Our people

One of our greatest strengths is our people. We have a talented and dedicated team of more than 600 staff and nearly 7,800 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.

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Our Board
Our Executive Team
Our General Managers

Our Board

Christine Bartlett

Christine Bartlett

Christine Bartlett is the Chairman of The Smith Family, appointed in May 2016.

Christine Bartlett

Christine is a company director and business advisor with extensive senior executive experience across a range of sectors including finance, banking, superannuation, property, digital/technology, education and professional services.

She currently serves on the Boards of Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Mirvac Group, GBST Limited, Clayton Utz and TAL Life Ltd. Christine is also a member of the UNSW Australia School of Business Advisory Council, Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a former director of PropertyLook and National Nominees Limited, a former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Custodial Services Association and a former member of the Pymble Ladies College Governing Council. 

Christine is an experienced CEO and senior executive with extensive line management experience gained through roles with IBM, Jones Lang LaSalle and NAB. Her executive career has included Australian, regional and global responsibilities based in Australia, the USA and Japan. Christine brings a commercial perspective especially in the areas of financial discipline, identifying risk, complex project management, execution of strategy, fostering innovation and taking advantage of new emerging technologies. Christine holds a BSc from the University of Sydney and has completed senior executive management programs at INSEAD.

Arun Abey

Arun is a founding director and the Executive Chairman of Walsh Bay Partners Pty Ltd, which provides financial advice and wealth management services to family offices and charitable foundations. He is also a founder and Chairman of portfolio management firm ipac securities limited and for a decade was General Manager of Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility for the AXA Asia Pacific Group. He has more than 30 years of experience in economic and investment market research and has written extensively on investment matters for the press, authored articles for academic journals and is also the co-author of various international best-selling books relating to money and wellbeing.

He holds a BEc and BA (Hons), and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Arun Abey

Arun Abey was appointed to the Board in November 2007.

Leah Armstrong

Leah Armstrong was appointed to the Board in December 2016.

Leah Armstrong

Leah Armstrong is a senior professional with over 20 years’ business and not for profit experience and a demonstrated track record in achieving organisational results and the creation and maintenance of strong networks and stakeholder relationships by working collaboratively with governments, community and the private sector.

She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, Chairperson of Supply Nation and the Aboriginal Housing Office in NSW and a former CEO of Reconciliation Australia from 2010 to 2014. She was a co-founder of Yarnteen Ltd, a successful Indigenous enterprise operating several commercial and social ventures. She is a former Director of Career Trackers and Indigenous Business Australia and a former Chairman of the Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group. She was recognised in the inaugural 2012 Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Influential Women Awards.

Christine Cawsey AM

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 Immediate 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 Premier's Council for Women from 2000 to 2005, and is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.

Christine Cawsey

Christine Cawsey AM was appointed to the Board in January 2013.

Tony Davis

Tony Davis was appointed to the Board in December 2016.

Tony Davis

Tony Davis is a Founding Director and Non-Exec Chairman of Quantium, a global leader in data and insight technology. He has a history across large corporate and high growth entrepreneurial enterprise, and now acts as a Non-Executive Director and Advisor to a range of blue chip, start-up and early stage organisations.

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.  His passion is the alignment of brand strategy, people and culture, and commercial outcomes.

He is a former Chairman and Director of ADMA, Australia's leading marketing trade body 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.

Dr Jeff Harmer AO

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 Australia) from 1998 to 2003. In 2003 and 2004 Jeff was Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.

Jeff is currently the Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and a Member of the Board of the John  James Foundation, Canberra-based medical charity.

Jeff Harmer

Dr Jeff Harmer AO was appointed to the Board in January 2013.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson was appointed to the Board in January 2012.

Mark Johnson

Mark is a Non-Executive Director of the Westfield Corporation, The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia and HSBC Bank Australia Limited and is Chairman of MH Premium Farms Holdings Limited. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of PwC in Australia, a role he held from 2008 to 2012. He has a broad-based business and professional background, having filled senior roles in PwC for 15 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 in PwC.

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

Adrian Kloeden

Adrian has had an extensive career in senior management roles in a number of public and private companies in Australia and overseas involved in agribusiness, manufacturing, distribution, retail, technology and transport. He is Chairman of Serco Asia Pacific, AquaSure Holdings Pty Ltd, Hancock Victorian Plantations Holdings Pty Ltd and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Ltd. He is a former Deputy Chancellor and Council Member of Deakin University and a former non-executive Director of Greencap Ltd, Forestry Tasmania and the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

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

Adrian Kloeden was appointed to the Board in April 2016.

Jeremy Maycock

Jeremy Maycock

Jeremy Maycock was appointed to the Board in January 2013.

Jeremy Maycock

Jeremy has had a long commercial career in senior business roles in Australia and New Zealand. He is Chairman of AGL Energy Limited (where he has been a director since 2006) and of Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd. He is a former director of Nuplex Limited, former Managing Director and CEO of CSR Limited , and was the inaugural Chairman of Cement Australia Pty Ltd, and roles with Swiss-based Holcim Ltd in New Zealand and south-east Asia.

Jeremy is a former member of the UNSW Australia School of Business 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.

Dr Lisa O'Brien

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 & New Zealand, member of Chief Executive Women and 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

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

Rosa Storelli

Rosa Storelli

Rosa Storelli was appointed to the Board in April 2016.

Rosa Storelli

Rosa has had extensive experience in the education sector over many years, including as Principal of Methodist Ladies College and in senior roles at Wesley College and Geelong Grammar School in Victoria. She is an independent consultant with the Queensland Education Leaders Institute and an educational advisor and mentor to educational leaders both nationally and internationally. She is a former Deputy Chancellor and Council Member at the University of Melbourne, a former director of Ormond College and the Invergowrie and Jean Chambers Foundations, and a former Vice-President of Girls Sport Victoria.

Rosa is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at LaTrobe University and holds a M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Communication, a B.Ed., and a Graduate Diploma in Student Welfare.

our executive team

Dr Lisa O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer

Dr Lisa O'Brien

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

Dr Lisa O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer

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 & New Zealand, member of Chief Executive Women and 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.

Judy Barraclough, Head of Strategy

Judy Barraclough joined The Smith Family in October 2014. Judy leads the development of The Smith Family’s strategy and critical projects, as well as managing its planning frameworks and key organisational processes.

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 is a non-executive director of World Vision Australia and serves as a volunteer in governance roles with several community organisations.

Judy Barraclough

Eamon Daly, Chief Financial Officer

Eamon Daly, Chief Financial Officer

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.

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 Green, Head of State and Territory Operations

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.

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

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 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 ABC marketing its content, consumer products and services, the last three as Head of Marketing for ABC Commercial, the ABC's commercial division.

Rhys has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics, and has completed the General Manager Program, an AGSM Executive Program at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.

Fiona McGregor, Head of People and Culture

Fiona McGregor joined The Smith Family in July 2016 and brings over 20 years’ leadership experience across strategic human resources, organisation development, change leadership, and culture development. Her experience spans a range of industries including professional services, business advisory, consumer goods, engineering, environmental science, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Prior to joining The Smith Family, Fiona has led organisation efficiency and effectiveness outcomes across large multi-site organisations, spanning multiple geographies. Fiona specialises in leading the design and implementation of a range of culture development, business transformation and best practice initiatives to ensure achievement of strategy and improved performance.

Fiona holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts from Charles Sturt University. She has also completed a human resources strategy program with London Business School.

Fiona McGregor, Head of People and Culture

Rosie Simpson, Head of Fundraising

Rosie Simpson, Head of Strategic Development and Marketing

Rosie Simpson, Head of Fundraising

Rosie Simpson (B.Ag.Ec(Hons), M.Sc) joined The Smith Family in March 2009. As Head of Fundraising, Rosie leads the organisation's fundraising activity across all key market segments including Individuals, Corporates, Major Donors and Trusts & Foundations. Also reporting to Rosie are national and community events, and the Supporter Care and Data Entry teams. 

Rosie has previously worked with Telstra as an Executive Director of Consumer Marketing, managing the communications, pricing, retail and product development strategies for a large segment of Telstra's consumer market.

Rosie has also worked with The National Farmers Federation in Canberra on economic and telecommunications policy and lobbying, the International Wool Secretariat in London and The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics in Canberra.

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

our General managers

Graham Jaeschke, General Manager - SA & NT

Graham Jaeschke

Graham Jaeschke, General Manager - SA & NT

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.

Alan Le May, General Manager – QLD

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

Anton Leschen, General Manager – VIC

Anton Leschen, General Manager Victoria

Anton Leschen, General Manager – VIC

Anton Leschen has been with The Smith Family for more than 10 years.

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.

Ian Moore, General Manager - WA

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, 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 also currently holds a position as a Non-Executive Director for the Western Australian Association for Mental health.

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

Annette Young, General Manager – NSW & ACT

Annette Young, General Manager NSW and ACT

Annette Young, General Manager – NSW & ACT

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, leading The Smith Family’s community operations in NSW and the ACT.

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.

Lesley Mackay, General Manager, TAS

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