Our Executive Management Team
Tony Stuart, CEO
Tony Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of UNICEF Australia. Prior to joining UNICEF, Tony was the Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA), Australia’s largest member organisation. Previous roles include CEO of Sydney Airports Corp, Director of Development at Manchester Airport and General Manager at British Airways. Tony is Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board, founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury.
Jennifer Tierney, Director of Fundraising & Communications
Jennifer Tierney is Director of Fundraising and Communications for UNICEF Australia. Prior to joining UNICEF, Jennifer was Senior Director at Synergos, an international development organisation where she oversaw fundraising and communications activities. Jennifer has worked as a strategic consultant with organisations including Amnesty International, Orbis, Concern Worldwide, and the Clinton Foundation. Prior to that she worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), finishing her tenure there in the post of Development Director. Jennifer received a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights from the Global Affairs program at New York University. She graduated from Colgate University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies.
Sarah Grattan, COO
Sarah Grattan is the Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF Australia. Sarah has 20 years of consulting experience specialising in business strategy & analysis, economics, growth strategies, performance improvement and operations. Since 2009 Sarah has run boutique management & strategy consulting firm, The Grattan Strategy working across diverse projects and industries in both the corporate and not for profit sectors, including the development of UNICEF Australia’s Strategic Plan in 2017. Previous roles include Manager of Strategy & Finance (Retail) at Sydney Airports Corporation, Consultant at LEK Consulting and Lecturer, Organisational Effectiveness in the Master’s of Business course at Macquarie University (ICMS). Sarah is also an elected Councillor on the newly amalgamated Northern Beaches Council. Sarah graduated from University of NSW with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), a Bachelor of Laws and the UNSW University Medal for Economics (First Class Honours).
Nicole Breeze, Director of Australian Programs
Nicole Breeze is the Director of Australian Programs. Nicole has significant experience in leadership and management roles in not for profit organisations in Australia and internationally. She worked in senior roles with Oxfam Australia including leading Oxfam’s International Youth Partnerships initiative across 92 countries, and as Executive Manager leading major external and internal projects. She also spent a year working as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager and was responsible for Oxfam Australia’s annual program effectiveness report. Nicole Chaired Oxfam International’s program governance group for South Asia during an intensive period of change with the responsibility of establishing a single strategy and operating model in each country of the region. In 2012, Nicole was seconded into a small team at the Oxfam international headquarters in Oxford to work on a major transformational change project ‘Oxfam 2020’ to enhance Oxfam’s impact, relevance, legitimacy and sustainability. Nicole also worked on the Africa program desk for Caritas Australia, and for the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community education on youth engagement and education programs and on social justice campaigns to promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and asylum seekers. Nicole completed a Masters of International relations degree at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and a Masters in Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from ACU.
James Nichols, Associate Director of Communications
James Nichols is the Associate Director of Communications. James has significant experience in international aid and development, and journalism in Australia and the SE Asia region, and in emergency response in South Asia and Africa. His previous role was Head of Communications for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, and he has other fulfilled communications, media and HR roles for MSF International, Oxfam Australia, World Vision, Australian Volunteers International and Anglican Overseas Aid. Prior to that James independently produced documentaries, and worked as a special features writer for Fairfax newspapers and as freelance writer for Business Day in Thailand (Straits Times) and various social justice and international affairs publications in Australia. James received a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of New South Wales. He graduated from Deakin University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Politics.
Felicity Wever, Associate Director of Programs
Felicity Wever is the Associate Director of Programs. Felicity has worked extensively in international development for the past 18 years, with experience working in Timor-Leste and Nepal. She has worked with UNICEF Australia for six years, developing the Directly Supported Programs portfolio and assisting the organisation to gain accreditation with the Australian Government. Before joining UNICEF she held positions leading child-centred development programming with Baptist World Aid and in program effectiveness with Caritas. Felicity graduated with a Master’s in International Development from Deakin University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.