Dr Jane Thomason
BSW, MPH, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Thomason established JTA International in 1999 and has successfully led its growth, building from an initial portfolio of aid programs to diversify into the mining sector and develop Australian operations. Dr Thomason has worked extensively in Indonesia, PNG and the Pacific, Mongolia and the Philippines and has held executive roles in Australia and internationally, including: Chair of the Wesley Hospital Board; Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Royal Children’s Hospital; Director of Women’s Health in Queensland; Senior Social Sector Specialist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila; Head of the Department Of Community Medicine at the University of PNG and Adviser to the Health Metrics Network Executive Board in WHO, Geneva. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, and is currently a senior adviser to WHO on the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health.
Vice President Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer
Paul has over 15 years Executive/C-level leadership experience within leading ASX, LSE and private organisations in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA servicing both private sector and government clients. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer at ASX listed Collection House where he led their operating businesses to double in value in less than 3 years. As CEO of a private funds management business, he transformed the business into a socially responsible investment manager with funds now covering Africa, Latin America and Asia. He has also been Senior Vice President of Retail Management for the largest bank in Arabia, Managing Director of Corporate Banking for Barclays Plc across Africa and Managing Director of Barclays Bank Seychelles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Plc. Paul is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services (equiv. Bachelor of Financial services), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an Advanced Certificate in Marketing. He has also completed Executive Leadership Programs at both Harvard Business School and London Business School.
B Com, PG Dip BA, FCPA
Scott brings more than 15 years experience across a broad range of industries and has held senior financial roles for a number of national and multinational organizations. His skills include financial control and management, system and process improvement, business strategy and execution, financial modeling and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr Geoff Scahill
General Manager, Papua New Guinea
Geoff has built the Abt Associates private sector portfolio since 2005 and has worked extensively in PNG during this time. Geoff is a highly experienced Health Administrator with particular strengths in financial management, health information systems and general health service management. He has held executive positions in Australia’s public sector and has also worked in the private sector where he was responsible for driving efficiencies within operations and identifying business opportunities in a highly competitive market.
Karen Harmon - AM
AM, RN, RM, Dip. Nursing Admin, Dip. Nursing Studies, BA Admin, Grad. Cert. Mgmt, Grad Cert Int’l Health, GAICD, FCNA, FAIM, MSID, MAICD
General Manager, Australia & The Pacific and Principal Policy Adviser
Karen brings many years of experience in leadership roles in the health sector, domestically and internationally. Karen’s Australian expertise includes diverse roles with government and non-government organisations including Queensland Health, Rotary Australia, CRANAPlus and the Royal Flying Doctors Service; advising on remote and indigenous health services; and her current role as Non-Executive Director of the Board of Management of Northeast Health in Victoria. Internationally, Karen has held positions with organisations including Australian Aid, UNICEF, the Asian Development Bank, CARE Australia, and the Queensland University of Technology. Karen was the former Project Director for the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Health Facility, the Solomon Islands Health Institutional Strengthening Project and the Health Assistance Rehabilitation – Aceh Program.
B.Mus (Hons), M. Bus (Comm)
Vice President, People & Culture and Marketing
Clare has over 18 years experience working in international markets and across multiple sectors including investment banking, IT, and health services. She has held senior roles within a human resources, communications and business development capacity both in-house and as an external service provider. Several of her working years were spent in Singapore where she was responsible for regional and global portfolios.
Grad Dip Evaluation, B.Econ., B. Arts, Political Science and Japanese
Vice President, Program Management and Delivery
Scott brings over 15 years of international development experience across Asia, having delivered projects for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and DFAT (previously AusAID). As Regional Manager in China and Indonesia for a listed Australian company he was instrumental in achieving growth in the region. Scott has strong credentials in commercial management, program management, and driving performance improvement. Prior to joining Abt JTA, Scott held a Director role for DFAT in Indonesia, with responsibility for safeguards, evaluation and design across a $500m portfolio.
Jacqui De Lacy
B. Economics (Hons)
Vice President, Strategy & Consulting
Jacqui joins our executive team from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she most recently held the post of Head of Australian Aid in Indonesia leading the implementation of Australia’s largest bilateral aid program. In a range of senior roles managing Australian aid portfolios Jacqui has led policy dialogue, coalition building and advocacy with national and subnational Governments and CSOs in a wide range of technical areas including social protection, community development, women’s empowerment, health, HIV/AIDS, education, climate change, infrastructure, economic governance, climate change, decentralisation, electoral reform and legal reform. She has held senior roles in managing Australia’s development programs in PNG (2003-2006), Corporate Reform (2007), Food Security and was AusAID’s Global Crisis Response Coordinator (2008-2009).