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Our Board

Relationships Australia Canberra & Region is governed by a Board which operates within the parameters of our Constitution to ensure the wellbeing of people living in the ACT and southern NSW.

The Board exercises a consultative and participative approach to its areas of governance responsibility: leadership, planning, policy, monitoring results, financial matters, employment of CEO, risk management, accountability, external relationships, and Board performance.  The Board has a mix of skills, including in the areas of finance, legal, regional and rural, research and policy, marketing and communications, Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and consumer groups.

Board Members

Nicole Longley - President

Nicole has had more than 25 years’ experience working in the Australian Defence Force and has performed a wide variety of roles although her main areas of speciality are logistics and training.  A new member of the team, she is very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to such a highly regarded and hardworking organisation that does a difficult but amazing job supporting its community. Nicole joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in May 2017.


Gail Frank - Deputy President

Gail is a registered psychologist who has worked in Canberra in this capacity for 30 years including 13 years at Relationships Australia Canberra & Region to 2005. She is currently the Adviser to Staff at the Australian National University, providing counselling support to the staff at ANU. Gail has long had great respect for the values that Relationships Australia Canberra & Region holds and she has a strong commitment to its work. She hopes to be able to contribute to its future success through her membership of the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board which she joined in 2019.


Lorraine Watt

Lorraine has extensive experience in senior management positions in both the private and public sectors. Lorraine is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years financial management and systems consulting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers both nationally and internationally.  Since 2000, Lorraine has had a number of challenging positions with the departments of Defence and Finance and Deregulation addressing government business enterprises, enterprise applications implementation and support, financial management and whole of government procurement.   Lorraine has particular interest in good governance, change management, planning and service delivery. She joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in 2005.


Jeremy Naumann

Jeremy holds degrees in Law and Science and is an Accredited Family Law Specialist Lawyer. He has close to 20 years’ experience as a private legal practitioner.  Jeremy has been a board member to the Relationships Australia Wagga Advisory Committee for over 5 years and is now Chairman.  An active member of the community of Wagga Wagga and the NSW Law Society, he has served on numerous committees.  Jeremy was appointed to the Relationships Canberra & Region Board in December 2012.


Paul Wyles

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience working as a social worker, manager and senior executive in human service organisations in the government and community sector. His experience includes work in education and health settings, mental health, youth justice, child protection, out of home care, disability and early intervention.

He is currently a Director in the National Redress Scheme in the Department of Social Services. The National Redress Scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Paul has been a Consulting Editor for Youth Studies Australia. He joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in 2012.

Ewan Perrin

Ewan has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry.  Currently Chief Information Officer with Australian Maritime Safety Authority, he has worked in various private and public sector organisations including Unisys, CSIRO and through his own company.  His areas of focus include IT strategy, business and IT collaboration, and innovative use of information and technology to meet citizen and community needs.  He is the chair of the Commonwealth CIO Forum and participates in IT mentoring programs, particularly for women in IT.  He joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in 2013.


Peter Beames

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants with more than 25 years’ experience in Private Practice predominantly in businesses he has established himself formerly Beames & Associates and more recently DPR Accountants and Advisers.

Peter spent the first 7 years of his career with Ernst & Young. Peter specialises in providing financial, commercial and profit improvement advice to SME’s. Peter has also served as a Director of several Community groups including Basketball ACT and the Eastlake Football Club. Peter joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in May 2016.


Caitlin Stone

Caitlin is a social worker and passionate about delivering quality services to children, families and the community.  Caitlin’s experience includes direct practice and policy roles in out of home care, gender and family violence, mental health, community development sectors.Caitlin is currently working at KPMG in their Health, Ageing and Human Services team. In that role she is required to understand the complex challenges facing services and work with people and organisations to develop solutions to those challenges. She joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in July 2019.


Jodie Griffiths-Cook

Jodie Griffiths-Cook is the ACT Public Advocate and Children and Young People Commissioner. With more than 25 years’ experience in human services, Jodie began her career as a psychologist working with children and young people with disability. She has extensive leadership experience and is driven by a strong commitment to social justice and the pursuit of a cohesive and sustainable human services sector. In supporting a child-safe, child-friendly Canberra, Jodie is particularly focused on promoting the views of children and young people in ways that influence decision-making about issues impacting their lives.


Robyn Saunders

Robyn has more than 18 years working in logistics and finance roles in The Australian Defence Force. She has recently completed her Master of Finance qualification and is working towards a Charter of Financial Analysis. A new member of the team, she is delighted to contribute to the RACR Finance Committee in addition to the board. She joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in May 2021.

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