Two New Directors Appointed to Fulcrum Aid Board

Written by Steve Blacket on Friday, 09 September 2016. Posted in Fulcrum Aid News

Simon Uppill and Dr Julie Robinson have been appointed as Fulcrum Aid Directors.

Two New Directors Appointed to Fulcrum Aid Board

The Board of Fulcrum Aid will benefit from the knowledge and experience brought by it's newest members, Simon Uppill and Dr Julie Robinson.

Simon has a degree in Development Studies through Adelaide University including courses on poverty, gender and conflict. His concern for the disadvantaged has led Simon to volunteer with prison support programs, and work with Servants in Vancouver supporting people with mental illness, addictions and homelessness. His exploration of restorative communities has led him on a journey through remote Australia and India. Simon has a background in sports retail management and is currently employed as a school chaplain in Adelaide's southern suburbs.

Dr Julie Robinson is the Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Flinders University. In her role as a developmental psychologist she has specialised in resilience in situations of adversity. Julie has had extensive experience with refugees and other disadvantaged communities in the developing world through research, supervision and lecturing. In 2014 she was co-convenor of an intensive training program on maternal and child health for staff from diverse East African government departments and NGOs that was funded through the Australia Leadership Awards Fellowships program.

Julie and Simon join Verity Newnham, Brian Tunks, Michael Janssen and Steve Blacket as the Directors responsible for the vision, direction and compliance of Fulcrum Aid.

Photo: Fulcrum Aid Directors (from left to right) Simon Uppill, Julie Robinson, Steve Blacket, Verity Newnham, Michael Janssen, Brian Tunks.

About the Author

Steve Blacket

Steve Blacket

Steve is the Managing Director of Fulcrum Aid, an organisation dedicated to sustainable freedom from extreme poverty with partnerships in four countries across Africa and the Asia-Pacific. Steve’s urban ministry in South Australia led to lifelong friendships among the South Sudanese refugee community who requested Steve’s assistance with community development in their homeland. Working with a faith-based organisation Steve initiated and managed various projects in South Sudan including Darfur refugee support, training and resourcing Traditional Birth Attendants, an intervention program for war affected children, a Midwives Training School, a program for girl’s education, and a community agricultural enterprise. Steve also initiated education projects and social enterprises among the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. Steve returned to Australia in 2013 with a vision of how a small, non-aligned aid organisation committed to assisting early stage, locally initiated projects could make a difference. Partnerships and project opportunities continue to grow, including slavery rehabilitation in South Sudan, social enterprises in Bangladesh, independence schemes for vulnerable young women in Uganda and South Sudan, holistic care for HIV affected children in Bangladesh, and resourcing a Nurse and Midwife School in Juba, South Sudan. Steve’s vision drew support from across Australia and in 2014 he led the founding of Fulcrum Aid, dedicated to supporting in-country leaders and harnessing Australian partners and resources so that local communities could move towards sustainable freedom from extreme inequality and poverty. Today Fulcrum Aid has a dedicated team of Directors and an expert staff including Business, Project, Publicity and Research consultants, supported by Steve in his role as Managing Director.

Contact Steve by email here.

Comments (1)

  • Shila Phopo

    Shila Phopo

    05 November 2016 at 23:11 |
    I must say I am more than privileged to work with this team of highly intelligent, completely dedicated and competent international development experts! So ready to roll! Bring on 2017


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