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Mito Foundation Team

SeanSean Murray – CEO

Sean Murray was appointed as part time CEO in January 2011 and took up the role full time in April 2012. Sean is responsible for execution of the Mito Foundation strategic plan and all aspects of Mito Foundation operations.

Sean’s background includes software development, business consulting and general management. His career previously focused on organisational change and project/programme management. Sean has lived and worked in Australia, the UK and the US with broad industry experience in both private and government sectors. Sean holds a degree in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics (BSc) from Sydney University.

With a strong family connection with mitochondrial disease, Sean is deeply motivated to drive the Mito Foundation toward achieving its goal of finding a cure.

Sean is a member of the Mito Foundation Nominations Committee and a founding director of the Mito Foundation.

Jo de Bry – Marketing and Communications ManagerJo image

Jo joined the Mito Foundation in 2013.  She has nearly 20 years marketing and communications experience primarily in the not-for-profit sector, both in the UK and in Australia.


Dominique Connerty imageDominique Connerty – Senior Marketing and Development Coordinator

Dominique joined the Mito Foundation in April 2014. She has previously worked in online marketing and managing digital content. She holds a BA in Communications.


Aaron Smith – Digital Communications Strategist

Aaron joined the Mito Foundation in July 2018 after previously volunteering as a web designer for The Bloody Long Walk website. He has 10 years experience in digital marketing, web design and I.T.

Rebecca Davis imageRebecca Davis – Services Team Leader

Rebecca joined the team in April 2014. She holds a Masters Degree in Research and has previously worked in local government.


Sophie Newhouse – Services Officer

Sophie joined the team in January 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and has previous experience working as a registered nurse in both surgical and emergency wards for NSW Health.







Jane imageJane Hudson – Project Manager

Jane joined the Mito Foundation team in April 2016. She has a degree in Planning Studies. Jane has previously worked as an Account Manager for various advertising agencies.


Caroline imageCaroline Christensen – Development Manager (currently on maternity leave)

Caroline joined the Mito Foundation team in August 2016. Caroline has over nine years of experience working as a relationship fundraiser in the not-for-profit sector. She holds a degree in Philosophy and French.


Penelope Frew

Penelope Frew – Development Manager (maternity leave contract)

Penelope has worked in the not-for-profit sector for the past six years, with roles ranging from community fundraising, events management, and philanthropy. Penelope holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in International Development.


Ross Harris imageRos Harris – Bookkeeper

Ros manages the accounts for the Mito Foundation. She oversees the everyday expenses of the foundation, as well as handling Mito Foundation research grants and donations from supporters.


Green ribbon imageMargie Lingard – Chairperson of Fundraising Committee

Margie was instrumental in the set up of the Mito Foundation in 2009 and continues to be a key volunteer.


Finance Committee: Graeme Crampton, Ross Grant, Michael Pilcher
Nominations Committee: Graeme Crampton, Doug Lingard (Chair), Sean Murray and David Thorburn