Associate Director of Strategy and Advocacy with Oxfam
Katie is the Associate Director of Strategy and Advocacy with Oxfam Australia where her diverse portfolio takes her from lobbying politicians on migration issues one day to brokering research partnerships for improving women’s livelihoods in Bangladesh the next. Katie has a deep commitment to affecting change for good – including in her own life – morphing 17 years ago from a high-school teacher of History and English to a youth development worker and then on to Humanitarian Aid work, supporting disaster affected communities plan their recovery and how to “build back better”. Her work in this area has includes a nationally recognised and award-winning model for working with Indigenous communities and their existing support service providers, to deliver culturally competent disaster relief and recovery packages.
Development work has enabled Katie to spend almost 10 years kicking around the Pacific – including 6 years in Solomon Islands working with the Red Cross and ultimately as Country Director for Oxfam investigating a variety of change models and designing and managing programs addressing community health promotion, disaster risk reduction and resilience, HIV and AIDS and ending violence against women. Supporting women and men in the Pacific to address family and sexual violence has become something of a driving force in Katie’s life with programs she has designed in partnership with local communities and organisations demonstrating their ability to significantly reduce violence. This community mobilisation model will be the basis of Oxfam’s renewed efforts to tackle Gender Based Violence in PNG and provides part of a broader evidence base for local, National and International policy and practice change in the region.