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Our Experts

We have a team of experts who provide advice, comments and analysis on a range of child-related issues to media, government and other aid agencies.

Save the Children has a team of experts with extensive experience in areas such as humanitarian emergencies, child protection, international development, government policy, education and health. 

Journalists who wish to speak to one of our experts can get in touch with our Media team to set up an interview.

Nichola Krey – Head of Humanitarian Response

Nichola Krey – Head of Humanitarian Response

Nichola Krey is a humanitarian with 13 years international experience working in disaster, development and conflict settings. She is currently the Head of Humanitarian Affairs for Save the Children Australia.

After working for Austcare/ActionAid and UNFPA in Timor-Leste from 2003–2004, Nichola led the emergency response in Aceh after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. She then accepted a role with Austcare/ActionAid as the Middle East Director based in Ramallah, Palestine. This was an influential period and she stayed in the role for three years working in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and Syria before returning to Sydney with a very young baby to complete her Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2009.

Upon completing her Masters, Nichola worked with Save the Children as the Vanuatu Country Director for three years, leading a team of 60 staff across the country to deliver health, education and protection outcomes for children.


Dr Unni Krishnan - Director of Emergency Health Unit

Dr Unni Krishnan - Director of Emergency Health Unit

For more than 20 years, Dr Krishnan has worked in health and humanitarian situations, often on frontlines where people struggle with disasters, military, terror and extreme weather events.

Trained as a physician at Madras University, a humanitarian worker at Geneva University and in conflict management at Selly Oak Colleges, Dr Krishnan has worked with some of the leading development and humanitarian agencies such as Oxfam, ActionAid, Plan International and Save the Children, and campaigners such as the People’s Health Movement.

He has provided strategic direction, led multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams, and managed large-scale humanitarian and health responses in complex settings, in over 40 countries. Dr Krishnan now heads up our Emergency Health Unit, which deploys frontline medical staff to serve children and families in need.


Karen Flanagan A.M. – Child Protection Advocate

Karen Flanagan A.M. – Child Protection Advocate

Widely acknowledged as one of Australia's foremost educators and practitioners in the field of child sexual abuse and child abuse prevention, Karen leads Save the Children's child protection work. She manages the Child Protection Technical Unit and provides essential advice and guidance to the organisation on all child protection and safeguarding matters.

As part of her role, Karen also leads on providing technical support and training for staff and programs across Australia and internationally, helping ensure children are kept safe and protected from harm through all aspects of Save the Children's work. Karen is a qualified social worker with almost 30 years clinical, managerial, training and research experience in child protection.


Tim Norton – Head of Campaigns

Tim Norton – Head of Campaigns

Tim manages our advocacy campaigns and public engagement activities. He has extensive experience in building social movements around political moments and human rights issues, and coordinates Save the Children's engagement with our supporters and advocacy partners. Prior to joining Save the Children, Tim worked as a Digital Campaigner for Oxfam Australia and a Press Secretary for Senator Rachel Siewert.

Tim also manages our youth advocacy program, which supports passionate young people to take part in political, social and international diplomacy and lobbying. He and his team work to ensure that children's rights are a core part of our public-facing campaigns. He is the current Chair of Digital Rights Watch.


Nick Ireland – Head of Specialised Technical Services

Nick Ireland – Head of Specialised Technical Services

Nick has more than 20 years' experience working in the international NGO sector. He currently manages Save the Children Australia’s Technical Team who lead on health, education, school safety, disaster risk reduction, climate change, gender, disability inclusion, and urban programming. The team focuses on improving the quality and effectiveness of our programming and strives to influence global, regional and national policy in ways that will improve the quality of life for children living in the world’s toughest places.

Nick has extensive experience in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America. He holds a degree in Architecture and a Masters in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).