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Our team

Meet our team of dedicated staff. Working at Act for Peace is gives you the opportunity to use your skills to make a real difference to the lives of others. To find out about how you can join our team visit our jobs area.


Leadership Team

 

Janet Cousens

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Chief Executive Officer

Janet was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer in June 2017 after 6 years as our Programs and Policy Director where she focused on building a team of humanitarian and development specialists passionate about supporting local partners to take leadership in addressing protection and resilience issues for communities affected by conflict and disaster.

With a background in psycho-social health and refugee resettlement and a past life in documentary television, Janet combines people focused management skills with a passion for community led change and a strong belief in the value and power of the individual.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (honours in refugee resettlement), a BA Mass Communications, and is currently slowly moving through a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies.

“I firmly believe that we have a positive role to play in partnering with communities where we can fill the gap in the opportunities they have available to them to address the mechanisms that lead to injustices impacting on their lives. I’m constantly encouraged by the work of our partners and their belief that change is possible.”

 

 

Sonia Mar

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Chief Operating Officer

Sonia joined Act for Peace in December 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the financial and business functioning of the Agency, including policy development, financial strategy, management and reporting, risk management, human resources, facilities and IT management, reporting, compliance and administration. Sonia is a qualified CPA with over 25 years’ not-for-profit and commercial international experience in Business Services. Prior to joining the Agency, Sonia held a number of senior executive and management roles including Director of Finance & Resources for the Asia Pacific Region at World Animal Protection, where she was responsible for leading and developing robust resources operations in the Asia Pacific Region, including finance, human resources, information technology, facilities management, business process improvement and governance infrastructure at a time of considerable strategic change. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree double majoring in Accounting and Management Studies & Information Systems as well as being a CPA member since 2003.

 

 

Ben Littlejohn

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Marketing and Communications Director

Ben joined Act for Peace after moving from the UK to lead the Marketing and Communications team in May 2012. He brings with him extensive marketing experience in the international aid and development sector. He has held a number of senior fundraising and campaigning roles, and for nine years prior to joining Act for Peace was Head of Innovation and Change Strategy at Oxfam GB.

Ben has managed high-profile fundraising initiatives in a range of disciplines including events, community, digital, corporate, direct marketing, and institutional fundraising and he has worked on campaigns tackling poverty, trade justice, arms control and climate change.

Ben has had the opportunity to visit Act for Peace programs in Jordan, Gaza, Ethiopia and India and feels privileged to be part of a network of committed people making a lasting difference through Act for Peace.


 

 

International Partnerships & Programs Team

 

Pia Reierson

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Head of Partnerships and Programs

Pia joined Act for Peace in July 2019 to lead the Partnerships and Programs team. She has been engaged with development and humanitarian issues since 1992 in various roles, including leadership roles with NGOs in Norway, Kenya and Australia. Her work has involved: facilitating strategy and program design; innovation and research; monitoring and evaluation; co-designing frameworks/systems; staff training for local NGOs/CBOs; and lecturing. Pia is passionate about people and their stories, and enjoys working with others to find durable solutions for individuals, communities and the planet.

 

 

 

Geoff Robinson

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Snr Program Manager & Disaster Risk Resilience Manager

Geoff brings more than 15 years’ experience in community, partner and government focused environmental programming, including community based climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Geoff is an effective facilitator who has led strategic and program planning, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, policy development, consultation processes and training programs. He has been based in the Pacific for the last 5 years where he has managed a range of education, development, emergency preparedness and humanitarian programs in Vanuatu.

 

 

 

Sharon Edington

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International Programs Manager - Protection Programs

Sharon has worked in a variety of international development and humanitarian settings including in the Middle East, Africa, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Georgia, Chile’s Atacama Desert and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She holds a Master’s of Conflict, Security and Development degree from the University of Bradford, completed in her capacity as a Rotary Peace Fellow from 2013-2014. Prior to joining Act for Peace, Sharon held roles with ActionAid Palestine, CARE International in the Caucasus, and UQ International Development as well as placements and volunteer work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the British Red Cross, Shelterbox emergency response, Association Najdeh in Shatila refugee camp, the Chilean Ministry of Education and with the Rotary Foundation and clubs. Sharon manages a team working on international protection programs, including oversight of programs related to protracted displacement and conflict in Africa, Palestine, India and Sri Lanka, and South-East Asia.

 

 

Marketing & Communications Team

 

Andy Corkill

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Relationship Fundraising Manager

Andy joined Act for Peace in 2017, after returning home to Sydney from years of living in Perth, Melbourne and New York. He brings experience working closely with Churches, community groups, and refugee families, as well as extensive knowledge in relationship fundraising and estate planning. Most recently, Andy was the Executive Secretary - Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, which includes UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, another Act Alliance Partner.

Andy is truly passionate about social justice and improving the lives of all people. He loves a challenge, and finding creative ways for people to engage with our work.

 

 

 
 

More ways to take action

Remember someone in need through the Christmas Bowl.

By giving a monthly gift, you can help bring safety, justice and dignity to people around the world who have fled from conflict and natural disasters.

Give a gift that will make a lasting difference.