Our Executive Team
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.
Dave Husy, Deputy CEO
Impact 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.
Hayley Cull, Deputy CEO, 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.
Ruth Kestermann, Chief Operating Officer
BEng (Hons) MA (Development Studies & Culture Change)
Ruth joined Plan International Australia in 2021. Prior to joining she held leadership roles in the community care sector, as well as consulting in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors.
Ruth is passionate about building the resilience and sustainability of communities both in Australia and overseas.
In her spare time Ruth loves ocean swimming and walking in the bush.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sally Treeby, 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natasha de Silva
Natasha de Silva has 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the government sector and most recently has led significant national policy reforms as Senior Executive at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Natasha has an international and national profile as a human rights and gender equality expert, working with governments and agencies in the region to build knowledge and technical capacity. Currently the Principal of Intersection, a consultancy specialising in the rights of women at work, Natasha brings to this a holistic and intersectional understanding of disability rights, age discrimination and racial equality.
Natasha is a Justice of the Peace in NSW and has degrees in Arts and Commerce in International Development and Economics and a Master of Global Law from the University of Sydney. Natasha also sits on the board of Full Stop Australia.