The Women in Aid and Development Board

Michelle Pearce

Michelle Pearce

Michelle is a senior finance professional who has worked for many years in the international development and broader charity sector. Michelle currently works with the Global Innovations Team at Movember, and is the Principal of Social Business Consulting where she provides finance consulting to charities.

Her experience has included senior finance roles at Movember (Chief Financial Officer), Oxfam Australia (Chief Financial Officer), Marie Stopes International (Australian Operations Finance Director) and Australian Red Cross (International Operations Commercial Manager). Michelle is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s NFP Advisory Committee and has just completed her 12th year on the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee. Michelle is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, has a Masters of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Rebecca MacfarlingRebecca MacFarling

Rebecca MacFarling is currently the CEO of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) on the site of the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat. She also serves on ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee as a fundraising and marketing specialist. Now based in Melbourne, Rebecca has spent the last two decades working in marketing, fundraising, sponsorship, digital strategy and customer loyalty across media, financial services, the arts and international development. Prior to her appointment at MADE, Rebecca was the Deputy CEO of international NGO, CUFA.


Chris FranksChris Franks - Chair, Women in Aid and Development 

Chris has been a volunteer in the international development sector for 35 years – she is Chair of RESULTS Australia, Director of Gateway Bank and a member of CUFA International Programs Committee.

She has been director and Chair of a number of not for profit, government, mutual and corporate organisations including Chair of ACFID Code of Conduct Committee and the recipient of the inaugural ACFID Award for Outstanding Service to the Aid and Development Sector.

Chris believes our society is stronger, better managed and better governed with women in leadership roles. To that end her aim as the founder and Chair of the Women In Aid & Development network is to encourage, inspire and support women to advance their careers and in time secure leadership, CEO and director roles.


Lauren Bradley
Lauren manages the Community Development Program at an ACT community organisation. She spent several years in Ecuador as Country Coordinator of an NGO in the Early Childhood Education sector, was Operations Manager of an NGO coordinating medical clinics ensuring rural communities had access to health care and interned at the International Labor Organization in Jakarta contributing to a review of Indonesia’s largest capacity building employment programme. Lauren has a Bachelor of International Development, a Master of Applied Project Management, and a Diploma of Languages (Spanish). She also sits on the board of directors of Hepatitis ARC and Hepatitis Australia.


Jessie Rudd - Sydney Group Co-Convenor

Jessie is the Communications & Development Manager at SurfAid, a humanitarian & community development organisation working to improve access to clean water & sanitation, basic healthcare, and nutrition in remote island communities. Jessie has degrees in Environmental Studies & Anthropology, and is fascinated by the interaction between people and the places they live – this fascination has taken Jessie to over 20 countries for work, study, and play.

Overseeing SurfAid’s communications and development means Jessie spends her time telling powerful stories, and building strong relationships. Never intentionally delving into fundraising, Jessie energetically embraces this work as incredibly challenging and immensely rewarding.


Emma Bull - Sydney Group Co-Convenor

Emma is a professional advocate, specialising in public policy, politics and strategic campaigning.

Currently the Head of Political Engagement for Oxfam Australia, Emma tackles extreme poverty and inequality around the world by engaging and persuading decision-makers. She works to change minds, systems and lives.

She previously worked at Amnesty International, and spent 8 years as political advisor in the federal parliament and during that time campaigned to protect our environment, price pollution, label our food, get women into our corporate boardrooms and get kids out of detention.

Emma is a Non-Executive Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) and served 4 years as a Non-Executive Director at one of Australia’s leading wellness and spa companies.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW and holds a Masters of Public Policy & Politics.

Jacinta Harford - Sydney Group Co-Convenor

Jacinta is a young professional working as the Design, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Coordinator for CAN DO Consortium in Sydney, mainly focusing on Disaster Response & Preparedness in the Pacific Islands. My country experience comes from a year as an AVID in Mongolia, working with their child protection department. This was the most illuminating year of my life and I learned so much about development, Mongolia and myself. I love Women in Aid and Development and the opportunity to hear strong women speak about doing good in the world. Love being part of this fantastic group.