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CEO and Executive management

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.

Kym Pfitzner | Interim CEO

Kym was elected as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in February 2020. He is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Kym is an advisor in Strategy and Leadership and holds various directorships and advisory board positions, particularly within the Advertising and Media industry. He has extensive corporate governance experience in listed and non-listed public companies, privately-owned companies and government-owned organisations.

He has held senior regional and country executive leadership roles including CEO, COO and CFO in Asia Pacific, China and Australia for global advertising holding groups, the more recent being Dentsu Aegis Network. He also has extensive corporate development experience heading up the acquiring of over two hundred businesses.

Kym is a Chartered Accountant, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a master degree in Leadership, a master degree in Business Administration, a post-graduate diploma in Chartered Accounting, a post-graduate certificate in Executive Leadership, and a degree in Accounting. He currently is undertaking a PhD in Leadership.

Kym is passionate how leadership can positively impact people, our planet and organisations in a sustainable and ethical way.

Executive team

Michael has two decades of experience across the humanitarian and development fields in the African and Asia-Pacific regions. Michael joined the Red Cross in 2002, initially working with ICRC before holding senior management roles with IFRC during which he lead an integrated approach to disaster risk management focused on developing community level resilience and enhancing approaches to responding to and recovery from disaster and crises events.  

In the role of Director International and Movement Relations, Michael leads Australian Red Cross’ efforts to leverage Australia’s resources to collective humanitarian impact achieved through embracing locally led humanitarian action that empowers local capacities and local decision-making.  Michael further leads organisation-wide strategy and relationship with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and Australian humanitarian partners.

Michael holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Social Science in International Development, a Master of Business Administration, and a Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy from the Diplo Foundation.

Noel Clement was appointed Director of Australian Programs in September 2019 having worked in a variety of senior and executive level roles in Red Cross since 2001, including 3 years as Director, Migration, Emergencies and Movement Relations. He first joined Red Cross to work with asylum seekers. His current portfolio encompasses all Australian humanitarian programs ranging from migration support programs to emergency services, justice, placed-based programming, work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and a significant range of other community programs.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Noel leads a diverse team of National Program Heads and State and Territory Executive Directors, bringing together both the programmatic and geographic footprints of the organisation in Australia.

Noel has dedicated his career to the not-for-profit sector, including a further 13 years in community health and public housing organisations where he worked in direct service delivery, community development and program leadership roles. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work (PIT) and a Masters of Social Policy and Community Service Management (RMIT).

Belinda Dimovski joined 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 has extensive senior management experience and a proven track record innovating strategic and service initiatives across three diverse sectors, telecommunications; Optus Communications, pharmaceutical; Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and health service delivery; WW. 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.

At Red Cross, Belinda is responsible for all fundraising and partnership activity, marketing and communications including government relations, media and PR. Her remit extends to the retail shops and she is CEO of the Red Cross RTO delivering First Aid and related training. She has introduced a Customer Experience, data science and digital products team to the organisation.

Belinda recently completed post-graduate studies, Leading an Organisation through Dynamic Environments at AGSM@UNSW and Leading Digital Business Transformation at IMD Business School. Belinda is also a Telstra Business Women’s Award finalist 2020 and is Co-Chair of the CX Collective.

In his professional life, Lloyd has worked in many complex organisations experiencing change in their environments and helping make them successful at what they do. Starting out at the ATO in Adelaide, he performed various senior taxpayer facing roles during a period of great change in our tax system. He then moved on to spend several years in Chartered Accounting practice joining SA Brewing Holdings corporate finance team gaining exposure to a variety of manufacturing industries before being appointed as Finance Director in Europe for Penfolds Wine Group.

Returning from Europe to Melbourne he transitioned ultimately to Nexteer Automotive where an initial role as CFO of Australia later became that of CEO of Asia Pacific. Living and working largely out of Shanghai, China Lloyd oversaw the growth of the business from $20m million turnover to $1b across a region that included China, India and greater Asia. He then spent time in the Media and Communications sector with Dentsu Aegis.

A Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Company directors, he holds a B.A. in Accounting from Uni SA, an MBA in International Management from RMIT and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Strategy from Oxford University.

With over 22 years’ experience in executive and leadership roles in the humanitarian sector Penny is known for being curious, gathering insights from futures trends and applying those in ways that delivers strategic innovation.

Drawing from her breadth of experience in Australia and internationally, along with good doses of passion and optimism, Penny strives to build collaborations across sectors including academic, business and not for profit with individuals and communities knowing that this is what it takes to effect system and social change. Penny is currently leading a social impact team delivering initiatves that remove barriers to volunteering and taking action for good, harnessing the transformational power of frontier technologies, and building collaborations and connections across communities to support them act on and solve social issues they care about.

Penny re-joined Australian Red Cross in 2015 initially as Director, Victoria after over 8 years at Oxfam Australia where she was responsible for programs across Africa, the Pacific, South and East Asia, humanitarian responses and global transformation inititives. Prior to that Penny held several leadership postions in Australian Red Cross’ International Deprtment and before then spent many years working with Medecins sans Frontiers, including Country Directorships in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Penny has Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) both from Monash University and is an alumni of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leaderhip Program.

Leadership team

Poppy came to Australia after a career as a management consultant for private, government and not for profit projects in the UK and Europe. She has spent the last 16 years working in the Australian not-for-profit sector primarily in the child and family space, managing large scale national programs supporting children with disabilities, migrant and refugee families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs. 

Poppy joined Red Cross in March 2019 as the Director for NSW and ACT, leading our service delivery across the state and territory including emergency services, migration support programs, justice, placed-based programming, walking alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and our wide range of social inclusion programs. She is passionate about supporting NSW & ACT Red Cross people: members, volunteers and staff to continue their critical work with communities experiencing vulnerability. 

She has an Honours degree in Business Economics, is a qualified accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has recently been undertaking post graduate study at UNSW in the field of Social Impact to try and see how we can improve outcomes for our community.

Sue is passionate about strategy, change and making the world a better place by identifying and solving complex social problems that improve community outcomes. She has 20 years leadership experience across health, emergency services, aged care and community sectors including:

  • Transformation – led the business, digital and cultural change across a complex organisation spanning aged care, disability, family services, affordable housing and asylum support programs and operating  in 3 states (VIC, SA and TAS). This including co-designing an internal start-up using human centred design and trialling new ways of working.
  • Multiple executive roles Ambulance Victoria (2007-17) – led major change initiatives, strategic and operational performance, innovation and research functions. Key achievements included leading the development of a strategy, implementation plan and funding submission to government that was successful in securing $500 million investment to improve ambulance response times and transitioning Victoria's Adult Retrieval Service when it was on the brink of collapse. 
  • She has been a volunteer mentor with Leadership Victoria, University of Melbourne's Connection Mentoring Program and Initiatives of Change Australia.

Sue has a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Business Management, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a certified coach/practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and is certified in Agile Program Management. She was also awarded a Distinction in INSEAD’s Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption Course. She values authenticity, loves learning and is passionate about finding new and better ways to help people.

Tara joined Red Cross in 2018 as Head of Legal. She has 12 years’ experience as Head of Legal and an Executive team member of innovative, intellectual property and brand-based businesses; 8 years top tier private practice experience; and experience with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and volunteer legal organisations.

Tara was previously at Gilead Sciences ANZ, where she was Legal & Compliance Director from 2015. Tara also acted as an Executive team member, statutory director and Privacy Officer. Tara helped achieve key business outcomes such as the negotiation of the largest ever Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme product launch with Government. Prior to Gilead, Tara was the Legal Director at Merck & Co Inc for ANZ based in Sydney. Tara managed the Legal team and acted as an Executive team member, statutory director, company secretary and Privacy Officer. Tara supported key business priorities such as merger implementation, pricing and business development as well as developing the lawyers in her team.

Immediately prior to Merck, Tara was on an AusAID program (Youth Ambassadors for Development) where she worked for the WHO based in Hanoi, Vietnam assisting the Ministry of Health implement their WTO obligations.

In private practice, Tara was with Minter Ellison and Clayton Utz.

Tara has a LLB and Asian Studies degree from ANU, a Masters of Laws from USYD and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute.

Tara volunteers as a Board member of the Cerebral Palsy Support Network. 

Andy Kenyon has a 35-year career spanning a diverse range of themes and locales, including irrigation management, Australian 1st Nations land use and management, international development, program quality and organisational change management and leadership.

He has lived and worked across Indigenous Australia, Asia, Europe, 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 Papua New Guniea 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 nine years ago and prior to moving back to the NT, Andy led processes of continuous improvement for the International Programs Department.

Jai joined Australian Red Cross in January 2013 and is currently the South Australian Director for Australian Red Cross, responsible for leading Red Cross operations across the State. He has a strong focus on business development, building key partnerships and establishing high performing teams.

Jai has previously held a range of Senior Leadership roles including:

State Manager – Migration, Emergencies & Service Development and focussed on how to support communities to be better prepared for, respond to, and recover from emergency events; supporting refugees, asylum seekers and people who are vulnerable as a result of migration; and overseeing new service development and quality initiatives to improve outcomes for Red Cross clients.

Program Manager – Hazards within the Department of Environment, Water and Natural resources responsible for overseeing the department’s whole of government response to Flood and Riverbank Collapse and working on drought impacts along the Lower River Murray.

Jai also spent seven years in the private sector working in wine industry focussed on leading strategic research projects aimed at improving wine style and quality, production efficiencies and achieving a competitive advantage.

Jai has a Bachelor of Medical Science and Honours Degree in Science from Flinders University.

In his spare time you will normally find Jai either camping, fishing or travelling with his family, or coaching junior football and soccer teams through his local sporting clubs.

Garry Page brings a wealth and depth of leadership expertise having worked for more than 25 years in senior roles in government and not-for-profit organisations, including CEO of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland; Chief Operating Officer with Access Community Services; Senior Executive roles in the Queensland Government – including in Youth Justice, Multicultural Affairs, and Families and Communities; and an active member of many external forums, partnerships, external committees and his local Rotary club.

Garry has worked and led policy development in the areas of settlement services, child safety, youth justice, family and domestic violence, homelessness, youth, multicultural affairs and disability services. He led the development of Queensland’s first Multicultural Recognition legislation and major changes to youth justice and family and domestic violence legislation.

Garry is a Paul Harris Fellow – recognised for voluntary international aid work. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Science, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Garry is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Society of executives.

Garry has a passionate interest in the continued promotion of social inclusion, the reduction in social inequity across society and the development of positive life outcome opportunities for all though particularly for our communities most vulnerable.

Craig brings a diverse background in both the statutory and the not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive experience delivering on local, regional and national initiatives. An experienced and qualified social worker, Craig is well versed in child protection, children and families, and mental health, having trained and practiced in Britain.

In addition to his social work qualifications, Craig holds two Masters Degrees in Management and Crime Deviance and Social Policy. He is also a qualified Prince2 Project Manager and a graduate of Leadership WA.

Craig’s previous roles include Director responsible for Early Years at the WA Department of Communities and Chief Executive Officer EdConnect Australia, a national children’s charity.

Following a successful career working across health, education, environment and community sectors Sharon has worked for Red Cross for the last nine years. During that time Sharon has been an executive leader in state operations as well as national strategy and policy in particular in the justice, mental health and place based strategic areas.

Sharon has an extensive background both in the Government and the Not for Profit sector primarily in the areas of health, community development, project management and leadership of community programs. Sharon has university qualifications in health and post graduate qualifications in business administration and communications.

Sharon has led state operations in multiple states and has been the State Director of Tasmania since April 2019.