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Governance Institute scholarships to promote good governance at home and aboard

Governance Institute of Australia is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Chant Legacy.

  • Dane Moores, Acting Manager of Policy, World Vision Australia (Canberra)
  • Jill Rudeforth, Director, Yawuru Agricultural and Pastoral Company (Broome)

These scholarships offer an opportunity for individuals to pursue postgraduate governance studies at any government-accredited tertiary institution anywhere in the world and are based on merit and financial need. This year, both recipients nominated Governance Institute’s Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance as their chosen course.

‘As trustees of the Chant Legacy Scholarship, we are very pleased to be able to award these annual scholarships. We are delighted to advance the careers of these two promising individuals who have the drive and passion to develop their skills in effective governance leadership,’ said Meegan George, acting chief executive of Governance Institute. ‘It is particularly gratifying that both Dane and Jill see postgraduate governance studies as a way to contribute back to their communities’ Ms George added.

Dane Moores (Canberra)

Dane Moores is a policymaker with a long-standing interest in governance, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. As the acting manager of policy at World Vision Australia, he leads a team that develops policy responses to humanitarian and economic development challenges in developing countries, and influences the government to boost and better focus its foreign aid program. He has also recently taken on a board role with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Australia. Dane’s aim in undertaking postgraduate study is to improve governance within his workplaces, and ultimately to further improve and evolve governance practices more broadly, especially across the not-for-profit sector.

‘The Chant Legacy Scholarship is an important opportunity for an emerging not-for-profit leader and director like myself to build and consolidate my governance skills so I can help set up international development organisations for future success and to ultimately maximise their impact in communities’, said Mr Moores.

Jill Rudeforth (Broome)

Jill is a lawyer and director on the board of the commercial arm of the Yawuru Prescribed Body Corporate in Broome. After working in other areas, Jill began her career in corporate governance at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Her current position with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations in Broome has further raised her awareness of the need for, and desire to provide, governance services to Indigenous organisations. Living in a remote part of Australia does present challenges for employment and services. Jill is committed to further education as a way to create opportunity and to further her aim to start her own business providing governance services to Indigenous organisations.

‘My previous regulatory and governance experience has enabled me to contribute meaningfully to the board, although it has also made me aware of how much more I have to learn about governance. This scholarship will allow me to further my expertise as a director and as an indigenous woman’, said Ms Rudeforth.

The Chant Legacy Scholarship has been made possible by a trust set up in the original will of the late Mr Leonard Watson Chant. The scholarship funding covers study fees up to $2,245 per subject and to a maximum of $13,470 for the whole course of study.

Applications were judged by an independent committee of widely respected governance and educational professionals, comprised of:

  • Ms Trisha Mok, Senior In-house Counsel (Australasia), Study Group
  • Ms Julie Hare, Higher education journalist and editor
  • Professor Philomena Leung, Associate Dean, International, Faculty of Business and Economics

Applications for the next round of scholarship will open in September 2019.

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