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 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.
Eliza’s cultural and ancestral ties are both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Her ancestral ties are from North Western to Eastern South Australia (Adnyamathanha – Flinders Ranges) and Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Eliza has worked in the NGO sector for over six years; in both ACCO’s and mainstream Family Support Services. Eliza is qualified in Child, Youth and Family Intervention, and is about to complete her Bachelor of Indigenous Studies; with further plans to complete her Graduate Certificate in Human Rights.
Eliza’s biggest passion is fighting against the social injustices that our mob are faced with on a daily basis. In her role at QATSICPP her focus on Child Protection is driven from her goal to ensure the voices and rights of our children, young people and families are heard. Eliza cannot wait for the day to see equality and fair treatment across all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights and sovereignty for our people.
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.
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.