We are pleased to welcome Kelly Bruce to the new role of Executive Director, Impact and Engagement, and Michael Woodhouse as Executive Director, Disability, Ageing and Carers. 

Kelly’s portfolio includes business development, partnerships, philanthropy, marketing, communications, RAP, innovation, social impact and advocacy. She has extensive experience as a consultant, executive manager, researcher and project manager for NFP organisations, government, academic and research institutions. Her previous roles include Managing Director for kb west Advisory, Project Manager and Associate Investigator at Macquarie University, and Director of Operations and Projects at UnitingCare Australia.  

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Kelly Bruce - Executive Director, Impact and Engagement

Michael will lead The Benevolent Society’s Disability, Ageing and Carers directorates. Prior to joining The Benevolent Society, he was Executive Director – Strategy, Reform and Support, Courts Tribunals and Service Delivery – at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Mr Woodhouse has also held operational and policy positions in the NT and Commonwealth governments.  

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Michael Woodhouse - Executive Director, Disability, Ageing and Carers. 

Our CEO, Lin Hatfield Dodds, says the new appointments come at a significant time for The Benevolent Society.  

“We have recently released our 2022-24 strategic plan, which will elevate our support of people, families and communities. Kelly and Michael’s leadership and contributions will be invaluable – I am delighted to have them onboard.” 

Reflecting on her appointment, Kelly said: “The Benevolent Society is such a respected organisation with a proud legacy of supporting people and advocating for social change. We want to build on this by working closely with sector, First Nations, corporate, government and philanthropic partners who share our purpose. These relationships will be key to helping us create a just society where all Australians can lead their best life.” 

Michael added: “There is a lot of opportunity to build on The Benevolent Society’s quality, person-centred services and to develop new innovations that improve outcomes for our clients. I am very much looking forward to being part of this important work.”