Our People

Directors

Holly Schäuble (Company Secretary) (BA Hons Anthropology) is an Australian cultural anthropologist and community development practitioner with experience working in Australia and internationally. She is currently employed by the Victorian Deparment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on reform of systems and processes to enable Aboriginal self-determination. In Australia, she has previously held a range of project, policy and community development positions for a variety of public sector organisations 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, as a researcher with the Cultural Development Network and the University of Melbourne, as a Project Manager for the Country Fire Authority and as Acting Manager of the Australia China Art Foundation. Internationally, Holly has worked with the State Secretariat for Arts and Culture (Government of Timor-Leste) on culture and development projects, for the United Nations Development Program supporting the Lao PDR Department for International Cooperation in donor coordination and development of the National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy, and with Land Equity International on the Lao PDR Land Titling Project advising on Gender and Development and community participation. 

Amy Stevenson (BAInS, M Ed (evaluation) is researcher, community development practitoner and small business owner. She was appointed Executive Officer of Many Hands International in 2017, having been engaged with the organisation for more than four years, as a member, casual employee 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's interests and experience includes cultural projects in development, evidence based practice and arts participation as a change mechanism. She works as a Research Officer at the Cultural Development Network and is currently completing a Masters of Evaluation at the University of Melbourne.  Amy is also the Co-Manager of the international scholarship program for East Timorese women, Matadalan Ba Malu. 

Vincent Ashcroft (Chair) (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. 

Members

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. They include:​

  • Dr Angie Bexley, Deputy Director of the Children's Policy and Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Poverty and Inequality Centre
  • Yashian Schauble, Founding Director Australia China Arts Foundation
  • Richard Blight, Architect
  • Glenda Lasslet, Oxfam, former Country Director, Timor-Leste
  • Andrew Lucas, Building Specialist
  • Beatrice Lucas, Dance Movement Therapist
  • Annette Dunphy, Fundraising Volunteer
  • Lucia Pichler, Gallery Director 
  • Lina Andonovska, Musician 
  • Lorraine McBride, Community Development Worker 
  • Lisa Mori, Senior Policy Officer
  • Tom Schauble, ITC specialist
  • Cass Spong, Business Advisor
  • Ambyr Wood, Grpahic Designer
  • Anne Halloran, HR Expert

We welcome membership enquiries from others who share our goals at contact@manyhands.org.au.

MHI Relief Fund Committee

MHI is registered for Overseas Aid and Gift Deduction Status. The Committee that manages this fund includes: 

Simone Falvey is a Psychotherapist in private practice based in Melbourne. Previously President of CAPAV, she successfully led it to merger with PACFA as a member of the Restructure Working Party and was a member of PACFA Ethics Complaint panels. Over recent years, she has served on the PACFA Ethics Committee and as a Panel member for EPAC accreditation of master’s degree courses. Her international experience related to conflict includes some 50 missions on behalf of the Council of Europe and the UN. She currently chairs the PACFA Committee of Ethics.

Claire Jin is a qualified CPA with a vast breadth and depth of experience in accounting and finance roles, particularly in the tertiary sector. She is particularly passionate about leading sustainable improvement in financial management and extremely motivated and enthusiastic about financial and strategic analysis and planning. Her expertise includes business improvements, compliance auditing, budget development, monitoring and forecasting, research and trust management, reporting design and analysis and she has proven success in building strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels by providing excellent customer service, analytical and problem solving support. 

Our volunteers

Lucia Pichler worked as a Program Advisor for three years with MHI in Timor Leste (2013-2015).  She has a background in the broad cultural heritage sector, with an interest in regional community development.  Lucia has a BA in Visual Arts from the South Australian School of Arts, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from the University of Adelaide.   She worked for many years as a gallery director in regional South Australia, where she curated exhibitions, developed and strengthened community engagement, worked with volunteers and in advocacy for regional galleries.  Lucia has subsequently volunteered at the National Museum of Mongolia as an audience development advisor (2016).  Most recently, Lucia worked in the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, as Executive Officer with the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society.  In 2020, she continues her involvement with MHI through the digitisation of the Justino Valentim collection of Vaihaiho sung poems.

Lina Andonovska has previously worked with MHI on a range of community music projects and rejoins the team in 2020 to work alongside Arts Participation Officer, Cesario Laurde. In this role, she is supporting the development of online art classes and the creation of an online exhibition platform showcasing student artwork from the past six years. 

Our staff in Timor-Leste

Our advisory Board in Australia

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