Senior Management

The staff at CBM Australia provides expertise, skills and a high level of commitment to ensure we’re doing the best we can to restore lives in the poorest places.

Jane Edge
Chief Executive Officer
Director, Vision 2020 Australia;
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors;

Jane was recently appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer after serving as Chief Operating Officer of CBMA since 2012.

Passionate about social justice, Jane draws on over 20 years’ experience in high impact roles focused on supporting positive change and sustainable development. She possesses a unique blend of senior executive/CEO/Board and leadership development experience, combining depth and breadth of knowledge across strategic and operational management.

Prior to her work with CBM Australia, Jane’s extensive experience includes seven years as CEO of ChildFund Australia, five years as Regional Director-Asia for ChildFund International and four years as an independent consultant specialising in executive management (including leadership and organisational development, strategic planning, change management and communications).

As CEO, Jane exemplifies a commitment to making a lasting, positive difference by enabling others to be agents of change. 

Kirsty Thompson
Inclusive Development Director

Kirsty joined CBM in 2005 following the Boxing Day Tsunami in south-east Asia.  Kirsty has a PhD and originally trained as an occupational therapist. She has been involved in research, education and practice around disability for 20 years both in Australia and in other countries.
Kirsty works with her team to advocate with and for people with disabilities, as well as on capacity development and research that seeks to ensure our programs are inclusive of people with disabilities. Kirsty enjoys working for CBM because the organisation regularly reflects and adapts to ensure we better serve and empower people with disabilities in the communities we work in.

Dave Jones
Chief Operating Officer

Dave has a passion for rejuvenating and shaping organisations that make a difference and impact people's lives so as to enable them to reach their full potential. Dave has over 20 years experience in a range of leadership and management roles, developing his skills through working in not-for-profit, commercial banking and government organisations.

Prior to joining CBM Dave was a member of the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) executive for 12 years, leading functions such as Finance, People & Culture, Information & Communication Technology, Marketing & Communications, Volunteer Engagement and Management, Risk & Insurance Management and Company Secretary duties. Dave moved into the not-for-profit sector after returning to Australia following over a decade working in the highly competitive UK banking industry.

Dave is a qualified Accountant and member of the Institute of Company Directors. He has diverse experience both reporting to Boards and being a Board member. One current Board involvement is with a Bendigo Bank Community Bank.

Dave has a down to earth manner that fits well with the CBM values and culture. He is married with a son in secondary level school and outside of work Dave enjoys camping and DIY home renovation.

Sophie Plumridge
Fundraising & Communications Director

Edwina Faithfull-Farmer
International Programs Director

Edwina has worked in the international development sector since 1991. Throughout this time she has been involved in international development programs practice, management, and systems. In 2006 she joined CBM after completing a Masters degree in Social Science.

Edwina and her team work with field partners and CBM Regional and Country Offices, strengthening practise and systems, promoting learning and accountability.

“I find it really fulfilling to see the difference CBM’s work makes with people with disability, working together for sustainable change at many levels – in families, communities, organisations and government. Our work has many challenges - I enjoy tackling those and seeing positive results.”

David Lewis
Strategic Programs Director

David has worked with CBM since 1989. During his first seven years, together with his wife Cate and three young children, David worked with local partner organisations in West Africa.  His focus was on rehabilitation and access to services for the poorest people with disabilities in Sierra Leone and Niger.

David recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) recognising his passion for and service to people with disabilities. He has also received an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to International Development’, from the Australian Council for International Development. The award recognises David’s work promoting disability inclusion to aid and development programs, both in Australia and internationally.

David’s enthusiasm for CBM’s work remains as strong as ever. He is now working to ensure disability inclusion in environmental, emergency and eye-health related programs.

Janelle Richards
People and Culture Director

Janelle is a senior HR practitioner with a strong background in international development and relief, and is privileged to have worked in over 20 different countries at regional, national and international levels. Prior to joining CBM in 2013, Janelle led the People and Culture development at another not-for-profit organisation, where she was involved in organisational change and enhancing current HR practices.