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Governance and Transparency

The Dry July Foundation is a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status registered under ABN 88 497 552 964 by the Australian Tax Office.

The Dry July Foundation is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The Dry July Foundation delivers an efficient, low-cost fundraising campaign, using innovative online technology and social media to engage participants and donors.

The Dry July event operates to a fundraising ratio of 80/20. This means at least 80 cents of every dollar raised through campaign donations goes directly to chosen beneficiaries. Dry July has a formal process ensuring that each of the bodies receiving donations from Dry July spend the monies appropriately on projects that benefit those in their cancer journey that are not otherwise funded.

The remaining 20 cents of every dollar raised helps us cover costs including: delivery of Dry July funding programs as well as overhead and operating costs such as web hosting, online transaction fees, marketing, promotion, merchandise, employee costs and insurance.

The Dry July Foundation is independently audited annually by PKF Lawler.

Ian Elliot - Chairman

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Ian Elliot is a Communications Specialist. He is the former Chairman and CEO of George Patterson Bates, Australia’s largest Adverting Agency. He retired from that role in 2002 and took up a career as a non-executive director.

He is the former Chairman of Promentum Ltd and former Non-Executive Director of Hills Ltd and Salmat Ltd. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director on the board of McMillan Shakespeare Ltd.

He is a former member of the fundraising committee ‘Friends of St Vincents,’ and former board member of The Starlight Foundation, acting as Chairman of the Star Day Program.

Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His book ‘Stop Bitching, Start Pitching’ was a best seller for publisher Murdoch Books.


Graeme Dennis - Non-Executive Director

Graeme Dennis

Graeme is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Currently a partner of HWL Ebsworth, Graeme has advised the boards of some of Australia’s largest companies and State Government organisations.

Graeme has acted for a number of years as the honorary solicitor for the Wheelchair Sports Association Inc. He is a proud benefactor of the Northcott Society and is also a benefactor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Holding degrees in Law and Arts from both Sydney University and the College of Law (Sydney), Graeme has been admitted to practice as solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and New Zealand.


Brett Macdonald - CEO and Co-Founder

Brett Macdonald

Brett is an experienced creative director with more than 15 years in branding and business communications. With a background in start-ups, creative agency and the corporate sector means his range of skill sets, personable approach and passion for the cause are well suited to the development of Dry July.

Brett holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Communication and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Phil Grove - Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Phil Grove

Phil is an experienced online professional with over 16 years of development and web experience.

Phil holds a BSc (HONS) in Electronic Imaging and Media Communication from The University of Bradford, UK and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.




Scott Abraham - Non-Executive Director

Scott Abraham

Scott is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia with over 20 years of commercial experience. Scott is a Director and owner of ABR Virtus Chartered Accountants in Canberra.

His role involves the specialisation in business advisory and taxation issues for private clients. Prior to the establishment of this business, Scott acted as an Executive Director of Canberra’s largest business advisory firm.

Scott has extensive business and taxation knowledge, holds a B. Bus (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and is also a Registered Tax Agent.


Kenny McGilvary - Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Kenny McGilvary

Kenneth has ten years public relations consulting experience in ANZ and the UK and is well-versed in communicating brand strengths to both consumer and specialist audiences.

With considerable not-for-profit, corporate and consumer technology experience, he has key strengths in executive counsel, brand strategy, community engagement and problem-solving.

Kenneth holds an MA (Hons) from St Andrews University and the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s advanced certificate.


Company Secretary: Stephen Bardwell