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Meet our team, a diverse group of highly skilled, committed and spirited people with vast experience across health promotion, policy, research, communication, design, and operations.

Caterina Giorgi, CEO of FARE

Caterina Giorgi

chief executive officer

Caterina Giorgi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), the leading not-for-profit organisation working towards an Australia free from alcohol harms.

Caterina works with local communities, governments, researchers and health professionals to prevent alcohol harm by developing evidence-informed policy, enabling people-powered advocacy and delivering health promotion programs.

Before joining FARE as CEO, Caterina founded and led For Purpose, a national organisation working with other not-for-profit and purpose-driven organisations to build their strategic, advocacy and communications capacity to create positive social change. Caterina also worked previously at FARE, heading up the Policy and Research Team.

Caterina has an honours degree in public health and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Caterina has presented at national and international conferences and has delivered training and workshops on strategy, advocacy, public health and public policy. In 2015, Caterina was a finalist for ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards.

Caterina Giorgi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), the leading not-for-profit organisation working towards an Australia free from alcohol harms.

Caterina works with local communities, governments, researchers and health professionals to prevent alcohol harm by developing evidence-informed policy, enabling people-powered advocacy and delivering health promotion programs.

Before joining FARE as CEO, Caterina founded and led For Purpose, a national organisation working with other not-for-profit and purpose-driven organisations to build their strategic, advocacy and communications capacity to create positive social change. Caterina also worked previously at FARE, heading up the Policy and Research Team.

Caterina has an honours degree in public health and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Caterina has presented at national and international conferences and has delivered training and workshops on strategy, advocacy, public health and public policy. In 2015, Caterina was a finalist for ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards.

Communication and Campaigns

Adam Knobel

Adam Knobel

communication and campaigns director

Adam has worked as a campaign director, communication strategist and digital specialist across public education, community health and LGBTIQ+ law reform.

Adam was previously Digital Campaign Director on the Australian Marriage Equality campaign. He was the second staff member to join the YES Equality Campaign, working as part of the leadership team with responsibility for digital strategy, supporter engagement and online fundraising.

Prior to joining FARE, Adam led Communications at the NSW Teachers Federation and supported for-purpose organisations to develop and enhance their campaign strategy, including being a friend and strategic advisor of the Marriage Equality Coalition in Taiwan and emerging campaigns across the Asia Pacific region.

Adam has worked as a campaign director, communication strategist and digital specialist across public education, community health and LGBTIQ+ law reform.

Adam was previously Digital Campaign Director on the Australian Marriage Equality campaign. He was the second staff member to join the YES Equality Campaign, working as part of the leadership team with responsibility for digital strategy, supporter engagement and online fundraising.

Prior to joining FARE, Adam supported for-purpose organisations to develop and enhance their campaign strategy, including being a friend and strategic advisor of the Marriage Equality Coalition in Taiwan and emerging campaigns across the Asia Pacific region.

The team

Kirsty Waterford
Media Manager

Noah D’Mello
Senior Communication Advisor

Steven Rummukainen
Graphic Designer

Operations

Ayla Chorley

operations director

Ayla is the Operations Director at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). She is responsible for managing the Governance, Finance, Risk and HR functions of FARE.

Before joining FARE, Ayla held senior operations roles across the not-for-profit and corporate sector.

Ayla is the Operations Director at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). She is responsible for managing the Governance, Finance, Risk and HR functions of FARE.

Before joining FARE, Ayla held senior operations roles across the not-for-profit and corporate sector.

The team

Karen Benedict
Financial Controller

Odria Arshiana
Finance Officer

Gabrielle Kuta
Office Coordinator

Policy and Research

Luke Hutchins

Policy and Research director

Luke Hutchins is the Policy and Research Director at Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). He is responsible for leading the development and implementation of FARE’s policy work and research agenda.

Prior to FARE, he worked in the federal public service on evaluation and improvement of social services and work health and safety. He has also worked across the not-for-profit sector on issues of drug harm minimisation, youth engagement and education. Luke holds a Masters of Social Policy and First Class Honours in Criminology.

Luke Hutchins is the Policy and Research Director at Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). He is responsible for leading the development and implementation of FARE’s policy work and research agenda.

Prior to FARE, he worked in the federal public service on evaluation and improvement of social services and work health and safety. He has also worked across the not-for-profit sector on issues of drug harm minimisation, youth engagement and education. Luke holds a Masters of Social Policy and First Class Honours in Criminology.

The team

Dr Aimee Brownbill
Senior Policy and Research Advisor

Meredythe Crane
Senior Policy Advisor

Rodney Holmes
Senior Policy Advisor

Jemima Turner
Senior Lived Experience Coordinator

Daweena Motwany
Research Analyst

Grace Orange
Research Analyst

Projects and Partnerships

Joanna Le

Jo Le

PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR

Joanna has led communication and engagement campaigns on issues such as alcohol harm prevention and achieving gender equality, brokered cross-sector partnerships to support women’s leadership, and developed business strategies to launch innovative affordable housing solutions.

As Projects and Partnerships Director at FARE, Joanna is responsible for overseeing funding development, health promotion and partnerships for the organisation.

Joanna was recently recognised for her innovation, leadership, and impact in the community sector as a national finalist in the 2019 Third Sector Awards.

Joanna is a former Board Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, YWCA Canberra and the Youth Coalition of the ACT.

Joanna holds a Masters of Strategic Communication from the University of Canberra, a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from the Harvard Business School.

Joanna has led communication and engagement campaigns on issues such as alcohol harm prevention and achieving gender equality, brokered cross-sector partnerships to support women’s leadership, and developed business strategies to launch innovative affordable housing solutions.

As Projects and Partnerships Director at FARE, Joanna is responsible for overseeing funding development, health promotion and partnerships for the organisation.

Joanna was recently recognised for her innovation, leadership, and impact in the community sector as a national finalist in the 2019 Third Sector Awards.

Joanna is a former Board Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, YWCA Canberra and the Youth Coalition of the ACT.

Joanna holds a Masters of Strategic Communication from the University of Canberra, a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from the Harvard Business School.

The team

Sarah Ward
National Health Campaign Manager 

Rosemary White
Senior Project Advisor

Susan Hickson
Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Claire Margan
Senior Health Promotion Advisor

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