Richard is an investment banker and lawyer and spent many years working in London, Hong Kong and New York with the HSBS Bank Group. He held the position of Chairman of Westmead Medical Research Institute, Sirtex Medical Limited and Biota Holdings Limited. 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.
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.
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.
Catherine Moynihan is the Official Solicitor and Director of Legal Services/Investigations at the Office of the Public Guardian. Catherine has practiced as a lawyer for marginalised clients working for a private criminal law firm, a community legal centre, a child safety authority in the UK and at Legal Aid Queensland. At Legal Aid Queensland she worked as a general advice lawyer, a Separate and Direct Representative for children and young people in child protection proceedings and was in the Youth Advocate position which also had a systemic advocacy and policy/law reform focus. She has had policy positions in government and was a Research Director on the Carmody Inquiry.
Kirsten is a Muruwari and Yuwaalaraay woman with family connections to North Western NSW. She has a background in human rights, reconciliation and child welfare and has had roles as Senior Adviser at the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Royal Commission into Youth Detention in the Northern Territory and as CEO of the NSW Reconciliation Council. Kirsten has also represented vulnerable families within the statutory child protection system and was placed in care herself at a young age. Kirsten is a passionate advocate for the rights of all children in the care system as well as their abilities to transcend the expectations set for them and to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Rob Ryan is the Chair of the Forde Foundation Board in Queensland. Rob also works as the Executive Lead at Child, Youth and Family – External Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at Life Without Barriers. Rob has a broad history working in the Non-Government, Government and Charity sector for over twenty-eight years. Prior to commencing with Life Without Barriers, Rob was the CEO for Key Assets – The Children’s Services provider across the Asia-Pacific Region. Earlier in his career, Rob worked for nineteen years with the Queensland State Government in Director and Regional Director roles in the practice, training and out of home care areas. Rob was also the former member of the Queensland Council of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN). In 2009, Rob was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study child protection across the United Kingdom, USA and Canada. Rob holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Post Graduate Certificates (Family Therapy, Human Resources and Industrial Relations) and a Master of Professional Education and Training. Rob is also a Justice of the Peace and was previously the deputy chair on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Advisory Council.
Emma joined CREATE in July 2022 to support its vision that all children and young people with a care experience reach their full potential. Prior to working with CREATE, Emma worked in senior policy and program management roles in government for over a decade, primarily in the areas of child safety and family violence, and as a volunteer solicitor in community legal centres. She has seen firsthand the power of effective advocacy work through elevating the voices of children and young people. Emma feels privileged to be working with CREATE’s State teams to connect and empower children and young people with a care experience, and to support our important advocacy work to create better lives for children and young people in care.
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.
From an early age, Hannah knew that her passion in life was to help children and young people, and went on to study Early Childhood and Human Services at University. After joining the team at CREATE in 2015, as PA to the CEO, she finally felt like she had found the perfect organisation that aligned with her beliefs and passion. In 2021 she gave birth to her daughter and went on maternity leave then came back to CREATE as the Business Administration Manager a year later. Hannah has had the privilege of working with children and young people in many different aspects at CREATE since starting in 2015, and looks forward to many more years ahead supporting the organisation in its business operations.