Our People


Holly Schäuble
Holly (BA Hons Anthropology) is an Australian cultural anthropologist and community development practitioner with experience working in Australia and internationally. She currently works as a Project Manager in the Community Development team at the Country Fire Authority and has held a variety of community development, project and policy positions with a range of public service organisations in Australia since 2000, including the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Department of Planning and Community Development and Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Outside of government, Holly has worked as an anthropologist on Aboriginal sacred site protection with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority in the Northern Territory, and as Acting Manager of the Australia China Art Foundation in Melbourne.

Internationally, Holly has worked with the State Secretariat for Arts and Culture (Government of TImor-Leste) on capacity building and cultural projects; for the United Nations Development Program supporting the Lao PDR Department for International Cooperation in donor coordination and the development of the National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy; with Land Equity International on the Lao PDR Land Titling Project, advising on Gender and Development and community participation, and; as a researcher (on secondment) for AusAID. Contact: holly.schauble@manyhands.org.au

Kim Dunphy
Dr. Kim Dunphy (B.A.,Grad Dip Movement and Dance, M Ed, PhD.) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she is investigating new ways to understand the outcomes of arts therapy programs internationally. Previosuly she was the Research Program Manager of the Cultural Development Network in Victoria, Australia, where she worked to support creative communities across the country.  Kim has an extensive background as an arts manager and arts educator, and has taught performing arts from pre-school to tertiary level. She has published widely on arts in communities, and was the Director of Kita Performing Arts Company, an education and community-focussed company of Asian-Australian performers between 2002 and 2008.  Kim is also a qualified dance movement therapist and the Vice-President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia.  Her recent PhD examined the role of arts in social change in Timor-Leste.  Contact: kim.dunphy@manyhands.org.au

Vincent Ashcroft
Vincent (B.Ec) is an international development specialist currently working in Afghanistan and Indonesia. He has 15 years experience in senior roles in the Australian Public Service. From 2008-2014, Vincent worked for the Australian Agency for International Development (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) as Minister Counsellor – Development and Head of the Australian Aid program in Timor-Leste (2011-2014). He was Assistant Director General -Economics, Rural Development and Infrastructure (Canberra, 2010-2011) and Country Economist – Australian Aid Program Indonesia (2008-2010). Prior to that, he worked for the Australian Treasury as Senior Treasury Representative – South East Asia based (Jakarta, 2006-2008) and Director – Budget Policy Division (Canberra, 2003-2006). During his time with the Australian Public Service, Vincent worked on seven Federal Budgets. His first development job was in 2002 as the Senior Adviser in the Budget Office of the new Government of Timor-Leste. Contact: vin.ashcroft@manyhands.org.au

Executive Officer
Amy Stevenson
Amy (BAInS) was appointed Executive Officer of Many Hands International in 2017, having been engaged with the organisation for more than four years, as a member and volunteer. Since 2009, she has worked in community and international development throughout Australia and South-East Asia, with long-term residencies in Timor-Leste and Cambodia. Amy interests and experience includes cultural projects in development, arts participation as a change mechanism, evidence-based community planning and evaluation, and reflexive approaches to research and practice. She works as the Research and Administrative Manager at the Cultural Development Network and is currently completing a Masters of Evaluation at the University of Melbourne.  Amy is also an Associate Member of the Centre for Global Research, RMIT University and Co-Manager of the international scholarship program for East-Timorese women, Matadalan Ba Malu.

Former Directors

Colin Neave AM
Colin is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (LLB) and a Solicitor who practised between 1967 and 1982. He was the Company Secretary of AMI Toyota Limited, then a listed public company. In 1987, Colin was the Secretary of a Government Department in South Australia, and then held other Chief Executive public sector positions in Victoria and NSW. He was Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department before being appointed Banking Ombudsman in 1996; the appointed as Chief Ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Service in 2008.  Colin has been Chairperson of the Legal Services Board (Victoria) since December 2005, Chairman of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee (and its predecessors) since July 1997, President of the Administrative Review Council (Commonwealth) since May 2010 and is Vice-Chair of the Australian Press Council. Colin resigned as a Director of Many Hands International when he took up the position of Commonwealth Obudsman in 2012.

Lisa Mori
Lisa (BA Hons Sociology) is employed by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to work with schools, community, business and all levels of government to encourage education partnerships that improve the learning and development outcomes for children and young people. Prior to this Lisa also worked for the Department of Planning and Community Development and for local government in Western Australia. She has had extensive experience working for community organisations including migrant agencies and internationally in Vietnam and Europe.


Our members are a group of committed people who support our objectives and contribute their expertise in areas as diverse as international development, anthropology, arts practice, building and construction, architecture, fundraising, governance and public relations. We welcome membership enquiries from others who share our goals at contact@manyhands.org.au.

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