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.
Elise is a registered psychologist with 13 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 brings strong stakeholder relationships having spent the past three years working in peak bodies in the DFV sector and advocating with Government for greater investment where it is most needed. Before this Elise worked as a counsellor, group worker and manager in family services.
Louise Gardiner is the Team Manager- Operations and Members and has also previously managed DVNSW Conferences and the Safer Homes, Stronger Communities project. Louise has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles with particular expertise in marketing, operations, people and culture, project management and strategy. A feminist in her approach, her work is underpinned by her dedication to DVNSW team’s work in supporting the sector to improve the lives of children, young people and their families experiencing Domestic and Family Violence.
Joanna is a recent communications and law graduate from UTS, majoring in film with honours in feminist law. Joanna has recently returned from a cross cultural film collaboration in regional Queensland with Darumbal and Barada Indigenous Councils. Since her return to Sydney Joanna has been volunteering with Fullstop whilst working with Bus Stop Films – a company that teaches filmmaking to students living with disability.
Joanna is excited to be working with DVNSW in a role that allows her to combine her two passions; feminist law and feminist media
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. Bridget worked as the Eastern Sydney SAM Coordinator in the Sydney WDVCAS, enjoying seeing stakeholders and systems working together very effectively to assist women who have experienced domestic and family violence. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Science, specialising in Domestic Violence, with her thesis examining women’s perpetration of intimate partner violence from a feminist perspective.
Bridget is 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 takes the lead in engaging WDVCAS members, with a view to assisting the DFV sector in achieving best practice and delivering quality services, especially across the legal system. Bridget also drives policy, practice, and law reform in relation to ADVO’s and criminal legal responses to domestic and family violence.
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.
Shelley is a qualified political sociologist with a focus on social policy and gender analysis. Shelley has an extensive background in policy development and analysis across the government and non-government sectors, working closely with Government Ministers and Department Executives in the portfolios of Premier and Cabinet, Family and Community Services (Aboriginal Affairs, Child Protection, Community Services, Women, Housing), Health, Justice and Education.
A life-long advocate for gender equality, women’s empowerment and social justice, Shelley has volunteered on human rights and community development projects in South Korea and Costa Rica and is a consultant with UN Women.
Livia has worked across a variety of policy and front-line direct DFV service provision roles. She is passionate about building capacity and supporting front-line services to deliver best practice, specialist DFV support to women and their children experiencing violence.
Livia previously worked in the policy team at DVNSW where she held the portfolios of housing and multicultural communities. Livia is passionate about creating change through advocacy in the areas of safe and sustainable housing pathways for DFV victim-survivors and multicultural communities living safely and free from DFV.
Prior roles include managing the Southern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, providing support to women and their children after police attended a DFV incident, and women’s DFV refuge case management support. Livia holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales.
Tracey is a Chartered Accountant with 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 over 10 years ago, and continues to be inspired by the passionate individuals and organisations striving for change in the DFV space.
Bec holds a Bachelor of Communications and tertiary qualifications in business and has an extensive background working in operations and administration roles. Before following her passion for women’s services and social justice into the not-for-profit sector, Bec spent her career working across various sectors including, the private sector, tech start-ups and advertising and branding agencies. Most recently, Bec has spent the past three years working at Full Stop Australia.
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.
Raylene is a proud descendant of the Yiman (pronounced im-man) Clan in Central Queensland and has extensive experience in child protection, training and development and community engagement.
Raylene has worked in non-government and social services settings across Australia and brings extensive experience in culturally appropriate frameworks and trauma informed practices. Her lived experiences compel her to always give back to her community and to ensure that the inherent rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are heard and listened to.
She is currently enrolled at Deakin University and is undertaking her Social Work Degree through the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute. Her happy place is talking about and sharing her culture and is famously known for her cheeky smile.
Andrea has post graduate qualifications in Psychology and is currently completing a Masters of Social Work, with a passion and focus on women’s issues and programmatic responses to domestic and family violence. Andrea has previously worked in areas of data analysis, mental health counselling and project management – primarily in the area of reducing recidivism through mental health and AOD support. After relocating overseas in 2017, Andrea focused on program analytics at Heart Share St Vincent's Services for AOD and Youth Services across New York City.
Carrie is a qualified social worker with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector since 2009. Carrie recently took time out from practice to focus on postgraduate studies, completing her masters in social work. Carrie’s background includes community development and outreach, direct practice with children, young people and families, as well as leadership in research, practice innovation and project delivery.
Carrie is passionate about intersectional feminist approaches to social work practice and elevating survivor knowledges through lived and practice experience research and user-centred co-design approaches. Carrie is particularly interested in research with people with lived experience of social injustice at the intersection of oppressive systems, institutional violence, and gendered violence, as well as with practitioners working alongside people navigating these spaces. Carrie has brought this approach to delivery of complex practice development, service improvement and consultation research projects in child and family, out of home care (OOHC) specific and crisis support and suicide prevention contexts.
Danielle has experience in social work and program coordination roles in both Australia and internationally. Completing a Master in International Relations which focused on international policy, governance and human rights, Danielle has a keen interest in programs and policy that operate from a feminist perspective to support our most vulnerable communities.
For the past three years, Danielle has worked as a case worker in the Hunter region, mostly in the refuge setting, supporting women and children who have experienced domestic violence and who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Danielle is passionate about advocating for a system which invests in primary prevention and can respond effectively and respectfully to each individual in need of support.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Communications and has spent the last seven plus years working in marketing and communications in the not-for-profit health and mental health industry in regional Australia. With a passion for ensuring country Australians are not left behind, Emily has a keen interest in elevating the experiences and voices of victim-survivors and DFV workers in regional areas – sharing stories for individual empowerment, community awareness and political change.
Currently studying her Masters of Social Work, Emily is committed to advocating for social justice, gender equality and human rights. She is an avid writer and believes strongly in the power of words to inspire and drive change across society and systems.