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 more 11 years experience working across the humanitarian and development sectors, including work 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 riding her bike, rock climbing and hanging out with her curious (and hilarious) toddler and her new baby!

SARAH DOWNIE

Sarah is our Interim CEO, stepping in while our other Sarah is on parental leave (yes we swapped one Sarah for another). Sarah made the leap into the not-for-profit world six years ago in search for greater purpose. Having run her own business, Sarah is well versed in wearing the many hats of a CEO and has been thrilled to bring her experience and passion to One Girl in 2020. When not at One Girl, she is hanging out with her daugher Ale and walking her overly besotted dog Barkley.

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.

CAROLINE HAWKINS

Caroline is our Fundraising Director. It's her job to lead the fundraising team to create engaging campaigns and build important partnerships, so we can continue to support even more girls! Caroline has worked in the not-for-profit sector for a number of years and loves seeing the direct impact fundraising has in creating positive change in the world. When not in the office, Caroline enjoys getting out of the city for a hike in summer, to go snowboarding (badly!) in winter, and is always looking for the nearest dog to say hello to.

YENIVA SISAY

Yeniva is our Africa Regional Director. She is responsible for leading operations of One Girl I in Sierra Leone and Uganda and spends her days making sure the vision and mission of One Girl come to life through our programs and partnerships. When she’s not juggling her many community service activities outside of work, you can find her on the dance floor, designing a new outfit or enjoying her most fulfilling role as Mommy to a Rockstar daughter Mahari!

BEC YANDELL

Bec is our Fundraising and Programs Coordinator. It's her job to make sure that all of our wonderful supporters have all the information, support and encouragement they need to keep on being amazing members of the One Girl Family. She also spends her days working with both the Programs and Fundraising teams to make sure they have everything they need to kick goals, and educate girls! Bec is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and loves nothing more than thinking about what makes people tick. 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).

ROSANNA DREW

Rosie is our Fundraising and Relationship Manager. It is her role to identify and create innovative opportunities that strengthen our relationships with new and existing business partners. Hailing from the rolling plains of Western Victoria, Rosie's always looking for hot gardening tips to improve her urban veggie patch and help limit the growing number of indoor plant fatalities. On the weekends, you can find her crafting clay earrings or instigating dance-offs with friends (and sometimes strangers).

FLORENCE POTTER

Florence is our Community Engagement Manager who is responsible for engaging the One Girl community to ensure we can continue to grow our programs and provide more support to the girls and their families that we work. Florence leads our Ambassador and speakers program, supports our wonderful volunteers and continues to develop our community outreach. Florence has a background in presenting, climate change advocacy and women's empowerment research. Away from the office, she can be found baking and creating mountains of washing up!

TOVE ANDERSSON

Tove is our International Programs Manager. Her job is to work with our partner organisations to document the impact of our programs in the lives of girls and young women. Tove loves social science, specialises in monitoring and evaluation of programs focused on social change and is happiest when knee-deep in qualitative data. On the weekends she likes to weave recycled clothes into rugs, turn hard rubbish into planter boxes and listen to podcasts about true crime!

JENEBA JIMMY

Jeneba is our Community Outreach Officer in Sierra Leone. She works closely with our scholars, partners and communities.

ISHA

Isha is our Community Outreach Officer in Sierra Leone and works closely with our partners, schools, scholars and communities!

IBRAHIM

Ibrahim is our Community Outreach Officer in Sierra Leone and works closely with our partners, schools, scholars and communities!

Fanta

Fanta is our Community Outreach Officer in Sierra Leone and works closely with our partners, schools, scholars and communities!

ABDULAI

Abdulai is our Community Outreach Officer in Sierra Leone. He works closely with our scholars, partners and communities.

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.