Rowan Foster

Director Corporate and Community Engagement

Rowan has worked with private, public and non-profit organisations, both here in Australia and overseas, for more than 20 years.

His early-stage marketing career was left behind for the world of fundraising and philanthropy after losing a good friend, Adam Smiddy, to cancer in 2006. His role in the start-up of the cause now known as Mater Smiling for Smiddy—a series of cycling and triathlon events—has seen more than $10 million raised for cancer research at Mater.

Rowan oversees the development and delivery of Mater Foundation’s corporate, community and donor programs, which support Mater’s mission across Health, Education and Research.

Rowan has extensive experience leading high performing community fundraising and donor programs, as well as demonstrated success in developing sponsorship and partnering activities through acquisition, management and renewals with leading brands. He is a passionate fundraising leader who inspires teams through their connection to purpose and impact.