Our team

Assisi Committee of Management

Assisi Aid Projects is governed by a volunteer Committee of Management who provide strategic direction and advice to the organisation. To contact the Committee of Management email: assisi@assisi.org.au


Judith Ascroft (President)

Judith Ascroft is a senior executive with expertise in international development and public health. Judith is currently an independent consultant and most recently has been Team Leader of a major DFAT initiative in Indonesia and the CEO of Nossal Institute Limited, University of Melbourne. Recognised as a leader, mentor and change manager, Judith has worked in the not for profit, public, private, and academic sectors and has enhanced her Board .and committee skills as both an Executive and Non-Executive Director. Judith has multidisciplinary and cross-cultural proficiency developed through extensive field-based work experience in the Asia, Africa and Pacific regions. Over the past decade her focus has been on: organisational leadership; governance; risk management; strategic and business planning; business development; representation; coaching; personnel management and capacity development of international teams; community empowerment; and participatory monitoring and evaluation.

Tim Chapman (Vice President)

Tim is an international business professional and is currently the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation’s (SMEC) Regional Manager for the ACT and Southern NSW. Tim has a Bachelor degree in Engineering and Masters degrees in Science and Business.

Following an early career as a military Officer and engineer in Australia’s Defence Forces, Tim held key executive leadership positions such as WorleyParsons’ Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and North African Infrastructure and Environment business, GHD’s Global Business Leader for Aviation, Infrastructure Group Manager Canberra, Qatar Country Manager and a member of its management team in South East Asia.  His professional career has included design, project management, project directorships and business management across a broad range of infrastructure projects, internationally and in Australia, with large multinational professional services companies.

Over the last twenty years Tim has been involved in a number of international aid funded projects across Asia. On a personal level, Tim directly supports a number of families in the Philippines assisting with accommodation, education and the establishment of micro businesses.

Dione Brooks (Secretary)

Dione began working in aid and development through an Australian Volunteers International placement in 2000-2001. She was placed with Wan Smolbag Theatre in Port Vila, Vanuatu working with office staff to build capacity in the administration of grants and marketing of the group. On her return to Australia, she spent 10 years with Live & Learn, working closely with the administration and communication teams both in Melbourne and internationally. During this time, she assisted in the transfer of Assisi’s administration support from Bendigo to the Melbourne office. In more recent years she has spent time living in Canada with her family and now back in Australia, Dione continues to support Assisi as a member of the Committee of Management.

Andrew Gilchrist (Treasurer)

Andrew Gilchrist is a Director of Logan & Hall – Accountants and Advisers in Swan Hill Victoria.  He is a member of CPA Australia and has been a board member of Assisi Aid Projects Inc since 2004.  He has a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Commerce) degree and over 20 years finance industry experience.  He is also a Board Member of Swan Hill Incorporated, a body designed to promote living, working and doing business in the Swan Hill region.

Tom Dumaresq

Tom Dumaresq is one of the founding members of Assisi Aid Projects, and our longest standing committee member. He served as President of Assisi from 2002-2008, which included the period of support following the Boxing Day Tsunami. He is famous within the organisation for calling John Faine on ABC talkback radio and raising over $200,000 for victims of the tsunami in Tamil Nadu, India.

Tom received an Order of Australia Medal in 2008, “For service to the community as a supporter of humanitarian aid projects, and through a range of roles with environmental, church, education and emergency services groups.”

Tom worked as a farmer growing tomatoes and Lucerne and grazing lambs and cattle from the time he left school until his retirement in 2014. His list of achievements is too long to detail, but he has been an active founder, member and president of numerous environmental and community groups and has won several awards for his services to the environment. Tom was a torchbearer in the Commonwealth Games Relay in 2006 and Captained the North West Mooroopna Fire Brigade for 12 years. He has travelled all across the world, including to our projects in India, Timor Leste and Cambodia.

Tom has been married for almost 50 years, and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Tony Britt

Tony is a qualified veterinary surgeon.  He works for the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries in a range of fields relating to animal biosecurity, animal welfare and trade facilitation. In 2008 Tony was awarded the Public Service Medal for services to Australia’s cattle industry through the introduction of the National Livestock Identification System.

Tony is a long serving member of Assisi Aid Projects and was President of Assisi from 2008-2016.

Philippa Scholl 

Philippa Scholl has been involved with Assisi for 4 years and held various roles on the Committee of Management, including Vice President and Secretary. In 2012 she also took part in the field visit to Assisi’s Self Help Groups in East Timor.

With a Masters of International Business and 15 years of Senior Management experience in the Australian banking sector, Philippa’s specialties include strategy development, project management and change management. At an undergraduate level, Philippa studied Chemical Engineering and Commerce at the University of Melbourne.

Amanda Scothern

Amanda has worked in the humanitarian and development sectors for over 16 years, primarily in conflict and post-conflict and complex humanitarian environments. She has extensive experience in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of community-based programs in a wide range of contexts.

Over six years of Amanda’s career have been in organisational development and change management specialist roles and she has worked as a program manager, adviser and consultant with a range of organisations from small local NGOs to larger entities including the UN and International Federation of the Red Cross. She is currently Melbourne-based, managing program partnerships for gender equality and women’s rights in Timor Leste.

Amanda speaks various languages and has lived and worked across the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, Latin and North America, and Europe. She has been involved for several years in paid and unpaid roles supporting various initiatives to bring attention to the need for and contribute to improved aid worker psychosocial care at both the institutional and individual level

Jayshree Mangubhai

Jayshree Mangubhai is a Senior Human Rights Adviser with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, based in the Pacific. She has over 15 years of experience working in the human rights and development sectors in India and across South Asia, and previously held the position of Policy and Advocacy Officer – South Asia with the international development agency Christian Aid. Her expertise lies in the areas of rights-based approaches to development, gender and social inclusion programming and she has significant experience in the design and delivery of programs in developing country contexts. She holds a PhD in law with a thesis that focused on collective action by marginalised women to secure livelihood entitlements in rural Tamil Nadu, South India.

Nimarta Khuman

Nimarta has over a decade of experience working across humanitarian relief and development for both the not for profit and private sectors including Médecins Sans Frontières, Norwegian Refugee Council, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Credit Union Foundation Australia and GHD. She has held roles based at headquarters and in the field across East and South Asia, most recently as Interim CEO of Assisi Aid Projects in Melbourne and co-leading the Protection Cluster in Afghanistan.

Nimarta has a compliance background and has worked closely on accreditation and systems development. Her experience includes operations management, program development, policy, gender and social inclusion. She has worked at the community to national government level across microfinance, governance, emergency aid, health systems, women’s empowerment and protection.

Nimarta is a consultant in the sector and is currently on the Committee of Management and on the Fundraising and Projects and Strategy Sub-Committees of Assisi Aid Projects. She is also a member of the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee and redr Australia Roster.  She holds tertiary qualifications in Media and Communications, majoring in Politics and International Relations and has recently been trained in profiling coordination of internally displaced people and working in insecure environments.

Assisi staff

Assisi Aid Projects is managed and operated by a team of three staff members.

Chief Executive Officer: Elissa Taylor

Elissa has extensive experience in management, governance, project design and implementation in Australia and also internationally. Having lived in Asia for over ten years Elissa has worked with the Australian government and other non-government and for profit organisations to successfully deliver a range of projects ina  developing country context.

Most recently Elissa was the Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Lao PDR. Elissa is a qualified lawyer with a specific interest in governance and human rights law. 

Program Manager: Kate Greenwood

Kate has over 12 years experience working in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, Kate worked as International Projects Manager for the Alternative Technology Association, where she had responsibility for managing renewable energy projects in remote areas of Timor-Leste.

Previously, Kate worked at Oxfam Australia for 10 years, during which time she held several different roles within the International Program Section. As part of the South Asia team, Kate worked closely with national staff in Sri Lanka to improve program quality and strengthen program management systems. In the funding team, Kate managed Oxfam’s NGO funding agreement with DFAT (then AusAID) and strengthened internal contract management procedures. Prior to this, Kate worked in the Southern Africa team where she supported national staff in Zimbabwe to manage HIV and gender projects.

Before transitioning to the international development sector, Kate ran her own small business and worked in the corporate sector in London. Kate has a degree in European Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Manchester, UK. 

Finance Manager: Lin Sun

Lin is a member of CPA Australia. She has a Masters of Business and 9 years experience in the finance and not-for-profit sector

We are also supported by a number of skilled volunteers and partner organisations in our countries of operation.


Updated 14th May 2018