David Burlew – Chair
David joined the Board in 2008: David has a commercial background with a 30 year career working with Pacific Dunlop, Ford, Goodyear and Nissan Motor Company. He managed the Mergers and Acquisitions function for a division of Pacific Dunlop and has international management experience across sales and marketing functions.
In addition to his position at FAN, he is the Chief Executive Officer for Adeal Pty. Ltd., Director of db Consulting, and is Head of Advisory Board for an Australian medical company. David holds a diploma in business, a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s degree in business administration. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jose Abalo – Deputy Chair
José—a member of the FAN Board and Executive since 2011—comes to us with a wide range of experience.
Jose graduated in 1987 from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Social Work. He also holds a José holds a Master of Social Work degree and is currently a Doctoral student at Charles Sturt University, exploring ways to better engage with early school leavers. During the late 1980s, Jose worked in health and child protection settings and in 1989 was appointed as one of the 6 Victorian Commissioners of Ethnic Affairs, providing high-level advice on Multicultural Issues to the then Victorian Premier, the Hon. John Cain.
José has extensive experience in Income Support Policy and Service delivery at the Federal level having worked with the Department of Social Security, Centrelink and more recently the Australian Government Department of Human Services. Whilst working for the Federal government, Jose developed experience in emergency management. Following the Victorian bushfires of February 7th 2009, and together with some 110 of his colleagues, Jose worked closely with the communities affected by this natural disaster to assist them in the recovery process.
Kelly Rafferty – Treasurer
Kelly joined the Board in 2013 and is passionate about social justice and community connections. These focuses came early in her career and provided clear direction. They led to a 10 year career in Human Resources and carried through to her current role, in Corporate Social Responsibility with the Telstra Foundation. Kelly manages Telstra’s employee supported giving programs, including the Telstra Kids Fund, a grass roots community grants program. Feminist, lifelong learner and crafter, Kelly holds of Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and is currently studying towards a Masters in Community Development
Diane Godfrey – Secretary
Diane joined the Board in 2017 and has a wide range of experience in implementing and delivering programs and services. Diane has a range of skills that will contribute to her ability to participate in Board activities; including good communication skills, knowledge and experience in working with Government on a State and National level, good computer skills, experience in budget management and funding for programs and agencies.
Diane has a Bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and has undertaken pose graduate qualifications in Adolescent and Child psychology and Neuroscience. Diane has a strong commitment to social justice and is looking forward to working with staff and Board members of FAN.
General Board Members
David MacKenzie joined the Board in 2012 and is an Associate Professor at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University. He has a record of research and development on youth issues and youth policy and is widely recognised in Australia for his work on homelessness.
Over the past 20 years, David has served on a several government advisory committees and taskforces. He is co-author of Youth Homelessness: Early intervention and prevention (1998) as well as many reports and papers. In 2007-2008, David was one of the four Commissioners responsible for the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness report, Australia’s Homeless Youth (2008) which was influential on the development of the Federal Government White Paper, The Road Home. David’s Counting The Homeless research pioneered a methodology for enumerating homelessness in Australia.
Richard joined the Board in 2017 and has worked across professional service firms (legal, consulting and accounting) and member associations in marketing, business development and sales roles for more than 17 years and is currently the Director of Business Development Middle Market at Deloitte Australia.
Between 2012 and 2017 Richard was a Board member of the Asia-Pacific Professional Services Marketing Association (APSMA), including serving two years on their Executive as the Corporate Secretary. Prior to this Richard served on the Camberwell Kindergarten and Childcare Centre Committee of Management.
Hannah joined the Board in November 2017and has completed her Law (Hons) and Behavioural Science degrees. She is currently a practicing lawyer with experience in insurance, banking and commercial disputes. Whilst working in private practice, Hannah established her firm’s pro bono scheme to assist victims of crime and made new case law regarding insurers’ ability to decline drink driving claims.
Hannah currently works in-house at a not for profit organisation resolving insurance and financial planning disputes. During this time, she has helped develop protocols for victims of family violence and worked on a submission to change the insurance industry’s approach to disputes involving family violence.
After 8 years as a volunteer solicitor at a community legal service, Hannah is particularly passionate about assisting victims of family violence. She believes that all adults and children are entitled to live without violence in their home.
Hannah was drawn to FAN for its ethos and holistic approach to supporting young people experiencing homelessness and family violence. She believes the right help at the right time can lead to positive outcomes both now and in the future. Hannah is excited about her new role and is looking forward to contributing to FAN’s great work.
Bronwen joined the FAN Board in October 2017 and is currently the Executive Officer with Gateway LLEN. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in the community sector including working as a counsellor within secondary schools and program development and facilitation for at-risk youth. In her role as Executive Officer at Gateway LLEN, Bronwen works with a wide range of individuals and organisations to develop and build sustainable partnerships that provide innovative programs to improve education and successful transitions for at-risk youth to further education, training or employment for young people in the Gateway region.
Sue Carlile CEO
Sue Carlile is the CEO of Family Access Network (FAN), and has worked in the homelessness sector for more than 30 years, and prior to that juvenile justice and local government. Qualifications include: Bachelor Social Sciences, Advanced Diploma Youth Work, Advanced Diploma Family Therapy, Continuing Education Certificate Quality Review of Health and Community Services In addition to the core funded work at FAN Sue has been and continues to be involved in the development of a number of innovative projects including: SSATI/LGBTIQ responses, Post Care, Young People and Family Violence, Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative, Young Families in Crisis, enhanced responses through Creating Connections; Private Rental Brokerage Program; and a Capacity Building Children’s Program. An active contributor to sector enhancement and reform, including the establishment of Supported Accommodation Assistance Program in the 80’s and presenting evidence to the Burdekin Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Our Homeless Children, amongst many others too numerous to note.
Research and innovative projects and partnerships are keen interests; notable projects include: LGBTI & Homelessness, Pregnancy & Homelessness, “Does camping count?” Children’s experiences of homelessness; other research projects related to parenting young women, same sex attracted transgender intersex young people, sexual health, to name a few. Several of these have resulted in Conference presentations and journal articles.
Sue has been on the Board of Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) since 2009, member of the Governance Group of the Eastern Homelessness Network, Victorian Homelessness Network, and previously a board member for 7 years at Eastern Community Legal Centre, as well as serving on a number of boards throughout her career. Sue is actively involved in the sector at a variety of levels, passionate and committed about a service system which is robust and responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
As an external reviewer and Report Auditor for Quality Improvement and Community Services Accreditation (QICSA) for 8 years, Sue was delighted to be involved in the development of the Rainbow Tick Standards.