Meet our team

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.

Melinda Harvey

Senior Director of Operations

Melinda has worked in Business Development, Operations and Project Management with not-for-profit for the past five years. She has a passion for justice and for doing development well, which led her to IJM and her postgraduate studies in International Development.

Kimberly Randle

Director of Corporate and Legal

Prior to joining IJM Australia, Kimberly was a lawyer in both Australia and the United States in commercial litigation and later family law. During her studies, Kimberly served as an intern for Senator Joseph Lieberman working directly under the Senator’s Foreign Policy Fellow from the US State Department and later at the US Supreme Court in the Office of the Clerk. Kimberly is on extended leave, returning to IJM in 2019.

Caroline Best

Interim Director of Corporate and Legal

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

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jacob joined International Justice Mission Australia in January 2017 as Advancement Manager, and is now Director of Strategic Partnerships. Jacob leads IJM’s relationships with churches and strategic partners (including major donors and foundations) in Australia. 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.

Bianca Bryson

Director of Marketing

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 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.

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 currently 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. Dave will develop IJM’s presence in WA for 2018, and transition this work to a national role toward the end of 2018.

Hsu-Ann Lee

Mobilisation 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 Justice Advocates Program and social media channels.

Claire Bernard

Relationship Manager

Simcha Hutton

Supporter Services

Rita Tam

Finance Manager

Jenny Ross

Staff Chaplain

Josiah Fajardo

Policy & Research Associate

Jessica Slater

Advancement Assistant / Government Relations Associate

The board

Mark Leach (Board Chair)

BSc (Med), BTh (Hons), MAppSci (Org Dynamics)

Mark is the Rector of Darling St Anglican Church and a leadership and organisational development consultant. After growing up in southern Africa and studying Medicine in Cape Town, Mark moved to Sydney to study theology and prepare for life as a ‘physician of the soul’.

Mark has led churches and worked as a leadership and organisational consultant in Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto, Canada. Since his earliest days as a follower of Jesus at University in South Africa, Mark has had a commitment to justice and mercy ministries as an essential outworking of life in the Kingdom of God.

Andrew Hilson

BAcc

Andrew has a wide range of experiences with both corporate and non-profit organisations. He is currently the Executive Lead at the Back In Motion Health Group, overseeing a network of allied health professionals delivering physiotherapy and related services from over 100 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Andrew has also worked as the General Manager of Finance & Corporate Services for Wesley Mission Victoria, CEO of Mission International, and Director at KPMG Corporate Finance.

He 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. Andrew has lived and worked in the USA and Australia plus has gained significant cross-cultural experience in South-East Asia and Africa.

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

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 (Company Secretary)

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

Joanna is the Company Secretary of IJM Australia, and 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.

Michelle England

Michelle England is a barrister who practises predominantly at the Sydney Bar, with a focus on public law and criminal law at both the trial and appellate stages. Michelle has a keen interest in law reform and legal education, and in 2016 travelled to Uganda with International Justice Mission to conduct trial advocacy training for Ugandan prosecutors for the better protection of widows and orphans from land grabbing offences.

Adam Achterstraat

Adam is currently General Manager, Strategic Initiatives for Scentre Group - owner & 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.

Melissa Russell

Senior Vice President of Global Advancement

Melissa Russell is the Senior Vice President of Global Advancement at IJM, leading the teams responsible for IJM’s constituent, government and institutional partnerships. She drives the core strategies and engagements that fuel IJM’s growth around the globe.

Prior to her current role, Melissa led as IJM’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Director of Development and Texas Director of Development. Before joining IJM in 2008, Melissa worked in business development at the University of Texas, creating the revenue strategies and partnerships that helped launch the UT Film Institute and the nationally-acclaimed UTeach program. Melissa also worked for KPMG as the Director of Marketing in Austin, Texas, where she was responsible for accelerating growth and building brand equity in KPMG’s high-tech sector business.

Melissa received her B.A. in Journalism and her Master of Arts in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

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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