East Timor Hearts Fund’s mission to tackle heart disease and save lives in Timor-Leste resonated strongly with me. I was inspired to join the board in August 2022 after spending most of my career in for-purpose organisations, but with a real focus on shifting the pendulum towards locally led humanitarian and development outcomes.
I have worked in over 50 countries in 28 years and spent much time in Asia and the Pacific with organisations such as Red Cross, Save the Children, ChildFund and CARE Australia. Currently I am the CEO of CARE Australia – an international humanitarian aid organisation working to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We have a special focus on working with women and young girls to bring lasting change to their communities. When I learnt about how rheumatic heart disease affects women and girls so much more in Timor-Leste, this really struck a chord.
I am excited by the opportunity to contribute my experience and connections to strengthen our impact in Timor-Leste. My passion is creating meaningful change together with the people, communities and partners we work with. Change is only possible when the agents of change are invested, empowered and accountable in the mission. East Timor Hearts Fund has a powerful mission, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
Outside of work it’s all about family. My wife and I are proud parents to two brilliantly opinionated high school students. I am a passionate football/soccer fan, a would-be photographer, a wannabe chef and someone who devours contemporary fiction.