A specialist in community development, protection and education, Mark’s career has seen him working on a diverse portfolio of projects across Latin America, Indonesia, the Pacific and East Africa. After early career experience in child protection and in the education sector, in 2008 Mark began coordinating community development projects with local NGOs in both Central America and Vanuatu. Later he leveraged his teaching and curriculum design experience to build education capacity in Indonesia before transitioning to the federal government as a Humanitarian Officer at AusAID. Upon completing his Masters in Global Health, Mark joined Save the Children working with refugees in the camps of Nauru. He then moved to East Africa to work in operations management in both Tanzania and Burundi. He later returned to Nauru to support Save’s program closures before moving to Melbourne to work for the Australian Red Cross as a trainer within their International Programs division. After joining RedR Australia in early 2018 Mark now manages our diverse humanitarian training portfolio.
Peter is an international humanitarian and disaster management professional with special expertise in coordination, liaison and facilitation roles. He possess an in-depth knowledge of humanitarian systems, and has qualifications and experience in disaster management. Peter has worked for UN agencies, national Governments and NGOs in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. His last deployment was to support UNICEF in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Peter has a background in education and training, including several years as an outdoor education instructor and he still loves to be outdoors whenever he can.
Mark commenced with RedR in a full time capacity in April 2019 as Senior Humanitarian Trainer. Prior to that he was an Associate Trainer with the RedR training team since 1999. His area of expertise for more than 30 years has been in the radio and telecommunications sector, including 10 years with Federal Government managing field operations compliance and enforcement investigators. He has worked locally in Australia in emergency response with State Emergency Service and Fire Authorities, and spent 13 years overseas working in more than 20 countries. Mark was the United Nations Emergency Telecommunications Coordinator during humanitarian crises in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan, and was also deployed to a number of other missions, including Cyprus, Jordan, Ethiopia, Niger, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Fiji. He is also a UN certified Civil-Military coordination officer. He has worked extensively in Papua New Guinea, and spent 15 months as the Supervising Communications Technical officer at Davis Station in Antarctica. Mark is a qualified trainer and investigator, holds a Diploma of Management, and is currently studying a post graduate degree in Humanitarian Action at Deakin University.
Jess McNeill is a Dookie local and works on-site at the Dookie Campus. Jess has a small business and event management background, and has been supporting our Dookie training courses for over 10 years. In her spare time, Jess volunteers with the Goulburn Valley Community refugees programs and in the Murray region. Jess is currently studying Community Services and hopes to expand her work with the refugee community. Jess is responsible for administration and logistics at Dookie College. If you have any issues with dietary requirements or accommodation for the HEAT or EHP courses Jess is the best person to contact.
Tess Freeman has a background in educational psychology, and plays a key support role across RedR Australia’s humanitarian training courses. Tess is responsible for RedR’s digital transformation through development of RedR’s digital platform, the training portal. Tess is your main contact for all course related questions.
RedR Australia has a core training team that coordinates our humanitarian training courses, meets requests for specialised training and manages our pool of associate trainers.
RedR Australia is recognised as a provider of quality training for humanitarian workers around the world. We have a core staff team of three trainers and a pool of over 70 Associate Trainers. All of these personnel make up a highly experienced field of specialists, trainers and humanitarian practitioners.
All courses are coordinated by our in-house training team and facilitated by our highly experienced local and international Associate Trainers who have worked for United Nations agencies and a range of humanitarian organisations globally. RedR Australia’s trainers have many years of field and operational experience in both natural disasters and complex emergencies associated with conflict. Participants benefit from our trainers' significant field experience.
If you would like to get in contact with the training team please contact us here.