Our Executive Team
Ian Wishart, CEO
BSc, DipEd, MBA, GAICD
Ian is one of Australia's most experienced development professionals. Since 2001, he has transformed Plan International Australia into one of a highly respected and influential development agency. Ian has extensive experience in international development, including responding to emergencies and long-term development work. He has completed assignments all over the world including in Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Rwanda, Mozambique, Laos, Cambodia and Somalia.
Susanne Legena, Deputy CEO and Director of External Engagement
BA, MA (Professional Communication)
Susanne joined Plan 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 includes a role as 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, Director, Programs
BA (Sociology/Politics), BA (Hons),MA (Development Studies)
Dave joined Plan in 2008 bringing 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.
Gaye Wealthy, Director, People & Culture
GradDip EdA (HRM & OD), FAHRI
Gaye joined Plan in 2013 bringing 20 years experience in senior Human Resource Management leadership roles in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, including the St Vincent de Paul Society, Crown Limited, and the ANZ Banking Group. Gaye’s key areas of expertise include, workplace relations, employment law, HRM strategy, change and risk management, OD, and is a Fellow of AHRI. In addition to her Graduate Diploma in Education, Gaye also holds a pilot's license.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board is responsible for guiding our strategic direction, and is accountable for our actions and the impact of our activities.
BComm (Accounting), MBA (Hons. List)
Jason is Google’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, Jason was responsible for Google’s business strategy and commercial capabilities across the Asia Pacific region. Jason has 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.
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 and the philanthropic and community sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom covering the disciplines of strategy, marketing, line management, general management and ethics. Sally and her husband own a bull stud in southern NSW.
B Laws (Hons.), B Arts (Political Science)
Amanda McKenzie is Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Council of Australia. Amanda worked previously as a senior communications advisor to the Climate Commission, and spent four years as National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Amanda is also the Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress.
Gerry Hueston (Chair)
Gerry Hueston recently retired as President of BP in Australasia 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.
Julie Hamblin (Deputy Chair)
BA LLB(Hons) LLM, GAICD
Julie Hamblin is a consultant with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Julie has worked for more than 20 years in the fields of health law, bioethics and public health. Her legal practice focuses on clinical risk, privacy, medical research, health ethics and public health policy. She also has extensive experience in international development, particularly in relation to HIV/AIDS, having worked with the United Nations Development Programme and other organisations in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Eastern Europe. Government appointments have included the Australian Research Integrity Committee, the NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel, the Australian National Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Diseases, and the Attorney-General's International Pro Bono Advisory Group.
Dr Brian Babington
BA (Hons.), MA, PhD
Dr Brian Babington is Chief Executive Officer, Families Australia; Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing; Co-Chair of the National Forum for Protecting Australian’s Children. Brian is a member of the Plan International Inc. Program Advisory Committee.
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 also sits on the Board of Directors for Palliative Care Victoria.
Philippa has almost 20 years' experience in news and current affairs journalism as well as public relations in Australia and internationally. She has worked for the past ten years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on flagship programs including Australian Story and 7.30. She is currently working as National Network News Editor, ABC TV News.