Meet our team
DVNSW comprises of a Board of Directors with a small, dedicated team determined to create change. You can contact us or arrange to come along to our office and meet with us by clicking here.
Kelly LambVice Chair
Elise is a registered psychologist with 12 years’ experience in leadership roles in the non-government sector. Elise has lived experience of domestic and family violence and is passionate about influencing systems-level change to increase safety, prevent violence, bring healing for victim-survivors and hold people who use violence accountable. Elise has experience working in a peak body in the DFV sector, having worked at No to Violence as the NSW Sector Development Manager. Previous to this Elise worked at CatholicCare Wollongong as a counsellor, group worker and manager.
Team Manager – Operations and Members and Safer Homes Manager
Louise Gardiner holds a dual role at DVNSW. She is the Team Manager- Operations and Member and also manages of the Safer Homes, Stronger Communities project. Louise is passionate about ending homelessness. She aims to make a difference by increasing access to safe and sustainable private rental tenancies for women and children escaping Domestic and Family Violence through the promotion of mutually beneficial collaboration between DFV support services and real estate agents.
Team Manager – Policy, Advocacy and Research Manager
Renata previously employed by DVNSW as the Voices for Change Coordinator, supporting people with lived experience of sexual, domestic and family violence to speak out about their stories.
Renata holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Sydney and brings more than 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit community sector to the role. Renata began working with women who had experienced trauma at Guthrie House in 2013 and has worked in a range of roles including at Women’s Safety NSW, Delvena Women’s Refuge and the Education Centre against Violence.
Renata is committed to advocating for the needs of women and children experiencing domestic and family violence and improving the service delivery offered to women in need through high quality, well-funded, specialist services.
Media & Communications Manager
Caitlin comes from an extensive background in international development and human rights, working as a communications strategist and content specialist for not-for-profit agencies in countries such as India, Brazil, Hungary and Cambodia.
In her free time, Caitlin is an avid freelance travel writer and border collie enthusiast. She likes mangoes, anything written by Khaled Hosseni and drinks that come with tiny novelty umbrellas.
Senior Policy Officer – Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) Program
Bridget Mottram has been working as the Eastern Sydney SAM Coordinator since November 2018 in the Sydney WDVCAS, and has a background in academia. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Science, specialising in Domestic Violence. Her thesis examined women’s perpetration of intimate partner violence from a feminist perspective.
Bridget is incredibly passionate about working towards the eradication of domestic and family violence against women and their children, and is especially interested in the part that systems play in this process. Her favourite part of working within a WDVCAS was seeing stakeholders and systems working together very effectively to assist women who have experienced domestic and family violence.
Bridget will be responsible for delivering policy analysis, research and strategic advice on issues specific to the role of the WDVCAS’s in the NSW domestic and family violence service system. She will take the lead in engaging WDVCAS members, to include their views and priorities in areas of research, evaluation and policy, with a view to assisting the DFV sector in achieving best practice and delivering quality services, especially across the justice system. Bridget will also drive policy, practice and law reform in relation to ADVO’s and criminal justice responses to domestic and family violence.
Bridget will be a key point of contact for you, advocating on systematic issues and advocacy needs as they arise as well as ensuring your needs are reflected across the NSW policy and practice landscape.
Sector Development Manager
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in employee engagement both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Having worked mostly in the private sector, from hospitality to music festivals, her roles have all been based on listening to employees/customers and creating engaging content – from films, communications, conferences, events and training. She has also worked as a consultant facilitating workshops and coaching for a variety of clients.
With lived experience of domestic and family violence, Sarah is passionate about contributing to systemic change towards a world free from gendered violence. She is currently completing a master’s degree at Newcastle University, with a research paper on the correlation between shame and gender-based violence and the role of the education curriculum in primary prevention.
Policy and Research Manager (part-time)
Shelley is a life-long advocate for gender equality and social justice. She has worked in the NGO and government sectors in Australia, and volunteered on human rights and community development projects in South Korea and Costa Rica.
Shelley keenly identifies opportunities for positive change. Her greatest satisfaction comes from working with individuals and organisations with the expertise and insight to make a difference.
Policy and Advocacy Officer
Livia is passionate about ending domestic and family violence, and strives for a future where people live free from abuse.
Livia has over 5 years experience working as an advocate for women and their children in front-line DFV services. She recently held the position of Manager at the Southern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.
Livia is passionate about supporting front-line services to deliver best practice support and advocating for better funding and access for all women experiencing DFV. Livia is also interested in the criminal and legal response to DFV, in particular the issue of criminalising coercive control in Australia.
Livia holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales. Livia’s prior career was in Human Resources in the corporate sector.
Tracey has extensive experience in a range of accounting roles, and looks after all things financial at DVNSW.
She has specialised in the not-for profit sector since switching from Financial Services almost 10 years ago, and continues to be inspired by the passionate individuals and organisations striving for change in the DFV space.
Executive Office Manager
Kimme’s journey in the NFP/Charity space began 7 years ago, as a Business Manager for a peak body, most recently working for RSPCA NSW and Dress for Success Sydney. Most of her career has been spent in the hospitality sector, owning, and managing restaurants. She is very excited to be working back in the social justice and women’s services space.
On a personal note, she loves good food, wine and travel and is an avid animal lover. She recently adopted two rescue kittens, tuxedo boys, Lou Reed & Ray Davies.
Lisa’s experience in the not-for-profit sector includes a primary focus within the mental health space. Lisa worked for youth mental health organisation, batyr, where she facilitated and coordinated the delivery of preventative mental health programs to young people. Most recently she worked for Wellways, where she led the design and implementation of their first volunteer program in South West Sydney to assist people living with severe and persistent mental health issues.
Lisa is proud to work alongside the DVNSW team toward a future of gender equality and communities free from domestic and family violence.
Currently on Parental Leave – Chief Executive Officer
Delia brings with her extensive experience in non-government and social services settings across Australia and the United Kingdom. She has 21 years’ experience in social work and social care settings spending the last 11 years in the domestic and family violence sector.
Delia has led two domestic violence organisations as CEO: The Dash Charity (Domestic Abuse Stops Here) set in the UK and more recently White Ribbon Australia. Delia was appointed as Chair of Prosper Australia in 2016 and is deeply passionate about their work to support disadvantaged children and families across NSW at home, in school and across the community.
Delia has been recognized and awarded for her work in both the UK and Australia receiving several awards for her work to innovate and effect change. Prior to her appointment with DVNSW, Delia has been consulting for an out of home care provider supporting their strategic planning and review processes. Delia holds a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Social Work from Brunel University in London.