Our Staff

Sophie Ryan


Sophie is the CEO of Sony Foundation Australia, the charity arm of the Sony Group of Companies. She has a passion for business and philanthropy and believes the two should be inextricably linked.

Sophie enjoys developing creative and innovative ways in which to solve social problems and is fortunate to work in an environment in which this is not only encouraged, but essential. She has worked with such a diverse range of people both in Australia and overseas during her time at the United Nations working in criminal justice in both Vienna and Sudan, as an assistant to the UN Special Rapportuer for Torture and as a lawyer with Allens Linklaters. Sophie has come to appreciate the value of collaboration and the importance of partnerships when generating real change.

Sophie commenced as CEO of the Sony Foundation in 2010.

Sarah Potts

General Manager

Sarah joined Sony Foundation in the role of General Manager early 2024.

Prior to this, Sarah was employed by SCA, home of digital audio network, LiSTNR and Triple M & Hit networks, for 15 years and held various roles during this time, most recently, General Manager of the Sydney and Central Coast operations. During her time at SCA, Sarah created and managed the company’s corporate social responsibility program, "SCA Embrace".

Sarah manages the You Can Stay program operations, media partnerships and oversees events, communications, and special campaigns. Sarah is deeply committed to Sony Foundation’s aim of improving young Australian’s health and wellbeing through positive experiences and social change and firmly believes that all businesses have the potential to create meaningful and sustainable positive change across Australia.

Karen White

Partnership Manager

Karen has held positions across Sony Foundation since 2012, including her current role of Partnership Manager since 2016.

Karen is responsible for the operation of Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp Program, Corporate Partnerships and Sony Foundation's volunteering program. Prior to Sony Foundation, Karen held volunteer roles with Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia.

She graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce, and is passionate about disability advocacy and corporate and community volunteering.

Grace Quinn

National Events Manager

Grace is a dedicated event and customer experience manager with a background in creating experiences for C-suite executives across Australia.

Grace graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure, and since 2016 has managed end-to-end planning and delivery of events in the corporate sector.

She is passionate about creating memorable moments and bringing people together to share their stories. Grace manages Sony Foundation's national '4Ward' event series, along with other events and fundraising activities throughout the year for the Foundation. 

Thomas Peabody

Communications Manager 

Thomas is passionate about philanthropy and collaboration. Since 2019, Thomas has held the role of Communications Manager/Executive at Sony Foundation Australia.

Prior to Sony Foundation, Thomas worked at arts not-for-profit ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, and has been involved with other NFPs including Roses in the Ocean.

He graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Law, and a Bachelor of Creative Industries. Thomas is a member of the 'NEXUS Australia and Philanthropy Australia Next Generation of Giving Volunteer Steering Committee'.  

Kelly Fong

Assistant Accountant

Kelly is a detail-oriented and proactive finance professional who has over fifteen years in accounting and administration experiences gained across various industries. In Kelly's previous role, she solely managed the company's accounts, automated reporting functions, maintained payroll records, ensured the accuracy of financial records and built positive connections and relationships. 

Kelly graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is passionate about community service, creation and personal growth.

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