Pink Belt Project Inc. is run by a Board of Management with input from a carefully selected group of subject matter experts who have been appointed as members of an Advisory Board.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Project Founder Kristy Hitchens
Kristy is a newspaper journalist by trade and a Communications and Media Officer in local government. She lives in the South West of Western Australia with her husband and two teenage children. She has a Black Belt in Kukkiwon Taekwondo and is now working her way through the coloured belt ranks of Goju Ryu Karate mixed with some cardio boxing for fitness.
Since launching the Pink Belt Project concept in 2018, she has collaborated with experts internationally on the evidence-backed benefits of martial arts as a tool for recovery from, and prevention of violence. Kristy also lead national research in 2021 on the health and wellbeing outcomes on training in the traditional martial arts for Australian women.
Deputy Chair Person
Nadine is General Manager of boutique management consultancy, TQSolutions. She is an expert in talent transformation and has more than 20 years of Talent & HR experience gained from senior leadership roles at both Citibank and Macquarie Bank.
Nadine also has a keen interest in Martial Arts and holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo. She trains in Sydney with Lane Cove Taekwondo and has also been privileged enough to train at Yong In University in South Korea. A State Champion in both Individual and Pairs Poomsae as well as Board Breaking, and a Nationals Bronze medallist in Individual Poomsae, Nadine is deeply passionate about The Pink Belt Project and her role as Deputy Chair.
Courtney Wellington is a Senior HR Business Partner with the Department of Communities. She has used her strong human resources background and blended experience in various positions within government, private and public sectors to affect positive change in the organisation’s where she’s worked.
She was a Pink Belt Project (PBP) scholarship recipient in 2020 and has remained committed to her Taekwondo training and the PBP cause ever since. Her lived experience provides a unique perspective, enabling her to understand issues at both the personal and the professional level.
Courtney is an Alumni of Leadership WA, having graduated from their Leadability Course in 2020. She served on the board of directors of Pilbara 4 Purpose (PBP) – the peak membership body of the “for purpose” sector in the Pilbara region of WA. She was Vice Chair when P4P held the inaugural Pilbara Community Services Excellence Awards in 2018. The awards were created to recognise the outstanding contributions made by Pilbara organisations and individuals.
Megan is the Chief Financial Officer for Good Samaritan Industries. She has over 7 years of experience in senior finance roles in the not-for-profit sector across a range of areas including youth at risk, AOD, mental health, aged care, homelessness, disability services and disability employment. In addition she has experience in senior finance roles in both the mining and retail sectors. Megan has a Masters of Accounting, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors(GAICD) and a certified practicing accountant (CPA).
Aaron Kearney OAM
Aaron (OAM) is a multi-award-winning broadcaster, photojournalist, sports commentator, five-time New York Festival award winner, AIPS Sports Award Silver Medallist and Prodi Journalist of the Year.
He’s won a Walkley Award for emergency broadcasting and forged a career across newspapers, television, radio and social with Fairfax, Channel Seven Australia, the ABC and others.
He is Director of AKS Media International, and is currently posted in Timor-Leste, leading communications for the Partnership for Human Development (PHD) – a long-term investment to reduce poverty, improve equality, and enhance the wellbeing of Timorese people.
An inaugural Summer Fellow at Reuters Institute for Journalism at the University of Oxford, he holds a Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate from Griffith University, specialising in broadcast for development.
In 2020, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to broadcasting.
Megan has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, market intelligence, and advisory services. Megan was based in Asia for 14 years, managing commercial licences and providing market insights for firms such as Factiva, Thomson Reuters, and PwC. Megan also held a Director role with KPMG Singapore providing strategic advisory services across the broader Asia region.
Megan lives in Melbourne with her two children and holds bachelor’s degrees in both Commerce (Economics & Marketing) and Arts from Deakin University. She also holds a master’s degree from Monash University (Economics, Banking and Finance). She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).