Our purpose is to support newly arrived communities and individuals, empowering them to participate actively in all aspects of life in Australia.
We achieve our purpose by delivering high quality services in collaboration with communities, stakeholders, volunteers and professionals.
Kathy Kingston joined the ARA Board in November 2018 and was elected President in 2019. Now retired, Kathy brings over 30 years’ experience as a business manager and accountant, and has recently retired as director of a public company. Kathy has broad experience in finance, administration and management within small to medium organisations and has extensive experience as a board member. She has a strong commitment to human rights and social justice and has been actively involved in voluntary roles with several not-for-profit organisations for more than 35 years. Kathy was on the board of Amnesty International Australia for nine years, including four years as Chairperson followed by six years on the International Membership Appeals Committee. During that time she represented the Australian Section at several international meetings and gained extensive experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and budgeting, policy development, campaigning and fundraising.
Shelley has a broad professional background, having spent the most recent 14 years working in the international development sector in various locations around the world including Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the previous 14 years working in business development, marketing and strategy roles in the private sector.
In the last 8 years Shelley has been developing and managing humanitarian programs for refugees living in refugee camps and transit countries who have been displaced through various global crises. This has given her a critical insight into key issues facing refugees during their journey, as well as a good understanding of the contexts and cultures from which they originate.
She also has experience in domestic refugee issues, being an ARA homework club volunteer since February 2020 and having worked as a volunteer English Language teacher at the Refugee Council UK for 3 years. She hopes to become an even stronger and more visible advocate for refugees through her appointment to the ARA Board in June 2021.