Interim Executive Director
Janet joined Act for Peace in May 2008 as International Program Coordinator responsible for programs in Burma, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and Syria. Her leadership and management skills were quickly recognised as valuable and in December 2010 she was appointed as Programs and Policy Director, followed by her appointment to her current role as Interim Executive Director in July 2016. In her interim executive role, Janet is tasked with leading Act for Peace through the DFAT accreditation process, while ensuring continued agency and operational development. She is also charged with overseeing that crucial services to partners working with communities threatened by conflict, displacement and natural disaster continue seamlessly during this transitional time.
Prior to joining Act for Peace, the focus of Janet's work has been on refugee resettlement, with specific attention on health issues. Janet worked for several units within the Department of Health in policy, population health, and psychosocial health program roles focused on improving structures, systems and capacity for service provision to diverse communities of refugees settling in NSW. During this time, Janet also travelled as a volunteer to Indonesia and the Thai-Burma border on several occasions to participate in health-based training for refugees and IDPs. Janet’s entry into the humanitarian sector followed a vocation change from the world of international television, where she specialised in documentary work. Janet holds a BA in Social Work, completing her honours thesis on resettlement issues for Tamil Sri Lankan women, a BA in Mass Communications, and is currently completing 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.”