Scott Walters, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity International Australia, has significant experience in senior roles in the Financial and Not-For-Profit sectors and is described as an “engaging and collaborative leader”.
Scott has enjoyed a long and diverse career in the not-for-profit sector. In fields such as educational support for disadvantaged children, poverty relief, women’s health, early childhood intervention, and in Bible translation and distribution.
Scott has led and managed the strategic development and growth in fundraising for a number of charities. Prior to this Scott had spent over two decades in senior leadership roles in the financial services and wealth management industry, including in stockbroking, mortgage broking, financial planning, insurance, corporate superannuation, and online investing.
Scott recently commenced as Chief Executive Officer with Opportunity International Australia. Formerly he was Chief Fundraising Officer for Bible Society Australia where he was responsible for strategy, major donor fundraising, church partnerships, and bequests. Prior to this he was Head of Strategic Partnerships at The Smith Family, a children’s education charity.
Before moving into the not-for-profit sector Scott had been Head of Financial Planning for Mark Bouris’ Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management and also Financial Advice Leader Australia for Mercer Wealth Solutions. In that role he was awarded Rainmaker Marketer of the Year – Financial Planning. Before joining Mercer, Scott was Head of Financial Planning for Citigroup and has also led the financial planning business of Westpac/BT. Scott was also responsible, as CEO, for the successful launch of Merrill Lynch HSBC in December 2000, the online stockbroking and financial services joint venture. Scott enjoyed 14 years with Deutsche Bank in a variety of roles, including 7 years in their London office and 4 years as Head of Private Client Stockbroking in Australia.
Scott has served on the boards of The Benevolent Society, the Art Gallery of NSW, Goodstart Early Learning, the Value of Good Advice Committee of the Financial Services Council (formerly IFSA) and a publicly listed company. He has been active in a range of social issues and is an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership program, run under the auspices of The Benevolent Society. Scott also chairs the board of Joining the Dots Theatre Company.
Scott is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the Queensland University of Technology. Outside work, Scott has a love of surfing, music, golf, theatre, and anything manufactured by Apple. He is married to Nikki, has 3 boys aged 22, 20 and 18, and plays blues harmonica in a band. He is currently completing a Masters of Ancient History in Early Christianity and Jewish Studies at Macquarie University.