Australian Governance team:
Founder & Chairman
James is the Chairman of Kickstart in Australia and the UK, one of the co-founders of Familia Moja Children’s Centre and a trustee of Nanga Organisation (our Kenyan NGO partner). Outside of Kickstart, James has worked full time for the past 10 years at KPMG and is currently the firm’s East Africa Market Lead for the infrastructure sector, based in Kenya. James is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business. James has been awarded an Australian Leadership Award for his work with Kickstart.
Director and Secretary
David is the Kickstart Kids representative to the Nanga Finance Committee which reviews and approves all finance activities at Oltourto. David is a member of Kickstart Australian and UK boards, and has been the treasurer of Kickstart’s UK operations since September 2012. David is a Chartered Accountant and is a Senior Manager at the Global Infrastructure Hub which focuses on improving the infrastructure landscape around the world. He is currently completing a Management of Business Administration (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW.
David has worked with the UK board to get tax deductibility for Kickstart in multiple European countries. If you have questions re donating through our European platforms, please contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org
In her role as treasurer, Alex is responsible for financial control and reporting over Kickstart’s activities in accordance with various regulatory frameworks. Alex is a chartered accountant with over nine years experience working in tax, business services and audit and has been with BDJ Partners in North Sydney since 2004. She previously graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting. Alex has also been associated with other not for profit organisations within Australia; she served for seven years on the committee of Dressage NSW Inc and is currently the accountant for Gunawirra Limited, an organisation which focuses on improving the welfare and education of aboriginal children between the ages of 0 – 5 years across NSW.
Clare Cole joined the Kickstart team as a Director in December 2015 after spending four months volunteering at Olutroto Children’s Village and Olturoto Primary School, Kenya. Clare’s work at OCV centred on tutoring the children in English and Mathematics, introducing educational resources to the houses and up-skilling the adults on site in the use and management of these resources. Clare holds a Bachelor Degree and Masters of Education from Notre Dame University, Australia; and has experience teaching across Primary and Secondary schools in Western Australia, the United Kingdom and Kenya. Having spent a period of time working as a consultant at the Catholic Education Office in Western Australia, Clare has returned to teaching in a Catholic secondary school in Perth in 2016.
Since late 2014 Ariel has been supporting the Olturoto Children’s Village team develop new local income streams – in line with one of Kickstart’s core philosophies of financial sustainability. Ariel holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Commerce from UNSW and is a Senior Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney. Ariel also has multiple leadership experiences in the non-for profit sector, recently travelling to Cambodia to assist in the local microfinance industry.
AU Annual Report: Kickstart Kids International Limited (Australia)
Kickstart Kids International Limited. PO Box 90, Crows Nest NSW 1585, Australia. ABN: 67 153 380 851. ACN: 153 380 851