Management Team

Billy Gorter

Executive Director
Billy is a passionate activist and advocate for change, bringing more than 12 years of experience tackling conservation, social and human rights and educational issues in Australia and Cambodia to his role as Executive Director of This Life Cambodia.

Billy launched This Life Cambodia in 2007 based on his founding principles of listening to, engaging with and advocating along side communities. This development philosophy achieves high-impact outcomes and sets best practice for international development in Cambodia. Billy is internationally sought after as a speaker and is passionately committed to addressing the rights of children through education, juvenile justice and advocacy.

Se Chhin

Deputy Director

Se joined This Life Cambodia in October 2008 bringing a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge from his prior role as Assistant Director in a community development organisation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Translation and Interpretation from Build Bright University and a Masters of Public Administration from Royal University of Law and Economics. As Deputy Director, Se is responsible for supporting the Executive Director in developing and implementing This Life Cambodia’s plans, policies and procedures and overseeing the organization’s programs.

Somalita Keo

Chief Financial Officer

Somalita has a solid background in financial management, with nine years direct experience gained in Cambodian based NGOs including the Australian Center for Education (ACE), GFA/GIZ, This Life Cambodia and Save the Children. Somalita has a detailed knowledge of accounting in the Cambodian context, Cambodian financial law and requirements, She has a sound appreciation of the special role of NGOs in managing budgets on behalf of and being strictly accountable to donors, having worked for two years with Save the Children and over 3 years with TLC.   

Experienced in forecasting and budget preparation, Somalita’s role includes substantial involvement in managing and developing budgets and reporting on performance both at the program level and organisationally.   

Somalita holds a Bachelor of Economics in Finance and Banking from the South East Asia University and a Masters in Finance and Accounting from Build Bright University.

Fran Schreiber

Development Coordinator

Fran joined TLC in 2016 and is responsible for fundraising, development and communications with a focus on both flexible fundraising and institutional partnerships.  With several years of global management and marketing communications experience, Fran has worked in corporate, start-up and non-profit organizations in New York, Hong Kong, Phnom Penh and now Siem Reap including Dow Jones Telerate, Corbis, Citysearch, Thomson Reuters and Digital Divide Data.  She is a graduate of SUNY/Stonybrook with a B.A. in Art History, and completed New York University’s Fundraising and Philanthropy program.  Fran volunteered for over five years with New York Cares,  and worked with the Red Cross after 9/11 as a caseworker.  She also worked as a brand strategist for the Taproot Foundation on marketing/branding grants for three non profit organizations in New York.

Borany Chea

Education Section Lead

Borany and her team manage three programs: Lower Secondary School Development Program (LSSDP), Internships and Vocational Training/Social Enterprise. Previously the LSSDP Coordinator at This Life Cambodia for five and a half years, Rany returned to TLC after working with Save the Children for two years.  Her experience of working collaboratively with NGOs and government partners is critical in providing the technical skills, knowledge and network to ensure the successful implementation of TLC’s education initiatives. Borany holds a bachelor degree in Economic and Social Science and will complete her Masters Degree in Development Management at the end of 2017.

Jeni Gwynn

Research and Consultancy Section Lead

Jeni leads the Community Research and Consultancy Program (CRCP). The CRCP team are responsible for research, monitoring and evaluation of all TLC’s programs. This ensures that programs are based on strong local knowledge and positively impact the families and communities we partner with. The team also provide consultancy services to other organizations to monitor and evaluate their programs, and conduct research to inform program and policy development. 

Before transitioning into development work, Jeni worked as a teacher in Europe, Cambodia and Peru for six years . She has since gained nine years experience working for non-profit organizations, including five years with Plan International UK in London. In 2014, she returned to Cambodia where she has further developed her technical and research skills working with locally-based non-profit organizations with a focus on education, healthcare and community development. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and International Development from University College London, and an Honours Degree in Languages with Business.

Ruth Whereat

Children & Families Section Lead

Ruth leads the Children’s and Family Section which aims for children to be protected and supported to remain within their families and communities. This is achieved through three programs: This Life Beyond Bars, This Life In Family and This Life In Community.

Ruth brings to her role experience gained in Australia with the Queensland State Government, as well as a record of contributions in international development in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.  Ruth has over ten years’ experience in community services during which time she was involved in the areas of disability, young adults exiting state care, family support and youth services. This included managing programs for the provision of individual and community based supports, leading reforms and engaging in implementing community and government priorities on a state and national level.

Ruth holds degrees in Business, Arts and Humanitarian and Community Services as well as post graduate studies in International and Community Development.