Dr Catherine Hamlin AC
Australian obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Catherine Hamlin first went to Ethiopia 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 50,000 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.
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.
Fergus was appointed to the board in May 2014. He is the Executive Vice President at the Global Fund to End Slavery and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he worked as Program Director at the Lowy Institute, and as 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.
Julie has been a Board member since August 2012. She has a background in law with more than 25 years’ experience as a board member in the not-for-profit sector. She is currently a researcher and project manager with M.H. Carnegie and Co, a venture capital, private equity and alternative asset management firm. Julie served as Chair of the Board of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) for three years during our most significant growth phase. Julie continues to serve as a board member and in 2015 was appointed Executive Director of the International Fistula Alliance of partners in seven countries that are working to provide financial support to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.