Dr Catherine Hamlin AC


Board and Staff Image Template Dr Catherine Hamlin was an Australian obstetrician-gynaecologist who went to Ethiopia over 60 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.

Julie White

Chair of the Board

Board and Staff Image Template2Julie was appointed Chair of the Board of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) in October 2015. Julie is a strategic philanthropy expert, adviser and Chair who oversaw the establishment, growth and consolidation of the Macquarie Group Foundation. She is currently a non-Executive Director and a strategic adviser to business on social investment and staff engagement and to not-for profits on strategic planning, corporate governance and corporate and community engagement. She continues to provide professional mentoring to Chairs and CEOs and was previously CEO of Chief Executive Women. Julie is passionate about maternal health and the eradication of fistula.

David Winterbottom

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.



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.

Philippa Ellis


Board and Staff Image Template4Philippa was appointed to the Board in March 2014. She is an experienced corporate executive with a deep understanding of business strategy and operations and more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Philippa has experience in corporate communications, governance, investor relations and marketing. In 2014 Philippa participated in the inaugural Hamlin Ethiopian Adventure to raise funds and awareness for the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Malcolm S Hewitt OBE MA(Oxon)


Malcolm was appointed to the Board in November 2018. He has a long association with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and has been a member of the Hamlin Fistula UK Trust for 16 years, Chairman since July 2011. In his professional life he was the Head teacher of a large Secondary School in the West Midlands becoming National President of the UK Secondary Heads Association in 1993 and he served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors at an Open Prison for young offenders. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to education.

Dr Alison Morgan MBBS, PhD


Associate Professor Alison Morgan joined the Board in July 2017. She has over 25 years’ experience in global health research and practice with a focus on maternal and newborn health and currently heads up 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 non-government organisations and private foundations and currently co-chairs the WHO advisory group Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR). Alison has worked in Bangladesh, Nepal, China (Tibet Autonomous Region), India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, DPRK, Kenya, Tonga, UK and Ethiopia. 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 Hanson


Board and Staff Image Template5Fergus 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 Ames


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.

Carolyn Hardy

Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in February 2016. Prior to that she worked with the United Nations for over twelve years in senior leadership roles including private sector relations at the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and Global Head of Private Sector Relations at UN Women in New York, Deputy Director of UNICEF’s Global Private Funding & Partnerships Division in Geneva and CEO of UNICEF Australia. Carolyn has also served as a Director on the Global Board of Amnesty International and Director of ChildFund Australia.