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Caterina Giorgi, CEO of FARE

Caterina Giorgi

chief executive officer

Caterina Giorgi is the CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an Australian not for profit organisation working towards an Australia free from alcohol harm. 

Caterina is also a Founding Member of Women in Public Health, Director of For Purpose and Director of Fair Agenda.  

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

Caterina Giorgi is the CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an Australian not for profit organisation working towards an Australia free from alcohol harm. 

Caterina is also a Founding Member of Women in Public Health, Director of For Purpose and Director of Fair Agenda.  

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

Operations

Ayla Chorley

Operations Director & Company Secretary

Ayla is responsible for leading the Governance, Finance, Risk and HR functions at FARE. She works with the Leadership Team toward organisational sustainability, making sure that FARE has a long-lasting impact.

Ayla has held several senior operations roles across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She brings around a decade of experience as a purpose-driven leader in organisational design, people and culture, and HR strategy. She is currently pursuing a degree in medical science from the University of Adelaide.

Ayla is responsible for leading the Governance, Finance, Risk and HR functions at FARE. She works with the Leadership Team toward organisational sustainability, making sure that FARE has a long-lasting impact.

Ayla has held several senior operations roles across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She brings around a decade of experience as a purpose-driven leader in organisational design, people and culture, and HR strategy. She is currently pursuing a degree in medical science from the University of Adelaide.

The team

Karen Benedict
Financial Controller

Karen is responsible for maintaining efficient strategies and processes for the delivery of financial operations, such as financial reports, budgets, audits and compliance with statutory obligations.

The most rewarding part of the role is to know that her work contributes to helping people overcome adverse situations in their lives. 

Karen is a member of the CPA Australia and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK. She graduated with a Master of Business Administration and has over 15 years of experience in the international development aid sector.

Liam Hoang
Senior Finance Officer

Liam works closely with the Financial Controller to maintain FARE’s financial records. 

For Liam, supporting the team to reach the bigger goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle is the most rewarding part of the role. 

Liam is a member of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting at Charles Darwin University and a Bachelor of Finance at the University of Toulon, France. 

Gabrielle Kuta
Office Coordinator

Gabrielle is responsible for Executive Assistance to the CEO, office management, governance and HR. 

For Gabrielle, supporting the team as they work to prevent alcohol harm in Australia is the most rewarding part of the role. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Classical Studies from the Australian National University in Canberra. 

Annette McCarthy
Executive Officer

Annette is responsible for governance, HR and special projects of the senior leadership team. 

Annette is a Warumungu woman from central Australia and has a strong sense of social justice. The most rewarding part of her role is supporting the team to create change to public policy and improve lives. Annette graduated with an Applied Science Degree from the University of Canberra and is currently studying human resource management. She brings a background in working with government, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, research, and the not-for-profit sector. 

Communications

Joanna Le

Joanna Le

Communications Director

Joanna is responsible for overseeing communications and partnerships for the organisation. 

She 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. 

Joanna was recognised for her innovation, leadership, and impact in the community sector as a national finalist in the 2019 Third Sector Awards. She is a former Board Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, YWCA Canberra and the Youth Coalition of the ACT. 

Joanna graduated with a Master 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 is responsible for overseeing communications and partnerships for the organisation. 

She 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. 

Joanna was recognised for her innovation, leadership, and impact in the community sector as a national finalist in the 2019 Third Sector Awards. She is a former Board Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, YWCA Canberra and the Youth Coalition of the ACT. 

Joanna graduated with a Master 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

Jane Shirley 
Communications Manager 

Jane develops and implements communications strategies that support FARE’s campaigns and projects, and stakeholder and community engagement.  

Jane’s work in not-for-profit organisations has offered the opportunity to combine her love of words with her interests in social justice, equality and equity. As well as planning and strategy, one of her favourite aspects of communications is using storytelling to improve understanding and authenticity, build empathy, shift power and voice to the community, and inspire change.  

Jane has worked in professional writing, communications and editing roles across the not-for-profit, higher education and private sectors since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Communication) from the University of South Australia, and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing from the University of Southern Queensland.  

Dana Daniel
Senior Media Advisor

Dana is responsible for planning, creating and delivering effective proactive and reactive media advice to support FARE’s work towards an Australia free from alcohol harm. 

She is passionate about using storytelling and strategic communications to achieve positive social change and knows the power of the media to shape public opinion and political decision-making, especially when used to amplify community voices.  

Before joining FARE, Dana worked as a journalist for more than a decade, most recently in the federal parliamentary press gallery where she reported on health and politics for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She won two Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards and her work appeared in The Best Australian Science Writing anthology published by UNSW Press. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Technology Sydney. 

Matthew Johnson
Senior Digital Media Advisor

Matt is responsible for planning and executing FARE’s digital and social media strategies, ensuring every online channel engages existing audiences and appeals to new supporters through considered, impactful and insights-led storytelling.

He is passionate about digital media’s ability to spark influential grassroots movements, give voice to those traditionally sidelined in important public debates and start powerful conversations around social justice and change. 

Before joining FARE, Matt spent seven years working in digital roles across several news organisations – most recently as a social media editor at 10 News First and online journalist at The New Daily. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism/Communications) from Melbourne’s Monash University.

Kathryn Lewis
Communications Advisor

Kathryn is a Communications Advisor where she is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies and creating content across media, print and digital channels.

She is passionate about storytelling and working closely with communities to hold industry and government to account.

Before joining FARE, Kathryn was a media advisor with Environmental Justice Australia and was previously a journalist with the Canberra Times.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from Monash University in Melbourne.

Steven Rummukainen
Graphic Designer

Steven is responsible for graphic design and multimedia content creation, website development, videography, photography and producing publications and other print collateral. 

For Steven, creating design solutions that have the power to create positive change in our world is the most rewarding part of his role. 

He graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts and Production, majoring in Graphic Design, from the University of Canberra. 

Policy and Research

Dr Catherine Earl

Policy and Research director

Catherine is the Director of Policy and Research, where she is responsible for ensuring FARE’s advocacy and other activities are based on quality and up to date evidence about alcohol harms. 

For Catherine, the most rewarding part of the role is working with passionate and knowledgeable colleagues. Catherine has dedicated her career to social justice advocacy and has worked in various fields (NGO, politics and academia) and roles that push to improve systems and social policy.

She has a PhD from the University of South Australia, and holds Bachelor degrees from The University of Adelaide (Arts) and Flinders University (Social Work Hons). 

Catherine is the Director of Policy and Research, where she is responsible for ensuring FARE’s advocacy and other activities are based on quality and up to date evidence about alcohol harms. 

For Catherine, the most rewarding part of the role is working with passionate and knowledgeable colleagues. Catherine has dedicated her career to social justice advocacy and has worked in various fields (NGO, politics and academia) and roles that push to improve systems and social policy.

She has a PhD from the University of South Australia, and holds Bachelor degrees from The University of Adelaide (Arts) and Flinders University (Social Work Hons). 

The team

Dr Aimee Brownbill
Policy and Research Manager

Aimee is responsible for researching and advising on alcohol policy. She is currently leading a portfolio of work on digital marketing by harmful industries such as alcohol, gambling and highly processed unhealthy foods, exploring potential avenues for regulation in this space. 

For Aimee, working at the intersection of research, policy and advocacy is the most rewarding part of the role. 

Aimee has a PhD in Public Health from The University of Adelaide. In her previous roles, she has contributed to collaborative applied public health research projects in the fields of unhealthy food and sugar-sweetened beverages, alcohol, and tobacco control.

Dr Jenny Goodare
Research Lead

Jenny leads work across FARE’s research portfolio to interpret data and translate research.

She has worked in policy and research for over a decade in the UK and Australia, including roles in politics, Parliament, academia and NGOs. As a strong advocate for social justice, Jenny is passionate about promoting transparency and accountability in the corporate and public sectors.

Jenny has an honours degree in biology and a PhD in History of Science, Technology and Medicine from the University of Manchester.  

Rodney Holmes
Senior Policy Advisor

Rodney is responsible for analysing, developing, and advocating policy. 

His passion is in researching, modelling, and communicating systemic policy drivers of positive social change, especially for social justice outcomes like preventing harm from alcohol. 

Before joining FARE, Rodney worked in public policy and in the social services sector, including AOD services, child and family support, and social housing. He has a Master of Politics and Policy from Deakin University. 

Joanna Wiese 
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Joanna works within the Policy and Research team and is responsible for analysing, developing and advocating policy. 

She hopes to use the practical knowledge she has gained from working as a frontline worker within community service organisations and a lawyer at Legal Aid to contribute to FARE’s policy and advocacy work.  Through her frontline experience she has significant first-hand insight into the far-reaching negative effects of alcohol and is particularly passionate about bringing the voice of community members to the forefront of policy and advocacy directions. 

Joanna has a Bachelor of Laws and Politics from Murdoch University in Western Australia. She has focused her career on roles centred on supporting disadvantaged children, young people and families.

Daweena Motwany
Policy and Research Advisor

Daweena is responsible for developing in-depth analysis of alcohol harms, creating campaign strategies to reduce such harms and liaising with stakeholders on nuanced research.  

She believes that being able to understand the issues affecting the community and the gaps in policy allows for more effective strategies to help people with varying levels of alcohol use.  

Daweena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics, and a Master of International Affairs from the Australian National University. She has also undertaken courses in Negotiations and Influence with MIT Sloan and Security Governance and Conflict with the University of Amsterdam. 

Melanie Parker
Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Melanie is the Policy and Advocacy Advisor and works within the FARE Policy and Research team. She is passionate about equity and the prevention of alcohol harm. Melanie is intent on applying her skills toward the goal of improving the population’s health and wellbeing. 

Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2016 from The University of Queensland. She is now working towards attaining a Master of Public Health. 

Projects and Partnerships

Marie Hobden

Health Promotion Manager

Marie is responsible for overseeing health promotion for the organisation. 

For Marie, making a meaningful impact by promoting healthy behaviour and lifestyle choices is the most rewarding part of the role. 

She is an Endorsed Midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a Bachelor of Midwifery with honors from The University of Hull in the UK. 

Marie is responsible for overseeing health promotion for the organisation. 

For Marie, making a meaningful impact by promoting healthy behaviour and lifestyle choices is the most rewarding part of her role. 

She is an Endorsed Midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a Bachelor of Midwifery with honors from The University of Hull in the UK. 

The team

Rosemary White
Senior Project Advisor

Rosemary is responsible for working with stakeholders on the development and evaluation of Every Moment Matters 

For Rosemary, the integration of research, community engagement and stakeholder management to shape this nationwide campaign is the most rewarding part of her role.  

She has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science (Psychology), and Bachelor of Social Work. 

Susan Hickson
Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Susan works with a range of stakeholders to deliver projects, campaigns and resources that promote healthy behaviours. 

Health promotion to Susan is the art and science of helping people make healthy choices. This includes providing information in impactful ways, supporting people’s self-efficacy, and building environments that prioritise health over profits. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Curtin University after a long career with NSW Health as a Health Information Manager.   

Jessica Birch
Lived Experience Advisor

Jessica is a Lived Experience Advisor working within FARE’s National FASD Program. She is responsible for embedding the voice of lived experience in health promotion projects, resources and advocacy.

For Jessica, awareness and action is key to reducing alcohol harm in this country. Collaborating with dedicated stakeholders, community leaders, and governments, while empowering individuals is the most rewarding part of her role.

Jessica is a representative on a number of national FASD advisory boards, committees and international advocacy groups, as well as contributing to clinical education and training at the University of WA.

Carly Keene
Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Carly is responsible for playing an active role in the development, implementation and evaluation of FARE’s health promotion and behaviour change strategies and activities for Every Moment Matters. 

For Carly working in health promotion and public health is the most rewarding part of her role. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Newcastle University and a Master of Public Health from Flinders University. 

Claire Margan
Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Claire works with stakeholders on the development and implementation of Every Moment Matters. 

For Claire, working on health promotion programs that promote health equity, social justice and community empowerment is the most rewarding part of the role. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast. 

Marie Hobden
Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Marie is responsible for working with stakeholders on the development and implementation of health promotion and behaviour change strategies for Every Moment Matters.

For Marie making a meaningful impact by promoting healthy behaviour and lifestyle choices is the most rewarding part of the role. 

She is an Endorsed Midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a Bachelor of Midwifery with honors from The University of Hull in the UK. 

Angelene Bruce
Lived Experience Advisor

Claire works with stakeholders on the development and implementation of Every Moment Matters. 

For Claire, working on health promotion programs that promote health equity, social justice and community empowerment is the most rewarding part of the role. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast. 

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