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CARE Australia’s ability to deliver life-saving assistance and bring lasting change to poor communities is largely due to our talented, passionate and committed team.

In Australia and overseas we have 748 staff, of whom ninety-four per cent are nationals of the countries in which we operate, dedicated to our mission to work around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

We have a corporate governance system which ensures that management is fulfilling our mission and complying legal and ethical requirements. This is detailed in CARE Australia Governance. The Senior Leadership Team and Board of CARE Australia are listed below.

Senior Leadership Team

Dr Robert Glasser, Chief Executive

Dr Robert Glasser joined CARE Australia in July 2019. Robert is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and Honourary Associate Professor at the Australian National University. He was previously the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Dr Glasser has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, advocate and policy-maker in the areas of climate change, sustainable development and disaster response. Before joining the U.N., he was the Secretary General of CARE International and from 2003-2007, the Chief Executive of CARE Australia. Prior to joining CARE, he was Assistant Director General at the Australian Government aid agency (AusAID). An Australian national, he has published on several topics, including climate change and disaster risk, peace and conflict, and humanitarian and development policy.

Emma Tiaree, Principal Executive – International Programs

Emma joined CARE Australia in January 2018, after being part of CARE USA’s senior regional management team in Asia. As Director of Strategic Partnerships, she led a global team to launch CARE’s first regional strategy to empower women garment workers facing exploitation. Over her career, Emma has held senior positions in international aid policy, program and quality assurance with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Emma spent a decade living in South East Asia and the Pacific establishing largescale programs to combat human trafficking, improve women’s access to finance and providing education for all. During this time she represented Australia in key multilateral forums on sustainable development, gender equality and human rights. Emma’s career started as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Kiribati, working with communities and schools to build resilience to climate change. Emma has a BA Hons (International Relations), Masters of Environmental Management and vocational qualifications in public procurement.

Louise Gray, Chief Operating Officer

Louise joined CARE Australia in January 2016. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for CARE Australia and holds responsibility for human resources, business support, finance and information communication technology.

Over the course of her career, Louise has held senior positions in the federal government and not for profit sectors including as Chief Financial Officer of a major government department and Deputy CEO of a community organisation in Canberra.  She also ran a successful consulting business for many years.

Louise has a BA Hons from the Australian National University, was a finalist in the 2000 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards and winner of an Australian Graduate School of Management scholarship.

Olivia Zinzan, Chief Fundraising & Engagement Officer (Acting)

Olivia joined CARE Australia in November 2015 and has worked in communications, fundraising and engagement for over 14 years and within the humanitarian and international development sector for ten of those. She started her career with a London-based communications agency managing communications and marketing events for a number of large corporations before working at Save the Children in Ecuador, the UK and Australia.

Olivia has also been part of numerous humanitarian emergency response teams that have included deployments to Kenya during the 2011 Food Crisis; the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan; Iraq as part of the Syria refugee response; Nepal following the 2015 earthquake and South Sudan.

Olivia has a Master’s degree in Geography from Oxford University.

We also have a range of experts who are available to discuss our work, in areas such as emergencies, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, climate change, food, education, health and human rights. Visit our media section for more information.


The Board of Directors is responsible for directing CARE Australia’s activities towards the achievement of our vision and fulfilment of our mission, while living our core values.

It is responsible for approving strategic direction, monitoring implementation and fulfilling stakeholders’ expectations, along with overall performance, compliance with relevant laws, codes of conduct and ethical standards and for the oversight of risk management.


Colin Galbraith

Colin Galbraith, AM – Director since 2004

Special Adviser, Gresham Partners Limited; Director, Colonial Foundation; Trustee, Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation.

Formerly – Director, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Colin is the delegate of CARE Australia to the Council of CARE International and sits on its Governance and Nominations Committee.


Dr Megan Clark, AC – Director since 2015

Head, Australian Space Agency; Non-executive director of Rio Tinto and CSL Limited; member of Australian Advisory Council to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Formerly – Chief Executive, CSIRO; Vice President, Technology, BHP Billiton; Director, NM Rothschild and Sons

David Feetham

David Feetham – Director since 2013

Deputy Chairman, Gresham Advisory Partners Limited.

Formerly – Macquarie Bank in Sydney; Baker & McKenzie.

David is a member of the International Program and Operations and Fundraising and Communications Committees.

Larke Riemer AO – Director since 2015

Awarded Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia 2018 Australia Day Honours for distinguished service to business and commerce through leadership in the finance and banking industry, and as an advocate for gender equality and diversity in the sector.

Currently Emeritus Chair and Global Ambassador of the Global Banking Alliance for Women in Banking.

Previously over 31 years with the Westpac Group, a regular commentator in the media on issues relating to women and the female economy; awarded Lifetime Recognition Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Women and Banking; the preliminary judge of Australian Financial Review & Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Previous Board involvement with Diversity Board, Allen Linklater and NBCF Advisory Board.

Larke is also the Chair of the CARE Australia People Committee.

Joseph Tesvic – Director since 2016

Joseph is a Partner in McKinsey’s Sydney office, which he joined in 2001. His work spans strategic, operational, and implementation topics across a variety of client sectors including banking, consumer/retail, industrials, mining, services, and telecommunications. He leads McKinsey’s Implementation Practice for Asia-Pacific, and McKinsey’s Operations Improvement Practice for Australia/New Zealand.


Marcus Laithwaite – Director since 2017

Partner, PwC Australia; Board member and Treasurer, European Australian Business Council (EABC); Director, PwC Foundation.

Formerly – Chair of ChildFund Australia; PwC Australia Executive Board member and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Marcus commenced as Treasurer in July 2017.


Paula Benson – Director since 2018

Non-Executive Director, Victorian Funds Management Corporation; Trustee, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust; Special Counsel to CMAX Advisory; Deputy Chairperson, Patient Review Panel, Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act, 2008; Co-Chair, Research & Advocacy Board Sub-Committee, Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope – Director since 2018

Phoebe has 25 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector and has worked in complex humanitarian emergencies and conflict zones throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe. This fieldwork included working in Iran, leading a humanitarian response to the Somali famine, and establishing programs in Bosnia Herzegovina, and responding to the Rwandan genocide.

Phoebe has a PhD in international law focussing on the role of the international community when confronting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. From 1996-2002 Phoebe was also the Commonwealth representative on the National Council for the Centenary of Federation including chairing the Committee of the Yeperenye Festival, the largest gathering of Aboriginal peoples since Federation.

Most recently, Phoebe was a founding Director of the Humanitarian Advisory Group and a Director of International Humanitarian Law and Movement Relations at Australian Red Cross.

Phoebe is a member of the CARE Australia International Program Committee and the People Committee.

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Peter N Varghese AO – Director since 2019

Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Board Director, AMP Limited, AMP Capital Holdings, AMP Bank; Director, North Queensland Airports; Member, International Governing Board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore; Member, Governing Board of Nalanda University in India.

Formerly – Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; High Commissioner to India; High Commissioner to Malaysia; Director-General, Office of National Assessments; Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia.

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Diana Patricia Nicholson – Director since 2019

Diana Nicholson is a Senior Partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice in the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons. She has a very broad commercial practice and regularly advises public and private institutions in relation to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), joint ventures, securities industry law, equity capital fundraisings (including hybrid issues, placements and employee executive share and option plans), as well as the more general aspects of commercial law.

Diana has held a range of management positions with King & Wood Mallesons, from Partner in Charge of the Melbourne Office to Board member. She is a member of the KWM Community Impact Board. Diana is a member of the Takeovers Panel and a Trustee of Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

Advisory Council

Membership of the Advisory Council is by invitation from the Board to individuals who have given exceptional service to CARE Australia. Its objectives are to support and endorse the organisation’s vision, mission and core values, and to assist and provide counsel to the Board and the executive through the experience, corporate knowledge and community influence of its members.

Willoughby Bailey, AO, GCLI
Sir William Deane, AC, KBE
Tony Eggleton, AO, CVO
Philip Flood, AO
The Hon Barry Jones, AO, AC
Harold Mitchell, AC
Jocelyn Mitchell
Robert Yallop

Founding Chair

Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC CH

Board Subcommittees

The Board appoints Committees, which regularly report to the Board, to assist in the discharge of its obligations, consider issues referred and delegated by the Board, and make recommendations to the Board. The Executive Committee exercises all the powers of the Board between meetings of the Board. It is not empowered to take action in contravention of a Board decision and utilises all practical means of consulting the full membership of the Board on significant matters.

The Finance and Audit Committee assists the Board in discharging its responsibilities concerning the integrity of financial management, and reporting its compliance with regulations and principles of best practice to achieve operational, financial and compliance risk management. It also oversees the effectiveness of audit functions. The People Committee reviews and assists in the development and execution of CARE Australia’s human resource strategies, policies and practices.

The Fundraising and Communications Committee reviews and assesses marketing and communications strategies and fundraising investment proposals, and oversees relevant budgets. It facilitates the engagement of stakeholders, and identifies and supports fundraising and profile-building opportunities.

The International Program and Operations Committee assesses the strategic direction, performance and risk monitoring of program strategies developed by CARE Australia; projects where CARE Australia is contractually responsible; and the status of Country Offices for which CARE Australia is designated as Lead or Coordinating Member of CARE International. It has a particular responsibility to monitor safety and security conditions for staff in the field.

The People Committee assists the Board in its governance role of ensuring the organisation operates effectively, efficiently, ethically and legally in the context of industrial relations and health and safety requirements.

Subject to the direction of the Board, the Governance and Nominations Committee oversees the selection of appointees to the Board to ensure the right mix of skills, experience and expertise.