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Senior Executive

Alison Brook - Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer, Alison is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Relationships Australia Canberra & Region. She is committed to the organisation providing an outstanding service to clients - working closely with them through the complexity of their issues, creating a rewarding professional environment for staff, being a partner of choice to funders and having collaborative relationships across the various sectors in which we work.

Ultimately, Alison is committed to having appropriate, effective and compassionate services for people and their families when times are tough.

Melissa Austin - Director Human Resources

Melissa leads our HR team, provides strategic advice and operational support to HR policy, workforce planning, performance management and the management of complex industrial and legislative matters.  As Director of HR, Melissa is responsible for driving and embedding a performance-orientated culture, ensuring continuous improvement and work practices are in place to ensure that staff are supported to achieve our strategic objectives and provide exceptional service to our clients.

Prior to joining us in 2021, Melissa held senior HR roles in higher education, local government and commercial/corporate organisations. Melissa’s experience includes workplace relations, HR administration, performance management, compliance and best practice and policy and procedure development.

Richard Dennis - Director Finance

Richard is responsible for the financial integrity of data for the organisation and providing guidance and support for other managers across all Relationships Australia Canberra & Region programs and board.

Julie King - Director Operations

Julie is responsible for ensuring that our services are appropriate, seamless and keep the clients' needs at the centre of our focus.  She has more than 30 years of experience in government and non-government organisations, with an extensive background in supporting trauma informed practices. Before joining Relationships Australia Canberra & Region, Julie managed the National Redress Scheme where she was responsible for the design, stand up and implementation of the trauma informed end to end case management model. Julie was also accountable for developing and implementing the staff wellbeing and vicarious growth program. Julie has extensive experience supporting first responders of natural disasters, boat arrivals and other trauma and high-risk support workers. Julie also managed one of Australia’s largest Employee Assistance Program providers in Canberra for more than five years. Julie holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration.

Jeff Taylor - Executive Advisor Practice Leadership

Jeff is responsible for ensuring practice governance, excellence in service delivery practice and integration of a staff learning environment.  Jeff has extensive experience in clinical practice delivery in the not-for-profit and human services arena.  He brings a unique combination of strategic vision, clinical management and supervision, as well as an operational lens to all aspects of service delivery to clients.  He has been an educator in counselling, child and family therapy, attachment, complex trauma and family dispute resolution processes and techniques.

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