JP, BEc, Grad Dip Ad Ed, FAICD. FRSA,CMAHRI
Peter has over 40 years of Award volunteering, management and governance. He was previously the Managing Director of Consultgroup, providing governance and HR management services through Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Australia. His Award roles have included a Board appointed director (1996-2016), a Gold Award Holder and the Regional Advisor (Hon.) for the Asia Pacific Region. He is also a recipient of the Award’s Gold Distinguished Service Medal. He is Chair or director of a number of private company Boards, not-for-profit organisation Boards, and former Chair of AwardWare.
Executive Manager, Operations: Kathleen HEWITT
Kathleen joined the National Award Office in February 2019. Kathleen has previously held roles with the NSW Division and the International Award Foundation supporting the development, profile and reach of the Award program across the Asia Pacific region. Kathleen has over 15 years’ experience working across Federal and State government programs, including the ANZAC Centenary Program, NGO transformation projects, business development and fundraising acquisition, project management, change management and communications.
Senior Manager, Finance and Administration, National Disadvantaged Youth Project Manager: Tania ETUALE
Tania Etuale is Manager of Finance and Administration, having joined the National Award team in October 2005. Tania is responsible for finance, human resources and administrative activities, compliance including the management of all financial management practices, accurate and timely reports and records, and the preparation and audit of financial statements. She also provides governance secretariat support to the National Board and The Friends Board actively contributing to the Award’s management planning process. Tania has had key roles with the hosting of the International Forum and three Royal Visits.
Tania previously worked in Government for 10 years followed by another 10 years in a leading multinational and national companies in finance and management. During this time she was also seconded to project teams to implement new financial systems. Tania is married with two daughters and is actively involved in other committees and projects that support and celebrate cultural diversity and the Pacific Island community.
Jo joined the National Office in 2014 and was actively involved in the planning and execution of a number of events during the Royal Tour in November 2014. Previous to working with The Award, Jo worked in Human Resources, specialising in the Hospitality industry for 5 Star hotels such as Four Seasons, Hayman Island and Starwood properties. Jo has an interest in the fundraising world, having sponsored a number of children from third world countries via World Vision, and raising funds for charities by participating in marathons and triathlon events. Jo has two young children and is actively involved in school fundraising, school social committees and sporting activities.
Kelly joined the National Office in March 2010 to assist with the rollout of the Australian Online Record Book. Her background is in operational projects in both not-for-profit and commercial organisations, publicity and events management. Kelly is currently responsible for the implementation of projects relating to employability and capacity building, a collaboration with the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the development of the Institute of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and building both delivery and activity partnerships.
Business Systems and Digital Manager: Andrew PLEFFER
Andrew joined the National Award team in 2019, focusing on implementing the CRM database and digitizing processes, maintaining and improving the business’ IT systems, and enhancing data analysis and reporting. He has an extensive background working in the not-for-profit and education sectors, with additional experience in fundraising and volunteering. Andrew is a long-term volunteer for children’s sporting activities, with significant career contributions including presenting at the National Volunteering Conference, participating in the National Sports Volunteer Strategy, and initiating the National Outdoor Sector Survey.
Marketing and Communications Manager: Johanna LEITCH
Johanna joined the National Award team in 2021 to assist with the development of the National Marketing and Communications Strategy for 2025. Johanna also holds a role at a State Divisional level, managing the Victorian office’s marketing and communications activities. Johanna has a background in marketing, communications and research. She has worked across Europe, Asia and Australia in various marketing roles across industries such as Lifestyle brands, Culture & Entertainment, B2B events and Non-for-Profit.
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