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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.

Bernadette Carroll - Director Clinical Governance

Bernadette is responsible for the clinical governance of all services provided by Relationships Australia Canberra & Region, ensuring that the services delivered are clinically sound, evidence based and of highest quality, while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of clients and staff.  Bernadette will design and roll out the clinical governance framework across the organisation and use the framework to support practice managers and practitioners in enabling the clients’ journey to wellbeing.

Paula Mance - Director Contract Accountability

Paula has extensive experience in social policy development, research, evaluation and grants management in prior employment with the Commonwealth Government.  She moved to the role of National Policy Manager for Relationships Australia in 2015. In 2019 Paula moved to a new role that includes responsibility for contracts, new business and advocacy for Relationships Australia Canberra & Region.

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.

Richard Dennis - Finance Manager

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.

Sam Bandula - Human Resources Manager

Sam ensures an effective, efficient and equitable approach to human resource management by providing strategic advice and operational support with regards to HR policy development, workforce planning, and management of complex industrial and legislative matters.

    Felicity Hamilton - Research, Evaluation & Policy Manager

      Felicity provides advice and input on using organisational performance data and research. Her role involves evaluating data and creating reports on performance data to assist with monitoring organisational performance and setting organisational direction. Felicity also undertakes project work with a research or policy basis, as directed by the CEO.

      Larry Simon - Information & Communications Technology Manager

      Larry is responsible for developing, maintaining and managing the quality and efficiency of the ICT systems operating within the organisation.  Larry is also responsible for providing strategic advice and operational support for all aspects of ICT.

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