The Women in Aid and Development Events Committee


Lauren Bradley - Canberra Group Co-Convenor & Director Women in Aid & Development

Lauren currently works in advocacy at a national peak body focused on harm reduction, public health and human rights. Previously she spent several years working at NGOs in Ecuador in not-for-profit management and also has experience in Community Development. She also 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 a Director of the Australia Federations of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and Vice President of Hepatitis ACT, and a former board member of Hepatitis Australia.

Emily Moreton - Canberra Group Co-Convenor

Emily works at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) in the Standards and Code team, and is currently studying a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at ANU. In 2013, Emily lived in South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a volunteer teacher trainer as part of the Australian government volunteer program (AYAD). She has nine years experience as a primary school teacher in NSW and ACT.

Tess Horsley - Canberra Group Co-Convenor

Tess has recently returned to Canberra after two years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working in the anti-trafficking sector. For most of her career, Tess has worked for Hagar, an international human rights organisation dedicated to the protection, recovery and empowerment of survivors of severe abuse including slavery and human trafficking. With seven years of experience working in small, fast-paced teams, Tess is a development and communications all-rounder with experience in monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, events management, program management and donor relations. Tess has a Bachelor of Commerce from ANU and a Graduate Diploma of Evaluation from Melbourne university.

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Judy Cyngler - Canberra Group Co-Convenor

Judy has recently moved to Canberra and is currently working in the Social Impact Investing space. In 2019, Judy lived in Dili, Timor-Leste for three months where she interned at a National NGO focusing her time on capacity building and supporting projects involving women and youth. 

She studied a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations Major) at Monash University and spent her years at university volunteering part-time in the state team of an Australian youth-led international development organisation. 


Rebecca Macfarling

Rebecca MacFarling - Melbourne Group Co-Convenor & Director Women in Aid & Development

Rebecca MacFarling is the CEO of the Melbourne Writers Festival and Director of Women in Aid & Development. She also serves on ACFID’s Code of Conduct Committee as a fundraising and marketing specialist. 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 Melbourne Writers Festival she was CEO of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) and the Deputy CEO of CUFA.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green - Melbourne Co-Convenor

Catherine spent 2012 in the Solomon Islands as a volunteer through the Australian government volunteer program. She has maintained a strong interest in Pacific affairs and cultural heritage, particularly in the Solomon Islands since that time.

Catherine has worked for over twenty-five years in the archives and records management field, in government and in the private sector. She holds degrees in library and information management, Diploma studies in management and project management practice and a Masters in Cultural Heritage studies. 

Recent work experience has focused on project management, policy and process development and on liaising with stakeholders to make information accessible through digitisation and outreach programs. Catherine is closely involved as a volunteer in organisations within her local community and has an interest in cultural heritage. 

After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Tess is now in her final year of a Masters of International and Community Development at Deakin University. As part of this course she is undertaking a 3 month internship with TEAR Australia. 

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Tess Farmer Co-Convenor

Based on the Mornington Peninsula, Tess is in TEAR’s national office three days a week, whilst doing another half day from home. Working with the Effectiveness branch of the International Programs Team, Tess is working with her supervisor in the hopes of creating a tool that will measure TEAR’s progress, at an organizational level, towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is working to design a framework that will enable TEAR to look specifically at Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3 and 5 and assess the impact that their current projects are having on progress towards these goals. It is hoped that this will serve as an internal learning tool that will facilitate an improvement in TEAR’s project design and effectiveness alongside their partners. 


Chris Franks

Chris Franks - Women in Aid and Development Chair

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. 

Michelle Imison - Sydney Group Co-Convenor -

Michelle is an international development consultant whose areas of special interest include public health, gender, research and advocacy. She has previously worked on advocacy for tuberculosis both domestically (for RESULTS International (Australia)) and globally (for the Stop TB Partnership in Geneva), in academia (public health), as well as having served on a Board (Oxfam Australia) and as a grant-maker for a women’s education organisation (Graduate Women International).

Jackie Lauff

Jackie Lauff - Sydney Group Co-Convenor

Jackie is CEO of Sport Matters, based in Sydney and a sport and development practitioner who has worked in various roles within local, national and international sport organisations in Australia, Fiji, Germany and China. 

Jackie has an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University and a Master of Adapted Physical Activity with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. She has coordinated international seminars on Sport in Post-Disaster Intervention and Sport Leadership, and lectured at the Australian College of Physical Education in Inclusive Coaching. 

Jackie is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) International Relations Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat's Open-Ended Working Group on Sport and the SDGs, and the Special Advisory Group of the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement (under the auspices of UNESCO). 

Jessie Rudd - Sydney Group Co-Convenor & Director Women in Aid & Development

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.

Jacinta Harford - Sydney Group Co-Convenor & Director Women in Aid & Development

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.

Emma Bull - Sydney Group Co-Convenor & Director Women in Aid & Development

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.