• Fairbrother Foundation

Fairbrother Foundation

The Fairbrother Foundation has been established as a not for profit, Private Ancillary Fund (PAF). Its intent is to provide an avenue for donations from the Fairbrother family, business, employees and other key stakeholders to give back to areas of need in our communities.

The Foundation's core purposes are to:

  • Facilitate access to quality education, particularly among youth
  • Support activities or research striving for improved health and well-being
  • Support charities that have a direct connection to our employees
  • Where possible support charities making a positive impact within the construction industry.

Foundation Links:

Fairbrother Foundation's University of Tasmania Scholarships

Annual Fairbrother Charity Ride


In 2007, Royce and Thea Fairbrother established the Fairbrother Foundation as the vehicle to unite their personal philanthropic goals, and the community spirit of the Fairbrother business and employees. Whilst recognising the significant need for charitable support worldwide, the Foundation’s objectives align with the strong family desire to focus on local causes and needs.

"The motivation for Thea and I to establish the Fairbrother Foundation evolved from our journey discovering the company's core values and our aspirations for the future. Our goal is to persistently strive to build a company of excellence, committed to its core values and a company that leaves an enduring contribution to the communities where its people live and work. The Fairbrother Foundation is our chosen way to achieve that goal."

Initially, the funds donated to the Foundation came solely from the Fairbrother family and business, but in recent years key business partners like Graham Elliott & Associates (now a part of the Steadfast group), and employees have also contributed to the Foundation.

The Fairbrother Foundation actively seeks to donate to eligible charities (with Deductible Gift Recipient status) that align with our core purpose.

Key Partnerships

The Fairbrother Foundation has also formed key partnerships with:

  • Hobart City Mission (HCM), providing financial support in particular the HCM’s Small Steps Program.
  • SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, where the Foundation is contributing to SUSC's essential and powerful work around promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention.
  • New Horizons, a charity focused on building inclusive communities through sport and recreation. The Fairbrother Foundation is supporting to offer an inclusive basketball program catering for beginners right through to more competent players.
  • Action Against Homelessness (AAH), a community supported charity based in Devonport, Tasmania focused on implementing solutions to alleviate homelessness.
  • The Smith Family, where the Foundation is supporting two student scholarships under The Smith Family's Learning for Life Program.
  • Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch Bendigo, a key fundraising activity raising money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
  • UTAS Foundation, providing scholarships for University of Tasmania students - Click here for information.

Employee-Led Donations

The Fairbrother Foundation recognises that it is the quality work of Fairbrother employees that underpins our ability to make charitable donations. Each year employees are consulted regarding charities to support. As a result of this process, the Foundation has had the pleasure of making donations to each of the following charities:

Motor Neurone Disease Association of Tasmania - nominated by Tennille Jago Dress for Success Hobart - nominated by Jessica Ribbon
Heart and Lung Transplant Trust Victoria - nominated by Brad Van Den Bosch  Helicopter Rescue Tasmania Fund - nominated by Sam Gray
Ostomy Tasmania - nominated by Stephan Muther Risdon Vale Bike Collective – nominated by Dylan Graham
Diabetes Tasmania - nominated by Adrian De Jong Beyond Blue – nominated by Richard Skelly
Impact Recovery Bendigo - nominated by Joel Fergus Pathways Tasmania – nominated by Kurt Arnold
Stroke Foundation - nominated by Mick Draper Mates4Mates – nominated by Dave Toohey
Tassie Mums - nominated by Laura Ship Cystic Fibrosis Australia – nominated by Brad Van Den Bosch
Diabetes Australia – nominated by Hannah Thomas Heartkids Victoria/Tasmania – nominated by Sam Nugent
Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania – nominated by Brooke Casboult MSResearch Australia – nominated by Shaun Roney
MS Australia – nominated by Tim Mee SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY – nominated by Paul Ransley, Carrisa Wells and Billy Edis and his South West Victoria team
MS Research Australia nominated by Shaun Roney Camp Quality – nominated by Andrew Burns (Victorian team)
Dementia Australia – nominated by Em Hollister Huntington’s Disease Association of Tasmania – nominated by Thea Fairbrother
HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) Aust – nominated by Josh Gill CanTeen – nominated by Richard McGuire
The Bernie Banton Foundation – nominated by Richard Skelly Give Me 5 for Kids – nominated by Sheralee Urbanc
Autism Tasmania – nominated by Craig Luttrell Legacy – nominated by Natalie Bell
Cancer Council – nominated by Joel Laycock Make A Wish Australia – nominated by Jessica Cameron
Let’s Talk – nominated by Billy Edis and the South West Victorian Team The Smith Family – nominated by Royce Fairbrother
Neuroblastoma Australia – nominated by Jackson and Tom Ackerley Project Whitelion – nominated by Nick Freeman
Australian Cancer Research Foundation – nominated by Michael Caldwell Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation – nominated by Gaye Rutherford

"I nominated Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania as this is a disorder close to me. My brother-in-law lives with this disorder. There needs to be a lot more awareness as many people don't have knowledge of this unless it affects them personally. That was me before I learnt about it. As with a lot of charities, they can all do with more funding for research and to help those suffering," Brooke Casboult, Degree C.


"A big thank you to the Fairbrother Foundation for their donation towards MS Australia and MS Research Australia. This was the perfect gift to give Mum in time for Mothers Day," Tim Mee, Fairbrother.


"Thank you to the Fairbrother Foundation for supporting Dementia Australia. In recent months my father has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and parkinsonisms. Dementia Australia has been an invaluable resource for my family as we struggle to deal with his diagnosis, care needs and planning for the future," Em Hollister, Fairbrother.


"Being able to contribute to Lets Talk allows their organisation to continue with their great work in destigmatising mental health, particularly in men. It gives our staff, as a whole, a great feeling to know that we are able to assist them to continue their inportant work within our community," Billy Edis, Fairbrother.

We've had some wonderful thank you letters for many of these organisations. To view them, click here.

2019-20 bushfire crisis

In January 2020, the Fairbrother Foundation made some special donations to assist with the bushfire relief efforts in Victoria. Over the summer, states on the eastern seaboard of mainland Australia were hit with severe and devastating bushfires. Affected communities were devastated by loss of lives and property, while widlife habitat was also significantly impacted.

In keeping with the Fairbrother Foundation's core purpose to support charities and initiatives that enrich the communities and environments in which Fairbrother operates, the Foundation focused its donations on supporting bushfire emergency work in Victoria.

The Fairbrother Foundation donated:

$5000 to Foodbank Victoria's bushfire emergency work, which is providing essential supplies to those in stricken areas.

$5000 to the Country Fire Authority (specifically the CFA & Brigades Donations Fund) to support the amazing work of the firefighting teams - those brave people who put their lives on the line every day.

How can you help?

Fairbrother Foundation would love to grow its contributors. Donations from employees can lead to the Foundation being able to significantly impact the lives of people within the communities in which Fairbrother works. Just a small donation out of your pay once a year, monthly or weekly will see the Foundation grow and in turn, the number of charities supported grow. Each year, you can nominate charities that you believe are worthy of support. Studies have shown that people are happier when they give to others. If giving as little as $5.00 can lead to increased wellbeing for the giver, then why not feel better whilst helping others. You can contact the payroll department to arrange a payroll deduction form.

Our Directors

Gaye Rutherford, Chair, BA(Hons), BNutrDiet(Hons), G.A.I.C.D.

The current Chair of the Foundation is Gaye Rutherford (née Fairbrother). Gaye provides a strong family connection for the Foundation, and in addition to being a Foundation Director, also sits on the Board of Fairbrother Pty Ltd. As a mother and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Gaye feels passionate about the Foundation’s focus on education and wellbeing initiatives.

Thea Fairbrother

As a key driver behind the establishment of the Foundation, it was highly fitting that Thea joined the Foundation Director team in 2016. With her extensive history in financial management at Fairbrother, Thea is the principal accounts manager for the Foundation, and a strong vision driving the Foundation forward.

Yvonne Rundle B.Bus., F.C.A., G.A.I.C.D., F.T.I.A.

Following a long association with Fairbrother Pty Ltd, Yvonne joined the Board in 2011. As a Chartered Accountant and Non-Executive Director for a number of companies, Yvonne is the Responsible Person for the Foundation and provides an independent perspective with strong governance, financial and strategic insights.

Kurt Arnold

Kurt commenced his career with Fairbrother Pty Ltd back in 1995 and is currently General Manager of Fairbrother’s Tasmanian operations. Kurt joined the Foundation as a Director in 2016 and provides a valuable connection between the Foundation and the operational aspects of the Company, particularly the employees.