Our Executive Team and Board

Meet some of the team.

Our board and executive team are made up of dedicated, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about a fairer world for children.

 

Our board is responsible for guiding our strategic direction, and is accountable for our actions and the impact of our activities.

Our Executive Team

Our Executive and Board

Susanne Legena,
CEO BA, MA (Professional Communication)

Susanne joined Plan International Australia in 2011. Prior to this appointment, Susanne had extensive senior management experience across a wide range of public policy, public sector management and communications areas.

Her previous roles include the Chief of Staff for the Victorian Minister for Energy & Resources and the Arts.

Susanne is a keen gardener and keeps bees that produce delicious, locally-sourced honey.

Our Executive and Board

Dave Husy,
Director, Programs BA (Sociology/Politics), BA (Hons),MA (Development Studies)

Dave joined Plan International Australia in 2008, bringing with him nine years’ experience as a Program Strategy and Review Consultant with international development agencies in South and East Africa.

Prior to that, Dave worked for ten years as a senior NGO manager in southern Africa.

When he’s not overseas reviewing programs, you’ll probably find Dave training for a marathon.

Our Executive and Board

Steve Timmerman,
Director, Corporate Services

Steve Timmerman joined Plan International Australia as Director Corporate Services in May 2017. Steve has more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in executive leadership roles spanning mining, advertising, commercial real estate, logistics, health, education and community services.

Steve is a CPA with a B.Com (Melb) and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School. In 2016 he completed the Company Directors course with AICD.

Our Executive and Board

Hayley Cull,
Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement

Hayley joined Plan International Australia in 2017.

She has led major national and global campaigns on child rights, international development and gender equality, working with UNICEF, Plan International and various other NGOs in Australia, the UK and internationally.

With a background in journalism, campaigning and communications strategy, she is passionate about working with young people to create change.

Our Executive and Board

John Burns,
Director, Fundraising

John began his fundraising career in international organisations as a community organiser at the Australian Red Cross more than 20 years ago.

Since then, John has also held fundraising roles at Amnesty International Australia and as the Director of Fundraising at Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, before joining Plan international Australia in 2017.

John was the head of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association From 2014 to 2018 and remains a director of the organisation.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Executive and Board

Gerry Hueston
(Chair) BSc, BCom

Gerry Hueston retired as President of BP in Australasia in 2010 after a 34-year career with BP in Australia, NZ, UK and Europe.

He is a past board member of the Business Council of Australia, a past Chairman and board member of the Australian Institute of Petroleum, a former member of the Chairman’s Panel of the Australian Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

He is currently Chairman of the Climate Council and a member of the Plan International board.

Our Executive and Board

Sally Treeby
(Deputy Chair) Masters Business (Mkt), Bachelor Business, GAICD.

Sally Treeby is an experienced non-executive director, whose board positions also include a private investment company and a philanthropic foundation.

Her career has spanned executive and non-executive roles in financial services, agriculture renewable energy and the philanthropic and community sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom covering the disciplines of strategy, marketing, line management, general management and ethics.

She actively advocates to prevent online child exploitation. Sally and her husband own a bull stud in southern NSW.

Our Executive and Board

Jason Pellegrino
Managing Director & CEO of Domain Holdings Ltd

Jason Pellegrino is the Managing Director & CEO of Domain Holdings Ltd, a leading Australian publicly listed real estate media and technology business.

Prior to this, Jason spent a decade at Google across a variety of commercial, strategy and finance roles in Australia and Asia Pacific, most recently as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to Google, Jason spent over 15 years in Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Sales & Marketing in retail, technology and consumer product industries with LEK Consulting, PepsiCo International & KPMG.

Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Wollongong and an MBA (Distinction) from The London Business School, where he served as President of the Student Association and as a member of the school’s Board of Governors.

Jason is a member of the Innovation Taskforce of the Business Council of Australia, a member of ASIC’s External Advisory Panel and a Board member of Plan International.

Our Executive and Board

Michael Corry
MA, FCA, FGIA

Michael Corry is a finance professional with extensive experience across a range of enterprises in both commercial and community arenas.

He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary and holds an MA in Economics from Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Michael is Company Secretary to Our Watch Limited, Continence Foundation of Australia Limited and Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Foundation

Our Executive and Board

Jason Chuck
B.App Sci (Computer Engineering), MBA (Hons. List)

Jason Chuck is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of LJ Hooker Avnu. Prior to that, he was the Asia Pacific Managing Director for Houzz, founding their Sydney office and APAC businesses.

Jason has spent over 15 years growing and scaling international technology businesses, with a focus on strategy, sales and marketing with Etsy (as their MD ANZ), eHarmony (as AU founder and VP of International) and Google (as head of marketing for Australia and New Zealand).

Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD.

Our Executive and Board

Tim Lo Surdo

Tim is the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour,  Australia’s first racial and economic justice organisation led by people of colour.

Previously, he was a Senior Organiser at United Voice where he helped low-paid workers start Hospo Voice – a new union in hospitality. He has led campaigns at Oaktree, been an adviser to two Senators, was the Campaigns Director at Jhatkaa, led national communications at UN Youth Australia, and co-founded Open Sky – one of India’s most well-known performance art communities.

Tim is also on the Boards of the Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre, Stop the Traffik, Climate for Change, and The Wilderness Society (VIC).

Our Executive and Board

Anita George

Anita George is a lawyer specialising in global public health, human rights, gender equality, sustainable development and international law.

She is a member of World Cancer Research Fund International’s Policy Advisory Group, Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative mentor and a 2012 General Sir John Monash Foundation Scholar.

She holds first class honours degrees in Law and Psychology from UTAS and a Master of Public Affairs (Summa Cum Laude) from Sciences Po Paris.

Our Executive and Board

Louise Eyres
B.Bus, M.B.A, GAICD

Louise Eyres is a strategic marketing executive with expertise across mining, financial services, government, health and sport sectors.

An experienced change leader she has lead transformative programs at some of Australia’s largest corporations as well as at a Federal Government level.

She is also a Non-Executive Director of Greater Bank and a past Non-Executive Director of Williamstown VFL Football Club, The Advertising Standards Bureau and the Australian Association of National Advertisers.

Our Executive and Board

Abiola Ajetomobi

Abiola Ajetomobi is the Director of Innovation Hub at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Innovation Hub.

Abiola has a background in business, humanitarianism, accounting, financial services and social entrepreneurship. She has more than 17 years management experience, in local and state government as well as in not for-profit organisations, both here and overseas. In 2015 she won the future Leader Award at the International Women’s Day Awards in the southern metropolitan region of Melbourne. In 2020 she won ACU’s first ever Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation Alumni Award.

She is a social innovator and a strong advocate for refugees, women, and marginalised communities.

Our Executive and Board

Marsha Beck
BA (Hons), LL.B (Hons), M.AppFin, CIMA®, GAICD

Marsha is an accomplished executive leader, driven by passion, purpose and results.

Over 20 years, Marsha has held senior roles across the financial services sector, leading change and driving innovation across product, marketing, sales and services initiatives.

Marsha is a life-long learner and an enthusiastic cook for her family and friends.

Our Executive and Board

Vanessa Ng

Vanessa Ng is an experienced finance professional who has worked in the banking and professional services industry with a focus on leadership, strategy and change management.

She has volunteered with Plan International Australia since 2015 within the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Vanessa is passionate about social impact, equality and education. Vanessa is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Melbourne.

Our Executive and Board

Belinda Howell
BA (Hons), MBA, GAICD

Belinda Howell is an experienced director of not-for-profit boards with a deep interest in international development, mental health and education.

Belinda’s career as a senior executive has spanned higher education, financial and professional services, travel and government. She is adept at working across cultures and building successful multicultural teams.

She is a non-executive director of Dunmore Lang College (Macquarie University), Bolong River Produce (family beef/horticulture business) and consults to education technology start-ups.

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