Our People

INF Australia is powered by passion. A passion for Nepal and its people, and a passion for the things that are deep on God’s heart: justice, mercy and faith. An inclusive organisation, staff and volunteers across Australia and in Nepal bring energy and expertise to realising our vision of life in all its fullness for Nepal’s poor and marginalised people.

Staff Team

Ben Thurley


CEO since 2019, Ben has worked in advocacy, education and leadership for Christian NGOs, including in Nepal, for over 20 years. Ben has teaching and theological qualifications.

“Walking, sharing and praying with groups and communities in Nepal as they work together to seek a better future for all, is a constant challenge for me and a deep source of joy.”

Russ Hancock

Nepal Programs Manager

Working as Projects Lead / Nepal Programs Manager since 2010, Russ brings a wealth of experience in community development, training, and monitoring and evaluation, including six years working with INF in Nepal. Russ has qualifications in Linguistics, Education and a Masters of Social Change and Development.

“I love being part of the team and being involved in the shared progress of our partnerships in Nepal.”

Roger Thompson

Finance Manager

Finance Manager since October 2020, Roger has over 30 years experience in commerce and the profession with roles in two well known NFP’s over the past 12 years. Roger has Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of Commerce qualifications.

“Working closely with a small group of staff in Sydney who have mainly previously worked in Nepal and are very committed to assisting groups and communities in Nepal and seeing the loyalty of donors and supporters is very rewarding”.

Jin Sim Lee

Office Manager

Working as Office Manager since 2006, Jin energetically and diligently ensures that our day-to-day operations and administration run smoothly. She has a Science degree and a Masters of Management.

“As I learn more about the history of INF and meet some of the people that form the story of INF over the years, I am amazed to see God’s guiding hand through its ups and down over the years and into the future. It is a privilege to be part of that journey and the INF family.”


Strategic Engagement Manager

Strategic Engagement Manager since 2021, Sonja brings with her over 30 years of experience in business, international development, innovation and strategy bringing to life the work of INF in Nepal, with a passion for maternal health and education programs. As a seasoned researcher, Sonja is currently completing her Masters in Development Studies at UNSW with a thesis topic unpacking the intersection of theology and development.

“I love exploring new ways to engage with our wonderful supporters through story, prayer and action to transform lives in Nepal and hearts in Australia.”


Nepal Programs Officer

Rhianne joined the Nepal Programs team in 2021. Rhianne is an international development professional with a keen interest in child protection and forced migration. Focusing on capacity building and empowerment, Rhianne has worked with various communities both in Australia and abroad.

“After spending time in Nepal on a student placement, I fell love with the country and people. It’s such a privilege to be a part of a passionate and motivated team that is so committed to seeing positive change in Nepal.”


Nepal Programs Officer

Santosh joined the Nepal Programs team in 2021. With a degree in Sociology and Rural Development, Santosh has a wealth of experience in project management, leadership, and cross-cultural awareness training.


Volunter Support Consultant

Peggy has a wealth of experience serving in Nepal as well as providing professional and pastoral support to expatriate volunteers serving cross-culturally. She  is completing an MA in Member Care and provides coaching and mentoring to volunteers working in Nepal.

I value volunteering with a team of dedicated staff at INFA whose focus is on serving the poor and marginalised in Nepal. I love that INFA values and appreciates the gifts and talents a volunteer brings to the organisation.

Our Board

INF Australia’s Board members are committed Christians who volunteer time and skills to oversee the organisation’s governance, direction and accountability.

Ravi Underwood

Board Chair – CFO and business manager
[Finance and Risk Committee]

William Hood

Deputy Chair – Manager Library and Information Services, Moore College
[Fundraising & Policy Committees]

Richard Reeve

Acting Treasurer – FCPA, Ministry Leader, Churches of Christ NSW
[Finance and Risk Committee]


Nicola McGunnigle

Environmental Scientist and PhD student

[Policy Committee]

Kate Clark

GP and Travel Medicine specialist
[Partnerships Committees]

Richard Groves

Chief Risk Officer, Volt Bank
[Finance and Risk Committee]

Rudra Paudel

Church elder, owner/manager Red Rooster
[Fundraising Committee]



INF Australia’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 lays out three goals, and strategies for achieving them:

INFA is an engaged, accountable, responsive and effective partner supporting Christian health, human rights, disaster response/resilience and community transformation in Nepal. We add value to the work of our partners through our support and collaboration.


INFA develops authentic relationships with Australian individuals, churches, businesses and community groups to facilitate meaningful and holistic responses to injustice and impoverishment in Nepal. We facilitate connections and relationships between Australian individuals, churches, businesses and groups and Nepal & Nepalese communities in Australia.


INFA values continuous learning, experimentation and critical thinking. We are able to develop & share knowledge and innovate effectively to meet current and future challenges.



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