Our Humanitarian Training Team

RedR Australia is recognised as a provider of quality training for humanitarian aid workers around the world. We have a core staff team of three trainers and a pool of over 60 Associate Trainers. All of these personnel make up a highly experienced field of specialists, trainers and humanitarian practitioners.

All courses are coordinated by our in-house training team and facilitated by our highly experienced local and international Associate Trainers who have worked for United Nations agencies and a range of humanitarian organisations globally. RedR Australia’s trainers have many years of field and operational experience in both natural disasters and complex emergencies associated with conflict. Participants benefit from our trainers' significant field experience.

If you are interested in working with RedR Australia to deliver training in Australia and overseas, please check the recruitment status for updates.


RedR Australia has a core training team that coordinates our humanitarian training courses, meets requests for specialised training and manages our pool of associate trainers. 




Mark Gossage 
Manager, Training and Capability

A specialist in community development, education and public health, Mark’s career has seen him working on a diverse portfolio of projects across Latin America, Indonesia, the Pacific and East Africa. After early career experience in child protection and in the education sector, in 2008 Mark began coordinating community development projects with local NGOs in both Central America and Vanuatu. Later he leveraged his teaching background to build education capacity in Indonesia for 12 months before transitioning to the government sector to work as a Humanitarian Officer at AusAID. Upon completing his Masters in Global Health, Mark joined Save the Children working with refugees in the camps of Nauru. In 2014 he was selected for an Operations Management role in Tanzania before moving to Burundi. He returned to Nauru in 2015 to support Save’s Nauruan program closures before moving to Melbourne to work for the Australian Red Cross as a trainer within their International Programs division. He joined RedR Australia as a Senior Humanitarian Trainer in early 2018, where he is responsible for coordinating our Essentials of Humanitarian Practice course and supporting our Crisis Response Training with DFAT and partners.




Peter Grzic 

Senior Humanitarian Trainer 

Peter is an international humanitarian and disaster management professional with special expertise in coordination, liaison and facilitation roles. He possess an in-depth knowledge of humanitarian systems, and has qualifications and experience in disaster management. Peter has worked for UN agencies, national Governments and NGOs in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. His last deployment was to support UNICEF in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Peter has a background in education and training, including several years as an outdoor education instructor and he still loves to be outdoors whenever he can. 



Mark Tell

Senior Humanitarian Trainer

Mark commenced with REDR in a full time capacity in April 2019 as Senior Humanitarian Trainer. Prior to that he was associate trainer with the REDR training team since 1999. His area of expertise for more than 30 years has been in the radio and telecommunications sector, including 10 years with Federal Government managing field operations compliance and enforcement investigators. He has worked locally in Australia in emergency response with State Emergency Service and Fire Authorities, and spent 13 years overseas working in more than twenty countries. Mark was the United Nations Emergency Telecommunications Coordinator during humanitarian crises in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan, and was also deployed to a number of other missions, including Cyprus, Jordan, Ethiopia, Niger, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Fiji. He is also a UN certified Civil Military coordination officer. He has worked extensively in Papua New Guinea, and spent 15 months as the Supervising Communications Technical officer at Davis Station in Antarctica. Mark is a qualified trainer and investigator, holds a Diploma of Management, and is currently studying a post graduate degree in Humanitarian Action at Deakin University.





Jess McNeill   
Program Officer and Volunteer Engagement Officer

Jess McNeill is a Dookie local and works on-site at the Dookie Campus. Jess has a small business and event management background, and has been supporting our Dookie training courses for over 10 years. In her spare time, Jess volunteers with the Goulburn Valley Community refugees programs and in the Murray region. Jess is currently studying Community Services and hopes to expand her work with the refugee community. Jess is responsible for administration and logistics at Dookie College. If you have any issues with dietary requirements or accommodation for the HEAT or EHP courses Jess is the best person to contact.  





Tess Freeman
Program Officer

Tess Freeman has a background in educational psychology, and plays a key support role across RedR Australia’s humanitarian training courses. Tess is responsible for RedR’s digital transformation through development of RedR’s digital platform, the training portal. Tess is your main contact for all course related questions.

A number of trainer profiles are detailed below providing a snapshot the diversity of skill sets available at RedR Australia. 


Meaghan Barry 

Meaghan Barry is a security and logistics management professional with over 10 years’ experience with the Australia Army and 8 years’ experience within the NGO sector. As part of her military career, Meaghan deployed to the Middle East as a peace keeper and worked as a security and logistics manager in both field units and training establishments. Meaghan worked as part of the humanitarian team at Oxfam Australia for seven years as the Security and Logistics Advisor. In this role she was deployed on a number of different emergency responses and travelled and worked widely with the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, Meaghan returned from the Solomon Islands as Country Director with Save the Children.

Admir Bajrami

Admir is a senior Humanitarian Trainer with RedR Australia. Admir was previously a Portfolio Manager with World Vision Australia’s Humanitarian Emergency Affairs team. His role was is to ensure the quality and sustainability of a number of programs in the Middle East and East Africa, as well as large scale emergency response deployments. Across his career he has worked in projects in over 20 countries. Having worked for 10 years in both Humanitarian and Early Recovery Context, Admir has been deployed to emergency responses including Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, DRC, Haiti, Pakistan, Lebanon, Solomon Islands, and Bosnia. One of his recent deployments was into Turkey and Nepal, where Admir was deployed in the role of Operations Manager overseeing World Vision Nepal Emergency Response Operations. He specialises in Emergency Response Management, Operations and Programmes, with extensive experience in provision of shelter/NFI, humanitarian protection, child protection, accountability and capacity building. Admir also has over 5 years of experience as a trainer in the delivery of World Vision Emergency Simulation exercises to build the capacity of the field staff to better respond to disasters. As a Trainer of Trainers for Project Sphere, he has also trained World Vision staff in disaster preparedness. His passion for training extends to volunteering with local agencies in the field and in Australia (Humanitarian Leadership Programme, Deakin).

Leonie Barnes 
Leonie is a consultant adviser on capacity building and development and aspects of project monitoring and evaluation. She offers expertise in all facets of project management, in both the emergency and development contexts and has more than 18 years’ experience managing emergency response and international development projects in Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. A former logistician and ammunition and explosives expert, she has previously worked with the United Nations in Sudan, Sri Lanka, New York and Kosovo. Leonie has an MBA and diplomas in Vocational Education and Training and Training Design and Development. She has extensive experience capacity building and developing national staff.


Mick Eccles
Since 2007 Mick has been working with the UNWFP office in Dubai, UAE. He is part of an emergency telecommunications team [FITTEST – Fast Information Technology Telecommunications Emergency Support Team] who provides the initial setup of data connectivity and radio telecommunications for aid agencies to use in times of natural or hostile emergencies.   His role is to follow the team and deliver radio training to those staff on the ground providing humanitarian aid, ensuring they have the knowledge to call for assistance over a radio, providing the added security to those staff members.   He has had various missions to many countries providing this service including two years in Afghanistan travelling to 8 locations delivering radio training and training national staff as radio operators to provide a 24-hour radio coverage.  He was also part of a 30-person multi UN agency team to head into Benghazi, Libya and assisted in creating a UN radio room and to train local staff as radio operators to provide coverage to International UN and NGO staff on the ground.  More recently Mick became a Road Safety Trainer for the UNWFP Global Vehicle Leasing Programme [GVLP} also based in Dubai.  Mick is a member of the RedR register as a telecommunications specialist.  His background is 23 years with the Royal Australian Navy, and has had 12 trips to Antarctica working as a Communications Operator for the Australian Antarctic Division.


David Neville
David is a senior manager and logistician with significant experience in humanitarian relief operations and the corporate sector. He has deployed with UNICEF in Sri Lanka and South and North Sudan and with WFP following the tsunami in Indonesia. A mechanical engineer with a Masters in Business Management and Accounting, David joined RedR as an associate trainer more than a decade ago.



Paul Bolger
Paul has forty years’ experience in geology, hydrogeology and environmental engineering.  He has worked for a number of Government, UN, Private sector and Non-Government organisations on projects in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Chad, Ethiopia, Malaysia and Timor Leste. Paul has been involved in RedR training for over ten years, including two years full-time from 2013 to March 2015. He has been involved in the design and delivery of Emergency Preparedness and Response training, including the specialised technical elements of WASH and camp planning in Australia and overseas. His humanitarian field experience includes camp planning and provision and coordination of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for refugee and internally displaced communities affected by conflict and natural disaster in Asia and Africa. Paul has also worked on numerous water resource development and protection projects, catchment-scale water and land use studies, groundwater management projects for coal and metal mining operations and a wide range of contamination, solid waste disposal and municipal and industrial effluent projects. 

Nicole Hahn
Civil engineer Nicole Hahn has extensive experience as a first phase responder, in both complex emergencies and natural disasters, in more than 12 emergency responses. Nicole’s experience includes work with the United Nations, INGOs and Governments in a variety of contexts and countries. Her field experience includes WASH Cluster coordination, Information Management, Site Planning and technical WASH roles.   Nicole has deployed with RedR to 10 emergencies. She is currently employed by Oxfam Australia as a Humanitarian Coordinator. Her most recent deployments were in the Nepal Earthquake and Cyclone Winston in Fiji.  She is looking forward to sharing her experiences with participants.


Regan Potangaroa
An engineer and architect, Regan Potangaroa has spent more than 25 years honing his skills and 11 transferring his knowledge as a professor of architectural science at New Zealand’s Victoria University. He has extensive experience in the humanitarian sector with almost 100 deployments under his belt, spanning 18 countries including Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Myanmar and Indonesia. He helped the United Nations High Commissioner for regugees plan camps for thousands of displaced people in Sudan during the 2004 civil war and, 12 months later, oversaw their construction of new housing for tens of thousands of survivors of the Asian tsunami. In 2014, he designed new housing for flood victims in Afghanistan and, earlier this year, was deployed by RedR to the UNHCR in the Solomon Islands to assess structural damage from the recent earthquakes.He has a keen interest in exploring the use of drones in international emergencies.

Anthony Geddes
Anthony Geddes was a specialist counter terrorism police officer over a twenty year career in which he served with the United Nations Police in Timor Leste.  Anthony became inspired by the work of international humanitarian agencies whilst undertaking peacekeeping and investigations into crimes against humanity committed upon the Timorese people.  Anthony has since gained eight years of experience in the humanitarian field through deployments with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, INGOs and United Nations cluster system. He has worked with asylum seekers on Christmas Island, the earthquake in Haiti, floods in Pakistan and the armed conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and most recently in Iraq, where he was National Co-Coordinator of the Camp Coordination Camp Management Cluster. Anthony holds a Masters degree in International Studies (peace and conflict) and is a member of the surge rosters for both Australian and Swedish Red Cross as well as the Norwegian Refugee Council.  Anthony specializes in both safety and security and programme management roles and is trainer for the Global CCCM Cluster and newly appointed as an Associate Trainer at RedR Australia.



Denise Oakenfull
Denise spent two decades in the New Zealand defence force, including time as a senior instructor with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, before joining the humanitarian sector. In 2006, she provided security training for Non-Government Organisation’s in Khartoum and Darfur and, the following year, RedR Australia deployed her as a civil military coordination officer to the United Nations Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan. In 2010, she deployed to Haiti  as a security delegate with the NZ Red Cross. After six months there, she took up a position with UNOPS in Haiti as their field security advisor. Denise has had security roles with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh and provided security training to WFP’s headquarters in Rome.  She has a Masters Degree in Terrorism, Safety & Security and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Teaching and Learning. She is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.


Steen Rees
Steen Rees started his career as a microbial geneticist and lecturer at the University of Sydney. A keen interest in photography and documentary film saw him subsequently carve a career in live surgery broadcasting aimed at educating surgeons from developing countries in Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia.

Steen consults on video and web based training materials for various health colleges and professional associations and has shot documentary footage in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He has filmed for RedR in refugee camps in Jordan and after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Renata Sivacolundhu
Renata Sivacolundhu  spent eight years working as a public information specialist with the United Nations in New York and was the UNHQ focal point for human rights, rule of law and indigenous issues and managed a global information program relating to the Rwanda genocide. She is a communicatons specialist and RedR roster member who recently deployed to Myanmar as an Emergency Communications and Advocacy Officer for the UN Food and Agricultural Office. For the past five years, she has worked for the Australian Red Cross as an International Humanitarian Law officer and Senior Humanitarian Observer (offshore) in the immigration detention monitoring program, supporting ICRC’s monitoring visits to Nauru and Papua New Guinea. She has a Masters of International Law and a Bachelor of Commerce/Marketing.



Keith Swann
Engineer Keith Swann has extensive experience in infrastructure development, project management and the planning and delivery of water, sanitation and environmental health programs in international emergencies. He joined RedR in 1998 and has been deployed to emergencies in Afghanistan, the Maldives, Indonesia, Somalia and the Philippines. Keith is also a member of the Australian Civilian Corps and its Post Disaster Recovery Team. He has deployed with ACC as an Infrastructure Advisor to the Samoa Water Authority and the Solomon Islands government. Keith has a Postgraduate Diploma in Resource Management and Education and an MBA. He has been a trainer with RedR for more than seven years.

Kathryn Harries
Kathryn Harries is an all-round WASH professional with emergency response experience in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. She was the WASH Cluster Coordinator during the famine in Somalia in 2011 and led the UNICEF WASH team on development projects in India’s Rajasthan province from 2008 – 2010. Kathryn started her career operating and managing large scale sewage treatment plants in Sydney. She has deployed with RedR to the Philippines, East Timor and Geneva. She has a Masters of Engineering Science and a postgraduate certificate in low cost water, sanitation and hygiene from the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University in the UK.  Most recently, she has been working with the Global WASH cluster to capacity build government agencies in leadership and coordination for WASH responses to large scale emergencies.


Nuran Higgins
Nuran Higgins is a humanitarian practitioner, teacher and consultant with over 15 years experience working across conflict, post conflict and disaster settings in various technical and senior operational leadership roles with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, UN and NGOs across the Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Nuran has recently returned from working with the International Red Cross in Nepal, where she was coordinating health and medical teams following the earthquake.  In addition to her many and varied field experiences, Nuran has lecturered in humanitarian topics at Deakin and Charles Darwin universities.  She is the founder of social enterprise The Healthy Nomad, that provides services on humanitarian leadership, aid worker health, safety and wellbeing and the broadcaster of Emergency AIDio - an independent radio show for aid workers. Nuran holds a Master in Public Health degree. She is currently a board member for Diaspora Action Australia (DAA) and member of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). She is also an active member of global surge rosters for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination  (UNDAC) and RedR Australia. Areas of expertise include operational management, humanitarian health, emergency preparedness and response, women, peace and security, humanitarian leadership and people management and organisational development.


Natalie McCauley
Natalie is a renowned global CPiE expert and has developed more than 20 training packages for the global CPiE Learning and Development Group. She has worked in child protection for more than two decades, mostly with UNICEF, and has extensive emergency experience in Africa, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific, Caribbean and Australia. Natalie's extensive knowledge covers child protection, child protection in emergencies, child safe guarding and capacity building within humanitarian settings. She is currently the Senior Advisor Learning and Development for Child Safe Horizons.

Hannah Jay
Hannah has a background in gender based violence and humanitarian protection. She has previously worked with a number of different international organisations including UNICEF, Save the Children and UNFPA. Hannah started her career in the Pacific spending several years in Kiribati, Nauru and Fiji. She then took on a role managing child rights initiatives across Southeast Asia.  Hannah has previously deployed with RedR to South Sudan as a GBV specialist, charged with coordinating the response in conflict affected field locations. She is currently working for an Australian research centre with a focus on gender, peace and security and is a member of the board of directors of Report the Abuse, an organisation working to combat sexual violence in the humanitarian community.

Ulf Edqvist
Ulf trained as a lawyer in his native Sweden and specialised in Refugee and International Human Rights Law. After working on refugee status determination for the Swedish Government, he took on a role implementing the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) legal aid program in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999. Over the next decade, Ulfs’ work with NRC took him to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and finally Sri Lanka. Settling with his partner in Australia in 2009, he has since spent his time training with RedR, monitoring immigration detention for the Australian Red Cross, labouring at building sites and caring for his two children.



Richard Simpson
Richard Simpson is currently a team leader, in the Oxfam Humanitarian Unit. While with Oxfam he has worked in throughout Africa and the Middle East focusing much of his work on Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also in the Horn of Africa response in 2012. Recently he was Oxfam Australia’s response coordinator for the Nepal Earthquake, and Country Director in Sri Lanka. Previous to his work at Oxfam, Richard was a regional coordinator for the Afghanistan Elections and was Chief of Operations for the Iraqi elections in Iran and Australia. He has also worked with the United Nations and Medicos Do Mundo, and lectured in Latin American History at Melbourne University. Richard lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children and enjoys restoring vintage motorcycles and backpacking through Eastern Europe with his children, when he can.


Josh Hallwright
Josh Hallwright is a humanitarian specialist who has worked extensively in a range of disasters over the last seven years, is currently a PhD candidate and teaches post-graduate courses in international development at RMIT University.  He has designed and delivered training packages for different audiences in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Bolivia and Australia for the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Red Cross, and Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders).  He is passionate about building the skills and capability of people working in the humanitarian space and looks forward to working with you to meet your training needs.

Recruitment Status: we are not currently seeking associate trainers

Recruitment updates will be posted here as necessary.


Training Skill Areas:
















Applicants to the RedR pool of Associate Trainers will be required to meet a specific skills set based on the current demand for training expertise in particular fields. Please ensure that you meet the requirements for the roles that are currently open before applying. Prerequisites for becoming a RedR Associate Trainer include proven training capability as well as extensive field and professional experience in your area of expertise. We welcome applications from Australian and international trainers.

Due to the nature of the sector the need for skilled trainers in a variety of disciplines can change quickly. Please check this page for updated skills currently in demand.

To apply to become a RedR Associate Trainer please complete the RedR Australia Associate Trainer application and provide your resume. You will be contacted by RedR if you are successful in gaining an interview.

To complete the application you will need to provide the your most recent: 

- Personal Details
- Professional References
- Training Skill Level and Experience
- Curriculum Vitae

The application will take approximately half an hour to complete.