Core group - Australia

Members of the Core Group - Australia have a long and wide experience in international community development and human rights They act as a sounding board for the Board and Program Management Team (PMT) and work as a link between the Community Aid Alliance Board and the friends of Community Aid Alliance, as well as other networks in Australia and the Asia Pacific. In addition the Core Group - Australia will be referral point for volunteer placements if required by the PMT.

Liz Hobbs is the widow of Dr Brian Hobbs. Brian was one of the original members of Community Aid Abroad (CAA) and became the Australian National Chairman of CAA from 1983-1987. Brian was a passionate supporter of CAA for 30 years and had a particular interest in supporting and visiting the highly successful and creative Indian CAA projects.


Since his death, Liz has continued to support the projects, now under the Indian management of Community Aid Alliance. She has 20 years experience in community based rehabilitation of people with disabilities in lower income countries, and is author of the book Life after Injury, a text to help health workers working in war zones and with land-mine injured. She lives in South Australia.





Sally Francis first visited community development projects in rural India almost 30 year ago. Over a period of 20 years she worked as a community health trainer on Aboriginal communities in Australia, Ethiopia and Somalia, and in marketing and administration with Community Aid Abroad/Oxfam Australia and New Internationalist magazine. In 2011 Sally, with her 10 year old daughter Isla, visited Community Aid Alliance projects in Southern India and in 2013 organised a Mothers and Daughters Study Tour, with Community Aid Alliance, visiting village projects with a health and education focus. Sally is currently Arts Coordinator, Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre program, SA, and Ambassador for the national Institute for Creative Health.






Jill Jameson has been a community development worker and peace activist over many years. She has had a long standing connection with Community Aid Abroad from the early sixties when she was living in Kolkata, and later in the eighties, managed programs in parts of India, Sri Lanka and the Horn of Africa. She was Asia program manager for International Womens Development Agency for a couple of years but has primarily worked with local organizations in Burma, Ladakh and Cambodia to help strengthen their capacities. Jill has lectured in Community Development at Deakin University, and is a trainer in conflict transformation and peace-building and action research. She has been involved in the International Network of Engaged Buddhists over the last 15 years.






Jenny Pender lives and works in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Australia. She currently works in Federal politics and has had a varied career working for Aboriginal communities, indigenous media organisations and toured the country with aboriginal musicians. Jenny has had a long association with Community Aid Abroad / Oxfam Australia, participating in several study tours and community leadership programs to India, Bangladesh and Laos as well as travelling extensively throughout Asia over 30 years. She has also been a friend of the Community Aid Alliance since its inception.







Claire is a Brit living in Sydney, Australia and has worked for a decade in marketing and public relations. Claire Salvettis family has a long history with India as her Grandfather lived in Bihar and Orissa in the 1930s. In 2009, Claire spent seven months in India, during which she volunteered with local grassroots NGOs including Community Aid Alliance and helped to improve their communications strategies. Now Claire is back in Sydney and working in a leading Public Relations Agency which has its own not for profit organisation called World Schools Foundation that helps to build schools in Bangladesh and India.