“After experiencing first-hand the terrible plight of some of the world’s most at risk children, I felt compelled to make a difference”.
Founder and Executive Director
Twelve years ago, Geoff’s professional career as an international pilot dovetailed into his vocational calling – founding and directing Beyond The Orphanage (BTO).
After taking a chance trip to Ethiopia, and experiencing first-hand the extreme hardships facing the country’s orphaned children, Geoff felt emotionally compelled to create change.
Since the inception of BTO in 2007, Geoff has balanced senior positions in the aviation industry (both in Australia and internationally), with his managing director duties at BTO.
Geoff’s attention to detail and innovative management of all aspects of the organisation is complemented by his ability to attract and utilise global experts in the fields of development, child protection and policy.
Under Geoff’s leadership over the past decade BTO has taken over 1,000 children off the street, and provided them with the support and skills necessary to become independent young adults. His continuing commitment and dedication to the growth of BTO is reflected by the expansion of the program to Nepal in 2015.
You can reach Geoff at [email protected]
Tim became a founding director of Beyond the Orphanage after visiting Kidane Mehret Orphanage in Addis Ababa in 2007 and developing insight into the urgent need for support for older orphans facing the transition from the orphanage to independent living. An art photographer for more than thirty years, Tim has established and managed a number of successful businesses including: a professional photo processing laboratory, a leading supplier of technology solutions for design, photograph and video editing, and a web based system for marketing and delivering stock photography.
You can reach Tim at [email protected]
Kate has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and currently works as in-house legal counsel for one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Prior to this she worked for an international law firm with roles based in Singapore, London and Hong Kong. Kate is driven by a desire to give back to the world we all share; especially vulnerable children, believing that they too deserve every chance at life, hope and happiness. Outside of volunteering her time to various charitable institutions, she has participated in a number of not for profit projects including school renovation in Nepal, the establishment of a global travel company intended to return money to local communities and housing/building projects for women and girls in crisis across Asia.
You can reach Kate at [email protected]
Peter is a partner of Banki Haddock Fiora, a firm specialising in intellectual property, IT, entertainment and media law. He is an experienced lawyer and advisor negotiating contracts and representing clients in disputes in copyright and related areas in Courts and Tribunals. Peter is chairman of the Australian Copyright Council and a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He has been a member of several government advisory committees on copyright and communications law and is a former chairman of the Copyright Law Review Committee and member of the board of Copyright Agency Limited.
You can reach Peter at [email protected]
Originally from Australia, Keven has worked in Hong Kong for the past sixteen years as a commercial pilot. He has been involved in child welfare since 2008 and has founded a home care project for a small group of orphaned children in Nepal. Keven regularly runs ultra marathons to fundraise for various child welfare projects. Keven joined the Beyond The Orphanage Foundation board in 2015, and provides a valued link between our work in Nepal and our strategy and governance back in Australia.
You can reach Keven at [email protected]
Nancy currently works as corporate legal counsel of one of Australia’s leading biomedical research institutes. Prior to this she worked as a commercial lawyer for highly regarded Australian law firm where she was heavily involved with the firm’s pro-bono practice.
Prior to retraining as a lawyer, Nancy was a senior manager in the corporate sector and subsequently ran her own successful consulting business while her two children were very young. Nancy is passionate about making the world a better place for people living in less fortunate circumstances than hers, especially children.
Nancy’s first charitable volunteer experience was a mentor in the Big Sister program. She has also been a volunteer at the Kingsford Legal Centre, Taronga Park Zoo and the Luncheon Club (which provides meals and support for people living with HIV/AIDS).
You can reach Nancy at [email protected]
Amy has a Masters degree in Business Administration and has had over 20 years of experience in the not for profits sector within financial, donor database and HR areas. Jane’s background was teaching and accounting before making the jump into the non profit sector, she now also operates her own consulting / coaching business working with SMEs to improve their systems and performance. Jane lives in Melbourne with 2 grown-up daughters, her 2 dogs and her cat. She is really excited to have joined the BTO team last year and is responsible for financial administration.
You can reach Jane at [email protected]
Head of Digital Marketing
After many years operating in the retail industry, Nancy started her own business consulting to organisations in her area of expertise, Marketing and Operations. Specialising in project and website management, digital marketing strategies and content marketing strategies, she consults to a variety of companies across Australia. Nancy lives in Melbourne with her husband, their two young boys and their furry English staffy.
Having spent a year in Central America volunteering with children in remote communities, Nancy was immediately attracted to Beyond the Orphanage and their unique family-based model of care.
You can reach Nancy at [email protected]
Photographer & Child Sponsorship Coordinator
Kerry Pryor currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She received a Diploma of Applied Photography in 2008 from RMIT.
She has exhibited nationally at galleries such as Global Gallery in NSW and Edmond Pearce Gallery in Melbourne. Her passion for highlighting social issues has seen her receive several highly regarded photographic awards as well as reaching the finals of the HeadOn Photographic Portrait Prize 2013. In 2015 her portfolio was reviewed and awarded the Guy Vinciguerra Fellowship by Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The fellowship will see her travel to Huston Foto Festival in 2016 to present her folio to another review panel. Pryor runs her own freelance commercial photography business in Melbourne.
Her ability to associate with people in every situation, love of story telling and gentle personality has seen her personal work and style really come into their own in her Documentary Collections.
You can reach Kerry at [email protected]