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Chief Executive Officer
Jacqui has been Chief Executive Officer of CREATE Foundation since December 2007. She has over 20 years experience in child protection, out-of-home care, family services and community work and has undertaken social research and held several management roles. She has written not only policy, training manuals and research papers, but also a children’s book. Jacqui is an accomplished public speaker presenting at many national and international conferences. Jacqui firmly believes that children and young people, given the right opportunities, have the capacity to transcend their adversity and reach their full potential.
Jacqui is a member of the Board of Directors and Leadership Committee at CREATE.
Board of Directors
Richard is an investment banker and lawyer and spent many years working in London, Hong Kong and New York with the HSBC Bank Group. He is the Chairman of the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research. He is also the Chairman of Sirtex Medical Limited and Calliden Insurance Group which are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange; as is Biota Holdings Limited of which he is a Director. He has been admitted as an Attorney of the New York Bar. Richard has been a Director of CREATE since 2010 and Chairman since 2013
Jann was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in the financial services sector, particularly the insurance industry. She was the auditor of CREATE Foundation for a number of years. After nearly 30 years she retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2004. Keen to maintain her involvement with CREATE Foundation, she volunteered to assist in the year-end financial reporting process and to help out with other financial reporting requirements during the year. Jann has been the Treasurer and a Director of CREATE since 2006.
DR JOSEPH MCDOWALL
Executive Director of Research
Joseph has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Queensland and has lectured at both the University of Queensland and Griffith University in the areas of research methods, statistics, social skills training and the theory and practice of photography. His research interests range from empirical aesthetics to his current concerns with child protection. Joseph authored the 2008 and 2009 CREATE Report Cards dealing with Transitioning from Care in Australia. He also has served as a consultant to the Queensland Department of Child Safety. He became a Director of CREATE in 2008.
Chair of Fundraising Committee
Greg has 35 years of corporate experience during which time he built and led global businesses that deliver high quality service based solutions across a broad range of industries, including the Financial Services sector for the last 15 years. Most recently Greg worked with Cerno holding the position of GEO. Prior to this role Greg held senior leadership roles in Australia, the UK and the US with companies such as Aon, Accenture, Bankers Trust, TeleTech and The Corporate Services Group. Greg joined Finity Consulting as a Senior Consultant December 2014.
Peter was employed with National Australia Bank (NAB) for over 23 years before joining Macquarie Bank in 2001. Whilst at NAB Peter held senior positions in Australia, the UK and the USA, most notably as the General Manager for the NAB’s Business Bank. At Macquarie Bank, Peter was the Head of the Bank’s retail division until 2009. Peter is now an Executive Coach with Foresights Global Coaching and a Strategy and Leadership Consultant specialising in Banking and Wealth Management.
DR REENY JURCZYSZYN
Reeny has been a social worker in the area of health and justice for over a decade in Queensland. For several years, her involvement with CREATE Foundation has centred on reducing the legacy of being in care through education. Not only is she a kinship carer, Reeny spent 18 years growing up in residential and foster care. She firmly believes young people’s views and experiences are key components of improving the outcomes and education attainment for future care leavers.
Andy is a Partner at Ernst and Young with over 23 years of experience in consulting, primarily in Financial Services with a focus on the General Insurance industry. Originally from the UK, Andy has worked to help transform many of the worlds leading Financial institutions in the UK, US, mainland Europe and Asia, before moving to Sydney in 2008 where he ran Accenture’s insurance business across Australia and New Zealand. Andy has two young sons and is passionate about helping disadvantaged children reach their potential. He joined the CREATE board in October 2016.
David has been Patron of CREATE Foundation since 1999, before which he served as Patron for the AAYPIC. He has also served as Chairman of the Board and throughout has been active in his support of CREATE and its work.
His strong interest in the rights and welfare of children and young people in care stems from his experience as a child. When he was 13 he and his two brothers were sent from Britain to Fairbridge Farm School through the Child Migrant Scheme. He has since written a book about the brutal experiences of the pupils there The Forgotten Children.
In addition to his advocacy work for children in care and social justice issues; his career has spanned being chairman then managing director of the ABC, chairman of the Australian Football Association, Chief Executive and Director of the State Rail Authority NSW and Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation.
John comes to CREATE with a wealth of varied Human Services experience, most recently as the founding CEO of Connecting Home Ltd, a support service for the Stolen Generations, where he was also the Co-Chair of the National Stolen Generations Alliance. It was in this role that his passion for addressing the trans-generational impacts of the trauma created through the removal of generations of Aboriginal children was embedded. Previously John has been in CEO and General Manager roles within the Disability and Aged Care Sector. John has managed both Regional and Metro services in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Internationally John was appointed by the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be an Honorary Witness at their first TRC Hearing into the Canadian Residential Schools focusing on the Inuit People. John has also worked the Navajo People in New Mexico, and was one of the founders of the International Initiative of Disability Leadership. John identifies as having a care experience himself, and is passionate about influencing service systems to be responsive to the needs of their constituents.
National Development & Operations Manager
James is an experienced manager with substantial expertise in the corporate and not for profit sector. As guardian and carer for his sister who has an intellectual disability, he has a strong understanding of the needs and circumstances of people in the care environment and their service providers. Most recently, James was General Manager of the community organisation Human Ventures for 6 years and continues his service with them as a voluntary Board member. His areas of responsibility included Strategy Design and Implementation, Operations, Fundraising, Business Development, People, Finance, Risk Management, and Program Oversight/Delivery. James supported and experienced first-hand Human’s programs for children and young people in remote, regional, and indigenous communities throughout Queensland. James is passionate about children and young people having the best and equal opportunities in life to ensure they reach their full potential.
National Finance Manager
Jecelyn has worked in not-for-profit organisations since 2005, with a focus on all areas of finance. She joined CREATE as Finance Assistant in October 2008 and was appointed as National Finance Manager in March 2015. Jecelyn left the role of National Finance Manager in April 2016 for maternity break and returned to the role in September 2017.
National Policy & Advocacy Manager
Tanya has joined CREATE Foundation after almost 25 years in the health sector. Beginning her career as a paediatric oncology nurse, Tanya moved into the field of education, training and health promotion before finding her fit in policy and advocacy, with the strong belief in the difference that can be made through effective systems advocacy. Passionate about the not-for-profit sector, Tanya’s passion for social justice and animal welfare causes extends into her personal life with her involvement in several child welfare and environmental charities.
National Development & Operations Manager
Kendal has been employed in the Child Protection and Out-of-Home Care sectors in both Government and Non-Government organisations for 15 years in both NSW and QLD. Kendal studied Psychology as an undergraduate degree with Postgraduate studies in Child Protection. Kendal has held various management positions throughout this time in regional and remote areas, as well as contracting Foster and Kinship Carer assessments. Kendal has provided various levels of training and teaching within the Community Services sector to various audiences