Executive & Management 



Marc Preston
Executive Officer

The Marc is a humanitarian practitioner with over 10 years experience in responding to emergencies caused by natural disasters and conflict. He holds a Master of International Crisis Management (Monash University) as well as qualifications in law and security risk management. He also acts as a Crisis Practitioner and has assisted government instrumentalities and corporations in implementing emergency response and crisis management strategies. Marc has principally worked in the Non Government Organisation sector but has also been engaged by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer



Paul Piaia
Information Technician and PR   

Paul is a Project Manager for RACV and was part of the early Emergency Response Team to Pakistan in 2005 and East Timor in 2006 and 2009. Paul was responsible for compiling village assessments, logistics, statistical gathering, mapping, and helping the doctors and medics with general first aid. Paul now volunteers his time tirelessly in promotion and media liason duties and management of the AAI website. AKA the Scorpion...


Paul Gould
Human Resources Coordinator

Paul is an experienced electrical / electronics engineer and has held a number of senior management roles within the fields of HR and General Management over the last 15 years, gaining international business and project experience across Asia, Europe and the North America.  Paul also has experience as a member of the ADF and as a volunteer fire fighter and CFA team leader during major civil emergencies. He is qualified in Humanitarian Operations and holds a Master of Business Law degree together with graduate diplomas in commercial law and business administration.


Jessica Holden
Training Coordinator

Jessica has recently worked at the Mao Tao Medical Clinic on the Thai / Burma border, as well as provided trauma training to Burmese medics during the AAI / GHAP Trauma Training Course. Having a passion for training and education, Jessica is AAI's Training Coordinator. She is also a doctor working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is currently completing a Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University, specialising in Sexual Health, and has a Family Planning of Victoria certificate in Reproductive Health.

Nikki Zingerle
Program Coordinator (GetInvolved! Program)

Nikki has recently returned from the Thai/Burma border where she visited the Mae Tao Clinic and provided training to Burmese medics during the AAI/GHP Trauma Training Course. Nikki is a registered nurse in the area of Emergency and Trauma. She also has an academic background in International Development, and previous volunteer experience in the Philippines. She is currently completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, specialising in Global Health. Nikki is Program Coordinator for AAI's GetInvolved! Medical Program and is passionate about humanitarian aid and development.


Heather Pettican
Program Coordinator (GetInvolved! Program)

Heather is from England and she moved to Australia in 2010 after completing a Masters in Applied Human Rights. Prior to this, she obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Criminology and Applied Psychology. Heather has undertaken various volunteer, work and research placements in South and East Africa and also works with our partner organisation, Focus on Africa Development (FOAD) as International Programs Officer. Heather coordinates AAI's Education and NGO volunteer placements for the GetInvolved! Program.


Sophie Wallace
Program Officer

Sophie is a registered nurse with qualifications including a Masters in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Infection Control.  Sophie is currently a Program Officer with AAI where she is responsible for the preparation and briefing of volunteers before they deploy on the GetInvolved! Education program on the Thai/Burma border. Sophie also provides essential linkages between our Australian headquarters and the dedicated personnel working tirelessly along the border.  Sophie has always had an interest in humanitarian work and looks forward to assisting future volunteers prepare for their time along the Thai / Burma border. 

Sophie Young
Program Assistant

Sophie Young is currently working as an Ambulance Paramedic in Melbourne, after completing a bachelor of health science. Sophie has travelled extensively through many regions which include Thailand and Cambodia. Sophie is Program assistant for AAI's GetInvolved! Program where she primarily looks after post deployment operational procedures, including deployment debriefs and channeling the data received to improve the logistical and supportive aspects of GetInvolved! Programs. Sophie also organises media opportunities to increase the publics awareness of AAI's humanitarian efforts. Sophie is working towards a career in disaster relief to aid regions with inadequate support; such as the countries AAI currently assist.

Rachel Browne
Program Assistant

Rachel is currently studying her Masters in International Development after returning from five years of living and travelling overseas. Rachel  travelled through India, Europe, North Africa, North America and South East Asia. Prior to returning she spent three months in Thailand working for a Burmese Human Rights organisation. Rachel has recently taken the role of Program Assistant on the Get Involved Program.

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