Contact our media team

Have a question? Contact our media specialists for the answer.

Our media team is available to answer any queries from the media about Save the Children's programs in Australia and overseas, our humanitarian relief work and our current campaigns.

Ian Woolverton - Head of Media

Ian Woolverton - Head of Media

Ian leads Save the Children's media and communications team. Ian Woolverton is responsible for ensuring Save the Children is a strong voice for vulnerable children throughout the Australian community and government policy makers by working with the Australian media.

Key areas of responsibility include informing the public on a range of issues such as humanitarian emergencies, overseas aid and development, child protection, health and education in relation to vulnerable children at home and overseas; as well as juvenile justice and asylum seekers and refugees.

Ian has worked in the International Non-Government Organisation (INGO) sector since 2001.  He has extensive experience in humanitarian emergencies, media and advocacy.  In 2005, Ian was awarded the Australian Government's Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal.  Ian has years of experience working on high profile public advocacy campaigns in the United Kingdom and Australia.  In 2007, Ian helped launch Close The Gap, one of Australia's most effective public campaigns of the last decade.

Phone: +44 7943 396 837
Twitter: follow Ian on Twitter

Lily Partland is Save the Children's Media Manager

Alex Sampson – Media Manager

Alex Sampson is Save the Children's Media Manager. Based in Melbourne, Alex should be contacted by media for information about our Australian and international programs as well as our work during domestic and international emergencies.

Alex has seven years of experience as a journalist, most recently as a business journalist at News Corp Australia. Here she won awards for her work uncovering stories on urban and rural food insecurity and the trafficking of people for forced labour on Australian farms. In 2016 Alex earned a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, majoring in food security. Alex volunteers at Australian nonprofit the Youth Food Movement, writing to educate young people about their food choices and ways to make the food system more sustainable. She also volunteers for The Smith Family iTrack mentoring program, where she gives support to at risk high school students. 

Phone: +61 429 943 027
Twitter: follow Alex on Twitter

Jess Brennan - Media Manager

Jess Brennan is Save the Children's Media Manager. Based in Melbourne, Jess should be contacted by media for information about our Australian and international programs as well as our work during domestic and international emergencies.

With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, majoring in International Relations, Jess has seven years of experience as a media and communications professional in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Before joining Save the Children, Jess worked for Victoria Police and, prior to that, as the communications lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child rights peak body SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.

Jess also volunteers with Grameen Bank Australia, creating and managing social media content.

Phone: +61 421 334 918
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Evan Schuurman - Asia Media Manager

Evan Schuurman, originally from Melbourne, is Save the Children's Asia Media Manager covering a region spanning 17 countries all the way from Afghanistan to the Philippines. Evan is based in Bangkok, from where he leads Save the Children's engagement with regional and global media in Asia. In disaster responses in the region, Evan will coordinate Save the Children's media outreach to ensure high profile and visibility of the organisation's humanitarian work.

Evan undertook his first international assignment for Save the Children in 2013 following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Since then he has been deployed to Jordan and northern Iraq for the Syria crisis, Nigeria and South Sudan after outbreaks of violence, Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam and Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, and Ethiopia for the drought response. 

Before joining the Save the Children team, Evan worked as a journalist at The Courier daily newspaper in Ballarat, where he spent 18 months as the senior court reporter.

Phone: +66 989 725 908
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