MacKillop's Executive team lead over 1200 staff across Victoria, New South Wales and West Australia to strengthen, nurture and empower children, young people and families.
Robyn is passionate about social justice and the rights of children and families. As a social worker and family therapist, Robyn has over thirty years' experience in the child and welfare sector. Robyn is committed to training and supportive supervision for colleagues to provide best practice to the children and families we serve. When not traveling to MacKillop programs all over Australia, Robyn delights in her own five children and three beautiful grandchildren.
Gerard brings over 25 years’ experience the community services sector, managing operations and working directly with children, young people and families. Gerard is passionate about the impact of the Sanctuary Model to strengthen the safety of staff and clients and improve the outcomes children and families. In his downtime, Gerard spends time with his family and enjoys music, reading and the never ending work of renovating his own and his family’s homes.
Graham leads the Corporate Services area. With a commerce degree in law and accounting, a fellow with AICD and over 35 years in senior management in corporate services, Graham brings vast experience in financial and asset management, company reporting, secretarial duties and governance. Graham has completed a Melbourne marathon, the Lorne Pier to Pub for the past 20 years and more recently has become a doting grandfather.
Trish is an experienced Social Worker who holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Counselling, and has completed various post graduate training programs in child development and play therapy methods. She has a background in Child and Family Welfare, Clinical Services and Community Health and has been in management positions for over 20 years. Trish oversees the analysis and monitoring of performance across service agreements, safeguarding responsibilities and compliance, investigation and reporting standards and regulations, as well as integrating systems particularly in relation to continuous quality improvement. Trish also oversees the Clinical Director’s role in guiding MacKillop’s Learning and Development for frontline practitioners, practice leaders and managers.
Dr Nick Halfpenny has practiced in the child and family sector for over 14 years in the areas of research, quality, advocacy and practice and policy development. Nick and his team seek to improve outcomes for the children, young people and families we serve by investigating and evaluating new ways of working, advocating for social policy change and measuring the impact of our services.
Ninevah leads and supports the Victorian North, South, East and After Hours teams to provide high quality services to children, young people and families, build and foster respectful relationships and develop innovative family-centred services. Ninevah has over twenty years’ experience in the sector in social work, community development, post graduate studies and mental health. Due to personal experiences, Ninevah continues to work closely with the Peter MacCallum Cancer centre as a patient advocate on issues affecting lung cancer research and raising awareness of this disease. Ninevah lost her partner, Brian in April 2018 due to lung cancer and is raising her three year old twins, Ava and Charlize.
Ilkin’s role is to lead and develop the improvement of service delivery across MacKillop, champion our Child Safe values and achieve the best outcomes for children, youth and families. Ilkin supports program staff, strengthens practice, fosters key relationships in government, community and partner agencies and drives innovation in family-centred programs. Ilkin has two children aged 16 and 20 and is passionate about health, cultural safety and social justice.
Kerry’s role is to lead the clinical team to develop therapeutic practices through reflective practice, training and consultation, enhancing the important work carers and practitioners undertake with children, young people and their families. Kerry is a Social Worker and Family Therapist who has worked in the trauma field for most of her career. She is passionate about working with families in a respectful and strength-based way and increasing the relational and cultural connections in the lives of the young people. Her interest in social connections is evident in her own life as she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as painting and other creative pursuits.
Sam leads the Community Engagement team, which seeks to inspire people to get involved with MacKillop by sharing stories about our work and the people we support. With a background in law and strategic communications, he brings valuable experience in marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement, governance and fundraising to MacKillop. Outside of work, Sam hones his storytelling skills every night with his two children, Ethan and Grace.
Kellie leads the West Australian services for Mackillop including foster care services in the Perth Metropolitan area, specialist foster care and an emergency support service in the South West and general foster care, Indigenous Healing service and Intensive and Family Support services in the Pilbara region.
With qualifications in psychology and a history working in disability, mental health and with the Department of Communities, Kellie has over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in Western Australia with strong experience working in regional and remote areas, alongside Aboriginal Communities and in the out of home care sector.
Kellie has been instrumental in ensuing high quality, trauma informed care for children in residential and secure care for more than 10 years. Having an expert knowledge of the Sanctuary Model, Kellie has developed and facilitated Sanctuary training, created resources, and continues to be involved in consultation around the Sanctuary framework at Mackillop.