Track Foundation.  Wendy serves on the HRW International Disability Rights Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Australian Charity Law Association and the Melbourne Women’s Fund and Patron of the Kukuku PNG Program, Global Research Centre RMIT.

Through her businesses, Wendy Brooks Consulting Pty Ltd and Director and NFP Business Services Pty Ltd, Wendy provides strategic fundraising services and a range of administrative services to the community sector.

Wendy and her husband, a computer software specialist (previously a Veterinarian) lived and worked in Zimbabwe in the 1980s, before returning to Australia.  They have four adult children, two grand daughters and one grandson.

Dianne Allison

B.Mus, M.Mus (Therapy)

Senior Associate

Dianne has a strong commitment to social justice, community engagement and human rights. She provides clients with strategic fundraising and communications advice and works with clients to ensure that they can thrive. Dianne has a strong focus on relationship fundraising.

Awarded a Silver Jubilee Trust Fund for Young Australians Award, Dianne trained in clinical adolescent and adult psychiatry in the United States. On her return to Australia she established the first Music Therapy position at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind in Burwood and was registered as a Music Therapist for 21 years.

Her clinical work with children led her to set up a private practice (Musical Beginnings – 1987 to present) in community and family developmental music. The Musical Beginnings program was developed for children and their families in local communities and included those children with additional needs such as autism spectrum disorder, Rhett Syndrome, and global developmental delay. Her clinical work with mothers and carers led to postgraduate research into the usefulness of music during childbirth (1993) and when preterm birth (20-28 weeks’ gestation) is imminent (2000).

Dianne was tutor and lecturer in Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne for 20 years, and has held the positions of State and National President of the Australian Music Therapy Association. Dianne and her husband have 3 adult children.

Sue Beecher

BA, BSW(Hons), MA (Couple & Relationship Counselling)

Senior Associate

Sue has a passion for social justice, equity and Indigenous rights. Sue has a wealth of experience in strategic fundraising, management, organisational governance, policy and resource development, counselling and mentoring and philanthropy.
A key area of focus is advising families on their strategic philanthropy. Prior to working with Wendy Brooks Consulting, Sue had an extensive career in Merchant Banking before studying social work and working in the child, family welfare and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sectors.

Sue is Director of a number of boards and Committees, including Human Rights Watch Australia and an Indigenous Girls Engagement Foundation and sits on the Indigenous Affinity group of Philanthropy Australia. Sue tutors part time in Social Work at a Melbourne University. Sue and her husband have four adult children and live in Melbourne.

Kaylene Dawson

Kaylene Dawson

LLB (Hons.), BE

Senior Associate

With a diverse background in legal and commercial roles, Kaylene Dawson has chosen to apply her skills to the not-for-profit sector because of her strong interest in building the health and well-being and equity of our society.

Kaylene provides clients with a broad range of management services, strategic business advice, advice in developing and positioning cases for support and introductions to her extensive philanthropy networks and contacts.

In addition to her work with Wendy Brooks Consulting, Kaylene works on a voluntary basis as Consultant to the Indigenous Grants Advisory Committee for Gandel Philanthropy, Company Secretary to the Robin Boyd Foundation and is an Assessor for the Sir John Monash Scholarships.

Sally McLean

Sally McLean

BA/LLB (Hons.)

Senior Associate

Sally is passionate about women and children, poverty and disadvantage and education as a means of breaking the poverty cycle.

With over 15 years experience as a construction and major infrastructure projects lawyer and experience in business development for a major UK law firm, Sally now uses her extensive drafting, negotiating, regulatory and compliance and business development skills in the not-for-profit sector.

Sally’s strengths lie in research and due diligence, grant writing and acquittal, funder relationships and strategic planning and advice. Pursuing her interests in the not-for-profit sector, Sally volunteers as President of The Queen’s Fund – a charity that supports Victorian single women and their children who are in crisis, distress or emergency situations.

Victoria Allison

Victoria Allison

BA, Master of Development Studies

Senior Associate

Victoria’s background in international community development was sparked by a trip to Ecuador where she worked as a primary school teacher in a remote Indigenous community in the Andes. After completing her undergraduate degree, double majoring in anthropology and Spanish, Victoria returned to Latin America to work as a project coordinator for an education program in Nicaragua.

With a desire to learn more about the reasons behind the inequality and injustice she witnessed first-hand in Latin America, Victoria completed her Masters of Development Studies back in Melbourne.

Through her work at Wendy Brooks Consulting, Victoria has learned about the important role of philanthropy in supporting the inspiring work of not-for-profit organisations and hopes to contribute to sustainable change for communities in Australia and internationally.

Jane Marquard

Jane Marquard

BA/LLB

Senior Associate

Jane is a practicing lawyer and consultant with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice. She grew up in South Africa and has a strong commitment to international development, mental health, and projects involving children and young people.

Sydney- based, she provides strategic, policy and networking advice to our clients.

Jane has expertise in human rights, criminal, refugee, media and entertainment law. Jane also works as an independent reviewer and decision-maker. She is an independent assessor for the Professional Standards Office of the Catholic Church, and also works in the NSW prisons. She has been a Member of the Refugee Review Tribunal, the Migration Review Tribunal, the Independent Protection Assessment Office, and the Australian Broadcasting Authority. She also does pro-bono work, and is active in Human Rights Watch and a number of other not-for-profit organisations.She has three children and plays soccer on weekends.

Sue Morisset

Sue Morisset

Senior Associate

With more than 25 years in the not-for-profit arena, Sue has a wealth of knowledge and experience in fundraising.

Having worked for many years within the health sector Sue has seen first-hand the challenges faced by urban and remote health organisations, specialist medical and research bodies, disability services, tertiary hospitals and general health organisations. She is dedicated to assisting the health industry across the board to achieve their mission and improve the health and quality of life for all people both within Australia and overseas.

Bequests programs, donor identification and stewardship, corporate and community engagement, grant writing and event coordination are specialist skills that Sue adds to the Wendy Brooks Consulting pool of expertise.

Wendy Brooks