Red Dearnley

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Red Dearnley

For-purpose Director, CEO and social change and governance strategist

About Me

Red is a social change strategist. Their executive and non-executive leadership experience extends across strategy, governance, advocacy and communications, in the for-purpose sector.

With an activist’s heart and a governance nerd’s head (and an MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation), they are passionate about enabling systemic change, by applying intersectional feminist principles across organisational culture, governance and operations. Red is trans/non-binary and a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community. They draw on this, and other intersecting lived/living experiences, to complement their practitioner knowledge in embedding intersectional diversity, equity and lived experience inclusion practices at all levels of governance and operations.

Red is currently CEO of Birth for Humankind (part-time) and the Founder and Principal Consultant of the social-purpose consultancy, Influence Global. They are Deputy Chair of WIRE and a trustee of the Influence Global Impact Fund. Red has previously held senior leadership, advocacy and communications roles in INGOs, NFPs and business associations across the UK, Australia and southern Africa. Before founding Influence Global, they led World Vision Australia’s public advocacy department.

Red has applied their technical skills and knowledge across a wide range of sectors, but is known for their expertise in intersectional practice, diversity and inclusion, gender equity, modern slavery, child protection, LGBTIQA+ inclusive practice and international and community health.They are a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Governance Institute of Australia, Institute of Community Directors Australia and GLOBE Victoria. They are also an ICDA Certified Community Director.


- MA Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, University of Sussex, UK
- BA (Hons) Geography and Sociology, Keele University, UK
- Advanced Not-for-Profit Governance, Australian Institute of Company Directors

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