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.

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Susan Pearse

Chairperson

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.

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Shannon O’Brien

Financial Expertise

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.

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Rochelle Courtenay

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’. This title came about and stuck  while she collected of over 1.1 Million packets of pads and tampons across Australia over three years. She learned of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle.  Most noteworthy, Rochelle decided the question was not “Why is no one doing anything” but rather “ What’s stopping me from doing something?” First of all, in March 2015 Rochelle took matters in to her own hands collecting sanitary items within her local community and distributing to local shelters. As a result, a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity.  Consequently, it has over 4,400 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.

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Bruce Macdonald

Fundraising Expertise

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.

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Jo Keen

Legal Expertise

Jo Keen has extensive experience as a senior executive leader, lawyer and non-executive director. She has been a General Counsel of one of Australia’s largest energy companies. More recently, Jo has been an Executive General Counsel and Company Secretary leading a division responsible for legal, governance, risk and compliance, internal audit and communications and stakeholder relations. In 2013 and 2014, Jo was named as a finalist in the Australia Corporate Lawyer Association Government Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Jo currently sits on the Board of Australian Sailing and is a member of the Ethics Commission of World Sailing. She has formerly served on the Queensland Development Board of The Hunger Project of Australia and the Board of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

Jo is a passionate leader with a deep commitment to developing future leaders particularly women and creating high performing teams built on inclusion and diversity of thought. She also has a particular interest in creating great companies through culture, strategy, innovation and corporate governance. She is a sought after speaker at leadership and business forums and is a coach and mentor to frontline leaders through to senior executives.

Jo is a former recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship which enabled under to undertake her Masters of Laws in Philadelphia and is a recipient of an Australia Day Award.

Cameron Prout

Not for Profit Expertise

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.