CEO and Executive management

The Executive and Leadership teams are accountable for delivering our stragic outcomes and ensuring that we are operationally and financially healthy and sustainable.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Executive team provides high-level advice on key strategic and operational matters, and assists in implementing the decisions of the Board in a timely, coordinated and cooperative manner.

Kym Pfitzner | CEO

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

Jenny brings over 30 years' experience working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander portfolios at national and state levels. She has also worked within Human Rights and international relations, tertiary education, housing, disability, aged care, women and youth. Jenny shares, "With all the knowledge I have gathered through the years, I still feel that what is most important for me is to have the living experience of being an Aboriginal person. My leadership style is based on wisdom handed down to me by my ancestors."

Jenny joined Australian Red Cross in December 2015 and is pivotal to the reconciliation focus. She heads up the First Nations Strategy & Impact portfolio and leads the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team. She has made significant and positive change for the teams she leads, communities she supports, and the many First Nations employees, volunteers and members she touches through her humility and ongoing advocacy work.

Jenny works to ensure that the Humanitarian movement is culturally safe and inclusive and that much-needed cultural healing is grounded in strategy, policy, practice and program design, having a strong focus on place-based systems, people change, innovation and community-based solutions. In 2021/22, Jenny was critical in forming a trusted partnership between Australian Red Cross and The Healing Foundation, initially to support the work to enable Australian Red Cross to become more inclusive and a place where all Red Cross people feel respected, valued and culturally safe.

Jenny is a strong advocate and influencer internally and externally to Australian Red Cross. Her work has been recognised externally on many occasions, including most recently as a finalist in Leadership HQ's 2022 Outstanding Leadership Awards, which celebrate courageous, authentic and inclusive leadership.

Poppy Brown

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.

Fiona Davies

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.

Lloyd Doddridge

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.

Stacie Haber

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.

Penny Harrison

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 initiatives 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 initiatives. Prior to that Penny held several leadership positions in Australian Red Cross’ International Department 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 Leadership Program.

Jane Hollman

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.

Tammy Lamperd

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 successfully 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.

Alex Mathieson

Alex Mathieson has worked in the humanitarian and development sectors for over 30 years. He started in the sector after volunteering in an Oxfam op shop in London for Oxfam while at university. From that humbling experience, he went on to spend 10 years working on humanitarian crisis around the world including Central Africa, Albania, Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, India, Philippines and across the Asia Pacific region.

With extensive experience in humanitarian crisis driven by conflict, natural disasters and climate change, Alex moved to Australia in 2003 with his young family and worked in numerous roles with Oxfam Australia, including Regional Manager Asia, Programs Director and Country Director in Vanuatu. In 2018, he became Head of Change for Oxfam International, leading the transformation of Oxfam’s organisational model globally.

Alex is passionate about collaboration as a way to increase collective impact. He uses his facilitation skills to support people, communities and organisations define their own strategies, change power dynamics, and lead their own agendas. He joined Australian Red Cross in January 2022 and is incredibly excited to be part of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

Sue’s specialties are growth, working with leaders to identify new revenue streams, helping build capability to capitalise on emerging opportunities, and solving seemingly intractable problems. She is an innovator and partnership builder, and a skilled strategist who brings diverse people together to come up with creative solutions. She has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in several industries, such as media, digital, financial and professional services, from start ups to large complex organisations.

Sue started her career as a Mergers and Acquisition lawyer, was the only female senior executive at Network Ten in a commercial role, and worked with ANZ Group to lead and grow businesses in Australia and the Pacific.  Most recently, she founded her own management consultancy, supporting clients such as Accenture and Defence Bank.

Sue has a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Masters of Law from Sydney University and Commerce (Accounting, Finance & Systems) and a Law degree from the University of New South Wales. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers, Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee, and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Brett Wilson

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.

Yvette leads the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Department at Australian Red Cross, having first joined the organisation in 2011. She also serves as the Chair of Australia’s National IHL Committee and in 2021 was appointed as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of the Red Cross.

Yvette has held the positions of Secretary and Chair of the Asia Pacific National Society Legal Adviser’s Network and has also been the ad-interim common law legal adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Prior to joining the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, Yvette worked as an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the Bond University Law Faculty and as a commercial litigation lawyer in Melbourne. 

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Relations, a Masters in International and Community Development and has also undertaken IHL instruction through the International Institute for IHL and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Yvette is dedicated to achieving systems-level change by creating an enabling environment for diverse, talented people to thrive.

Leadership team

Murray Coates

Murray has over 25 years working in several organisations in rural, remote, and major cities in Australia, with some of our countries most marginalised people. He has worked in a wide range of successful projects that strengthened community connections, economic and social participation, and self-reliance. He focuses on increasing social cohesion, connection to purpose and self-empowerment to reduce social isolation, and on improving work skills and building supportive relationships.

Murray has worked in sectors undergoing large transformational reforms, and he has been able to use his core skills to bring organisations together in a common direction and lead them to a sustainable future. He holds a degree in Social Work (UNSW), Graduate Company Directorship (AICD) and a Post Graduate Diploma of Management (MGSM).

William Daw (Bill) is an experienced leader with a gentle and pro-active approach to influencing systematic changes. A practical thinker who communicates the way forward with a purposeful and considerate approach, he strives to identify and elevate community voices to gain a deeper understanding of issues.

Bill has spent most of his life in Northern Australia (WA, NT and QLD) and has carried a community development focus throughout his career. His work is guided by Community Development principles and, as such, his leadership style responds to place-based and people-centred needs. His preferred mode of leadership is walking alongside, which is strongly aligned with the Red Cross Principles.

Bill’s personal and professional reputation within Aboriginal communities across the Top End and beyond is strong and well recognised, as is his strong standing in Darwin/Katherine migrant community circles.

Lisa Devlin

Lisa brings extensive experience in leadership, extensive strategic, operational and team management. Her strengths are people and team development, and delivering programs that enhance the client experience, promote self-empowerment, social inclusion, equity and access.

Lisa joined Australian Red Cross in April 2022, coming from the tertiary education sector where she held leadership roles in health, science, education and community programs. She also brings project management expertise in working with organisations and communities to co-design, develop and deliver programs to improve outcomes for individuals and communities.

Kate Miranda

Kate brings a wealth of experience gained in senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, federal government and foreign affairs primarily in the areas of health, education and international diplomacy.

Kate is responsible for leading Red Cross people, programs and operations in New South Wales, focusing on strategic growth, capitalising on emerging opportunities, stakeholder collaborations and building organisational capability. Kate works with a highly experienced NSW Leadership team responsible for Red Cross’ humanitarian response to natural disasters, refugee settlement, migration support and community resilience programs.

Kate was appointed Director, New South Wales in August 2022 and prior to that was Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy at Red Cross.

Kate is an advocate for social change and community-led solutions. As a senior adviser to a former Federal Health Minister, Kate contributed to national healthcare reforms, including improved access to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, asylum seekers and refugees. She has experience growing membership and volunteer-led organisations.

Kate has a Master of Management (Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise) from UTS and a Bachelor of Communication from CSU. She is a Director of Filling the Gap and an Industry Fellow at UTS Business School. Connect with Kate on LinkedIn.

Jai O'Toole

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

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 Stewart

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.

Sharon Wachtel

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.

This page was updated 23 September 2022.

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