Our board (management committee) consists of four permanent members. There is also a consultant who works closely with the board in an advisory capacity.
Alan Murphy (President)
Alan worked as a freelance travel writer in Africa since the late 1990s. When he saw the African wildlife he fell in love, but when he began to understand the impact of poverty in local communities, he was moved to act. In 2011, he began supporting people in Sri Lanka and Southern Africa through volunteer projects that focused on disadvantaged children and youth. In 2013, Alan founded Friends 4 Life – the forerunner to RoundTrip Foundation. Alan holds a Masters of International Relations and practices wealth redistribution, giving away large portions of his income to those who need it more. When his head is not deeply buried in RoundTrip matters, Alan works as the Director of Content at SafariBookings.
Justine Vaisutis (Secretary)
Justine’s first foray into international development was at Amnesty International. She then worked as a freelance writer, including regular stints as a Lonely Planet author. Justine then completed a Masters in Human Rights Law, while working at the Australian Conservation Foundation in a variety of roles, including Manager of Human Resources. She has also occupied various policy roles including Manager of Workplace Policy and Performance at Monash University. Justine’s passion, though, has always been human rights, which has led to her current role as the Head of Education and Engagement, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission .
Jason Thompson (Treasurer)
Jason’s varied professional career has seen him work within private research consultancies, disability services, health promotion, community development and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission. Having completed a Bachelor of Science, Master of Clinical Psychology and a doctorate in post-accident outcomes, Jason is now undertaking research at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, Melbourne. Jason brings a keen interest in economics and community and program development to RoundTrip.
Kate Neely (Management committee member)
Kate has worked as an educator, manager and research professional in both science and international development. Kate is passionate about access to clean water as a keystone to international development and her research currently centres around ways to work with small communities in Timor Leste to ensure ongoing water supply and behaviour change for sanitation and hygiene. Kate has been involved with refugee and indigenous associations in Australia and has been a volunteer teacher in the Kingdom of Tonga. Kate’s approach to development is based on respecting the voices and choices of residents in development focused communities.
Anna Demant (Program & Fundraising Consultant)
Anna worked for the Australian Conservation Foundation and International Women’s Development Agency in fundraising positions, before joining Lonely Planet Publications as their Foundation Manager. With the sale of the company in 2007 to the BBC, Anna took up a position as Manager of the Planet Wheeler Foundation (the foundation of the Wheeler family, founders of Lonely Planet). Her most recent Board Position was with the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project. Anna was instrumental in establishing RoundTrip contributing contacts, advice and expertise.