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The Executive and Leadership teams are accountable for delivering on our Strategy 2020 outcomes and ensuring that we are operationally and financially healthy and sustainable. The Executive team reports directly to the CEO, and provides high-level advice on key strategic and operational matters, and assist in implementing the decisions of the Board in a timely, coordinated and cooperative manner.

Our CEO

Judy Slatyer - Australian Red Cross CEOJudy joins Red Cross after seven years as global Chief Operating Officer for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), which operates in over 100 countries. In this role Judy was responsible for the operations of the Secretariat and field programme offices, for global corporate engagement and partnerships, for WWF performance measurement and for supporting the Director General on developing and implementing strategy for how WWF evolved as a Network given global trends.

Before that Judy was the Chief Executive Officer of Lonely Planet Publications for six years. Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel publisher with around 400 staff and 350 freelance travel writers. In her last year, Judy supported the sale of Lonely Planet to BBC Worldwide.

Before joining Lonely Planet Judy worked with a Silicon Valley start up to launch in Australia. She did this for 18 months while waiting until 'the right job came along' after she left Telstra. At Telstra Judy was the Chief of Consumer Sales responsible for over 6 million customers, over $4 billion in turnover and 5,000 staff. Judy was with Telstra for eight years starting in the International Division and was instrumental in the development of the Foxtel partnership.

Judy has also worked in the Australian government across a number of portfolios: Industrial Relations, Transport and Communications, Finance, Child Care and Social Security, including advising Ministers. She is also a keen cyclist and took a gap year when she cycled 6,000 kilometres from Greece to Norway.

Judy has an MBA from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra. She also attended a six week executive MBA at Stanford University while at Telstra.

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Our Executive team

Kerry McGrath | Director, Community Programs

Kerry joined Red Cross in April 2004, and is currently Director of Community Programs.

Previous to this Kerry held the positions of:

• Executive Director South Australia, with Red Cross responsible for CEO Support & Special Projects (2004-2013)

• Manager, Community and Environment in local government having oversight of Community Services, Community and Cultural Development, Library, Environmental and Health Services.

• Regional Director with Spastic Centres of South Australia - managed significant service reform from an institutional base to consumer service model, which led to the establishment of community based individually tailored options for consumers with multiple and severe disabilities and their families.

• Social Worker with the SA Government's Department of Human Services and Intellectual Disability Services Council, working primarily in child protection with children at risk, families and communities and people with intellectual disability.

Kerry has a Bachelor of Social Work, has completed Women In Leadership Executive Program, Business School, University NSW, 2012. She has been selection for South Australian Government's Women's Honour Roll in 2009 was a South Australian Finalist Telstra Business Women Award 2012.

Noel Clement | Director, Migration, Emergencies and Movement Relations

Noel Clement is Director of Migration, Emergencies and Movement Relations with Australian Red Cross. He first joined Red Cross in 2001 as National Manager of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme and since 2002 has held senior management roles including General Manager (Domestic Operations), Head of Australian Services and Director Australian Services.

Reporting to the Red Cross CEO and as a member of the Executive, Noel's responsibilities include migration and emergency service programs across Australia, international humanitarian law activities and leadership of key Red Cross Red Crescent Movement relationships.

Noel has worked for almost 30 years in the not-for-profit sector, including many years in community-based organisations in community health and public housing. His previous roles have included senior leadership, management, program coordination, social work and community development. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work (PIT) and a Masters of Social Policy and Community Service Management (RMIT).

Jennifer Gibb | Director, Public Engagement, Reputation and Funding

Jennifer has held her current position since May 2004.

She has an established career in profit focused business development, direct marketing and corporate communications, particularly in the financial services area, in Australia, USA, and UK. Before joining Australian Red Cross, Jennifer held the roles for Accenture of Director of Marketing, Financial Services - Asia Pacific and Director of Marketing & Communications - Australia and previously was Director, Business Development & Communications at Clayton Utz. Her background includes sourcing and establishing new start-up business initiatives for the Lend Lease Group, Barclays Bank (UK), American Express, and AGC.

Jennifer has also studied, played and taught music professionally in Australia, the U.S. and U.K for over 25 years and was on the Board of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for three years until joining Australian Red Cross. Jennifer holds Masters and Bachelor qualifications in Commerce and has achieved ATCL and LTCL levels through Trinity College.

Peter Walton | Director, International

Peter Walton is Director of International, joining in October 2013. He has over twenty years' international experience working in multi-sector international development in both not-for-profit organisations and the private sector. During his career he has undertaken assignments in over 40 countries, including being based for seven years in Vietnam where he was the Regional Representative for operations across the Mekong region for Child Fund Australia. During this time he was awarded the Vietnam Government's Medal for Peace and Friendship, the highest award offered to foreigners, for services towards social development and poverty alleviation. Peter was also previously the Director of International Programs at Save the Children Australia, overseeing global projects and leading an international team of technical and program support staff. Before joining Australian Red Cross, Peter was Chief Executive of Infoxchange, a social justice organisation that uses technology in support of social impact and social justice. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Science (MSc) in Development Economics and an MBA.

Christopher Wheatley | Director, Strategy and Performance

Christopher believes that strategy and planning processes should be as simple as possible and are critical to delivering the best outcomes for clients, as well clarity and accountability for organisations. He brings more than 15 years experience in strategy, social policy and planning roles in the Australian Government as well as the commercial and not-for profit sectors.

Prior to joining the humanitarian arm of Red Cross, Christopher was employed at the Blood Service for several years. In his time there he worked with the Blood Service Board to develop its five year strategic plan 'At the leading edge'.

Christopher was engaged internationally while at the Blood Service on two blood sector projects in Nepal, working with the central blood transfusion service in Kathmandu to improve risk management capabilities and assist with strategic planning.

Cameron Power | Chief Financial Officer (Interim)

Cameron has extensive experience in all facets of finance and business. He has run the Corporate Shared Services function within the Blood Service which is responsible for many business processes including transactional services, financial systems and delivery of strategic projects.

Prior to the Corporate Shared Services role, Cameron was the Financial Controller and oversaw key strategic changes at the Blood Service. Cameron has been with the Blood Service for 10 years and is actively involved in the CPA contributing to their education programs.

Cameron is CPA qualified, and has a Masters of Business Administration from Mt Eliza Business School and a degree in Business (Accounting) and Software Development from Monash University. He has also completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

In June 2016, he took up the role of (Interim) Chief Financial Officer at Australian Red Cross.

Our Leadership team

Leisa Bourne | Director, QLD

Leisa Bourne is a well regarded professional in both the Human and Emergency Services field. Her contribution to the humanitarian mission stems over 22 years. She's undertaken Field Operations for Red Cross in Operation Safe Haven at East Hills NSW - a humanitarian exercise unique in Australia's history providing a temporary safe haven to nearly 4,000 displaced Kosovars from camps in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to being the only non-government representative to be invited by the Deputy Director General Department of Communities to review its Community Recovery Program. She is the recipient of National Emergency Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; and Distinguished Staff Award.

Leisa holds qualifications in Early Childhood and Public Safety and brings a wealth of executive level experience and an applied knowledge to the organisation. Her depth and breadth of the organisation is expansive with leadership roles that cut across a number of Portfolios and Programs Areas like Homelessness, Family Support, Child and Youth, Social Inclusion with responsibility for over 500 staff in the 2nd largest State that delivers 40+ services across regional, rural, remote Queensland. Leisa is considered a thought leader amongst her peers and is highly regarded not only for her wealth of knowledge but her approachable style and ability to lead her team in ways that are inspiring and inclusive.

Jody Broun | Director, NSW

Jody Broun has vast experience in program administration and community engagement at the state and national levels, holding a number of senior executive roles throughout her career.

Jody began her career as a teacher at Clontarf Aboriginal College in WA and subsequently held the position of Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure within the Government of Western Australia. She was later appointed Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment for Western Australia and then moved to New South Wales to take up the position of Deputy Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (NSW), and nine months later was appointed as Director General. She worked at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for a seven year period ending in 2010.

Through all of these roles, Jody was responsible for delivering community and state-wide policy and programs, and was involved in national policy reforms and negotiating national and state agreements on behalf of government. Most recently Jody also completed a two year term as the inaugural elected female Co-Chairperson of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.

Jody holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Philosophy. She is also an artist and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1998 she won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and in 2005 the Canberra Art Award.

Helen Connolly | Director, SA

Helen Connolly joined Red Cross in June 2013, and was previously Chief Executive of Inclusive Directions Inc, an independent community based organisation that promotes and supports the inclusion of vulnerable and at risk children. Helen has also held executive positions within Anglicare SA.

Helen is a respected strategist and leader who advocates successfully for local action and social change. Throughout her career, she has been involved in both the development and implementation of services in areas as diverse as child protection, social enterprise, housing, environmental programs and refugee services at frontline and senior leadership levels. Helen has held numerous national and state government advisory and board positions and was a Governors Leadership Foundation participant in 2002. Since December 2010 she has been Chairperson of the South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) Policy Council and Board and a Director on the ACOSS Board since 2012.

Helen has taken an active advocacy role on key policy issues which impact on the wellbeing of Australian families and children, particularly in housing and homelessness and community development with a focus on early intervention, prevention strategies and policies.

With over 25 years' experience serving in frontline, senior leadership and governance positions, Helen is keen to contribute to the leadership and governance of Red Cross in South Australia and is well known to many people in the community services sector in the state.

Helen holds qualifications in Economics and Social Work.

Wenda Donaldson | Director, ACT

Wenda Donaldson comes to Red Cross with a strong background in policy development and program management at national and state levels at senior executive levels, people and team development and voluntary service. Wenda holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling.

Wenda began her working life as a career counsellor working with young athletes on scholarship at the Victorian Institute of Sport where she soon progressed to the position of National Manager Australian Institute of Sport. During this time she also supported the establishment of this program overseas in both the UK and New Zealand. She then moved into the field of community sport where she established and led the national Active After-School Communities Program. This involved employing over 200 staff to work throughout Australia with some 3000 communities to establish this long-standing, now award winning national program that has used sport to gain strong community participation and improved educational engagement and outcomes.

Wenda was most recently employed with the Department of Education were she held a number of senior executive roles and was also a recipient of the Secretary's Award of Excellence for her outstanding work in staff and team development.

Veronica Frost | Chief Information Officer

Veronica is currently Chief Information Officer.

Penny Harrison | Director, VIC

Penny joined Red Cross in May 2015.

For more than 14 years, Penny has held senior strategic leadership and program management positions within prominent international humanitarian and development organisations.

Prior to joining Red Cross, Penny was Associate Director at Oxfam Australia where she had leadership and management responsibility of the international program portfolio including humanitarian responses as well as long term development programs in Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific. From 2003 to 2006 Penny was Deputy Head of Red Cross' International Program and prior to that she held a variety of positions with Médecins Sans Frontières (1997- 2003) including Country Directorships in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Penny joined Australian Red Cross because she is passionate about working with people and empowering community groups and partner organisations to advocate for the changes and improvements they seek. She also wants to foster engagement with partners, communities and governments to develop effective programming and policy which responds to complex vulnerabilities.

Penny holds a Master of Arts (Development Studies) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons), both from Monash University.

Steve Joske CSC | Director, WA

Steve joined Red Cross as Director, Western Australia in March 2003 after a long career in the Australian Army, including being the first Commander of the Australian Contingent to the Truce Monitoring Group in Bougainville. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours for his service in Bougainville.

In August 1998 he was reassigned as Colonel Olympic Games and Chief of Staff to Operation Gold, responsible for the planning and conduct of the Australian Defence Force's security operations to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Steve resigned from the Australian Defence Force in 2000 and joined WMC as the Human Resources Manager at Leinster Nickel Operation in Western Australia.

As well as being Director, WA, Steve has served at the national level of Red Cross as Country Manager in Indonesia leading Australia Red Cross' tsunami operations, and as the leader of a national business improvement project and IT infrastructure operation.

He is President of the Western Australian Council of Social Services, as well as serving on the board of the Australian Council of Social Services and the Australian Imperial Force Malaya Scholarship.

Steve has a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from Deakin University and his interests include all sports, but in particular Australian Rules and golf. He is an active surf lifesaver. He is married to Jill and has two daughters.

Andy Kenyon | Director, NT

Andy Kenyon has a 30 year career which spans a diverse range of themes and locales, including water management, Australian Indigenous land use and management, international development, monitoring and evaluation, program quality management and organisational change management and leadership.

He has lived and worked across Indigenous Australia, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Prior to employment with Red Cross Andy worked for Indigenous Australian organisations, for non-governmental organisations and as a consultant providing monitoring and evaluation services and training. While working for the Central Land Council in Alice Springs, his highlights included participating in a Social Impact Assessment of the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway and membership of the team, working on behalf to traditional owners, negotiating compensation for loss of Native Title resulting from the construction of the railway. While working as an employee of Oxfam Australia he was involved in the management of major disaster responses in Sudan, northern Kenya, Somaliland, the Pacific and the Asian tsunami. Andy also led a major change process, devolving significant areas of management out of Head Office to country offices.

As a consultant Andy worked with AusAID, Australian Red Cross, Oxfam Australia, Ngaanyatjarra Council and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara land management team. He was involved in developing Close the Gap Local Implementation Plans for FAHCSIA on Mornington Island and at Doomadgee in Queensland. He also worked with AusAID Disaster Management staff to develop performance assessment frameworks for the Disaster Management strategy and for the PNG Disaster Risk Management Program. His expertise was also beneficial to the Victorian government departments in the natural resource sector, where he provided training and evaluation services, and with the Department of Sustainability and Environment to undertake an evaluation of that Department's and Park Victoria's 2009 bushfire recovery program.

Since joining Red Cross four years ago and prior to working back in the NT, Andy supported processes of continuous improvement for the International Programs Department and, to a lesser extent, in Australian Services.

Barbara Livesey | Principal Advisor Government Relations and External Affairs

Barbara is a highly experienced former CEO and senior executive within the Australian Public Service. Her career spans the corporate, not-for-profit and public sector and she enjoys connecting people across all sectors to achieve positive social change.

In her role, she engages with federal parliamentarians of all political persuasions to influence and advocate for public policy that reflects humanitarian values. She also collaborates with others on government funding opportunities and research activities that will support our five year strategy.

Barbara is a former CEO of Reconciliation Australia and was part of the movement to engage the Australian public to support a National Apology to the Stolen Generations. She also introduced the highly successful Reconciliation Action Plan program and the Reconciliation Barometer.

She began her working life in the NSW Government before moving to Canberra to work at the former Department of Social Security. She then joined the Minister for Social Security's office as a senior adviser and spent 3 years with two ministers before moving to the Treasurer's office where she advised on the Budget and social policy issues. Barbara went on to spend a decade in senior roles in the credit union industry, consulting and finally at Reconciliation Australia.
Barbara re-joined the public service in 2009 in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations before spending a couple of years living and volunteering in the Solomon Islands. She has also held various community sector Board positions and is a qualified Executive Coach -she loves to support people in their career development.

She joined Australian Red Cross because the Fundamental Principles strongly resonated with her and she was keen to work again on humanitarian issues and make a difference.

Bruce Moore | General Counsel - Legal & Policy

Bruce joined Red Cross in February 2009 as General Counsel, having been a Partner at the Australian-based international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), working primarily in industrial relations and employment law and commercial dispute resolution. He served as Chair of the firm's Melbourne Pro Bono Committee and as Head of its Workplace and Employee Relations team. His career has also seen him work as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Monash University (in contract law and employment law), and Special Counsel at Maddocks Lawyers; while he has contributed his skills to the public good through board member positions at the Public Interest Law Clearing House Victoria (now Justice Connect) and the Human Rights Law Centre, as well as providing legal advice to individuals and organisations on a pro bono basis.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University. He is recognised as an Australian Legal Practitioner and is a member of several professional associations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Labour Law Association, and Law Institute of Victoria. He has also undertaken a residential leadership program with INSEAD.

Russell Penman | Director, TAS

Russell Penman has over 30 years experience in managing and delivering community services in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. During this time Russell has worked as the CEO and Director of Nursing of Willow Court, Business Manager for Community Health and Disability Services, Department of Health and Human Services. Russell is also the former Manager of Children and Family Services for the Department of Health and Human Services including responsibility for Child Protection Services, Out of Home Care, Juvenile Justice, Adoptions and Intensive Family Support Services.

Currently Russell is the Director in Tasmania, overseeing over 20 programs and over 110 staff, with budgets of over $7 million. Russell's qualifications include a Masters in Business Leadership, Masters in Professional Business Management and Bachelor of Developmental Disability.

Tom Scarborough | Director, Commercial Operations

Working in the humanitarian sector for 17 years, Tom has experience spanning areas such as the provision of employment services to the long term unemployed, apprenticeships, training and disability employment services.

Tom joined Red Cross in February 2013 and currently holds the position of Director Commercial Operations. He is responsible nationally for the portfolio of first aid training, first aid kit assembly and sales, Vocational Education Training, Disability Employment Services and Australian Disability Enterprises. Tom has held other positions within Red Cross including General Manager, Regional Manager, and Performance manager (2013 - 2015) with Red Cross Commercial Operations. In these roles he was responsible for the management, performance and program delivery of Disability Employment Services across 47 locations in Queensland.

Tom also worked for Centacare, holding several positions over a 10 year period including Business Practice Manager, Regional Program Advisor and Site Manager. Tom led and implemented an innovative program that provided pre-release employment preparation to assist justice-served individuals to re-join communities. This program yielded excellent results and was implemented across all Centacare employment sites.

Tom is well versed in all areas of business, developing skills and experience while managing his own businesses for 14 years. Tom's decision to move into humanitarian services was driven by his desire to help others and give back to the community. His background in business combined with 17 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, working with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable within the community stand him in good stead to lead Red Cross Commercial Operations.

Tom is currently completing his MBA through Griffith University and his current qualifications include a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and Diplomas in Business and Management.

Chris Steinfort | Director, Human Resources

Chris commenced with Australian Red Cross in 2008. Chris's role has a particular accountability for the development of frameworks, systems, tools, policies and procedures across a broad range of human resources functions. The overall aim of Human Resources is to build the capability, capacity and culture of the organisation at each stage of the staff and volunteer life cycle - plan, attract, engage, develop, support, reward, retain and transition.

Prior to Red Cross, Chris worked for three years as the Executive Director Human Resources, with Alfred Health - a major metropolitan public sector health organisation in Melbourne. Alfred Health has more than 7000 employees across three sites - The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital.

Earlier human resources roles were in the private health industry with Affinity Health and Mayne.

Before entering the health industry, Chris held operational human resources roles in food manufacturing in northern Victoria with Kraft Foods and Bonlac Foods.

Chris commenced his professional life as a secondary teacher, then moving to education and training consultancy.

Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope | Director, International Humanitarian Law and Movement Relations

Phoebe has over 25 years experience in the humanitarian sector and has worked in complex humanitarian emergencies and conflict zones throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe. This field work included working in Iran responding to the humanitarian impacts of the first Gulf War, and leading a humanitarian response to the Somali famine.

Phoebe also established programs in Bosnia Herzegovina during the armed conflict and worked in the Great Lakes region as part of the humanitarian response to the Rwandan genocide. Following this experience Phoebe returned to Australia to undertake a PhD in international law focussing on the role of the international community when confronting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Previously Phoebe was a Principal Executive of Fundraising and Communications and from 1996-2002 Phoebe was the Commonwealth representative on the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. In this role she was Convenor of the Communications Committee and chaired the organising Committee of the Yeperenye Festival, the largest gathering of Aboriginal peoples since Federation.

Most recently, Phoebe was a founding Director of the Humanitarian Advisory group where her work focussed on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the use of information technology for the prevention of mass atrocity crimes, as well as researching policy development for businesses operating in fragile and conflict affected states.

Inspired by the principle of humanity, Phoebe is committed to bringing her experience to the world's largest humanitarian organisation, and to working closely with Red Cross Red Crescent colleagues from around the world to address the increasing complexities and needs of the world's most vulnerable people.


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