Our staff and Board of Directors are committed to making
our vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent home
become a reality. Find out more about our team and Board below and our other committees here.
Chair – Chris is a company director with over 15 years’ experience on large credit union and not-for-profit boards. Chris has extensive executive experience in sales, marketing, consumer research and customer service in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Chris was elected Chair of Habitat for Humanity Australia’s Board in 2010.
Chair Designate – Duncan has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry in Australia, the UK and India. He has served in Chief Executive and senior executive roles with NAB Group, MLC Ltd, CGU Insurance Ltd, Promina Group, Vero Insurance and Royal & Sun Alliance Group. Duncan also brings experience from the aid & development sector
Ian Graham has a professional accounting and management background. Ian was the CEO/MD of QBELMI (a major subsidiary of the QBE Group) for 21 years. He has also worked in senior management and finance roles in the AMP Group. Ian retired as CEO of QBELMI in 2012 and in the same year became a non-executive Director of HFH NSW.
Caroline Mara is an Assurance Partner at one of the Big 4 firms based in Newcastle and has over 15 years’ experience in professional auditing and accounting, including the provision of external and internal auditing services both to public and private sectors. Caroline has also immersed herself in community projects including the Equal Futures Project (formerly UN Women Hunter Chapter) and the Salvation Army’s Hunter Red Shield Appeal.
Lyn is a finance executive with strong strategic, technical and change management experience in a number of sectors including healthcare, property, automotive and information technology. She is currently a Partner at CFO on Call.
While having a professional background in law, Denis has spent the majority of his career in the not-for-profit sector, including World Vision, where he worked for 20 years. Most recently, he served in senior positions in the Asia-Pacific office of Habitat for Humanity International, based in Thailand and the Philippines.
Makala is a Senior Executive with extensive experience and networks in the Corporate and Government sectors, working and collaborating with some of Australia’s most respected brands. Business experience supported by a Masters of Accounting (MAcc) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
After 30 years in tertiary education, Blair moved into public housing sector at New Zealand Housing Corporation. His expertise and experience relate to research interests, research management, and policy development in the fields of urban and housing studies. Blair is also a director on Habitat for Humanity’s South Australian Board and served on the Research Advisory Panel of the Australia Housing and Urban Research Institute.
Guy is an experienced senior manager in the not-for-profit and civil society sector with an acknowledged record of social impact delivery. He has worked at both local and national levels and has held technical advisory roles in over 20 developing countries. Guy also serves as a board member of World Education Australia and Salvation Army International Development.
Chief Executive Officer – Sarah was previously CEO of Australian Business Volunteers for five years and brings extensive skills and leadership experience from roles in international development, volunteering and has also worked as a consultant providing business development support to other Australian not-for-profit organisations.
Head of Individual Giving – Dan is responsible for developing and implementing effective fundraising campaigns using a range of channels including direct mail, face-to-face and telephone. Dan has worked in fundraising for over 10 years for organisations such as UNICEF and The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Head of International Programs (South Asia) – Sophie manages our International Program projects in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Sophie specialises in developing and managing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs, and previously held roles with Childfund and WaterAid.
Chief Operating Officer – Mark is responsible for International Programs, Finance and shared services. He is a diversely experienced senior manager & Chartered Accountant; accomplished in business analysis, reporting, change management and in systems enhancement; notably in the Not for Profit, Utilities, Retail, Banking and Chartered sectors.
Regional Program Manager (Asia Pacific and Emergencies) – Megan manages our International Program projects in Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Fiji and Vanuatu, as well as our regional Emergency Response programs. Megan has over ten years of international development experience and specialises in Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Response.
Global Village Manager – Lee manages our international volunteering program. Lee and her team deliver life-changing experiences to over 400 volunteers each year, who in turn deliver safe and sustainable housing to families in the Asia Pacific region. Lee comes from a background in travel and leadership, and was a regular Global Village volunteer herself before joining our team.
National Partnerships Manager – Zoé is responsible for developing and strengthening relationships with new and existing partners. She previously held roles in corporate fundraising with the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and in publishing sales with Hardie Grant Media.
Corporate Partnerships Coordinator/Office Manager – Allison is the is responsible for coordinating the smooth running of the National Office and supporters the Partnerships team. She previously worked for the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn and in roles involving Executive Management assistance.
Financial Manager – Shri looks after our finance and accounts. He is also the link between all five Australian affiliates and Habitat International regarding the financial reporting of affiliates. Prior to joining our team, Shri lead the finance department at Interpro Australia, an IT recruitment company.
Financial Accountant – Arvin is part of the Finance team. He performs the day to day transactional accounting processes and maintaining integrity with the reporting requirements. He also assists Global Village and Marketing teams with reconciliation of funds for events.
Communications Manager – Veronica coordinates our content and communications across all media channels, including our newsletters, Built It and Building a Better World; social media and website. Veronica has previously worked in publishing, online media and currently is also as a freelance writer.
Global Village Team Coordinator – Laura recently completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University. She has interned with the United Nations and volunteered internationally in Palestine and Nepal with youth and development organisations
Direct Marketing Officer – Isabel coordinates fundraising campaigns across different channels and is also responsible for our database. Isabel moved into non-for-profit organisations after working at a fundraising agency and worked at the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the University of Sydney prior to joining the Habitat team.
Donations Administrator – Lou’s role is to provide support and assistance to our wonderful donors and process all donations. She started with us as a volunteer and has worked on events such as our Gala Dinners and has participated in two Global Village builds in Nepal. Prior to joining our team, Lou traveled the world buying fabric for fashion designers.
Global Village Team Coordinator – Leigh coordinates volunteers to assist in our overseas projects to help build safe and sustainable housing for people in need. She is currently undertaking a Masters in International Development at RMIT and has previously worked in NGOs in Vietnam helping women and children who were victims of human trafficking.
Philanthropy Manager – Annie manages our Philanthropy program and is responsible for building meaningful relationships with our wonderful supporters, helping them realise their philanthropic intentions. Annie has over 10 years’ experience working for some of Australia’s largest charities such as Mission Australia and the National Heart Foundation.
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