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Meet our Board

Phil Ames


Phil is a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Phil has a Masters in Public Policy and Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences from the Harvard Kennedy School, and degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne. Phil has worked on behavioural economics for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, social impact bonds for the UK Cabinet Office, and on indigenous welfare reform in the East Kimberley. Working with Oaktree since 2008, Phil was the first International Director of Oaktree’s Schools4Schools program, and is passionate about effective, high-impact efforts to tackle extreme poverty and develop youth leadership.

Sashenka Worsman


Sashenka commenced as CEO in January 2017. Born and raised in war torn Sri Lanka, Sashenka has an unwavering passion and desire to lead young people in creating a world where equality, justice and peace are common place. Having completed a double degree in Law and International Studies, Sashenka has worked in development, peace building, youth leadership, community campaigning and most recently worked for World Vision as the National Director of their Youth Movement – VGen. 

Esther Wan

Outgoing CFO 

Esther commenced as the Chief Financial Officer of Oaktree in June 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Accountant at KPMG, in the Audit division. She graduated with a double degree in Commerce and Business Information Systems, and is a provisional member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Esther is passionate about ending extreme poverty. She volunteers her time at another not-for-profit, The Village School Project, as a Leadership Team Member and a Board Member. 

Mark Morand

Chair of People and Operations Sub-Committee 

Mark is the Innovation Lead for Good Shepherd Microfinance, where he is responsible for the development of innovative products designed to improve financial services inclusion in Australia.  He has tertiary quzalifications in the arts, adult learning and change management and has worked at a senior level for Australian financial services organisations in innovation, strategic risk management, procurement, corporate services and information technology. Mark worked as a musician and music teacher in his 20’s and remains active in Melbourne as a performing artist and composer.

Stavros Moiris

Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Manager in the Assurance practice of PwC Melbourne. Previously senior accountant in the Assurance practice of PwC Milan. BA Business and Management - Anglia Ruskin University - Cambridge

Kelly Patterson

Chair of Risk and Compliance Sub-Committee

Kelly Patterson is a Senior Legal Counsel at National Australia Bank Limited and holds a BA/LLB (Melb). Kelly has 15 years experience working as a lawyer in the financial services sector, in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Jan Cossar

Chair of the Development Sub-Committee 

Jan Cossar has worked in the international aid and development sector in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions for more than twenty five years. Jan runs a small consulting company, Strategy Matters, that specialising in program design and monitoring and evaluation. She has a Masters in the Social Sciences is regularly engaged as a facilitator and trainer throughout the sector. She is a Board member of the EcoCentre and an adviser to the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing in WA.

Su-Kim Macdonald


Su-Kim Macdonald is a Consultant in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team at EY in Melbourne. Su-Kim completed her Master of Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) at the University of Melbourne. She's passionate about the intersection between climate change and poverty, and the important role youth engagement can play in eradicating global poverty. Kelly Patterson is a Senior Legal Counsel at National Australia Bank Limited and holds a BA/LLB (Melb). Kelly has 15 years experience working as a lawyer in the financial services sector, in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Tanya Simpson


Tanya Simpson is the Integration & Marketing Director for Nova 100 and smoothfm 91.5 – NOVA Entertainment – in Melbourne. Her role encompasses brand strategy, audience engagement, strategic planning and execution of ideas for the stations and clients. Tanya has had 20 years experience in marketing, brand engagement, promotions and integration across a number of radio stations and formats. She has a passion for charity and the community and works with several organisations including Fare Share, Bowel Cancer Australia and Oaktree. 

Elizabeth Rhodes  


Liz is the Head of Growth for PROJECT ROCKIT, Australia's youth-driven movement against bullying. She is passionate about realising the potential in young people, particularly those who are vulnerable. Liz volunteered at Oaktree for 5 years in South Australia and Victoria in advocacy and fundraising, and believes that Oaktree is one of the most innovative organisations who are working to eradicate poverty. 

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