Melbourne Development Circle aims to provide a warm, friendly forum, where people working, or interested in the development, social enterprise and humanitarian sectors in Australia and overseas, meet together regularly to do a combination of the following:
- Interact with engaging speakers from the sector
- Meet new friends and make professional connections
- Share information
- Possibly work together on useful outcomes for the development sector
The Melbourne Development Circle Theory of Change outlines what we want to achieve and how we can contribute towards that positive change in the development sector.
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Past events have featured discussion about:
With speakers from a wide range of agencies including:
Tell us what topics want to hear about or contact us if you have any questions, would like to get involved or speak at an upcoming event.
Leadership Team 2019
Martin Pritchard, President
Martin’s motivation to work in development began with the inequities of global trade and finance systems. A career in IT and sustainability evolved to co-founding Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates which focuses on consulting on project design, training and evaluation. Martin has held environment and social justice volunteer positions and now looks forward to making a difference in the development sphere as President of MDC’s leadership team.
Ju-Lin Lee, Vice-President
Promoting nutrition outcomes in rapidly urbanising lifestyles in Mongolia was Ju-Lin’s entry into the development sector. She now does similar work with disadvantaged communities in Melbourne leading the dietetics/diabetes education unit at a community health organisation, along with child public health research. Ju-Lin looks forward to sharing stories about reducing health and social inequities through MDC.
Megan Jones, Treasurer
Megan entered the development sector researching and advising on child protection matters in Nepal. She now works with community service organisations in Australia to ensure family safety and wellbeing programs meet various quality assurance requirements. Megan joined MDC to stay connected with the development sector and encourage others to do the same by sharing their experience and knowledge.
Rachael Wilken, Secretary
Rachael is a dedicated not-for-profit professional, with experience supporting social change internationally and in Australia. She has done a bit of everything from resource development and operational support, to quality management and governance. Rachael brings her experience in events and her love of a good process to keep the MDC team on track to create a vibrant community for MDC members!
Lauren Goldsworthy, General Member
Lauren has always been interested in development, with a focus on health. She has volunteered for organisations such a Headspace and Save the Children and now works as a Volunteer and Programs Manager for a health promotion charity. Lauren joined the MDC to collaborate and share knowledge within the sector.
Jessica Plummer, Communications and Engagement Manager
Jessica is a communications consultant who has worked and volunteered in the development sector in the UK, Australia and the Pacific since 2010. A trained project manager, she specialises in digital and social media, event coordination and partnerships. Jessica is looking forward to strengthening MDC’s relationships with its community and increasing its online presence.
Vanessa Miller, Events Manager
Vanessa brings her project, events and volunteer management skills to her role as Events Manager. She has previously been involved in organisations like; TEAR Australia, Oaktree and the Salvos. Over the last few years Vanessa has spent time working in the Northern Territory, Canada and Papua New Guinea. She is currently studying her Masters in International Development Practice at Monash University.
Imogen Abandowitz, Events Manager
Promoting the UN SDGs into business strategy in Chile was the starting point of Imogen’s journey into the development space. Bringing volunteer and work experiences in Australia and in South America, including SisterWorks Social Enterprise and the UN Global Compact, she now works within the Alumni and Philanthropy group at RMIT University facilitating campaign support. Imogen joined the network to support MDC events and enrich meaningful connections for social impact.
Harry Quealy, General Member
Harry is currently studying a Master of International Development Practice at Monash University. He has a wide range of interests in the development field, particularly in areas of natural resource management, climate change and gender. Along with the MDC, he currently volunteers at ActionAid and previously has volunteered at the Red Cross, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has interned with the UNDP Sri Lanka. Harry is really excited to meet new and like-minded people through the MDC.
Foundation Steering Committee
Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Chris Piper, Kelly Rae, Ian Jones, Lucinda Hartley, Kirk Fisher, Dr. Simone Buzwell.
Emily Steele, Lucy Norton, Ángela Estévez Megías, Blaise Murphet, Sophie O’Halloran, Dan A’Vard, Ian Jones, Chris Piper, Chloe Piper, Melissa Reid, Petr Svoboda, Felicity Sowerbutts, Tanya Francis, France Pitt, Ashleigh Peplow Ball, Susanne Newton, Rebecca Green, Chrissy de Silva, and Charlotte Beresford.