Our Board of Directors

Our board (management committee) consists of five 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

Director of International Programs

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.

Dave Gorvett

Director of Communications

David’s career began at the Ministry of Justice in the UK before moving to Australia where he now works as a Territory Manager (Asia) for Lonely Planet. Travels to far-flung places have brought home to David the inequality in living standards and opportunities in different communities, and he’s become a firm believer in harnessing the power of travel for good. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship and enabling impoverished communities to develop sustainable means of improving levels of education, health and poverty. Such changes he believes are best made through supporting local talent to address issues in their local community. David sees RoundTrip Foundation’s approach as a practical extension of this belief and hopes to continue to grow RoundTrip’s impact around the world.

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