Share the Dignity is an Australian Charity bringing dignity to women and girls experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and period poverty through the distribution of sanitary items.
Share the Dignity is governed by an independent Board of Directors who are high level specialists in finance, legal, compliance, risk management, fundraising and business and who are consistently monitoring all operations. They are there to protect the integrity of our great charity.
The Board has in place protocols to ensure systems and processes are in place to protect the charity’s reputation and assure all donors, sponsors and other parties can have complete confidence in their donations.
While Rochelle Courtenay heads up the team working daily on Share The Dignity projects, our board works tirelessly to assist the charity to grow ethically and in full compliance with Australian regulations. All of our team, Rochelle Courtenay, our volunteers and our board are 100% dedicated to sharing dignity and safety across Australia.
Susan Pearse, co-founder of Mind Gardener and reinvention, is the author of three books, pioneer of mindfulness in business, and influential business consultant for organisations and leaders across many different sectors.
Susan is well known as a pioneer of mindful leadership in Australia, introducing her award-winning Conscious Leadership Program in 2004. She promotes and models a style of leadership that is transparent and highly values driven. She is renowned for her vision, wisdom and skills in strategy, culture and high performance.
She has held senior management roles in large organisations and is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She provides leadership coaching to many CEOs and Government leaders who rely on her for advice and support.
She has previously been on the Development Board of the Queensland Brain Institute and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and has a passion for women’s issues.
Financial Expert & Treasurer
Shannon is a non-executive director, CEO & CFO with over 25 years of board and senior management level experience. At board level he is currently a NED for Cycling QLD, Spicers Retreats, The Turner Family Foundation and and advisory member of The Apollo Property Group and Doctors on Demand. As an executive he worked for over 25 years in leadership and financial roles with the multinational household names; Flight Centre, Shell and KPMG.
Shannon understands as well, through past experience, that developing people and relationships are the key to great results. This has led him to establish his own leadership consultancy to fuel his passion for people and business growth. As a result he is currently the Director and Co-Founder of Leadershift 7, which specialises in executive level business consulting and mentoring.
Founder and Non-Executive Managing Director
Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’. Rochelle has led a team of volunteers collecting around 2.5 million sanitary products across Australia.
When Rochelle first learnt of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle, she decided the question was not, “why is no one doing anything” but rather, “what’s stopping me from doing something?”
In March 2015, Rochelle took matters into her own hands collecting sanitary items with her local community and distributing to local shelters. As a result, a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity was created and has grown to a national charity. Consequently, it has over 5,000 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.
Bruce Macdonald has been in fundraising for over 20 years. He commenced his professional working career as a secondary school teacher in Victoria. Bruce taught for 17 years before adopting a complete career change. Consequently, he entered the world of fundraising and marketing. On migrating to Queensland in 1999, he took up the position of Director of Development at Brisbane Grammar School. Seven years on, he moved to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise major funds for sick children. Bruce headed up the major gifts and gifts in Wills fundraising program at the Heart Foundation. Most noteworthy was his role as Fundraising Director for nearly 7 years.
Not for Profit Expert
Cameron joined the Share the Dignity Board to help guide the organisation in its growth and maturity as a charity so that it can make an even bigger difference in the lives of women and girls facing adversity. Cameron is the General Manager of Fundraising and Philanthropy at UnitingCare, helping hundreds of thousands of people and families throughout Queensland live life in all its fullness. Cameron is responsible for fundraising and philanthropy across UnitingCare’s health, aged care and community services including Lifeline, Blue Care, The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital as well as UnitingCare’s vast range of community programs. Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Heart Foundation for over 18 years, Cameron led the efforts to significantly increase the impact, profile and revenue of both organisations.
Carol Cooper has enjoyed an incredibly rewarding 22 year career with Flight Centre Travel Group, in roles that have taken her across the globe. She has worked in Cape Town, South Africa, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada and now Brisbane, Australia. In her current role as Chief People Officer for Flight Centre Travel Group, Carole is responsible for the people function looking after employees at every stage of their Flight Centre experience, and proud to deliver outstanding opportunities for career development, amazing employee benefits and a fun-filled workplace culture as one of Australia’s leading employers.
She is also a passionate advocate for women in leadership, and as Co-Founder of FCTG’s Womenwise initiative, proudly champions the 4 C’s – Connect, Celebrate, Collaborate and Create Change.
Kim is a senior professional services executive, lawyer and innovator. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at McCullough Robertson and for more than ten years has implemented innovation projects and driven cultural change aligned to strategy. Before that, Kim spent 15 years as a client facing lawyer, so has a unique understanding of the challenges facing clients and lawyers, and insights into how professional services firms operate.
Over the past decade, Kim has found the opportunities in a changing legal industry by being an enthusiastic early adopter (and adapter) of multiple new technologies, platforms and mindsets to enhance clients’ experience, improve financial performance, increase people’s productivity and engagement, and grow her firm’s professional standing and community contribution. Kim’s success is based on her philosophy of staying connected to people at all levels, to understand their needs, embracing change as an opportunity, and always asking ‘is there a better way?’.
Together with responsibility across operational functions, Kim also drives the firms’ Innovation strategy and McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program, and she is a Director of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, a Director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance and a former member of the CEO Institute.