Farewell to Lisa Cotton, TFN Australia CEO

It’s a sad month for TFN International as we bid farewell to the co-founder and first CEO of TFN Australia, Lisa Cotton. 

TFN Australia is our only other fully fledged stand-alone TFN and under Lisa’s dynamic leadership it has achieved so much; 52 events in 5 cities, raising $5.4m (£3m) for 182 non-profit organisations (including at their recently-established “white label” events) attended by over 6,000 excited Aussies. On top of this, they calculate they have leveraged a further $1.4m (£780,000) and facilitated $1m+ (£560,000) in pro bono and in-kind support. 

All of this from a standing start just 5 years ago. 

Lisa has attracted 60 event partners in total, including some of Australia’s biggest names (notably AMP, whose famous event raised an astonishing $418,000 (£237,000) thanks to some eye watering match funding challenges), as well as some brilliant minds from the business, non-profit and creative industries to join her board and steering committees. 

She has built a small but ferociously dedicated team who we’re sure will miss her greatly, but who we know will do her proud in the years to come under the leadership of Julie McDonald who we welcome and look forward to working with in this exciting new chapter in the TFN Australia story. 

And to crown it all, she was named Australia’s Third Sector CEO of the Year in 2017.

We cannot end our farewell to Lisa without mentioning her “partner in crime”, her husband Patrick Lindsay who has been very much at the heart of TFN’s success in Australia. Patrick has led the pledging at many TFN Australia events and we hope very much that he might still make the odd special guest appearance... there is a twinkle in his eye that is difficult to resist and that, combined with his dedication to his own charitable interests, amongst them working with the Papua New Guinean communities, makes him highly effective when it comes to loosening grips on wallets!

Fred Mulder, Founder of TFN, said:

"I first met Lisa when I went to Australia to help with the three TFN pilot events back in 2013, and I knew immediately that I was in the presence of someone special. Bright, motivated, experienced, it was clear that TFN Australia was in for a ride, and such has it proved to be.

“Australia’s phenomenal success has been well documented, but what has also struck me has been the creative thinking Lisa has brought to the TFN model and her skill at gathering a great group of strong, committed individuals to help her. Those of us back in the UK have learned much from Lisa’s innovations, and her energy, her charm, and her ambition for the organisation will be much missed.”

Good luck Lisa with your next adventure and thank you from your many friends and admirers at TFN around the world.

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