The ARMI Development Engagement Committee

The ARMI Development Engagement Committee is a sub-committee of the ARMI Leadership Advisory Board (ARMILAB). The committee support major gift level funding submissions to government, trusts  and foundations, corporations plus major philanthropists, venture philanthropists and investors, as requested by the ARMI Leadership Advisory Board.

ARMI Development Engagement Committee members

Dr Tangerine Holt, Chair
Dr Zita Unger
Michelle Gallaher
Peter Dalton


Dr Tangerine Holt (Chair)

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Dr Tangerine Holt joined KPMG as a Director, bringing with her over 20 years higher education industry experience in academic and senior leadership positions.

Dr Holt has both Australian and international experience in academic design, program development and delivery, research, educational leadership, change management, governance and strategic planning in higher education. 

Her extensive experience in the delivery of globally-relevant education, an understanding of global trends and external environmental impacts on high quality education and research has resulted in strategic initiatives and change within complex, internationally diverse organisational environments. 

These translated into key outcomes for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Monash University and the University of Louisville, Kentucky, across domestic and international engagement through significant partnerships with universities, government, scholarship bodies and the community; establishment of new programs in medical and health professional education, enhanced the student experience and ensured academic quality; and financial management and sustainability.


Dr Zita Unger

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Dr Zita Unger has a distinguished career as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, drawing on extensive knowledge of organisational development, business acumen and governance. She gained her doctorate in Sociology of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Zita was founding Director of a consultancy firm, developing an award-winning online survey management platform and delivering survey-based solutions to corporate, education and public sector clients. She taught Program Evaluation at Deakin University to Instructional Design graduate students. 

She is Chair of the Academic Board of Southern Cross Education Institute (Higher Education); Deputy Chair of Monash University Medical Foundation Board; Advisory Board member of the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne; and member of the Defence Reserves Support Council (Vic). She was board member of the Edmund Rice Camps Inc. (Vic) for five years. 

She has received the Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award, and was co-recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society’s highest award for outstanding contribution to the evaluation profession. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society.


Michelle Gallaher

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Michelle Gallaher has been an entrepreneur, marketer, clinician, advocate and leader in the Australian life sciences and health sector for over 25 years.

Her career spans working in allied health with low vision patients in public hospitals, to executive roles in ASX-listed biotech companies. She has represented national medical research initiatives and served as Chief Executive Officer of the peak body for biotech and medtech in Victoria, the BioMelbourne Network.

Identifying the emerging impact of social media in the healthcare sector, Michelle left corporate life in 2014, entering the world of entrepreneurship, co-founding The Social Science, a unique digital marketing communications agency focused on the science, health and technology sector.  At the same time, she co-founded a NFP advocacy group, Women in STEMM Australia.  Michelle is also co-founder in a third startup, SkinLife, established in 2016, developing new products with a therapeutic application in dermatology.

Michelle is renowned for her role in championing and mentoring many in the technology, biotechnology and medtech start-up community and as a vocal advocate for women in STEMM and women in leadership.

She is a sought-after speaker, mentor, podcaster, collaborator and influencer.  Michelle is an Ambassador for the Victoria Against Violence Campaign and a regular at the St Vincent de Paul’s CEO SleepOut raising funds for homeless women and children.

Michelle currently serves as a non-executive director on the Board of Cancer Trials Australia, the Actuator, Swinburne’s ARC funded Biodevices Training Centre and co-chairs Women in STEMM Australia.

Michelle was awarded the Victorian Telstra Business Woman on the Year 2017 and the Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

The Social Science was recently announced as a national finalist in the Australian Small Business Awards and Michelle a finalist in the Australian Small Business Entrepreneur Award.

And finally, Michelle was inducted in to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women a couple of weeks ago, celebrating her contribution to the Victorian economy and community. 


Peter Dalton

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Following an early career in politics as Principal Private Secretary to The Hon. Don Chipp, Parliamentary Leader Australian Democrats, Peter launched a fundraising consultancy career following a seven year stint with leading Australian fundraising firm, Downes, Venn & Associates, where he managed multiple campaigns across all sectors.

Broader institutional fundraising experience was gained as Fundraising Director, Austin Health, where Peter initiated and served as Campaign Director for ‘The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal’; and as Director of Fundraising, Cambridge University Hospitals, and Campaign Director for The Cambridge Biomedical Campus ‘2020 Vision Campaign’.

A former Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) National Chairman, Peter is committed to fundraising professional developed, and presents FIA’s Fundraising Change Leadership course. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), an FIA Fellow, and in 2016 was awarded ‘The Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year’ which recognises … “a fundraiser who has made an outstanding contribution to fundraising in Australia.”

As Principal of fundraisingfutures Pty. Ltd., Peter provides strategic fundraising counsel to major Australian and international for-purpose organisations. This year, fundraisingfutures client Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, was recognised for best ‘Capital Campaign Over $5 million revenue’ and claimed the Principal Award for ‘Most Outstanding Fundraising Project’ at FIA’s 2018 Awards for Excellence in Fundraising.

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