The Women in Aid and Development Events Committee


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

Emily Moreton - Canberra Group Co-Convenor

Emily is currently studying a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at ANU. She recently completed an internship at the Australian Council for International Development, where she is now working. In 2013, Emily lived in South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a volunteer teacher trainer as part of the Australian government volunteer program. 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.


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.


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 Lauff is a sport and development practitioner who has worked in local, national and international sport organisations. She has a degree in Occupational Therapy, a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University and a Master of Adapted Physical Activity from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Early in her career Jackie was an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Fiji working on the South Pacific Games. Jackie is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium, a reviewer for the International Journal of Sport and Development, and co-chair of the ACFID Small Member Working Group. Jackie is a co-founder and currently CEO of Sport Matters, an international NGO based in Sydney.

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.