Our Executive Management Team
Tony Stuart, Chief Executive Officer
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.
Sarah Grattan, Chief Operating Officer
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.
Felicity Butler-Wever, Director of International Programs
Felicity Butler-Wever is the Director of International Programs. Felicity has worked extensively in international development for over 20 years, with experience working in Timor-Leste and Nepal. She has worked with UNICEF Australia for eight 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.
Libby Hodgson, Chief Marketing Officer
Libby Hodgson is the Chief Marketing Officer. Libby has considerable experience in the fields of marketing, communications and fundraising across private and for-purpose industries. Prior to joining UNICEF Australia Libby worked for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia where she was responsible for the commercial operations, communications and the Taronga Foundation and oversaw many innovations across the organisation. Libby also has extensive knowledge of UNICEF having worked in the UNICEF UK office in the mid 2000’s prior to moving to Australia.
Kara Collins, Director of People
Kara is a proud mum of two, and UNICEF Australia’s Director of People & Culture. Kara has over 20 years of experience as an HR leader and has worked across multiple sectors, from health to construction to early childhood education. A passionate advocate for early access to affordable, high quality early learning and the long term impacts this has on our children led her to joining the UNICEF Australia team to fight for the universal rights of all children.
Throughout her career Kara has driven significant organisational change both domestically and internationally, providing leadership and experience in the provision of strategic human resources advice, policy development and the creation of cultures that attract and retain a talented, diverse workforce.
Known for the ability to drive innovative and sustainable strategies, through strong evidence-based data, Kara is looking forward to applying this to UA’s focus on building and maintaining a truly human organisation led by truly purpose driven leaders. Kara holds a Bachelor of Psychology and worked as a psychologist in a clinical capacity in her early career and remains a registered psychologist.