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.
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.
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.
Director - Sector Development
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project Officer, Youth Justice - Sector Development
Justin draws is Aboriginal and Torres Strait connection from his mother as a proud descendant of the Birri-Gubba Juru (Bowen), Janga (Mt Coolon) and Birri (Collinsville) peoples in North Queensland. Also, on his mother’s side he has strong ties to Ugar Island in the Torres Strait. His father is a Darumbal man from Rockhampton who has connections to Santo Island in Vanuatu.
With his strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait upbringing Justin has spent most of his career working in programs and policy areas of the Queensland Government, to improve the way government works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and families engaged in the criminal justice system.
Justin aims to give back to community and use his skills, knowledge, and support networks to influence government to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, protocols are our way of life and can co-exist to improve their systems for his people. To help with this journey Justin is also completing a Bachelor of Laws at QUT.
Sector Development Officer
Jenny Parsons is a Gomeroi woman and recently joined QATSCIPP as the Sector Development Officer for the Far North Queensland region. Originally from Tamworth where she raised her family of three boys, Jenny moved to the Northern Territory in 2007 and spent 6 ½ years working in management roles for Mission Australia in Employment and Community Services areas. These years working in remote communities hold a special place in Jenny’s life both professionally and personally and have guided her path to where she is today.
In 2014, Jenny relocated to Far North Queensland and took on a role as a Family Services Manager for an AMS. In this position Jenny was involved in establishing the Family Well Being Program, building program delivery and expanding client services to support Mulungu Primary Health Care Services. Jenny is now looking forward to the opportunities that her current position at QATSICPP has to offer. Jenny holds a Diploma of Community Services (Management) and is currently studying for a Graduate Certificate in Human Services.
Sector Development Officer
A Proud Waanyi Woman from the lower gulf area of Northern Queensland, Lyndell grew up in Mount Isa. Lyndell graduated from James Cook University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws and has since worked in the community legal sector and government agencies, including Child Safety and the Office of the Public Guardian. Lyndell also has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and is currently completing her Masters of Conflict Management and Resolution.
Lyndell is passionate about advocating for the legal rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and has a strong sense of social justice. In her position as the North Queensland Regional Manager, Lyndell is excited to be a part of the process towards positive, sustainable change that can be achieved for our people in the child protection sector.
Member Engagement Officer
Lenny is a descendant of the Quankamooka 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.