Dr Catherine Hamlin AC
Dr Catherine Hamlin was an Australian obstetrician-gynaecologist who went to Ethiopia over 63 years ago to train midwives with her husband Dr Reg Hamlin. Their attention soon turned to the plight of the obstetric fistula patients. Together, the Hamlins perfected the modern technique for obstetric fistula surgery and set up a network of hospitals in Ethiopia to help these women. So far, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has helped more than 60,000 women.
Dr Catherine Hamlin passed away in March 2020, at age 96. She was a Companion of the Order of Australia and was twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Currently Chair of the Board since November 2015, Julie has now been appointed Executive Chair of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) on the departure of longstanding CEO, Carolyn Hardy. An experienced Chair and not-for-profit director, Julie’s portfolio focuses on health and women’s issues. Alongside this, Julie provides strategic advice to business on social investment and staff engagement, and to not-for profits on strategic planning, corporate governance, and corporate and community engagement. Julie is passionate about maternal health and the eradication of fistula.
Deputy Chair of the Board
David was appointed to the Board in February 2017. He is one of Australia’s most experienced restructuring and turnaround executives. David is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 30 years’ experience working with organisations to solve financial, operational, and strategic problems. David is currently also the Chief Financial Officer of Australia’s largest charitable organisation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
Dr David Knox MB BS MRCOG FRANZCOG
David joined the board in December 2018. He recently retired as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist after 35 years in practice in Orange NSW. As a nephew of Reg and Catherine Hamlin, he has had a longstanding interest in maternal health in Ethiopia since his elective term there as a student in 1973. He has made many visits to the fistula hospital since and has been a volunteer obstetrician in the Amhara region of Ethiopia since 2010 making visits from 1 to 2 months each year. He has also been a volunteer gynaecologic surgeon in the Solomon Islands. David has also served as a director of Hamlin Fistula Australia since 2012, and continues in that role.
Professor Caroline Homer AO
Caroline was appointed to the Board in May 2022. Caroline is Co-Program Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Midwifery in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She has led research and development in midwifery education, practice and models of care for more than 20 years. Caroline’s many appointments include the President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Deputy Chair for the Australian Medical Research Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Future Fund. Caroline is also the Chair of the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition.
Greg was appointed to the Board in May 2022. Greg has been a valued Board member of Hamlin Fistula UK – the UK partners of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and part of the Catherine Hamlin family– for five years. During this time, Greg has led the Board on strategic matters, ensuring the organisation had continued to strive towards eradicating fistula. Forever. Greg’s leadership background stems from his work as a Senior Officer for a local authority in the UK. He spent many years providing guidance on teaching, standards of achievement and school leadership, and made a major contribution to improving overall performance across all aspects of the authority’s work with children.
Dr Alison Morgan MBBS, PhD
Alison has over 30 years’ experience in global health research and practice with a focus on maternal and newborn health and is currently a Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Global Financing Facility in Washington DC. Prior to that she headed the Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. Alison has a PhD in health systems planning for maternal and newborn care. She has undertaken consultancies for WHO, UNICEF, DFAT (AusAID), and many international nongovernment organisations and private foundations and was a founding co-chair of the WHO advisory group Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR). Alison is Dr Catherine Hamlin’s niece. She first visited the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital as a medical student in 1982, and her career has been significantly influenced by the example of her aunt.
Fergus was appointed to the board in May 2014. He is the Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Previously, he has worked at the International Labour Organization and as Executive Vice President at the Global Fund to End Slavery. Prior to this he was Program Director at the Lowy Institute, and a diplomat serving at the Australian Embassy in The Hague. He was the recipient of a Professional Fulbright scholarship based at Georgetown University and of a fellowship at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law. He is the author of Internet Wars: the struggle for power in the 21st century.
Sarah joined the Board of Directors in February 2020. She has been an active supporter in the U.S. since 2015 and has visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital several times in the last few years. She was born and raised in Heidelberg, Germany and after going to law school in Hamburg, Germany and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sarah made her home in Chicago, Illinois. She is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm in the U.S., and represents subsidiaries of foreign companies from Europe and New Zealand with regard to corporate, commercial, employment and immigration matters. Sarah is an avid traveler who has been to the geographic North Pole twice to participate in marathons and who according to available records was the first woman to run a marathon on each of the 7 continents 3, 4 and 5 times. For her fifth time running around the globe, Sarah participated in an event that had her running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days and raised donations for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital along the way.