Rebecca Iliffe founded Turnstone Projects in 2003. Rebecca's career has spanned all of the areas encompassed today in Turnstone Projects.
Her earliest work was as a professional wool classer in shearing sheds across eastern Australia, followed by early stage processing and facilitating technical training for international users of Australia wool.
She then spent over ten years working with government and industry in business and community in development and investment attraction roles.
During this time Rebecca’s interest in philanthropy developed. Initially it was through initiative of the Ian Potter Foundation's Potter Farmland Project in the early 1990s. This led to her long term interest in the practice of philanthropy and of building partnerships with industry, business, organisations and communities where shared interests exist. Rebecca is an Associate Consultant with Philanthropy Australia
and supports innovative education-related projects in metropolitan and rural areas across Australia. One of these projects has now led her to a more hands-on role as an Associate Facilitator for the Social Enterprise Academy Australia
with the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship.
Rebecca is currently based in Sydney having lived, worked and travelled widely in Australia and spends as much time as possible in Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW.
She has a Masters of International Relations, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and is currently studying for a Masters of Teaching (Secondary). Her formal study is complemented with international experiences and attendance and presentations at conferences, increasingly on Zoom. Rebecca also gives her time to support local projects including at Ferncourt Public School and Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus and as a volunteer director for the Marrickville Marauders Fencing Club