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Our team

Caroly Houmes

Chief Executive

Prior to her appointment as IJM Australia’s Chief Executive, Caroly served for eight years at IJM Netherlands. She assisted in the launch of that partner office and went on to fill the role of Executive Director from 2010 to 2017. Caroly is an experienced legal professional with a Masters degree in International and European Human Rights Law from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Before joining IJM Netherlands she worked as a legal consultant for various governmental organisations. Caroly is deeply committed to seeing the end of slavery in our lifetime.

Bianca Bryson

Chief Marketing & Partnerships Officer

Bianca has worked within the marketing profession for over 12 years with the majority of that time spent within the FMCG industry for global brands. She enjoyed doing this in both Australia and the United States of America – working for brands such as Walt Disney, Nestle and l’Oreal. However, in recent years she decided to take that experience and made a move into the ‘not for profit’ industry, with a specific interest in anti-human trafficking. Driving this change in industries was a passionate heart to seek justice in this world. Before her transition to IJM, Bianca worked as Marketing Director for The Freedom Project.

Caroline Best

Chief Advocacy Officer

With a background in commercial litigation, Caroline has more recently worked at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and NSW Treasury, adding policy development and project management to her legal skills.

Jacob Sarkodee

Chief Operating Officer

Jacob joined International Justice Mission Australia in January 2017 as Advancement Manager, later becoming Director of Strategic Partnerships. Jacob now leads IJM’s Operations team who support our organisational systems and processes. Previously he has served in community engagement in his local church, and has over 10 years’ experience working in the international aid & development sector in Australia.

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Simcha Hutton

People & Project Lead

Claire Bernard

Strategic Partnership Manager

Claire joined the IJM team in June 2017 assisting with Supporter Engagement, and in 2018 moved into a new role as Strategic Partnership Manager. Within her role she has a focus on engaging Christian women.

Throughout her career Claire has gained extensive and varied experience in fostering relationships of trust, helping people identify and grow in their gifts, leading and motivating volunteer teams, and event management. Prior to working with IJM Claire studied and worked in the design industry, running her own business for 7 years.

Dave Groenenboom

Church Partnership Manager

Dave has over 30 years experience pastoring in the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia, having served congregations in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and most recently pastoring Gateway Community Church, in Perth, WA. Dave’s passion for justice and equity has seen him supporting IJM’s work for the last 10 years. He is keen to see the church embrace God’s call to justice as an essential component of church health and discipleship.

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Natalie Stackhouse

National Director of Partnerships

Prior to joining IJM, Natalie held various leadership roles in a sales organisation, including 3 years as Business Development Manager and most recently a State Development Manager. She also founded and directed an anti-trafficking fundraising organisation called the Hunter Walk for Freedom from 2011-2014 to mobilise people in the fight against slavery.

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Trevor Morgan

Finance & Compliance Manager

Trevor comes to IJM from Alphacrucis College, and previously Prison Fellowship Australia, and his career has always involved computers and accounting.

Having a large accounting firm auditing background, he has had experience over a range of industries and organisations. He is passionate about accounting/systems for not-for-profit organisations as these provide the necessary foundation for field staff “making a difference”.

Hsu-Ann Lee

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Hsu-Ann has held various roles across the not-for-profit sector since her undergraduate days and is passionate about connecting people with causes. After serving as Communications Fellow at IJM Bolivia, sharing stories about our work protecting children from sexual violence, she joined the IJM Australia team in 2016.

Hsu-Ann manages IJM Australia's social media channels, website and peer-to-peer initiatives as well as coordinating marketing projects/events and supporting IJM Australia's campaigns.

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Olivia Billich-Neville

Events & Marketing Coordinator

Amy Crichton Peterson

Supporter Engagement Officer

James Follent

IT & Project Support Officer

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Jenny Ross

Staff Chaplain

Jenny previously worked as a family law solicitor for over 7 years before making a career transition and pursuing postgraduate studies to train as a counsellor and chaplain. Prior to joining IJM, she worked as both a hospital chaplain and a workplace chaplain for not-for-profit organisations. As part of her passion to be part of God’s mission of freedom for those enslaved, she is deeply committed to supporting and resourcing the IJM Australia team as they pursue the work of helping to secure justice for the poor.

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Vinita Thomas Joseph

Administrative Assistant

The board

Adam Achterstraat (Interim Board Chair)

Adam is currently General Manager, Strategic Initiatives for Scentre Group - owner and operator of Westfield across Australia and New Zealand. In this role he leads the company's Program Management Office.

Previously, Adam worked in State and Federal politics, including roles as Director - State Priorities to the NSW Premier, Senior Adviser to the NSW Treasurer and NSW Finance Minister, and Economic Adviser to the Federal Opposition Leader.

He started his career at Ernst & Young and has degrees in Law and Commerce.

Adam and his wife Rachel attend Manly Life Church with their children Jed and Zali, where he serves as an Elder.

Andrew Hilson

BAcc

Andrew has a sincere passion to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing poverty, injustice and disadvantage.

Andrew has a wide range of experiences with both corporate and non-profit organisations. He is currently a Director at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, working in the Governance, Regulation & Conduct Advisory team. Andrew was previously the CEO of Back In Motion Health Group, a network of over 100 physiotherapy practices across Australia and New Zealand. Andrew has also worked in senior leadership roles with Wesley Mission Victoria, Mission International and KPMG Corporate Finance.

Andrew has served as a Board Director for several community-based organisations, and has consulted across many sectors in leadership, strategy, organisational effectiveness and financial management. He has lived and worked in the Australia and the USA plus has gained significant cross-cultural experience in South-East Asia and Africa.

Andrew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and four children.

Joanna Mansfield

BA (Public Communication), LLB(Hons) , Grad Dip (Legal Practice), MIL

Joanna is the Chief Executive Officer of WorldShare, a Christian aid and development organisation.

Joanna is passionate about justice and protection for the vulnerable and mistreated. She qualified with DLA Piper and has practiced in civil and criminal law. Joanna has previously held the roles of Research and Policy Officer for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, Program Director for the American Bar Association’s anti-trafficking in persons program (Solomon Islands), Justice Advisor for Save the Children (Solomon Islands) and Principal Solicitor (Self Representation Service) at Justice Connect, a not-for-profit legal centre.

Joanna lives in Sydney with her husband and young son.

Philip Langford

IJM Global - US Advancement

During his 11 years at IJM, Philip has led IJM field programs in Southeast Asia, Africa and South Asia to strengthen justice systems to protect the poor from slavery and human trafficking, gender-based violence and police abuse of power. Most recently, as Vice President for International Advancement, Philip led IJM’s Partner Office growth and international advancement strategy.

Previously, as Vice President of Regional Operations for Southeast Asia, Philip led IJM’s programs in the region to combat cross-border labour trafficking in domestic and multi-national supply chains and the global proliferation of online sexual exploitation of children.

Philip joined IJM in 2006 as the Special Counsel for IJM Chennai and then launched and directed IJM Bangalore as part of IJM’s larger strategy to eradicate slavery and labour trafficking across India.

Prior to joining IJM, Philip was a partner in private law practice in the United States, representing and advising local and multi-national clients in a full-service law firm serving business clients.

Philip and his wife, Lacy, currently live in the Washington, DC, area with their five children.

Melissa Russell

IJM Global - Regional President, North America

Global team

Gary Haugen

CEO, International Justice Mission

Gary is the CEO and Founder of International Justice Mission. Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Sean Litton

President

Sean is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, as well as IJM’s strategy and structure, and the recruitment and development of the senior leadership team. Sean reports directly to CEO Gary Haugen, helping to shape IJM’s values and culture as well as align the global team.

Sean joined IJM in 2000 as the first Field Office Director in Manila, the Philippines, where he built and led a team of lawyers, social workers, and investigators rescuing and defending children who had been raped and trafficked for sex. He then moved to Thailand to lead IJM’s team there in combating sex trafficking of children. Sean has since served IJM in increasingly senior leadership capacities as Director of Operations for Southeast Asia, Senior Vice President of Justice Operations, and, most recently, Chief Administrative Officer.

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