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Our Executive Team

Kerrin Benson - Chief Executive Officer
Kerrin Benson
Chief Executive Officer
Kerrin Benson has been the CEO of Multicultural Australia since 2004. Under her leadership, Multicultural Australia has grown to become one of Australia’s most respected providers of settlement and support services for refugees, migrants and international students. Since graduating with a bachelor of social work in 1984, Kerrin has worked extensively in the government and non-government sectors, in community development, child protection and multiculturalism. She has extensive advisory experience at all levels of government, including the Brisbane City Council’s Inclusive Brisbane Board, Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council and the Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers in Detention. Kerrin’s management philosophy is to focus on making an impact, while inspiring a culture grounded in ethics and values. She believes that anything can be delivered with a good idea, hard work and goodwill.
Rod Wilson - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Manager, People & Systems
Rod Wilson
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Manager, People & Systems
Rod is Multicultural Australia’s CFO and Executive Manager for People and Systems. He has extensive experience as a senior executive working across both state and commonwealth government and across a range of sectors including education, law enforcement, emergency services, tourism, employment and training. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants. Rod is passionate about working collaboratively to achieve quality community outcomes.
Vanessa Fabre - Executive Manager, Partnerships and Events
Vanessa Fabre
Executive Manager, Partnerships and Events
Vanessa oversees corporate communication, major events and strategic partnerships for Multicultural Australia. She has over 20 years’ experience in community and government sectors, joining Multicultural Australia in 2015. She holds a Master of Health Science, Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) and Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion. Vanessa’s vision is a community that collaborates to make Queensland a welcoming and inclusive place to live work and play.
Leah Percival - Executive Manager, Client Services
Leah Percival
Executive Manager, Client Services
Leah leads Multicultural Australia’s direct services to clients and their communities, overseeing casework, housing, orientation and settlement leadership. Leah joined Multicultural Australia in 2011, establishing Multicultural Australia’s presence in Toowoomba, which has continued to be a prosperous and inclusive region of welcome. Leah has also delivered international development projects in Nauru, providing high level social policy advice to the Nauruan and Australian governments. Leah holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University. Her vision is to inspire and engage our communities to provide authentic, warm welcomes to newly arrived Queenslanders.
Tim Draper - Executive Manager, Social and Economic Inclusion
Tim Draper
Executive Manager, Social and Economic Inclusion
Tim oversees Multicultural Australia’s social and economic inclusion programs. He joined Multicultural Australia in 2013 with senior management experience across the community, education, youth justice and mental health sectors, including as Chief Operations Officer at Healthy Options Australia. During his tenure with Multicultural Australia, Tim has been the senior manager overseeing our Brisbane-based service delivery to refugees and people seeking asylum. Tim is passionate about making a difference through leading and mentoring high performing teams.
Christina Skoien - Company Secretary
Christina Skoien
Company Secretary
Christina oversees Multicultural Australia’s corporate governance and manages compliance, quality and risk management. She joined Multicultural Australia in 2015 with extensive state government experience in the areas of women’s policy, seniors programs and homelessness. Christina has completed a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality, particularly for refugee and migrant women and girls.

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Acknowledgement of country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.

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Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.