Our Australian Board, Human and Hope Association Incorporated, is a registered charity in Australia. They are responsible for fundraising for Human and Hope Association and raising awareness about our cause.
This board and volunteers have no power over Human and Hope Association Cambodia, as they are passionate about enabling our Khmer team to make decisions themselves. The Board and volunteers have all been picked due to their passion for helping others, their understanding that we must empower Cambodians to think for themselves, and their professional attitude.
If you were interested in offering assistance to Human and Hope Association Incorporated through advocate speaking or event coordination, please contact them directly at australianboard [at] humanandhopeassociation [dot] org.
Sally Hetherington – President
Sally was the former Operations Manager at Human and Hope Association in Cambodia and worked tirelessly to train the staff and initiate projects to ensure their sustainability. Sally is passionate about helping people realise their abilities. As a result, she left Human and Hope Association in July 2016 to be entirely Khmer operated.
Sally also uses the skills she developed during her time at Human and Hope Association in her content creation business, Samaky. She donates 100% of the proceeds from her consulting fees to our organisation.
Sally holds a BBus in Management and Human Resources from the University of Newcastle. You can read about her journey in Cambodia here.
Charlie Salter – Treasurer
Charlie is passionate about the value of education, especially as a mechanism to improve wellbeing. As Treasurer of HHA Inc., he ensures that HHA’s financial activities are properly recorded, maintained, and compliant with legislation. As part of his HHA duties, Charlie reconcile our accounts every month so we can ensure our donors’ funds are being treated with care.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Accounting) from Edith Cowan University and a CPA. He is currently studying his Masters.
Maja is passionate about making a difference in the world. Originally from Yugoslavia, she came to Australia as a refugee teenager with her family when a civil war ravaged her homeland. Whilst her career spans working in operational roles in private companies, government and university, Maja found her passion working with not-for-profit organisations.
She is blown away that HHA is run by Cambodians and joined the board with intention of contributing her energy and ideas to the board.
Thai San – Cambodian Advisor
The Director of Human and Hope Association, Thai is a founding member of the organisation. He brings great passion, intelligence and reason to our team.
Thai’s role on the HHA Inc. board is to instruct other board members if anything they do is not within HHA’s mission, or is culturally inappropriate.
Thai holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Build Bright University.
Amanda Webb – Ambassador
Amanda is the General Manager at Xplore for Success, a consultancy that drives equality and inclusion, and provides career development for women and men. She is an experienced and highly respected business leader and Human Resources practitioner with over 25 years of corporate experience and expertise, having worked across industries including banking & finance, professional services, FMCG, Management consultancy and recruitment. Amanda is the proud mother of Olivia, juggles a blended household and is an avid Sydney Swans fan!
Meg Gibson – Marketing Coordinator
Meg has 10 years experience as a marketing professional working with companies like IBM, Salesforce, George P Johnson and The Benevolent Society.
Her purpose is to help not for profits, entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing simple, effective, and affordable marketing support. A mother to a gorgeous daughter, Meg is passionate about providing education to children.
Janet Dawson – Grants Coordinator
Janet has worked in public policy for over 30 years, focusing on social and environmental issues including child protection, climate change and health policy.
She is passionate about social justice and has an insatiable curiosity about other countries and cultures. She has recently completed a role at the Child Abuse Royal Commission and is currently exploring her long-standing interest in the international development sector and ways of making a difference.
Janet has a 21-year-old daughter currently and university and very involved in student politics.
Jessica Nguyen – Research Coordinator
Jessica is passionate about working towards an equal and fair world for all. As an Australian-Vietnamese, she is humbled by the life of her parents and is often engaged in discussions of race, identity and privilege.
She has worked in the fields of migration, gender and child protection, and recently worked at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse. She is currently based in Brussels, exploring the international human rights space.
Jessica holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales.
Katherine Ducker – Events Coordinator (NSW)
Katherine is an experienced event professional, previously working in the areas of professional conference organising and in-house event management. Katherine has a passion for events of all kinds and delivering the best event experience for attendees. She holds a Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure. Katherine is excited to be joining the team at HHA Inc. and helping organise their fundraising events.
Cindy Thang – Events Coordinator (VIC)
Cindy is a recent event management and public relations graduate with a passion for social and environmental change. As a first generation Australian-Cambodian, she hopes to give back to a community that is so deeply ingrained in her family history.
She has interned for the Leukaemia Foundation and League of Extraordinary Women, where her passion to unite communities in important conversations through events, was ignited.
Cindy has graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in public relations. She also holds a Diploma in Event Management and Media & Communications.
Cindy is the founder of Boss Babe Collective, an online store selling digital prints to encourage women supporting women.
Michael Ghebrial-Ibrahim – Social Media Coordinator
The drive behind Michael’s career is to create dialogue between cultures to make a difference in developing countries. His passion stems from his multicultural background. As the son of an immigrant Dutch mother and Egyptian father, he grew up in an environment that really showed the similarities complete opposite cultures can share.
He has always gravitated towards digital communications since it is not bound to geography. Michael’s experience in the digital space diverse ranging from working in the construction industry to Mura boutique, an online female fashion retailer.
Michael is the co-host of the podcast ‘Keys to Success’ where media professionals discussed their path to achieve their career goals. He is on the cusp of graduating his Bachelor’s in Media & Communications with a major in marketing.
Amanda Jacobson – Social Media Coordinator
Amanda has a broad range of experience interning for Belle PR and The Red Republic. She has assisted in managing multiple social media accounts for a range of big and small clients. She is also the social media manager for the QUT Boxing Club.
With the career ambition to run her own PR agency, Amanda aims to give a voice to the voiceless. She is about to graduate from Queensland University of Technology with a double degree in media communications and public relations.
Seyla Thoeun – Handicrafts Coordinator (NSW)
Seyla is the former Vocational Training Manager at Human and Hope Association. Now living in Australia, he spends his weekends at markets selling our handicrafts and acts as the advisor to the sewing team in Cambodia.
Seyla studies English full-time, and is keen to practice his English skills with market-goers!
Keiran Miller – Advocate Speaker (NSW)
Keiran has had an extensive career of public service working across a range of international programs to support communities. His background in international law enforcement has given Keiran insight into the emerging social challenges related to justice and crime. Keiran is currently working in technology consulting where is identifying and understanding organisational requirements in public safety agencies and shaping innovative strategies for correct business solutions.
Keiran is passionate about helping people by giving them confidence and support. He is committed to improving peoples and sees the value in supporting families and children through education. He is married with three adult children.
Jay Fleming – Advocate Speaker (VIC)
Jay has worked in the community services sector since the mid-1980’s in a wide range of roles including supporting clients with physical and intellectual disabilities, a range of mental health issues and also facilitating community inclusion and advocacy opportunities. He has diplomas in Community Services Management, Leisure and Health and is currently attaining the Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management in preparation for NDIS consultancy.
Additionally, Jay has been teaching accredited courses in the VET sector for the last 10 years and remains very passionate about assisting people to develop their own resilience, enhance their skill sets and increase their own capacity and status in the community. He has been married to Mary for over 30 years, has 2 adult daughters and is proud pops to 5 grandchildren ranging from 10 to 3.