Dr Catherine Hamlin AC
Australian obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Catherine Hamlin first went to Ethiopia 60 years ago in 1959 to train midwives with her late husband Reg. 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. Catherine is a Companion of the Order of Australia and has been twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Chair of the Board
Julie 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.
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 and is the Managing Partner of KordaMentha’s Sydney office. David has more than 30 years’ experience working with organisations to solve financial, operational, and strategic problems. David is a Chartered Accountant and an Official Liquidator of the Supreme Court. His philanthropic interests also include being a Director of ReachOut Australia, the leading mental health self-help website for young Australians.
Philippa 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.
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.
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.
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.