Red Dearnley (they/them)Chief Executive Officer
Red joined Birth for Humankind as CEO in 2018. They are an experienced executive and non-executive leader and specialise in governance, strategy and intersectional inclusion, in the for-purpose sector.
Red has held senior leadership, advocacy and communications roles in INGOs, NFPs and business associations across the UK, Australia and southern Africa - specialising in modern slavery, human rights, gender equality, and international and community health.
Red founded and continues to run (part-time), Influence Global, a collaborative social purpose consultancy. With an activist’s heart and governance nerd’s head, Red is passionate about driving systemic change and understanding how change happens. Much of their work centres on applying intersectional feminist principles at all levels of organisational culture, governance and operations.
Red is currently Deputy Chair of WIRE. They are a trustee of the Influence Global Impact Fund, and member of the Governance Institute of Australia, Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) and GLOBE Victoria. Red is an ICDA Certified Community Director and holds a MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation.
Sandra Morris (she/her)Senior Engagement and Strategy Manager
Sandra joined the team in October 2022 and has a strong personal commitment to the vision and mission of our organisation.
Sandra is an accomplished senior leader who has more than two decades of experience in the women’s health, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, prevention of violence against women and gendered economic disadvantage. Sandra’s work is focused on centring women and gender diverse people’s voices and addressing systematic and structural discrimination. She works to create high quality, gender equitable and accessible services.
She has worked in service provision in government, health, and not for profit organisations and had great success in developing strategic relationships and building collaborative partnerships with diverse organisations together to focus on common aims, in particular the areas of gender equality, health, safety and wellbeing issues.
Kristine Balfour (she/her)Program Supervisor
Kristine is a social worker, counsellor and doula, and joined the team in March 2018. Kristine has spent her entire career working cross-culturally, mostly with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, both in case management and therapeutic roles. She has also supported young people to recover from sexual exploitation. In addition to her role at Birth for Humankind, Kristine works as a perinatal mental health counsellor.
Cath Wright (she/her)Program Supervisor
Cath joined the team in July 2018. She is a registered midwife with a strong woman-centred philosophy and a focus on the provision of information to facilitate informed decision-making for each woman. For more than a decade Cath has worked both clinically and in the academic setting. Her clinical experience includes at: The Royal Women's Hospital, MAMA midwifery practice, Northern Provincial Hospital (Santo, Vanuatu) and The Northern Hospital.
Cath came to Birth for Humankind because she believes our organisation fills an important gap in maternity services. Prior to becoming a midwife Cath completed doula training with Rhea Dempsey.
Giorgia Hall-Cook (she/her)Operations and Program Officer
Giorgia joined the Birth For Humankind team as Program Officer in January 2022 and has been actively volunteering as a doula at Birth for Humankind since August 2019. Giorgia previously worked as a registered midwife and completed her Master’s in Public Health at La Trobe University in July 2021. In addition to her role at Birth for Humankind, Giorgia has worked in research and education, and volunteered in a number of other community support roles.
Giorgia is passionate about equitable health care, and loves working for Birth for Humankind to ensure equitable maternity care for clients with complex backgrounds.
Jess Sartori (she/her)Grant Partnerships Lead
Jess joined the Birth for Humankind team in December 2020. She has Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion from Deakin University and has previously worked in creative campaign development, copywriting and communications.
Jess hopes to make a meaningful impact by continually seeking new opportunities for Birth for Humankind to build strong partnerships and investments in programs and services. She wholeheartedly supports (and admires!) the organisation's purpose of creating a more respectful and equitable health system and in reducing barriers created by structural disadvantage.
Betsy (she/her)Employed Doula
Betsy is one of three doulas taking part in Birth for Humankind's Employment Pathways Pilot Program, which commenced in April 2023.
Betsy wants to assist people who can't afford doula services and don't have any other mechanisms of support available to them.
Betsy values knowing that her presence can really make a difference during labour and the early postpartum experience of women and birthing people, and finds this very rewarding.
We have a dedicated team of volunteer doulas who speak more than a dozen languages between them. They’re compassionate and highly-skilled women who are registered and retired midwives, student midwives, and doulas working in private business. Our volunteer doulas are the heart of our organisation, and without their support our work would not be possible. If you are a qualified doula or midwife, we would love to hear from you – apply to join our team at any time.
We are also grateful for the commitment from our office-based volunteers, who work across various projects to support Birth for Humankind and our work.