Our Board of Directors

DVConnect is governed by a Board of Directors whose primary purpose is to provide strong governance and strategic framework. This governance will guide and support the management team in the development and financing of the organisations activities.

The Directors also acts as a reference point for specific issues that require expertise beyond the core capability of the organisations’ professionals. The Directors undertake duties and obligations as required by the Corporations Act, the Service Agreement and other funding service delivery guidelines issued by the Department of Communities.

The are 7 Directors at DVConnect. For previous Directors, please view the Annual Reports.

Shaan Ross-Smith, CHAIR

Shaan Ross-Smith is DVConnect’s Chair. Shaan commenced at Griffith University in late 2016 as the Director of the MATE program delivered through Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program. Prior to commencing at Griffith University Shaan spent sixteen years working with the Queensland Corrective Services through various managerial and director roles, including Director of Offender Rehabilitation and Management across Queensland. Shaan chose to diversify this experience in 2014 to work with victims/survivors at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre as the Integrated Response Manager. Shaan did this while continuing to work with perpetrators through a behaviour change program. Shaan is passionate about ending gender-based violence. Shaan holds post graduate qualifications in Psychology.


Enid Hughes is DVConnect’s Deputy Chair. She is also the Human Capital Partner at Deloitte. Enid is a strategic thinker and experienced management consultant bringing to the table broad executive capabilities across; business strategy, HR management, project management, brand management, organisational change and information technology. Her experience covers the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Enid is focused on performance; with a passion for business transformation through technology and organisational change. She has managed multi-million dollar projects of multi-disciplined teams in large and complex organisations. Enid is an advocate of women at all levels and gender equality and is an active mentor. Enid holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing).

Linda Dreghorn, SECRETARY

Linda Dreghorn is the Secretary for DVConnect and was appointed on 22 February 2005. Linda was also appointed as a Director on 20 July 2010. Linda is currently Company Secretary for Green Cross Australia, and Manager, Business Performance – Governance at Arts Queensland. Previous roles include Company Secretary and Legal Counsel for Major Brisbane Festivals Pty Ltd, General Manager of Brisbane Festival 2006, Secretary and Director of the Secretariat of the Queensland Law Society Inc., Co-ordinator of Due Diligence for SunWater’s acquisition of major water infrastructure and Lecturer in Law at the Queensland University of Technology. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Studies and is a graduate of the ACID Company Directors’ course.

Heather Castledine, DIRECTOR

Heather Castledine is a Director of DVConnect. Heather is a proud Kamilaroi-Kooma (Aboriginal) woman and is actively involved with many indigenous organisations in Queensland. She is the Aboriginal Chair for Reconciliation Queensland Inc., committee member for The Logan Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Elders and Chair of Murrigunyah (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders for Women a Sexual Assault service), and a Director of Youth & Family Service (YFS). Ms Castledine works as an Indigenous Cultural Consultant to a team of clinicians for the Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) of Queensland Health. Heather holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership, Diploma of Community Services. She also holds a Certificate of Attendance to Attachment Theory & Practice Relevance for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People, Statement of Completion Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Facilitator Training, Outstanding Achievement for Reconciliation Learning Circle Kit, Certificate of Participation in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills & Statement of Attainment Senior First Aid & Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people Mental Health First.

Glenn Henderson, DIRECTOR

Glenn is a Director of DVConnect. Glen is also the General Manager at Qscan Radiology Clinics. Glenn is also the Chair of the Audit Risk and Finance Committee for DVConnect. He previously worked for Stellar Asia Pacific as Group General Manager Operations (Bigpond), Trading Post and APN News & Media in finance, sales and operations roles. Prior to these roles Glenn gained experience in public practice as an accountant. Glenn has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from Charles Sturt University – Albury NSW. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Fiona Maxwell, DIRECTOR

Fiona Maxwell’s career has spanned the non-profit, government and university sectors in Australia and the USA. Prior to becoming CEO of Brisbane Powerhouse, Fiona was Queensland Manager for Philanthropy Australia, establishing the Brisbane office and supporting philanthropists and non-profits alike to grow the sector. Fiona has extensive experience building strong relationships with stakeholders in various industries including the service industry, internet start-up sector and philanthropic sector. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queensland University of Technology, a Masters from the University of New South Wales and recently completed the Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders at Stanford University.

Leigh Talbrett, DIRECTOR

Leigh Tabrett PSM has worked as a secondary teacher, a university administrator, and senior public servant, ending her public service career as Deputy Director-General (Arts Queensland) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has served on numerous state and national bodies and has been an advisor to both State and Federal Governments on higher education and on arts and cultural policy. She now works as a company director and business coach. She is Chair of Bleached Arts Ltd, which delivers the Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance. As Chair of One Mind Ltd, she is working to develop the WOW (Women of the World) Festival in Australia and the Pacific, including staging the Festival as part of the cultural program for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


We need your support.

With your donation we can:

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more temporary accommodation for pets whose families have escaped domestic violence, until they set up a permanent home.
  • Provide more specialist counselling to those who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
  • Educate the community about how we can help them, or someone they love, escape a domestically abusive relationship.