Apra-Australia was established in 2017 as an Incorporated Association. It is governed by a Committee, elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting for a 2-year term.



Stephen Rowe

Prospect Research & Briefing Manager, Australian National University

Stephen has worked in prospect development for over 10 years now, starting ‘across the ditch’ (the Tasman Sea) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2010, before making the big move to the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, and what many might call the smaller move to the nation’s capital Canberra in 2012 to work at the Australian National University.  Stephen gradually became interested in furthering the profession of prospect development in about 2014 when the first Australian conference or ‘forum’ was hosted at ANU.  Stephen and the ANU were able to host the first ‘Prospect Research Forum’ in 2014, a gathering of prospect development professionals that continues annually. In 2017 this occasion was held under the auspices of apra Australia Inc, the first Chapter of apra established outside of North America.

Vice President

Priya Kanji
Prospect Research Analyst, University of Auckland
Priya has been a Prospect Research Analyst at the University of Auckland since 2012. She is passionate about raising more awareness and advancing the field of prospect development in New Zealand. In her current role, she helped establish a prospect management system, and along with her colleague is responsible for developing and implementing policy, procedures and strategy in relation to prospect research and management. She has been actively involved in the largest fundraising campaign in New Zealand history. She was an inaugural committee member for Apra Australia, during this time she has been involved with helping organise the annual conference, supported committee initiatives and activities, and helped promote Apra Australia membership to New Zealand based peers. She is committed to helping further develop this chapter to better serve its members.


Rhia Saggers
Prospect Researcher & Data Analyst, Edith Cowan University

Rhia has over ten year's experience in the higher education sector focused mainly on advancement services, prospect research, and talent management orientated roles predominantly at Curtin University. She was the Prospect Researcher for University Advancement at Curtin, where she was responsible for the management of the prospect pipeline, and the research and identification of key community stakeholders. She is now the Prospect Researcher & Data Analyst at Edith Cowan University and is responsible for key strategy, policy and procedures, in relation to prospect management and the new University-wide CRM. Rhia is also currently the Secretary of the Curtin University Young Alumni Advisory Board. She has also previously volunteered as a Secretary for a number of Curtin based committees in the past. These have included the Advancement Steering Committee for University Advancement, Research Committees' (Business Law & Taxation and the School of Accounting), and as an editorial member for the Sino-Australia International Conference on Accounting and Finance Committee.


Molly Masiello
Research Manager, Fundraising Research & Consulting

Molly has been Research Manager at Fundraising Research & Consulting since March 2014 and brings a wealth of experience in prospect research and management in the Higher Education sector. She specialises in prospect research and management, data analytics, and database management. She held prospect research positions at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, as well as the University of Sydney. Prior to her positions in the fundraising space Molly spent 10 years as a librarian, working at the Los Angeles Public Library and the State Library of Western Australia.

Ordinary Committee Member

Tim Grime

Manager, Prospect Development, University of Western Australia 

Tim joined the University of Western Australia in May 2016, as a Prospect Intelligence Analyst, but within a few months was seconded to manage the team. At UWA, he has been involved in the past success of the New Century Campaign surpassing its goal of $400m. Tim has also been involved with the organising committee to formalise Apra Australia, has spoken at two previous Apra Australia conferences, as well as his current commitment to developing the Apra Australia member survey with peers from Murdoch University. He brings a wealth of experience to the role with his background prior to UWA being almost 20 years in the media industry as a database manager, advertising strategist, media analyst, media and market researcher, and marketing manager. In those roles, Tim has been a member of user group committees, joint-industry committees and an executive board.

Ordinary Committee Member

Victoria Coyne
Manager, Prospect Development and Research, Western Sydney University
Victoria has been the Manager - Prospect Development & Research at Western Sydney University since 2013. Prior to becoming a prospect researcher, Victoria spent 20+ years as a fundraiser, working in the education, international aid, welfare, aged care and medical sectors, and was a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia's NSW Chapter Executive. Since joining Western Sydney University, Victoria has attended two international Prospect Development conferences and hosted the 2018 apra-Australia conference. Victoria joined the apra-Australia committee in 2019, and is keen to contribute to the growth the profession in Australia and New Zealand.
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