Zahra Foundation to welcome new General Manager in 2022

Dear supporters,

Zahra Foundation Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of our new General Manager, who will take the helm in the new year.

Women’s safety advocate Kelly-ann Tansley will join the organisation in late January, taking over from outgoing General Manager Gemma Burdon.

Ms Tansley comes to the Zahra Foundation with extensive experience working with and advocating for women and children affected by domestic and family violence, through frontline practice, organisational leadership, advocacy and system reform.

She was previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Client Services at Brisbane’s DVConnect and has held roles at Brisbane and Gold Coast domestic violence services.

I know Kelly-ann is a leader in this field, a strong advocate, reformist and subject matter expert.

The Board and I are delighted to work with Kelly-ann to grow the organisation in terms of vision, profile, advocacy and service delivery.

Ms Tansley says she is keen to expand the reach and impact of the Foundation’s life-changing services and ensure they are “accessible, inclusive and responsive to the voices of those who use them”.

“I have worked for over a decade with women escaping family and domestic violence and recognise the importance of economic empowerment to not only become financially independent but to thrive and create a better future. And we know there is no true economic empowerment without recovery from the trauma of family and domestic violence.”

Outgoing General Manager Gemma Burdon concluded her role on December 23, 2021.

The Board and I would like to thank Gemma for her work building further upon a robust foundation and framework that has set the organisation in good stead for growth.

Gemma has left a legacy for this organisation. I am grateful for her commitment and passion, and her support in my first year as Chair. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.

Ms Burdon says she is proud to have led the growing Zahra Foundation team in a record-breaking year.

“In 2021 the team have supported more women than ever, with a 26 per cent increase in clients served as we responded to the amplified need stemming from the COVID-19 lockdowns. To have sell-out success across our events was also thrilling.”

Ms Tansley’s appointment comes in our seventh year of helping South Australian women and children find economic independence and stability after escaping violent households.

Demand for our financial counselling services and empowerment programs has soared amid the pressures of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and, in 2022, under Ms Tansley’s leadership the organisation will focus on growing revenue to reduce waiting lists and help more women and children in need.


We want to thank you for your support in 2021 and wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season.


Natasha Malani

Zahra Foundation Chair