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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Board & CEO

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s primary partner supporting eradication of obstetric fistula through the Hamlin Model of Care and empowering women to regain their roles in their families and communities.

Julie White, Executive Chair

Currently Chair of the Board since November 2015, Julie has now been appointed Executive Chair of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) on the departure of longstanding CEO, Carolyn Hardy. An experienced Chair and not-for-profit director, Julie’s portfolio focuses on health and women’s issues. Alongside this, Julie provides strategic advice to business on social investment and staff engagement, and to not-for profits on strategic planning, corporate governance, and corporate and community engagement. Julie is passionate about maternal health and the eradication of fistula.

David Winterbottom, Deputy Chair of the Board

David was appointed to the Board in February 2017. He is one of Australia’s most experienced restructuring and turnaround executives. David is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 30 years’ experience working with organisations to solve financial, operational, and strategic problems. David is currently also the Chief Financial Officer of Australia’s largest charitable organisation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

Sarah Ames, Director

Sarah is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm in Chicago, Illinois U.S. She represents subsidiaries of foreign companies in corporate, commercial, employment and immigration matters.  Sarah was the first woman to run a marathon on each of the seven continents three, four and five times.  For her fifth time running around the globe, Sarah ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days and raised donations for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital along the way.

Dr Alison Morgan MBBS, PhD, Director

Alison has over 30 years’ experience in global health research and practice with a focus on maternal and newborn health and is currently a Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Global Financing Facility in Washington DC. Prior to that she headed the Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. Alison has a PhD in health systems planning for maternal and newborn care. She has undertaken consultancies for WHO, UNICEF, DFAT (AusAID), and many international nongovernment organisations and private foundations and was a founding co-chair of the WHO advisory group Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR). Alison is Dr Catherine Hamlin’s niece. She first visited the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital as a medical student in 1982, and her career has been significantly influenced by the example of her aunt.

Dr David Knox MB BS MRCOG FRANZCOG, Director

David practiced as as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist for 35 years. As a nephew of Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin, he has had a longstanding interest in maternal health in Ethiopia since his elective term there as a student in 1973. He has made many visits to the fistula hospital since and has been a volunteer obstetrician in the Amhara region of Ethiopia since 2010.

Professor Caroline Homer AO, Director

Caroline was appointed to the Board in May 2022. Caroline is Co-Program Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Midwifery in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She has led research and development in midwifery education, practice and models of care for more than 20 years. Caroline’s many appointments include the President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Deputy Chair for the Australian Medical Research Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Future Fund. Caroline is also the Chair of the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition.

Fergus Hanson, Director

Fergus is the Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Previously, he has worked at the International Labour Organization and as Executive Vice President at the Global Fund to End Slavery. Prior to this he was Program Director at the Lowy Institute, and a diplomat serving at the Australian Embassy in The Hague. He was the recipient of a Professional Fulbright scholarship based at Georgetown University and of a fellowship at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law. He is the author of Internet Wars: the struggle for power in the 21st century.


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