Timor Leste Embassy – Deakin, ACT


The Embassy for Timor Leste Fund was formed to raise the necessary funds, design, develop and deliver a new Canberra embassy for the Government of Timor Leste.

This Fund, a joint venture between Rotary Melbourne and Leadership Victoria, was administered by a board of directors as a NFP, for the period it took to instigate, develop, procure and complete the project.


Role: Development Director, Project Manager, Superintendent
Client: The Embassy for Timor Leste Fund – a company limited by guarantee, established as the joint venture vehicle for Rotary Melbourne and Leadership Victoria


  • Drive legal establishment of the Fund corporate entity and structure;
  • Assist in Board formation and act as ex-officio Board representative;
  • Establish the submission case for deductible gift recipient (DGR) tax status;
  • Drive the DGR case to the Australian Government including lobbying ministers and advisers from both sides of politics to gain Commonwealth DGR gazettal for the Fund;
  • Develop, implement and manage a fundraising plan;
  • Represent the Fund to ministers and representatives of the Australian Government and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste;
  • Draft and manage execution of Memorandum of Understanding between the Fund and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste;
  • Administer all expenditure for the Fund;
  • Negotiate and contract the consultant team;
  • Design manage the development and documentation of a Master plan and building designs;
  • Prepare and manage programme and budget;
  • Prepare and coordinate planning submissions;
  • Drive approvals processes;
  • Negotiate construction contract (Grocon – builder);
  • Act as Superintendent under the Contract;
  • Manage matters of public relations, publicity and press on the project;
  • Report to the Board on all matters.