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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.


Ewan Perrin - Vice President

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.


Robyn Saunders - Chair, Finance Committee

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.


Gail Frank

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.


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 sectors. His experience includes work in education and health settings, mental health, youth justice, child protection, out of home care, disability and early intervention. He recently spent two years working for 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 now works full-time as a PhD Candidate at the Griffith University School of Health Science and Social Work. He joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in 2012.


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.


Ramya Balachandren

Ramya joined the Relationships Australia Canberra & Region Board in 2021 bringing a wealth of knowledge from her experience practicing exclusively in family law since admission. Ramya is originally from Malaysia and moved to Australia to study law at the Australian National University. Ramya is now a Director at Farrar Gesini Dunn, a multi-disciplined national firm with their largest office in Canberra, where she practices family law. She is passionate about both parenting and property matters, but has a keen interest in complex parenting matters, where she navigates the intricacies of family relationships alongside difficult risk issues to provide effective solutions to her clients.


Scott Ellis

Scott has been working in private practice for more than 25 years and is one of the principals of Les Ellis & Associates. Scott has worked closely with small and medium enterprises in managing their accounting and taxation affairs. He has also provided an audit service for many small associations. Scott is currently on the board for Missing School Incorporated and has acted as an external accountant/advisor for Relationships Australia Incorporated since 2013.

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