Each member of our dedicated team has a wealth of knowledge and experience related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection sector in Queensland. Together, we have shared understandings, experiences and relationships developed from working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We use this solid framework to support our members to improve the lives of children and families in their communities. You can find out more about working with us here.

Garth Morgan

Chief Executive Officer

Garth has dedicated his professional career to improving health and community services from the government and not-for-profit sector. He has significant executive experience, including on several boards across health (including mental health), housing, media and recruitment. Garth is passionate about supporting organisations to improve their strategy implementation, strategic and operational governance, and manage change.

As well as being our CEO, Garth also leads the evaluation of the Youth Justice Family Led Decision Making trial, the establishment of our Centre of Excellence and the development of 33 Family Wellbeing service catchment profiles. Garth provides high-level evidence-informed policy analysis and strategic advice on issues and opportunities that positively impact on the rights and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Candice Butler

Director Innovation and Practice Development

Candice is a Social Worker with over 15 years’ experience working across government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Candice has strong family connections to Yarrabah in North Queensland.

Candice manages and leads our Innovation and Practice Development team. Inspired by the advocacy and leadership shown by every worker in this sector, Candice leads and coordinates the development of appropriate sector responses in the areas of training, external supervision etc. She also supports the development of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Kinship Care Program.

Dean Daylight

Director Program Implementation & Performance

Dean has family connections to the Nughi people of the Quandamooka nation and has over 15 years’ experience working in senior policy and operational roles – predominantly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

He has worked in Child Protection where he played key roles in the government’s response to the Commission for Children and Young People’s ‘Indigenous Child Placement Principle Audit Report 2008’ and the Child Safety Taskforce to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the chid protection system. Dean’s near twenty year public sector experience, knowledge and skills enable him to collaborate effectively in complex cross-sectoral environments.

Dean leads our Sector Development team to drive sector capability initiatives which build on the strengths of our members and their staff.  He also supports the sustainability of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations.

Lisa Hillan

Director Policy, Research and Evaluation

Lisa is a Social Worker and Senior Research Fellow at the QATSICPP Centre for Excellence. Lisa has demonstrated expertise in inclusion of the voices of lived experience in the co- design, implementation and evaluation of innovative large-scale programs. As a highly motivated, professional driven by a strong commitment to human rights and social justice Lisa has led and managed multiple human services organisations and has been a contributor to social policy change.

She has been the Chair of the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia and Chair of the Child Protection Committee in Queensland. In 2006 Lisa completed a Churchill fellowship to study effective models of residential care.

Lisa has a passion for the voice of children and young people, harnessing co-design principles that preference the wisdom of our First Nations people and survivors of trauma as the means to creating meaningful knowledge, evidence and policy that leads to real change.

Kylie Phipps

Director Strategy and Workforce Development

Kylie has joined QATSICPP after 25 + years in the Qld public service – primarily in child safety. Kylie’s commitment is to quality, culturally sound services to children and families and has dedicated her career to working towards that.

She is deeply humbled to have the opportunity to work with QATSICPP and to contribute to the organisation achieving its strategic goals and to learn from her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and the sector.

Kylie is from NZ and grew up there and in Papua New Guinea – both countries setting the foundations for her values and beliefs and the way she sees the world.

Andrea Osborne

Director Corporate Services

Inspired to support people who can instigate real change and greater outcomes for vulnerable children and families, Andrea leads and manages our corporate services and finance systems. This includes managing human resources, contracts, issued equipment, and our training and qualifications register. Andrea also manages and maintains our Quality Management System.

Lenny Dahlen

Manager Member Engagement & Communications

Lenny is a descendant of the Quandamooka Nation (North Stradboke Island) and Koa peoples (Winton area) and has connections to Cherbourg where his mother was born and raised. Lenny says the best part of his work is knowing that we are having a positive impact on the lives of our children, young people and families.

Lenny builds and nurtures productive working relationships with member organisations and ensures our projects and services are responsive to their needs. He develops effective partnerships with our key external stakeholders, shares research and advice with our community. Lenny is also responsible for developing and distributing the QATSICPP newsletter.

Eva Ruggiero

Policy Advisor

Eva contributes to developing evidence-based policy options and recommendations, as well as submissions and position statements, that strengthen policy and program offerings for our Members and our children and families. Eva conducts reviews of, and advocates for better implementation of the Child Placement Principle. She approaches research by co-creating knowledge and evaluation systems with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and that align with QATSICPP’s Practice Standards. Eva also provides secretariat support and promotion of Queensland Family Matters campaign and policy initiatives to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection systems.

Paula May

Quality Manager

Inspired by the people striving for the best outcomes for children and families, Paula is a Project Officer for our Corporate Services team. She assists our CEO and provides office administration services and support to all of QATSCPP’s departments. She also manages bookings for events and training.

Tamara Creamer

Project Officer - Innovation and Practice Development

Tamara is a strong Kalkadoon/Waanyi woman who hails from North West Queensland. Tamara joins QATSICPP with a teaching background and over six years experience in the child protection sector.  Tamara is inspired about being at the forefront of change and empowerment for Indigenous Australian families involved in child protection.

Tamara is passionate for addressing not only the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Child Protection space but also empowering our sector and communities to have their voices heard when making decisions about our children.  It is important to Tamara that our kids are cared for by mob so they can grow up having an understanding of self, this understanding builds identity, identity equals strength and we want future generations to be strong in who they are.

Tamara’s role will see her supporting the sector in the QATSICPP professional scholarship, the QATSICPP Workforce Strategy and working alongside members of the team in the identification of emerging best practice.

Lucas Moore

Project Officer - Policy, Research and Evaluation

Lucas Moore has been working and volunteering for 20 years in systemic advocacy, community development and the media.  He worked for over 12 years with the CREATE Foundation, a national advocacy body promoting the voices of children and young people with a care experience. While with CREATE Lucas undertook a variety of roles, including as Queensland Coordinator for CREATE, where he worked with a network of young advocates around the state, listening to them about their experiences in the care system and working alongside them to create systemic change.

In 2014 Lucas’s work was recognised by National Children and Youth’s Law Centre Outstanding Contribution to Advocacy Award and in 2019 he won the Non-Government Professional category at Queensland Child Protection Week Awards.

Lucas is a passionate supporter of self-determination and pursuing the implementation of Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

Reno French

Project Officer - Innovation and Practice Development Team

Reno is a project officer that is working on the implementation of Delegated Authority. Reno has worked in the Community Controlled, Federal Government and Local Government with experience in management and government initiatives.

Reno is qualified in Child Youth and Family intervention space and has worked in the family prevention space and Community Develop space for 12 years. Reno’s passion is in prevention and creation of long term sustainable change and supporting children to be at home with their families.

Justin Power

Principal Project Officer - Program Implementation & Performance

Justin is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait heritage. On his mother’s side, he is a proud descendant of the Birri-Gubba Juru (Bowen), Janga (Mt Coolon), and Birri (Collinsville) peoples in North Queensland. He also has strong ties to Ugar Island in the Torres Strait. His father is a Darumbal man from Rockhampton and has connections to Santo Island in Vanuatu.

Having a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait upbringing Justin has spent most of his career working in programs and policy areas within the Queensland Government, to improve engagement and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, families, and community.

Justin aims to give back to the community and use his skills and knowledge to demonstrate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, protocols are our way of life and can co-exist to improve systems that better support his people. To help with this journey Justin is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws at QUT.

Mitaru McGaughey

Data Analyst

Mitaru is responsible for accounts payable and supports our team with office administration and support as required.

Tiresa Va’ai

Project Officer - Innovation and Practice Development

Tiresa is a proud Samoan woman who hails from the village of Sataua, Savai’i and raised in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Greatly influenced by the matriarchs of her family, she was encouraged to pursue knowledge, help others unassumingly and challenge ideals that conflicted with their cultural norms. These values and connection to family have kept her well-grounded in her culture.

Since completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Tiresa worked in government and not-for-profit organisations and has almost 15 years’ experience in the areas of case management, alcohol and other drugs counselling, health promotion and research. Tiresa is excited about her journey with QATSICPP as she is passionate about social justice and empowering individuals to become their own independent selves having worked extensively with children, young people, and family groups in regional Australia and New Zealand.

Tiresa looks forward to helping reinforce the importance of Indigenous culture within the child protection sector and strengthen innovative practice with our members.

Colleen Power

Project Officer - Strategy & Workforce Development


I am a strong Aboriginal woman from the Birrigubba Nation, and a proud descendant of the Biri and Jangga people through my mother and Juru and Ugar people in the Torres Strait through my father.

I have over 10 years’ experience in the Foster and Kinship Care space working within the Non-Government Sector. Prior to this I have worked within QLD Government across different areas, as a Human Resource Officer with the Department of Child Safety, Project Officer with Emergency Services, Education, Vocational Education & Training and the Tertiary Sector.

The cultural authority that’s been passed down to me from my ancestors, in particular my mother and father has guided my journey keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people in the care system, strongly connected to their culture and family.

Working as a Project Officer in the Workforce Development Team with QATSICPP has given me the opportunity to work in a dynamic team who are passionate about self-determination and empowerment for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.  I am inspired to advocate and actively work towards reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection sector with a positive outcome of families caring for families.