The Board members of BKFA are all volunteers.
Chairperson & Director
Lena Grant is a sole practitioner with extensive public sector background in the South Australian Attorney General’s Department and commercial legal expertise. Public sector experience includes membership of the inaugural SAFECOM Board and of the SAFECOM Audit and Risk Management Committee, management and leadership roles in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and strategic legal advice on major projects for the South Australian Government. She became a Board member in November 2013.
Deputy Chairperson & Director
Pip has a background as a Business IT Consultant and experience in providing management expertise to businesses. Her extensive travel through many of the developing countries serviced by the BKFA inspired her to join the Board. She has skills in marketing, sales, communications and PR as well as business and technological acumen and experience. She has previous Board experience with the Margaret Ives Community Children’s Centre. She became a Board member in November 2013
Treasurer & Director
Maggi was the Treasurer of Zonta International District 23 8th Biennial Conference and the Zonta International District 23 social event and the Treasurer of the Zonta Birthing Kit Project. She enjoys the challenge of bushwalking and back-packing, and from these experiences, particularly in developing countries, she has been inspired to embrace the birthing kit project. An inaugural member of the Zonta Club of Gawler, she has held many positions within the club. She is an inaugural Board member and has been Treasurer of BKFA since inception.
Dr Joy O'Hazy
Joy is a medical practitioner who has a wide background in administration and strategic planning. She created the birthing kit and started production in 1999, supported by her fellow members of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills, and was an original member of the Zonta Birthing Kit Committee and an inaugural Board member of the BKFA. She brings specialist skills in maternal health research.
Dr Julie Monis-Ivett
Julie is an inaugural Board member and brings with her business administration, personnel management skills, and health profession knowledge as a partner in a large private dental practice. She is a Charter Member of Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills, serving at Board level for 15 years, including that of president for two years. She coordinated the Zonta Birthing Kit Project with Joy O'Hazy from 2000, and was Project Administrator from 2004-2007.
She was the inaugural Chair of the Board from 2006 - 2009, the Zonta District Project Co-ordinator for Australia from 2004 to the present and liaison person with Zonta International and clubs overseas.
Jenny was a senior adviser in a financial advisory company and retired in 2010. She brings corporate, financial and management skills to the Board. She is an active member of Zonta International, having served in many capacities in her 20 years of membership. Currently she is the President of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens and coordinates a Zonta interclub advocacy committee. She was an inaugural Board member.
Cathryn has broad marketing and communications experience having worked in senior roles with national and international product and service brands. Her commercial background includes business and market development, channel and portfolio strategy along with corporate communications, PR, sponsorship and stakeholder management. She became a board member in November 2015.
Ted A' Bear
Edward (Ted) A’Bear:
Ted has worked in international development since 1975 after graduating from Reading University (UK). This has involved working with communities in over 50 countries and living with his family in Somalia, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea. He has given support and advice on community development to BKFA informally over the last twelve years. He was co-opted to the Board in May 2017. He is pleased to have the opportunity to use his programme management and international development skills to support BKFA, gained through working with Aid Agencies like DFAT, United Nations and international and local NGOS.
Melanie has held a range of executive and leadership roles in the SA Government, including shaping and implementing policy and providing strategic oversight to the State’s Public Private Partnership arrangements. She lived in London for 9 years where she provided advice to the UK Government and a local authority in relation to large, complex, multi-billion dollar EU procurements; particularly Private Finance Initiatives. She holds qualifications in law, psychology and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Melanie is passionate about gender equality and supporting women’s rights in all aspects of life (educational, financial, workplace, health). She strongly supports BKFA’s vision of eradicating preventable maternal and infant mortality. She joined the Board in July 2017.
The staff members of BKFA are the backbone of the organisation and the whole team have great passion for BKFA and its cause.
Deb joined BKFA as CEO in July 2017. With 30 years of experience in international health and development, she brings particular expertise in NGO management and systems development. With a focus on maternal and child health, she has managed programs in Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Rwanda for a range of International NGOs and donors. Until 2010, she coordinated the Master of Health and International Development Course at Flinders University and until joining BKFA worked as an independent consultant providing technical advisory and capacity development for a range of NGOs as well as clients such as ACFID and DFAT
Zeshi is a wonderful fit for BKFA and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She holds a Bachelor of Midwifery and a Masters of Health and International Development. In addition, she has technical advisory, design and management experience on health and development projects in Africa and the Asia Pacific Region. More specifically, she has worked directly in the field with BKFA partner organisations in both Timor Leste and Ethiopia, so she has firsthand experience of the conditions and challenges faced by our partners.
Zeshi brings new skills and experience to BKFA, that will be invaluable as we continue the expansion of our work, particularly in community development projects to support long term sustainability of improvements in maternal and infant health.
Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Catriona brings a combined 15 plus years of agency and client marketing and fundraising experience.
She has worked in fundraising and corporate partnership management in the international development space and more recently has held a position fundraising for medical research.
In this role, Catriona hopes to use her combined skills to help positively impact BKFA and looks forward to working with the team in doing so.
Assembly Day Coordinator
Erica has been working with BKFA since September 2010, originally in the role of Assembly Day Coordinator then moving into the role of Project Administrator, in 2011. In 2015 she took on the role of managing many of our marketing activities and with a huge increase in Assembly Day bookings Erica has returned to the position of Assembly Day Coordinator.
Assembly Day Coordinator
Hilary has been the AD Coordinator for BKFA since January 2012. She manages the hundreds of Assembly Days held each year by our supporters.
Logistics & Supplies Officer
Adrian has managed the warehousing of our supplies for many, many years. He has overseen the purchasing of the components of the birthing kits and the transport and logistics of the supplies and kits both within Australia and overseas since February 2011. His expertise and strong work ethic has been invaluable. He was responsible for securing affordable air freight transport solutions for us which has meant we can get the kits to where they are needed within weeks rather than months.
Kellie started with BKFA in February 2012, taking over the day to day bookkeeping from our Treasurer and managing all aspects of our financial transactions. She also manages our membership base.
Viki has worked in administration and marketing management in Australia and Canada. She first became involved with BKFA in 2011 and joined the Foundation as Company Secretary in January 2013. She is responsible for keeping BKFA’s fundraising and legal obligations compliant and in addition, acts as Minute Secretary to the Board of Directors.
Hannah recently returned to Adelaide from Sydney where she spent 11 years working across magazines, advertising, creative production and marketing.
Her role at children’s charity Barnardos Australia as Brand and Creative Producer, ignited her passion for the not-for-profit sector.
As Marketing Coordinator she works with Catriona to help spread the important message of BKFA.
Rebecca joined the BKFA team in 2016. She holds a Bachelor in International Development and a Master of Health and International Development. Rebecca works closely with our Program Manager and is responsible for the day to day program administration.