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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.
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.
Catherine is the Official Solicitor and Director of Legal Services/Investigations at the Office of the Public Guardian. Catherine has a Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Business (Public Management) both from QUT. Catherine has practised as a lawyer for marginalised clients working for a private criminal law firm, a community legal centre 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. Catherine has worked in the UK as a lawyer representing a Local Authority (an equivalent of Child Safety) in child protection proceedings. Catherine has experience as policy officer for the Queensland government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in the area of child protection legislative reform post the 2004 Crime and Misconduct Commission Inquiry and as a ministerial advisor to the Minister for Justice and Attorney General. Catherine was a Director of the research team that supported the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. Catherine is a Churchill Fellow and has completed a study tour on advocacy and legal representation for children and young people in care which took her to the UK and US. She is a founding board member of the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland and is a member of the Queensland Law Society Childrens’ Law Committee.
Kirsten is a Muruwari 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.
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.
National General Manager Operations
Anne has 30 years’ experience in human services, including 20 years as a senior manager and project director in both government and non-government agencies throughout Australia, and, most recently, for Life Without Barriers and for the Uniting Church. She has completed a Masters thesis in the area of youth justice and Indigenous young offenders. Anne has previously been a Director on the Board of Advice of the Queensland Forde Foundation.
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.
Development & Operations Manager
Annie began working in the not-for-profit sector in 2009 and has developed and managed diverse social projects that improve the wellbeing of refugees and culturally diverse populations. She has broad experience managing projects to support children, young people and their families in areas including, domestic and family violence prevention, health and mental health support, employment pathways, and refugee settlement. She has a Master of Development Practice in Community Development, a Bachelor of Business Management and is a graduate of the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program. Annie is passionate about creating opportunities for children and young people to achieve their goals and be able to make informed decisions on issues that impact their lives.
National Business Opportunity Manager
Joe Manger has over 15 years’ experience in business development and fundraising in the not for profit and commercial sectors. Prior to joining CREATE Foundation Joe worked for Oxfam Australia for five years developing corporate partnerships as well as supporting work on institutional funding. Joe studied International Business at RMIT and has completed additional studies in business administration and project management. Joe has a passion for social justice and for supporting vulnerable people to determine their own lives. He is excited by the opportunity to identify and build relationships that deliver long term value for CREATE Foundation and our partners.
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.