UNAA Board

UNAA Board

Dr. Donnell Davis – National President

Donnell is currently a Director with Soroptimist International South East Asia Pacific and Programme Convenor across 13 countries. She represents Global Policy and Impact across 5 federations and is UN Representative and CHOGM delegate.  She is active regionally and internationally but has great teams to work with and share the load.

Donnell has been an active member of UNAA since 2000, including Immediate Past President Queensland -2016 to 2020-  and director on the UNAA Board with Senator Russell Trood, Maj Gen Rtd Mike Smith and Mario D’Elia. Donnell is on the monthly Status Of Women Network and the National Policy Committee.

After working in Government for 2 decades, she worked with industry, private consultancy, international NGOs, professional bodies and academia.  As Associate Professor she uses professional accreditations in Audit, Programme Evaluation, Public Policy, Environmental Management, Coastal Planning and Urban Design – coaching Urban Climate Governance with interdisciplinary innovation and ethical design thinking techniques. She is deeply concerned about our Asia Pacific neighbours and our common futures.

Susan McHattie – National Secretary

Susan joined the UNAA in 2020 and is passionate about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the power of what people can achieve by working together. Susan works as an advisor and facilitator assisting clients in public, private, research and for purpose organisations to set goals and roadmaps, review governance and create partnerships, innovation and change. Susan’s prior governance experience includes elected roles in industry associations including the NSW Institute of Public Administration and the community cooperative, Reverse Garbage Truck. She has run programs and teams delivering policy, operations and whole of government change in NSW Government agencies including Justice, Education, Customer Service, Planning and the Premiers Department. Prior to NSW Government, Susan led the Inner Metropolitan Regional Organisation of Councils and Community Arts Marrickville. Susan holds and Executive Masters in Public Administration from the University of Sydney and a BA (Communications) from UTS.

Aaron Tran – National Treasurer

Aaron is the UNAA NT Treasurer and Acting UNAA National Treasurer. Having joined the UNAA in 2020, Aaron has been focussed on growing the awareness of the UN’s work in the Northern Territory. He has studied at both Charles Darwin & Griffith University in areas of Accounting, Finance and more recently, a Master’s of International Relations. A solid background in these areas has been instrumental in streamlining the UNAA’s financial processes, ensuring transparency and fostering sustainable growth.

His work with the Northern Territory Government has allowed him to be exposed to many sectors including not for profit associations and is well versed in tailoring solutions that align with their specific needs.


Dr. Sandy Chong – WA Representative

Sandy is the Immediate Past President of UNAA WA and the founder of Verity Consulting with over 15 years of experience leading international growth projects. Sandy is passionate about helping organisations grow and creating opportunities for the communities they operate in and has won numerous awards including the US 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the 2015 Singapore Management Consultant of the Year. Sandy has assisted over three hundred companies in Australia, Singapore, Europe and US in market entry strategies, global brand communication and leadership positioning for investor attraction and expansion. Sandy has served as a mentor for hundreds of businesses, including those from the AUSTRADE’s Women in Global Business, Bloom innovation incubator of the University of Western Australia (UWA), and CRIB business incubator for female entrepreneurs in Singapore. She is an accomplished keynote speaker on internationalisation, entrepreneurship and leadership, and has recently led a forum on Women in Leadership at the Harvard Business School.

Brian Gleeson – ACT President

Brian is currently an international development consultant with extensive experience in the United Nations. Brian completed a two-year contract as the Director of Human Resources UNRWA in Amman Jordan and was responsible for the oversight, leadership, and management of all human resources policies and practices in Headquarters and the five Field Offices – Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank. Brian has had over fifty years of experience in the international and Australian Public Service, working with and for most UN agencies for over fifteen years, including as head of the UN in Libya, setting up UN Women, working directly with five Heads of UN agencies and a previous Secretary-General as Senior Adviser in transition teams and change management. Brian was the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, responsible for oversight of the Remote Service Delivery program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in remote communities.

Lidia Moretti – SA President

Lidia was a teacher at the University of South Australia for over 25 years. Lidia taught English at Huizhou University, China and was coordinator of a Food and Wine Study Tour of South Australia for the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy. Lidia has led delegations to the Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre and been an advisor to the Australian Slow Food Management Group and co-leader in South Australian. Lidia hosts weekly information and interview radio food program on 5RPH (Vision Australia) and is a Board Member of 5RPH and also an Honorary Member of Cittaslow Goolwa. Lidia has been a delegate to the International Assembly of Cittaslow International Italy and the Netherlands since 2008, and also coordinator of a music cultural exchange between Adelaide and the headquarters of Cittaslow, Orvieto, Italy. Lidia has been an Ambassador for OZ Harvest Food Rescue Program since 2011 and has helped to establish it in South Australia. Lidia is a Committee Member of the Australian Committee for UN Women, Adelaide Breakfast, an active member of the Italian Community and a Justice of the Peace.

Claire Moore – QLD President

Originally from Toowoomba, Claire joined the Australian Public Service, working across Queensland and Canberra, before many years in the trade union movement. In 1995 Inspired by the Senator Margaret Reynolds, Claire with 11 women from North Queensland attended the Beijing Women’s Conference. This experience resulted in joining UNNA Queensland, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and UNIFEM, now UNWomen. In 2001, Claire was elected as a Senator for Queensland, retiring in 2019, after 6 years as a shadow minister , including the portfolio of International Development and the Pacific which reinforced her engagement with the parliamentary committees focussing on foreign affairs. Claire has particular interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and continues to work in community organisations.

Kate Heelan – NT President

Kate Heelan is an executive with wide-ranging leadership and diplomatic experience and cross-border collaboration skills, gained in Australia and internationally. Kate is the current President of the United Nations Association of Australia – Northern Territory Division (UNAA NT). Kate is a strong advocate for Human Rights and has a keen interest in the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Gender Equality; Quality Education; Life Below Water; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Since 2015, Kate has led the Northern Territory Government’s international engagement efforts as Director International Engagement at the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. She is a strong advocate within the NT Government for the broader benefits of soft diplomatic initiatives. Kate worked as a diplomat with Customs and Border Protection at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her work there focussed on increasing cooperation between Australia and Indonesia on cross-border controls. In earlier roles with the Department of Defence Kate managed a range of projects that supported the Royal Australian Navy fleet and the then Defence Science and Technology Organisation. She holds qualifications in Defence and Strategic Policy as well as a Master of Management Studies from the University of New South Wales, and studied Indonesian at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta.

Andrew Hewett – VIC Representative

Andrew is a Sessional Lecturer in the La Trobe University Masters of International Development and Masters of International Relations and the Victoria University Masters in International Community Development. Andrew worked for Oxfam Australia for nearly 22 years, including over 11 years as Executive Director. He has extensive international advocacy experience, was a member of the World Bank NGO Committee for four years and has participated in and observed numerous international conferences, including those of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Andrew was formerly Deputy Chair of Diaspora Action Australia; a Vice-President of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and Chair of the Moreland Energy Foundation. He is now Chair of CERES.


Michael Jefferies – NSW Representative

Michael is a UNAA NSW Director and Advisory Board member, having first joined the organisation in 2019, and was previously a member of UN Youth QLD. Outside of the UNAA, Michael also serves as a Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary of Batyr Australia Limited, and was formerly a Council Member of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Michael currently works as a corporate lawyer at Hamilton Locke, Australia’s fastest-growing law firm. He was recognised as the legal profession’s “Rising Star of the Year” at the 2020 Australian Law Awards, has published academic work in the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Joel Lindsay – Vice President Young Professionals

Joel is the National Vice-President of UNAA Young Professionals, and a Non-Executive Director of the UNAA. As National Vice President of UNAA YP he oversees events, partnerships, and finance for the organisation. He has been involved in UNAA since 2016, when he joined the Queensland YP Committee, serving as its President for four years. Joel and the Queensland team have delivered large events focusing on climate change and gender equality, and the team is now well known for its annual World Refugee Day event.

He is now working to grow the profile of the UNAA and its Young Professionals across Australia. Joel is currently working in renewable energy with a focus on policy development and social license.

Caleb Henley – UN Youth Australia President

Caleb is studying Law at James Cook University. He has been involved in UN Youth since 2017 where he participated as a delegate Space Summit, and then proceeded on to become a volunteer.
Caleb is currently serving as National President of UN Youth Australia.