Our Staff Team
Kenya Projects Manager
Celia is an international development project manager and has worked on major projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Cambodia. She has been working with WYI since the planning and launch of the Odede Community Health Centre in 2013, and continues to manage this and WYI's other projects in Kenya.
Tim joined the WYI team back in 2011 and has been supporting WYI with all of its IT needs.
Co-ordinator - Kenya Child Sponsorship
As a semi-retired HR professional I'm constantly learning from my volunteer role as administrator for orphan sponsorship in Kenya.
Our partners in Kenya, The Mango Tree provide education and family support to enable the children to become self-reliant, responsible young adults, who can contribute to their communities and 'be the change' for future generations. Our sponsors also gain a greater understanding of life in Kenya and the programs focussed on education, health (HIV), clean water, sanitation, micro-enterprise, sustainability and community building.
Patron, The Sapana Dreaming Children's Home
Joanna Giles from HOG Heaven Charity Foundation has been supporting the people of Nepal since 1999 and is the proud Patron of The Sapana Dreaming Children's Home in Gokarna.
I am new to the WYI team and have been appointed as the Administration Assistant and Nepal Child Sponsorship Coordinator. I am highly driven by my passions for social justice, human rights, culture, travel and language study. This led me to undertake and complete a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma of Languages in Mandarin. Throughout my studies, I was fortunate enough to volunteer in some amazing destinations, including Ecuador, China and Thailand, as well as for some local South Australian organisations. After my degree, I was also lucky enough live in Montreal, Canada, for 14 months. I am now back at University, studying to become a Teacher, specialising in teaching French, Mandarin and English as a Second Language.
I have been involved with World Youth International for a number of years in various roles and capacities. In November 2017, I rejoined the team as the Marketing and Fundraising Manager and it is very excited to be back on board.
I have a strong interest in community and sustainable development, having completed a degree in International Development studies. I have worked with disadvantaged and homeless people here in Adelaide and coordinated marketing projects and campaigns for a South Australian not-for-profit aged care organisation.
We're excited to announce that Andrew Andreyev, of Andreyev Lawyers, has just been appointed as WYI's Honorary Legal Advisor. Andrew is a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Taxation Institute of Australia, a Fellow (and founding member of the Adelaide Chapter) of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, and a member of the Law Societies of NSW and SA. Andrew works primarily with entrepreneurs, investors and their families, and he has a wealth of experience in practicing law in Australia and the United Kingdom.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry is our Operations Manager of WYI and oversees all aspects of the business. He has been part of WYI since 1996 and is one of the founding members of the company.
Ralph Hoey AM:
Ralph is a founding member of WYI and has previously worked as finance manager and major projects coordinator for over 20 years with our organisation. In 2004 Ralph became the first Australian to be awarded the Order of Nepal, the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, for humanitarian services performed in Nepal. In 2006 he was awarded the Order of Australia AM by the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency Michael Jeffery, for humanitarian services overseas.
Kathryn is the editor of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal that is read by over 96 thousand nurses, midwives and universities across the country. Her qualifications include an Arts Degree, Majoring in Journalism and a Nursing Degree. Prior positions include public relations officer for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) and part time journalist for Link Disability Magazine and other freelance assignments. Kathryn is also a registered nurse and has extensive experience in nursing and middle management in both public and private hospitals.
Georgie is a senior HRM professional with 20+ years' experience applied in multiple industries, sectors, locations and HRM functions. She has extensive experience in contemporary HRM practice in the international development sector, including Head Office operations and in-country experience in culturally diverse regions. Georgie has a good understanding of INGOs, international development divisions of management consultancies, bilateral and multilateral agencies across a wide range of sectors. Presently she leads the HR team that supports Coffey's international development programs in the Asia Pacific region.