RedR Australia is an Australian public company limited by guarantee. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the Australian Tax Office and operate a Registered Training Organisation.

RedR Australia’s Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for setting our strategic direction and guiding our operations and operational direction. It approves our annual budget, ensures compliance with legislation and regulatory requirements and monitors our organisation’s performance and costs. It is accountable for our overall performance, compliance with codes of conduct and for oversight of RedR Australia’s risk management.

The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer and delegates the operational management responsibility of RedR Australia to the CEO.

Board Members

Our Board can have up to 11 members but is currently comprised of 10 non-executive directors and includes four representatives nominated by our founding bodies: Engineers Australia; Consult Australia; the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia and Professionals Australia.

The directors may appoint up to seven additional persons as directors, including up to two directors nominated by the Members. Board members act in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any remuneration with the exception of reasonable travel expenses incurred in the course of their duties.

Board Nominations Committee

The nominations committee oversees the nomination of co-opted Board and Committee members.

Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct

RedR Australia is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. All Board members, employees and deployees are expected to comply with relevant laws and to sign our Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy. Board members are required to declare any potential conflict of interest.

Risk Management Fraud and Corruption Control

The Board is responsible for oversight and all employees are required to abide by our anti-bribery and corruption policy.

Reserves Policy

Our reserves policy specifies that reserves need to be retained to safeguard RedR Australia’s operations.

Emeritus Professor Elizabeth A Taylor AO (reappointed 2013), Engineers Australia nominee.

Mr Andreas Marquart (reappointed 2013), Professionals Australia nominee.

Mr Michael Marley (reappointed 2013), Consult Australia nominee.

Mr David Swan (reappointed 2013), IPWEA Australasia nominee.

Mr Mal Ralston (reappointed 2012), co-opted

Mr Andrew Stevenson (appointed 2011), co-opted

Mr James Smart (appointed August 2017), co-opted.

Ms Anna Burke (appointed August 2017), co-opted.

Ms Nicole Hahn (elected Dec 2014), elected

Mr Dinesh Jayasuriya (elected Oct 2014)


Kirsten Sayers, CEO


Kirsten Sayers is a former lawyer and senior diplomat. She specialised in Asian laws and speaks six languages including Mandarin and French. Previously Australia’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner to Singapore, and Investment Commissioner to ASEAN, she held senior diplomatic and commercial appointments in Paris, Bangkok and Taipei.  She was Australia’s Chief Negotiator and Delegation Leader to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network meeting and GFPN APEC 2009, and managed Australia’s delegation to the APEC CEO Summit the same year. She joined RedR Australia in 2013.



Drasko Kraguljac, Director of Strategy and Partnerships


Drasko Kraguljac has a legal background and 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector. After living through the war in Croatia, he joined Medicines Sans Frontiers as a logistics officer and worked in various countries throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. He subsequently worked as a technical advisor with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the former Yugoslavia, before joining the Australian Red Cross to work on the Asian tsunami in 2004. Drasko joined RedR Australia in 2007.



Emma Kettle, Director of Training and Capability


Emma Kettle is a former secondary school teacher and teacher trainer. She was the Manager of Knowledge & Learning at Australian Volunteers International before running her own consulting company and then joining RedR Australia in 2013.  In 2015, she was deployed to Geneva to develop training materials for the World Health Organization’s Ebola Response. She has extensive experience delivering training across the Asia-Pacific region and now manages our training services.



Keith Hawkins, Director of Finance and Corporate Services


Keith Hawkins has more than 40 years’ accounting experience. He had an extensive career in the engineering and manufacturing industries and worked in Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the USA before joining RedR Australia in 2013.




Heidi Winder, Director of International Response


Heidi Winder is a passionate and dedicated humanitarian and development specialist with 15 years’ experience in the sector. She is experienced in project design and management and has previously worked with the Qatar Foundation combating human trafficking, on the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands and managed the Pacific Technical Assistance Mission for Australian Volunteers International. Heidi joined RedR Australia in 2017.

DFID has a strong and collaborative relationship with RedR Australia through the Standby Programme; a relationship which we value immensely.
Jo de Serrano, (DFID), UK Government, 2016