Partners Relief & Development Australia was incorporated in 2005 and is the Trustee for the Partners Relief & Development Australia Overseas Aid Fund. Along with other charitable organisations with the same vision in the USA, Canada, Norway, and the UK, Partners Relief & Development Australia's purpose is to support sustainable development projects in Myanmar; and when needed help those affected by acute crisis by providing emergency aid. Partners Relief & Development Australia Inc is a registered Public Benevolent Institution and is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient (DGR).
Committee of Management
Saw Joe Pereira
Joe Pereira is our longest serving Board member (joined in April 2011) and lives in Alstonville, where Partners was originally headquartered. He was born in Wollongong one month after his parents (an Anglo-Burmese father and Karen mother) fled Burma. Despite the sudden exit, his family has tirelessly worked to improve the situation for people within Myanmar and in resettling immigrants to Australia. His father’s efforts were recognised in 2009 when he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and Joe feels privileged to be able to continue his legacy. Joe runs a community relations consultancy involved in delivering multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects. He is married to Kristine and they have six children who are also carrying on the family tradition of involvement in relief and development initiatives. Joe took on the role of Chairman in December 2017
Naw Daffodil Sawmei
Daffodil was born in Thay Kah Yat Village, Hlaing Bwe Township Karen State, Myanmar and went to Mae La Refugee Camp on the Thai Burma border as a one month old. She received her education at Mae La up to the Associate Diploma in Art and then served in the community as a teacher for two years before resettling in Australia in 2008 on a refugee visa.
After arriving in Australia, she attended AMEP and completed the Cert IV in Spoken & Written English, followed by a Cert IV in Education Support at Central TAFE.
She held several short term jobs until she found full time employment with the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre as an Office Receptionist to Administration Support Officer in December 2011. Employment at the MMRC allowed her to expand her knowledge and experience in administration area, and gave her a greater insight into the issues faced by migrants to this great country.
While working full time, Daffodil has actively been involved in the wider community and served for 7 years as Secretary of the Australian Karen Organisation WA. She looks forward to participating in enhancing the quality of life for the children of Myanmar. Daffodil joined the Partners Relief & Development Australia Board in December 2017.
Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) majoring in Accounting.
Brian has had 27 years active involvement in the financial management of various charities with 10 years involvement with organisations working in the relief and development sector. Brian joined the Partners Relief & Development Australia Board in May 2012.
Rev Dr Robert Kilpatrick
Rob has been involved in the Aid and Development sector for 35 years and has helped establish social enterprise business in India, Bangladesh, China, PNG, Afghanistan and in NZ. He has worked with several Aid and Development organizations over his working life including Marketplacers International, Banzaid, Fortify Rights, and Partners Relief & Development. His PhD was focused on the attributes of various community embedded peace-builders. He presently co-chairs the Joint Learning Initiative on Local Faith Communities that is building an evidence base for the World Bank, the UN and various government agencies on how to best interface with various faith groups and scale up their enterprises to help meet the latest SDGs. Rob joined the Board as Chairman in May 2012.
Jeffrey John Fullelove
Master Transformational Development
Jeff spent 23 years full time in the Royal Australia Air Force and 19 years in the Reserves. He is currently Program Coordinator with CareerLink. Jeff has established strong connections with Karen refugees living on the Thai/Burma border as well as those who have settled in Western Australia. Jeff joined the Partners Relief & Development Australia Board in May 2012
Eric has 45 plus years experience in the development of business with an international base, many spent at a senior management level, actively mentoring individuals and organisations in a variety of locations. . He is currently an active Board member on a number of local and international boards as well as consulting to other organisations on a regular basis in the areas of compliance, policy, risk management and funding. Eric joined the Partners Relief & Development Australia Board in February 2015.
Bachelor of Human Services (Children and family services major)
Bachelor of Arts (Human Rights and Ethics major)
Research Masters of Applied Science in Public Health and Social Work (focusing on human trafficking prevention in South East Asia).
Stephanie (Steph) was a sessional academic at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), teaching human rights, ethics and sexual crimes tutorials and is now the Prevention, Awareness and Education Manager for The A21 Foundation of Thailand, based in Bangkok. In 2016 Steph gave a TEDx talk in Beppu, Japan, about human trafficking. Steph has been serving on the Partners Relief & Development Australia Board of Directors since June 2015.
National Administrator, Australia
Bachelor of Health Promotion
Graduate Certificate of International Public Health
Joy commenced working part time for Partners Australia in December 2014. Joy and her husband Colin moved to Melbourne in early 2014 after living for almost 3 years in Yangon, Myanmar and 9 years in the Solomon Islands. During those 12 years Joy and Colin were involved in community development, with Joy specialising in health promotion. While overseas she studied as an external student to obtain her tertiary qualifications. The Partners office is currently based in Joy’s home in Melbourne.