Meet the faces at Act for Peace

We're a small but passionate team of listeners, thinkers,
advocates and doers.

We come from different walks of life, and believe that all people are created equal, and should be treated that way. Each day we turn up because we’re committed to making the biggest difference we can to create a more just and peaceful world where everyone has a safe place to belong.

Leadership team

Tricia Keys

Interim CEO

“I am inspired by the communities and partners whom we work with at Act for Peace, in supporting and enabling the millions of people around the work who are asylum seekers, refugees and displaced people.”

Tricia joined Act for Peace in November 2021, to lead the Business Services and Operations team. She comes from an allied health background and has been working in the not-for-profit and international development sector for over 15 years, including in leadership positions within Australia for UNHCR and the Brien Holden Vision Institute. She has a thorough understanding of development and extensive experience in regulatory compliance; plus has a special interest in effectiveness and shaping organisational culture.

Sonia Mar

Head of Finance

“I believe by working together we will bring about substantial change to the lives of millions of displaced people impacted by conflict & disaster and make the world a better place for all of us.”

Sonia joined Act for Peace in December 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. She is a qualified CPA with over 25 years’ not-for-profit and commercial international experience in Business Services. Prior to joining Act for Peace, Sonia held a number of senior executive and management roles where she was responsible for leading and developing robust resources operations in the Asia Pacific Region.

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Geoff Robinson

Head of Partnerships and Program Impact (acting)

“We all have a role to play when it comes to confronting injustice, working with Act for Peace gives me an opportunity to do my part and support others with lived experience tackle the challenges they face.”   

Geoff joined Act for Peace in 2014 and currently oversees our Resilience and Emergencies and Sustainable Development programs. He has worked in community-based, partner and government focused programming, including climate change adaptation, land use and environmental management, disaster risk reduction and emergency response for over twenty years.

Ruthann Richardson

Interim Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer

“I am continuely inspired by the strength and resilience of people forced from their homes, and I believe that we all have a part to play in creating a better world for the millions of people who have been displaced by conflict and disaster. By working together, we can ensure that everyone finds a safe place to belong.”

Ruthann joined Act for Peace in 2017, and since then, she has played pivotal roles within the fundraising team, now serving as the Interim Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer. With nearly two decades of fundraising experience spanning two continents, she is driven by a passion for empowering ordinary individuals to create significant, tangible impacts in the lives of others. Ruthann’s unwavering dedication and expertise fuel her mission to cultivate meaningful opportunities for positive change through Act for Peace.

Andy Corkill

Relationship Fundraising Manager

“We are all called to make a positive difference in the world, and working with Act for Peace helps to do this.”

Andy joined Act for Peace in 2017, after returning home to Sydney from years of living in Perth, Melbourne and New York. He brings experience working closely with Churches, community groups, and refugee families, as well as extensive knowledge in relationship fundraising and estate planning. Most recently, Andy was the Executive Secretary – Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, which includes UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, another Act Alliance Partner.

Stephanie Lenert

Development Manager

“When we come together and combine our efforts, the potential of our impact grows significantly. Alone we can only do so much.”

Stephanie joined Act for Peace in 2023 as Development Manager and plays an active role in the Marketing and Communications Department. She comes from a community services background with extensive experience in client-facing roles. Her professional experience and passion for helping others drives her to advocate for global communities. She uses her relationship experience to develop meaningful connections with supporters to identify projects of interest for major gifts. As a point of contact for Act for Peace’s Gift in Wills program, Stephanie provides care and direction to those wanting to leave a legacy long into the future.


Interested in joining our team?

As our team and portfolio expands, exciting challenges lie ahead; new partnerships, projects and innovative ways of working to achieve greater impact. We’d love for you to join us.