Keeping ANZA Manila Running Smoothly
Shakira Snowdon | Co-President
Shakira Snowdon became Co-president of ANZA with Daisy Pope-Brien in May 2021, having previously been Treasurer for a short time. Shakira and her husband Glenn moved to the Philippines from Australia several years ago, and have both been based working here since.
As Head of Operations, Philippines, Shakira is the country lead of PSO (Manila), a branch office of parent company Pepper Money, ANZ. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership and is currently finishing her MBA
When not working, Shakira and her husband love to travel. Internationally, when possible, but they also really enjoy visiting the spectacular islands here in the Philippines. They have met many interesting people during their time here, having amazing adventures together. They love really great food, a decent bottle of red wine and singing videoke with good friends.
Sonia Clements | Secretary
Sonia Clements is ANZA Secretary, with a bachelor degree in Nursing and Commerce and a passion for improving business processes. She took on her role to help support both the local community, and ANZA’s members who now call the Philippines home.
Sonia moved from Australia to the Philippines in 2016 with her husband to pursue his career, and has since made the country their home with their two children.
When not writing up minutes, Sonia loves tidying and organising things around the home with her trusty Dymo labeller and making sure her wardrobe is categorized ‘ROYGBIV’ style! Her favourite food is Japanese, especially Sashimi, favourite places in the Philippines are Siargao and Coron.
Kylie Bauquin | Treasurer
Kylie Bauquin is the Treasurer of ANZA. Originally from Melbourne, Kylie was first an expat as a child, when she spent her teenage years in LA. She is an Aussie Sports Physiotherapist with almost 3 decades of clinical experience. She spent many years working in the AFL (Australian Rules Football) as a club physiotherapist and has also worked in private practices in London and Singapore.
Kylie moved to Manila with her French husband and her two young teenage children for her husband’s work in March 2021. She can’t wait to get out and explore all that the Philippines has to offer.
Lauren Venable | Events Coordinator
ANZAs Event Coordinator, Lauren Venables, is using her 12-year career in the hotel industry, most recently as a Director of Catering and Events specializing in conferences and social functions, to help support ANZA and its fundraising.
She moved to the Philippines with her husband from America in 2019 to follow his career, and since then, they have had a son and a daughter here in Manila.
She says her time at university studying International Business prepared her not only for her career, but also for her time in the Philippines as an expat spouse; helping her to understand others’ perspectives and always keep an open mind.
A few of her favorite things are family, friends and meeting new people. She enjoys sampling new and exciting cuisine; loves the beach, mountains, and watching sunsets (especially with a cocktail in hand), and is enjoying learning about the Philippines culture. She is hoping to travel more around the country soon!
Cara O'Connell | Membership Officer
Cara O’Connell is ANZAs Co-Membership Coordinator with Sarah Darby. Previously working within garment production and development for H&M in Bangladesh, she moved to Manila to be with her partner.
Originally from the UK, in between all the different lockdowns, Cara has been loving exploring the Philippines and some of the many hundreds of islands as much as possible, and what she considers are some of the most amazing beaches, reefs and dive spots.
Family and friends aside, Cara really loves chocolate and Turron, diving and snorkeling and travelling to experience new places and cultures.
Sarah Darby | Membership Officer
Sarah Darby is ANZAs Co-Membership Coordinator with Cara O’Connell. She left the UK to embark on expat life in January 2020, and arrived in the Philippines from Macau with her partner two weeks before lockdown!
Sarah worked as a journalist, publicist and teacher, and was a volunteer with Girlguiding UK for more than 20 years, so is enjoying being able to work with ANZA to support the community on which she is currently living.
Reading is one of her escapisms, as is her new love of snorkeling which she has discovered since visiting some of the beautiful Philippine coastline. Some of her other favourite things are family, friends, good food and drink, and the sea and sunsets!
Josh Manoharan | Social Media Coordinator
Josh Manoharan is the newest member of the ANZA committee and is Social Media Coordinator. He is a Filipino-Sri Lankan Physiotherapist based in BGC. He holds a clinic at Kerry Sports Manila at Shangri-La Fort, and for about 6 years, was the head coach and studio manager of F45 Training BGC Stopover, an Australian gym that pioneered in Manila.
Starting with a vision to thoroughly understand the human body, he started with basic healthcare, got sidetracked to fitness and is now merging both through a telehealth startup company called Kakayanan, Filipino for “Ability”. Using different channels, Josh aims to share science-based advice to improve the quality of life of Filipinos around the world and expats based in the Philippines.
Mark Blackwell | Communications
Mark Blackwell is the Communications Coordinator for ANZA. His love of playing tennis led him to meeting ANZA members, which was how he became involved in working with the charity.
Originally from the UK, he studied International Business there, in Spain and Australia. He has worked in insurance, real estate and marketing, living in Indonesia for seven years, before coming to the Philippines for his wife’s job. He spent two years here, and although currently based in Australia, he still runs a marketing company LeadMaker based here in the Philippines.
He loves food. Eating it; cooking it; experimenting with it. And there can never be enough chili.