Dr. Patricia Jenkings – Acting President and NSW President
Patricia is UNAA NSW President and UNAA Acting National President. Patricia is passionate about quality education, in particular, for women and girls. She was awarded her PhD and BA with Honours from the University of Sydney and has served as Vice Chair UN Women Sydney, is a Member of the Academic Council on the UN System and, at the Council’s Annual Meeting in New York, presented on UN principles. Patricia is an experienced Ministerial Policy and Research Analyst who has assisted disadvantaged peoples globally. For women and struggling communities throughout Africa, she has developed strategic programs, contributed towards educational and workplace reform, combatting child trafficking and improving outcomes for young people in Pakistan. Patricia also led a UN local governance project for Uzbekistan to increase local participation. In Australia, Patricia initiated a surf awareness program at Bondi Surf Club for new arrivals, for which she received international recognition. She is passionate about advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
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.
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
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.
Michael Donaghue-Evans – UN Youth Australia President
Michael is the National President of UN Youth Australia. As National President, he oversees the National Executive and the Presidents of each division of UN Youth Australia.
He has been involved in UN Youth since 2019. Last year, he served as the President of the Victorian Division and was the chair of the National Education Committee. In previous years he has served as the Victorian Competitions Director, convened the Victorian Evatt Model United Nations Competition, and convened and judged a range of National Activities. Michael is currently completing his Honours year of his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in politics and English literature.