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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.

Judy Slatyer | CEO

Judy Slatyer 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 the six week Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Follow Judy on Twitter @SlatyerJudy 

Executive team

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).

Belinda Dimovski joins Red Cross after 10 years at Weight Watchers where as a passionate people and customer experience advocate, she led the Customer Experience, Operations, Customer Service, PMO and Logistics functions for the Australia/NZ business and played a co-ordination role for the international team. She has a comprehensive background in leading a multichannel service delivery organisation that includes digital, face to face, call centre and global solutions. She is a values driven individual who is excited by a challenge, is motivated by people and has fallen in love with making a difference. As a Customer Experience advocate, Belinda believes that supporting an organisation to be more consumer centric (be it a product, service or an experience) leads to better outcomes for the consumer and therefore a more engaged organisation in a state of continuous improvement.

She has extensive senior management experience and a proven track record innovating strategic and service initiatives across three diverse sectors, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and health service delivery. Her experience has allowed her to understand the ongoing work required and challenges faced by a business that is implementing a focus of customer experience and service improvement.

Penny has held senior strategic leadership positions within prominent international humanitarian and development organisations for over 15 years. Drawing on her experience working with locally based partners internationally and in Australia, Penny is keen to fostering collaboration among organisations, communities and governments and through this ensuring community participation in developing responses to complex needs. She is passionate about empowering people, groups and partner organisations to lead and advocate for the changes and improvements they seek.

Penny commenced in the new position of Director Volunteering in December 2016 where she will play a key role to ensure Australian Red Cross is part of an inclusive, diverse and active humanitarian movement in Australia. Prior to this Penny was Director, Victoria for 18 months leading Red Cross' programs across the state.

Before joining Red Cross, Penny worked at Oxfam Australia for 8.5 years including as Associate Director International Programs. In this role Penny lead and provided operational oversight to humanitarian and community development programs in partnership with locally based organisations across Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific. Before this Penny worked in Australian Red Cross' International Program team for 3 years including and earlier over a six year period held a variety of positions with Médecins Sans Frontières including Country Directorships in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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

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.

Elaine is a passionate and enthusiastic not-for-profit professional with a strong financial background having enjoyed senior leadership roles across the UK, Asia and Australia.

After an early successful career consulting with companies including Anderson, Ernst & Young and Mercer, Elaine has spent the last 12 years in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently Elaine held the position of CEO with SecondBite where she moved the organisation from Victorian to Australia wide. Establishing operations in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Devonport, Elaine led the organisation to increase the redistribution of healthy food significantly across the country with the involvement of community partners.

In 2015 Elaine received the prestigious Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur award. The Schwab Foundation, the sister organisation to the World Economic Forum, recognises outstanding social entrepreneurs who are successfully contributing to system change in addressing complex social challenges.

Prior to SecondBite Elaine spent nearly five years with Oxfam Australia, where, as Country Director Laos, she led a national team across four offices, focussing on program management, HR, financial and risk management, and monitoring and evaluation. Elaine led her staff through a significant change management period and supported them to take on leadership positions.

Elaine currently holds Non Executive Director roles with Women's Health West and Environment, Victoria. Her qualifications include Asialink Leaders Program, Melbourne University; Master of Social Science (International Development), RMIT; and a Bachelor Arts (Hons) (Philosophy), University of Reading.

Cameron has extensive experience in all facets of finance and business. He ran 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 served with the Blood Service for 10 years and was 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 and made the move permanent at the end of October.

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 is Director of Strategy and Performance with Australian Red Cross.  He joined the humanitarian arm of Red Cross in 2015 after 7 years at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. 

Reporting to Judy Slatyer and as a member of the Executive team, Christopher’s responsibilities include strategic and annual planning, outcome and impact measurement and program evaluation, performance reporting and data analysis, the organisation’s research and horizon scanning functions, and government relations. 

Previously Christopher has worked for Medibank Private, Affinity Health (then the largest private hospital chain in Australia) as well as numerous roles in the Australian Government, including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Health and Ageing.  He holds a first class honours degree in psychology from the Australian National University and a Masters of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales.

Leadership team

With more than 20 years' experience of working with vulnerable communities in the humanitarian and emergency service sector, Leisa has provided strong leadership in times of natural disaster and critical incidents. She has led multiple teams in responding to high levels of crisis and ensures the focus is always on individuals, families and communities. Leisa has extensive networks and is able to bring people together to drive the best outcomes in times of crisis to ensure sustainable and long term impacts.

Leisa holds qualifications in Early Childhood and Public Safety and brings a wealth of executive level experience and an applied knowledge to the organisation. Leisa has responsibility for over 250 staff and thousands of volunteers in Queensland who delivers more than 50 services across regional, rural and 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 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.

Linda has been Director WA since March 2017, having undertaken the acting role on many previous occasions. Linda has been with Red Cross for more than 10 years first as the Senior Manager for Community Services and over the past four years as the Group Manager WA. Linda brings a diverse background prior to moving to Australia including in health care marketing and promotion, training and nursing. Linda has worked with many NFPs, including British Red Cross, as a Business Consultant and also holds Registered Nursing and Midwifery qualifications, a Master of Business Administration, is a Fellow of Leadership WA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark brings a wealth of experience having worked in senior roles in local, state and Commonwealth government, and the non-government sector. Mark's recent role as State Manager in the Commonwealth Department of Employment saw him responsible for South Australian employment services, support for workers experiencing structural change, labour market analysis, and local oversight of the national customer service line.

Mark has also worked in senior roles in the South Australian Government in Fire and Emergency Management, Volunteer Strategy Management and Social Housing including Aboriginal Housing. Mark was also the National Director of the Australian Government's School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Mark holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is completing an Executive Masters in Public Administration.

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 joined Red Cross in 2009 and has held several senior management positions throughout her tenure, including Business Services Manager and Head of IT Operations, before being appointed to Chief Information Officer in May 2014. Veronica has 20 years' experience in Information Technology and a long track record of leading the transformation of technology functions in diverse and complex organisations. Before joining Red Cross, she held development and digital roles at NineMSN and Pretzel Logic, Senior Business Analyst and then Head of IT at Rusty Surfboards. Veronica is an avid traveller, holds a Graduate Certificate in Business and Technology (UNSW) and is currently completing her Masters of Business and Technology (UNSW). She was recognised for her outstanding ability to drive transformational change by being named one of the top 50 CIO's in Australia from IDG communications in 2016. Veronica's motivation for joining Red Cross resonates in her passion for the role of technology in transforming the delivery and improving the effectiveness of essential humanitarian services.

Leanne brings a wealth of experience in government affairs and communications across the not-for-profit, government, and corporate sectors. Her experience is supplemented by my qualifications in journalism, public policy, and business administration.

Her corporate and government experience includes senior executive roles with Telstra, NSW State Government, and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).

Leanne was Executive Director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) in the 1990’s during a transformative time in health policy. She remains committed to social justice and to humanitarian issues.

Prior to joining Australian Red Cross, Leanne worked with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) - an international non-profit foundation created to develop new, affordable antimalarial drugs - as well as the Digital Industry Group, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS, and the Australian Primary Principals' Association. 

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 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 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 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.

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.

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