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.

JEZ HUNGHANFOO

Jez is our Chief Operating Officer. He looks after the business of keeping the lights on, supporting our amazing campaigns and programs and making sure One Girl is functioning as efficiently as possible. When he’s out of the office, Jez juggles postgrad studies, hunting down great food, and taking in Melbourne’s arts and cultural offerings.

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).

KARA GIBBONS

Kara is our Fundraising & Relationships Manager. She looks after our Business Partner program and Graduation donors, establishing ongoing partnerships & collaborations that will help One Girl to grow. Kara had been a volunteer with One Girl since 2013 (amazing right?!) and is super passionate about girls’ education. She’s also quite passionate about brunch and boybands, the latter of which she has travelled across the globe to see.

JENNIFER THOMAS

Jennifer is our Fundraising and Campaigns Coordinator. She spends her time chatting with our amazing donors, making sure they have all their One Girl questions answered. She also works with the fundraising team to create new strategies for our awesome campaigns. When not putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising, Jennifer is a sustainability champion completing an environment and sustainability masters AND she’s a mum to two (adorable) kids.

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.

LOUISE ATKINS

Louise is our International Programs Manager. It’s up to Louise to make sure our programs in Sierra Leone and Uganda are running smoothly! She spends her days collecting data from the field and finding new opportunities to grow our programs. When she’s not making sure our programs are the best they can be, Louise loves exploring nature, learning new skills (currently swing dancing), and testing recipes on family and friends.

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.

ELLA DANN-LIMON

Ella is our Communications Coordinator. She is our strategic social manager who co-creates inspiring content for our website and emails, as well as working with the Fundraising team to share incredible stories of all things One Girl.  She has a love for community radio and is a BIG tea enthusiast who will take the time to convert any coffee drinker.

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.

NAASU BECKLEY

Naasu is our Financial and Monitoring Officer. It’s up to her to make sure that all of the data in the office and the field is accurately collected and kept up to date and regularly reports on our income and expenses. When she’s not making sure our programs run as smooth as possible, Naasu loves taking her family to the beach, reading, and helping her kids study!

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.

CHRISTIANA BECKLEY

Christiana, affectionately named ‘Beckley’, is our Field Officer in Sierra Leone. Beckley visits the communities we’re working in, meeting with One Girl Scholars and our LaunchPad participants to make sure all the materials (sanitary pads, text books etc) are being distributed properly! When she’s not on the ground overseeing our LaunchPad and Scholarships programs, her favourite thing to do is go through her son’s school work and help him with this studies.

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.