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Our people

One of our greatest strengths is our people. We have a talented and dedicated team of 785 staff and 8,389 volunteers, including our Board, who work across the country to achieve our vision of a better future for young Australians in need. Every day our people are helping to effect positive change to the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young Australians through the provision of our education and learning support programs.

Our Board
Our Executive Team
Our General Managers

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Our Board

Nicholas Moore

Chairman

Appointed to the Board and the position of Chairman in November 2019, Nicholas is the former Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group Limited. He retired after 33 years at Macquarie, and 10 years as CEO from 2008 - 2018.

Nicholas has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from UNSW. He was admitted as a solicitor and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He is Chairman of Screen Australia, the Sydney Opera House Trust, The Centre for Independent Studies, The Smith Family, Willow Technology Corporation, a Member (and former Chair) of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council, and the former Chair of the PCYC.

Nicholas Moore

Dr Lisa O'Brien

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Lisa O’Brien has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family since February 2011.

Dr Lisa O’Brien leads Australia’s major education–oriented children’s charity and has driven a five year plan to grow the effectiveness and reach of The Smith Family’s education–oriented programs to support more disadvantaged children and young people.

Lisa has worked in leadership roles across the public, not–for–profit and commercial sectors over the last two decades. She is a Non–Executive Director of the Community Council for Australia and BUPA Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Panel for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, a member of Chief Executive Women and a former CEO of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia. Lisa was also a founding member of Sydney’s Lou’s Place, a drop–in centre providing respite and support for women in need.

A Medical Practitioner registered in New South Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Lisa also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Human Resource Management and Coaching.

Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO, The Smith Family

Christine Cawsey AM

Appointed to the Board in January 2013, Christine has had extensive experience in the education sector over more than four decades, including at schools in disadvantaged areas of Sydney. She has been the Principal of Rooty Hill High School since 1997 and is a Past President of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council.

Christine is Co–Author of 'Learning for Leadership – Building a School of Professional Practice', (2009). She was a member of the  Premiers Council for Women (NSW) from 2000 to 2005, and is a Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.

Christine Cawsey

Tony Davis

Appointed to the Board in December 2016, Tony Davis is a Founding Director and Non–Executive Chairman of Quantium, a global leader in applied data analytics and technology. He has a background in large corporate and high growth enterprises. He is a Non–Executive Director and Advisor to a range of blue chip and early stage ventures.

His specific expertise is in marketing, customer and market insight, and growth strategy, having held leadership roles with major brands in the UK and Australia. He has been at the forefront of using data to drive insight and marketing investment to optimise business growth. He is a former Chairman and Director of the marketing industry peak body ADMA, and is a frequent contributor to leadership thinking in data, marketing and media forums.

Tony is a member of The Smith Family's Strategic Advisory Group. He currently leads the team which organises the annual Smith Family Challenge, the adventure race which has raised over $3M for the Learning for Life Program.

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Rosheen Garnon

Appointed to the Board of The Smith Family in February 2019, Rosheen has extensive senior executive experience in the professional services sector, both locally and internationally.

She is a Member of the Board of Taxation, the Non-Executive Chair of Alexium International Group Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited and Creative Partnerships Australia.

She retired from KPMG after a successful 29 year career with the firm. Between 2009 and 2015 she was a member of KPMG’s Australian Executive Leadership Team and also the National Managing Partner of its Taxation division. During this time, she led a major business transformation, introducing new service lines, digitising work processes and implementing new remuneration, leadership and development programs.

Rosheen was also a Member of KPMG’s Global Tax Executive Leadership Team. During this time, she led a review of global tax technology, and introduced a new technology governance framework and strategy.

Prior to this, Rosheen was Global Chair of the International Executive Services Practice at KPMG, operating in 128 countries.

Rosheen holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Law from the Australian National University. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Member of Chief Executive Women.

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Dr Jeff Harmer AO

Appointed to the Board in January 2013, Jeff retired in December 2011 as Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, after six years in the role. 

During a 33 year career in the Australian Public Service including 13 years as a CEO, he occupied a range of executive positions across a number of Commonwealth Departments and was Managing Director of the Health Insurance Commission (now Medicare) from 1998 to 2003.

In 2003 and 2004 Jeff was Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.

Currently, Jeff chairs the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee and is a Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and of Capital Health Network in the ACT, as well as a Member of the Board of the John James Foundation, a Canberra based medical charity.

Jeff Harmer

Mark Johnson

Appointed to the Board in January 2012, Mark is a Non–Executive Director of the Westfield Corporation, Coca Cola Amatil Ltd, The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia, Aurecon Group Pty Ltd and G8 Education Ltd. 

He is Chairman of MH Premium Farms Holdings Limited and is a former Chief Executive Officer of PwC in Australia, a role he held from 2008 to 2012.

He has a broad business based and professional background, having filled senior roles at PwC for fifteen years, managing PwC's Consumer and Industrial Products team and Audit Technical, Risk and Quality groups. He was a member of PwC's Assurance Leadership Team and Client Service Council and a senior member of PwC's International Strategy Council. As Chairman of the PwC Foundation, Mark took an active role in leading corporate social responsibility initiatives at PwC.

Mark is a member of the University of NSW (UNSW) Business School Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre for Population Ageing Research at UNSW and is also a former member of the Business Council of Australia.

Mark Johnson

Adrian Kloeden

Appointed to the Board in in April 2016, Adrian has had an extensive career in senior management roles in a number of public and private companies in Australia and overseas in the sectors of; agribusiness, manufacturing, distribution, retail, technology and transport.  He is Chairman of the Serco Asia Pacific Advisory Board, AquaSure Holdings Pty Ltd, Hancock Victorian Plantations Holdings Pty Ltd and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Ltd.

Adrian holds a M.Sc. (Business Studies), a B.Sc. (Hons – Forestry) and an Honorary Doctorate from Deakin University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adrian Kloeden

Jeremy Maycock

Appointed to the Board in January 2013, Jeremy has had a long commercial career in senior business roles in Australia and New Zealand. He is Chairman of Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd. He is a former Chairman of AGL Energy Limited (previously a director from 2006 to 2017), former director of Nuplex Limited and a former Managing Director and CEO of CSR Limited. He was the inaugural Chairman of Cement Australia Pty Ltd and previously held roles with Switzerland based Holcim Ltd in New Zealand and South East Asia.

Jeremy is a former member of the University of New South Wales Business School Advisory Council, and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He holds a B.Eng. (Mechanical Engineering) and has completed senior executive and finance management programs at Stanford University (USA).

Jeremy Maycock, The Smith Family Board member

Professor Peter Radoll

Appointed to the Board in April 2019, Peter is Professor and inaugural Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at the University of Canberra. He is Aboriginal and remains deeply connected to the Aboriginal community. 

He has extensive experience in senior management in Indigenous higher education, including in research, teaching, curriculum development, marketing, and policy formation and implementation. Previously he was the Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research with the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle, and an Assistant Professor in Information Systems with the Faculty of Business Government and Law at the University of Canberra.  

Peter has conducted research over many years on a range of matters of importance to the Aboriginal community, with a particular emphasis on ICT and STEM issues and the digital divide, with findings reported in a number of books and academic journals.

He holds a PhD in Commerce (Information Systems) and a Master of Information Technology degree.

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Our Executive Team

Dr Lisa O'Brien

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Lisa O’Brien has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family since February 2011.

Dr Lisa O’Brien leads Australia’s major education–oriented children’s charity and has driven a five year plan to grow the effectiveness and reach of The Smith Family’s education–oriented programs to support more disadvantaged children and young people.

Lisa has worked in leadership roles across the public, not–for–profit and commercial sectors over the last two decades. She is a Non–Executive Director of the Community Council for Australia and BUPA Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Panel for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, a member of Chief Executive Women and a former CEO of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia. Lisa was also a founding member of Sydney’s Lou’s Place, a drop–in centre providing respite and support for women in need.

A Medical Practitioner registered in New South Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Lisa also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Human Resource Management and Coaching.

Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO, The Smith Family

Lisa Allan

Head of Marketing

Lisa Allan first joined The Smith Family in 2006 and was appointed to the role of Head of Marketing in 2017.

Lisa leads a high performing team that is responsible for the end to end life-cycle and revenue stream from our individual supporters through mass market activity. Her team is split in to seven speciality areas, each covering a different aspect of the supporter journey, including; Appeals and Acquisitions, Child Sponsorship, Supporter Retention and Development, Gifts in Wills, Digital Marketing, Supporter Care and Product & Pricing Design.

She has held senior income generating positions in both corporate and not–for–profit organisations across the US and Australia, including Flexirent Capital Pty Ltd and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) locally.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) and brings over twenty years of extensive experience in the management of brands, products, customer activity and staff to The Smith Family.

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Judy Barraclough

Head of Strategy and Philanthropy

Judy Barraclough first joined The Smith Family in 2015 as the Head of Strategy and in 2017 was appointed to the role of Head of Strategy & Philanthropy. Judy leads the development of The Smith Family’s strategy and critical projects, as well as managing its planning frameworks and key organisational processes. She is responsible for The Smith Family’s fundraising from corporate partners, major donors, trust, foundations and events.

Judy has previously held leadership and strategy roles in large corporations, including The GPT Group, Rabobank and Wesfarmers, as well as consulting in strategy to both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. She has a depth of experience in strategy, leadership, governance, corporate affairs, research and mergers and acquisitions, alongside a passion for contributing to positive social change.

Judy holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an honours degree in Agricultural Economics. She was a non-executive director of World Vision Australia until October 2017 and serves as a volunteer in governance roles with several community organisations.

Judy Barraclough

Eamon Daly

Chief Financial Officer

Eamon Daly joined The Smith Family in March 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Eamon is a highly experienced CFO and Finance Transformation Executive with more than 25 years’ experience within the Australian corporate sector.

In his most recent role as Executive General Manager, Shared Services at Downer EDI, he was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of a large Shared Services centre based in Sydney. Prior to that as Chief Executive Officer at Pathways Foundation, Eamon lead the organisation through a period of significant change. During his time as CFO at Bilfinger Berger Services he oversaw the acquisition and integration of a number of acquired entities into the business.

Eamon has a Post Graduate Certificate of Corporate Management, Deakin University and an Accounting Diploma and is a member of Australian Institute of Management.

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Wendy Field

Head of Policy and Programs

Wendy has more than 20 years’ experience in management, administration and leadership across a range of environments, including the community sector, policy and advocacy organisations and public service sectors at State and Commonwealth Government levels.

Wendy initially trained as a social worker and spent several years working with homeless people, primarily young people and chronically homeless women; later in her career she gained a second degree in Social Sciences.

Prior to joining The Smith Family she held a number of leadership roles across a wide variety of policy and program areas in the Australian Government Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Wendy Field, Head of Policy and Programs

Leonie Green

Head of State and Territory Operations

Leonie has a long history of leadership and management roles in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors across a wide range of areas including children, young people and families; social enterprise development; employment and training; and homelessness and housing.

Prior to commencing at The Smith Family, Leonie spent six years as the NSW/ACT State Director for Mission Australia. From 2012 to 2013 she was a member of the NSW Premier's Advisory Council for Homelessness.

In addition to her role at Mission Australia, Leonie has also held leadership roles at Work Directions Australia and Work Ventures. As a result she has had significant experience developing and managing complex and multi-year partnerships, including with government.

Leonie Green, Head of State and Territory Operations

Anne Hampshire

Head of Research and Advocacy

Anne Hampshire (B Sc Dip Ed, MA (Australian Studies) has a background in education, research, social policy, service innovation and advocacy. She has over 25 years' experience working across the community and government sectors, including at national, state, regional and local levels.

Anne has researched and written in a range of areas, including young people, children and families, mental health, unemployment, social capital and rural and regional communities. She has contributed to the development of a range of initiatives aimed at addressing disadvantage including for young people and families, homeless people and for communities experiencing long term disadvantage.

Anne Hampshire, Head of Research and Advocacy

Rhys Kelly

Head of Communications

Rhys Kelly joined The Smith Family in 2007 as Head of Communications. Rhys is responsible for leading the public positioning of the organisation, supporting the CEO and senior leaders on communication strategy and execution.

Previously Rhys had a 20 year career in sales and marketing, predominately in the film and television industry. 

At the New Zealand Film Commission and as Head of Film Sales at Endemol Australia, she collaborated with producers, directors and writers to market Australian New Zealand feature films globally.

A stint overseas saw her establish the London office of an Australian film marketing company and on her return to Australia she spent six years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)  marketing its content, consumer products and services, and the last three years were as Head of Marketing for the ABC's commercial division ABC Commercial.

Rhys has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics and has completed the General Manager Program, an AGSM executive program at the University of NSW Business School.

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Ben Watkinson

Company Secretary

Ben Watkinson (BA, CPA, FGIA, FCIS) has held the position of Company Secretary of The Smith Family since 1995. He joined The Smith Family in 1976 and since then has held a number of senior management positions in the organisation, including those of Chief Financial Officer (2010 to 2011), General Manager Shared Services (1998 to 2002) including overall responsibility for Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology, General Manager Finance and Administration (1989 to 1998), and General Manager Branch Operations (1981 to 1989), overseeing the organisation’s expansion into Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

He served as a director and trustee of The Smith Family Staff Superannuation Fund from May 1995 until it was wound up in 1999. He is also Company Secretary of Generosity Plus Ltd, and was Company Secretary of Smith Family Industries Pty Ltd from 1996 to 2003.

Ben Watkinson, Company Secretary

Annette Young

Head of People and Culture

Annette Young joined The Smith Family in July 2011 as the Head of People and Culture and brings 20 years’ experience in organisational development and change as well as human resources leadership. In August 2016 Annette moved into the General Manager position for a year, leading The Smith Family’s community operations in NSW and the ACT. She returned to the role of Head of People and Culture in July 2017.

Annette has worked in a range of industries including professional services, consulting, manufacturing, retail and consumer goods industries for organisations that include Goodman Fielder, Hunter Douglas and Pacific Brands.

Annette has a passion for building high performing teams and has been responsible for leading transformational change initiatives, employee engagement and best practice HR strategies, and has contributed to improved and sustained results for these businesses.

Annette Young, General Manager NSW and ACT

Our General Managers

Anton Leschen

General Manager, Victoria

Anton Leschen has been with The Smith Family since February 2003.

Prior to being appointed as General Manager, as The Smith Family’s Regional Programs Manager Anton led the planning, co-ordination and delivery of The Smith Family's programs to thousands of families and children in need across twelve Victorian communities. These included the delivery of innovative school-community partnerships, supporting schools to collaborate with a range of community partners to improve the educational outcomes of young people.

Anton has extensive experience in community development and youth services, working with organisations like the Sydney City Mission, Ballarat Children's and Family Services and with local government to plan and operate family, youth and children's services.

Anton holds qualifications in Outdoor Education and has a Masters of Business Administration.

Anton Leschen, General Manager Victoria

Fiona Coluccio

General Manager, New South Wales and the ACT

Fiona Coluccio is a leader who brings 25 years experience across a wide range of areas including service design, implementation and using data to monitor and evaluate the success of service and operational implementation. Fiona has lead significant change in the disability sector including the introduction of, and transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She has ably lead large dispersed teams through significant change and implemented many approaches including the use data to strategically manage and prioritise work load, balancing targets and quality, ensuring quality service delivery is maintained and managing risk, all of which are aligned to the journey of The Smith Family.

Over the past 4 years Fiona has held the position of General Manager Community Support Services with Disability Services Australia. Prior to this Fiona was an Operations Manager with Uniting Care Disability NSW/ACT. In both of these roles she was responsible for operational change management to meet industry shifts, quality service implementation and provision to individuals with highly complex needs.

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Ian Moore

General Manager, Western Australia

Ian Moore has a career spanning 25 years in community services in both the private and not for profit sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining The Smith Family in January 2017, Ian worked for 13 years with the UnitingCare network, holding a number of senior management and executive positions across the areas of mental health, disability, child protection and business development.

Ian has under and post graduate qualifications in Health, the Social Sciences and Childhood Trauma and has a deep passion for social justice and the promotion of rights for those who are most marginalised in our communities.

Ian Moore - General Manager WA

Alan Le May

General Manager, Queensland

Alan Le May commenced with The Smith Family in January 2014 and brings over 20 years’ experience in not for profit leadership including three years as a senior fund raising consultant.

Alan’s previous experience includes 17 years at Teen Challenge, initially as the Queensland Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, subsequently appointed to State Executive Director and culminating in a three year term as National Director.

Alan has formal qualifications in Youth Work, Work Place Training and Assessment, Alcohol and Other Drugs Work, a Graduate Certificate in Business and has recently completed a Masters in Business (Philanthropic & Not for Profit Studies) at QUT.

Alan has recently concluded a three year term as an Executive Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (EFIA) and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Alan Le May

Graham Jaeschke

General Manager, South Australia and the Northern Territory

Graham Jaeschke joined The Smith Family in June 2008. Previously Graham was the State Director of the Liberal Party in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland and also worked as a Campaign Officer at the Federal Secretariat in the lead up to the 1996 Federal Election. He is a veteran of 6 Federal campaigns, 10 State elections, 9 State and Federal by-elections, and one Local Government election.

For two years, Graham was Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week in South Australia and he is currently a member of the Steering Group. Previously he was a member of the Australian Early Development Index Coordinating Committee in South Australia.

Graham attended Flinders University and majored in politics and geography, receiving a BA (Honours) degree.

Graham Jaeschke

Lesley Mackay

General Manager, Tasmania

Lesley Mackay commenced with The Smith Family in 2015. Prior to her appointment as General Manager for Tasmania, Lesley led the delivery of The Smith Family’s programs in Tasmania as Regional Program Manager.

Lesley has previously worked in senior management roles within the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services’ Disability; Child, Youth and Family Services; and a range of community sector organisations. She has also taught within the community services school at TasTAFE.

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Habilitation) degree.

Lesley Mackay

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