About Us

MEET OUR EPIC TEAM

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

SARAH IRELAND

Sarah is One Girl’s CEO. She has over 10 years experience working across the humanitarian and development sectors. Sarah has worked on the frontlines of some of the worst humanitarian crises of recent years in the Philippines, Iraq, Syria and Myanmar. When she’s not overseeing all things One Girl, Sarah loves getting a regular dose of ‘vitamin sea’ and hanging out with her curious (and hilarious) two-year-old daughter.

BEC YANDELL

Bec is our Community Engagement Manager. She is responsible for running our Ambassador program for Do It In A Dress, as well as our schools and speakers programs, and spends her days thinking of new ways to inspire people to become change makers. When she’s not busy hanging at the local dog park with her fur-babies Reggie and Lola, Bec loves settling in with a big cup of tea, a good book, and a chocolate biscuit (or two).

ERICA BERTHELSEN

Erica is our International Programs Director. It’s her job to make sure all the funds we raise are making a lasting difference to girls in Africa. She works alongside our partner organisations to design, co-ordinate, and monitor our programs to ensure they have the impact that they should. Erica grew up in the Yarra Valley, which has instilled in her a life-long love of trees, animals, and cheese.

MÉABH FRIEL

Méabh is our Communications Director. It’s her role to devise all of our communication strategies and policies — and to make sure we’re giving a voice to the girls we work with, telling their stories and reporting back on where the money goes. On weekends she can be found playing gigs, trawling the live music scene, and trying not to buy more indoor plants.

OUR SIERRA LEONE TEAM

MARY KHOZI

Mary is our Africa Regional Director! It’s up to Mary to provide direction and strong leadership to our Sierra Leonean country office. She seeks out and manages new partnerships with other non-government organisations and donors across Sierra Leone and Uganda. When she’s not with her family of 6 (amazing!) she loves travelling, learning something new, and her children are her greatest treasure.

EMMANUEL KAMARA

Emmanuel is our Community Programs Manager in Sierra Leone. He monitors our programs and works closely with our scholars, their families and communities, and our partners. He works tirelessly to build exceptional relationships with the key stakeholders in the communities where our programs run. His favourite thing to do is be with his daughter Emmanuella and help her with her studies, as well as settling in to read a good book.

OUR CO-FOUNDERS

CHANTELLE BAXTER

During a life-changing trip to Sierra Leone, Chantelle was struck by the challenges that women and girls face everywhere and committed herself to doing something about it, co-founding One Girl in 2009. As Chief Inspiration Officer, Chantelle inspired our community to start making a difference – sparking the grassroots movement that allowed us to grow, and crafting the passionate, real, and fiery voice that One Girl has become known for.

DAVE DIXON

After traveling through Africa and meeting just some of the 130 million girls around the world out of school, Dave knew he wanted to do something about it. So he co-founded One Girl in 2009, and helped set up the structures that have allowed us to grow rapidly as an organisation. Dave was also the creative brain behind much of our videos and photography, bringing to life the authentic and compelling storytelling that has become our signature.