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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 | CEO

Kym was appointed CEO in January 2021 following a period as Interim CEO from September 2020.

He was elected as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in February 2020. He also served as a member of the Finance Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee as well as the Finance & Audit Committee at Lifeblood. He held these positions up until his appointment as Interim CEO where he went on a leave of absence and resigned at the CEO appointment.

Kym has been an advisor in Strategy and Leadership, 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 and media holding groups. 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 masters 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

Cindy joined the Red Cross as Deputy CEO in October 2021. Her role focuses on our growth agenda including supporting the organisational change required to implement our strategic plan. This focus will enable Australian Red Cross to support more people and increase our humanitarian impact.

She is an experienced executive having led transformation and growth initiatives in large, complex organisations. Cindy has driven growth outcomes in competitive environments and delivered operational effectiveness through the enhancement of processes and systems. She also has extensive experience in leading cultural change through the engagement and empowerment of people.

Her career spans Professional Services, Financial Services, Consulting, as well as Non-Executive Board roles in the not for profit and insurance sectors.

Cindy’s passion is in realising the potential in people and organisations through leveraging strengths, building capability and coaching for success. She gets enormous joy out of seeing people learn and grow, and seeing that investment translate into organisational success.

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) from Deakin University, and has attended Harvard Business School to complete the Advanced Management Program.

She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Cindy was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, a previous Non Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters and is currently a Non Executive Director of Auto & General.

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.

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. 

Stacie joined Red Cross as the Head of Strategy and Performance in May 2020. She leads a team responsible for organisational strategy, planning, analytics, research, impact measurement, and reporting.

With more than 25 years of experience in consulting, analytics, strategy, and insights, Stacie has worked in the United States and Australia for many different sectors including technology, retail, consumer goods, financial services, health, and not-for-profit.

A key focus for Stacie is in the areas of innovation and growth. She is passionate about helping organisations to leverage data to make informed decisions, continuously learn and improve, and ultimately grow.

Stacie holds a Master of Marketing Research degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Competitive Systems (LEAN) from Swinburne University, and an Artificial Intelligence – Implications for Business Strategy certificate from MIT.

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.

Jane is an accomplished Senior Human Resources Executive with over 20 years’ experience in various industries including Financial Services, Technology, Agriculture, Insurance and Professional Sport across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the US. She spent many years working for Citigroup in progressively senior roles before moving to the AFL to head up their HR team and then moved to New York to work for American Express and MasterCard. She was most recently the Interim Chief People & Culture Officer for AIA Australia.

She has deep expertise and a passion for finding and managing great talent including designing succession plans and performance programs for the firms she has worked for and has a track record of building strong collaborative relationships with senior executives.

Jane’s unique style has led her to be sought after to provide career advice and as an executive coach to leaders at every stage of their careers. She is a member of the advisory board for the HR degrees at Deakin University and also provides regular career advice to women at all stages of their careers as a committee member of the US-based Women in Sports and Events industry group. For the past two years she has been a business advisor for FD Global Connections in Sydney working with Technology Founders to scale their businesses locally and into the United States. She is also a member of the Australian leadership group for the local chapter of Women in Technology International which is committed to empowering innovators, inspiring future generations and building inclusive cultures, worldwide within the technology sector.

Brett joined Australian Red Cross in February 2021. He has been recognised in the CIO50 2020 and 2019 for innovation and leadership.

As an executive leader building and leading high performing teams, Brett is focused on linking business process improvements to technology and innovation. He has worked on digital transformation projects across a broad range of industries being Professional Services, Finance, FMCG, Community Services, Transportation, Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Manufacturing and Utilities.

Brett advocates lifelong learning for himself and his team as a vital part of his leadership style. He completed his Masters Degree in Business and Technology in 2017.

A man committed to community service, he started an initiative in early January 2020 called Caravans 4 Bushfires where he has organised 15 donated caravans that were fully stocked with donations to bushfire victims who lost their houses in the small town of Quaama.

Brett resides in Sydney with his family and has a 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do.

Tammy joined Australian Red Cross at the beginning of 2021. She is an accomplished senior leadership professional, with more than 18 years’ experience leading the design and implementation of contemporary and integrated risk management, internal audit and assurance, compliance, insurance and governance functions within highly complex and diverse operating environments.

Tammy’s ability to think strategically and solve challenging problems saw her successfuly transform organisational cultures by embedding contemporary risk-based approaches to decision making. In her previous roles, including in Senior Executive roles at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Agency (IBAC), she was able to strengthen both organisations’ ability to meet strategic objectives through the development and implementation of dynamic, pragmatic, evidence-based risk and assurance frameworks.

By keeping good governance at the core of her work, Tammy is an expert in providing solid advice to Boards and Executive Leadership teams in highly complex operating environments. Her advice covers financial and non-financial performance matters, regulator requirements, internal control frameworks, risk management, compliance and both internal and external audit activities.

She brings an authentic, collaborative, inclusive and adaptive leadership style, which engenders a psychologically safe culture that leverages diversity to unleash talent and untapped potential. She focuses on respect, continuous improvement, lateral thinking, innovation and self-assessment, coupled with targeted development of skills and knowledge.

Tammy holds qualifications in Commerce (Commercial Law) and Arts (International Relations) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Fiona joined Australian Red Cross in July 2021. She brings 13 years of experience in Inclusion & Diversity (I&D), developing and delivering meaningful and measurable initiatives and strategies for Reconciliation, Disability, LGBTQ, and Women in organisations such as Commonwealth Bank, Reconciliation Australia and Life Without Barriers. 

With a business background, Fiona has the ability to operate at a strategic level and bring a commercial lens to I&D strategies which align with existing business frameworks. A clear communicator with a strong focus on storytelling and data, she is skilled at building trusting relationships with stakeholders at all levels, as well as navigating through uncertainty and across a national workforce busy supporting clients.

She has vast experience leading culturally diverse and geographically dispersed teams. She understands that “language and protocols matter when engaging with staff and community, and that racism is real – even in great organisations”. She is committed to working with local staff by earning trust and acting collaboratively and consultatively, and is “genuinely excited to be working for an organisation that promotes diversity in all its forms and actively seeks to combat racism and intolerance”.

Fiona holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Design from the University of Western Sydney. She also holds the volunteer role of Vice President of NEEOPA, a member-led organisation committed to raising awareness of I&D issues through events and networking forums. Her work in the I&D space has been recognised externally on many occasions, including by being the winner of the 2019 Australian HR Institute (AHRI) Diversity Champion Award and the inaugural Sandra Cormack Professional Certification Scholarship.

Leadership team

Kate leads the media, government relations and strategic communications teams at Australian Red Cross. She is responsible for managing our strategic approach to advocacy and public policy matters, and communicating the work of Red Cross internally and externally.

Kate is a Board Director and Honorary Industry Fellow at UTS Business School. She has broad senior management experience in advocacy, communications and media relations in the not-for-profit sector, federal government and foreign affairs. Kate has direct knowledge of the political and parliamentary process, having worked as a senior adviser to an Australian Health Minister.

She has also worked in public affairs management roles for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and Europe, and began her career as a news and current affairs journalist with the ABC.

Kate has a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management from UTS. She is particularly interested in social innovation, measuring impact and applying behavioural science to create change. Connect with Kate on Linkedin.

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.

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.