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Our Board of Directors

DVConnect is governed by a Board of 10 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.

For previous Directors, please view the Annual Reports.

Shaan Ross-Smith, CHAIR

Appointed Chair 20 July 2015.  Appointed Director 20 July 2015

Shaan Ross-Smith has been Director of the MATE program within the Violence Research and Prevention Program at Griffith University  since late 2016. 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.  She 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, DEPUTY CHAIR

Appointed Deputy Chair 21 August 2017

Enid Hughes is 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

Appointed Secretary 22 February 2015.  Appointed Director 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

Appointed Director 23 March 2011

Heather Castledine 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). Heather 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

Appointed Director 19 September 2016

Glen Henderson 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

Appointed Director 18 September 2017

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

Appointed Director 20 February 2017

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.

Muna Ibrahim, DIRECTOR

Appointed Director 19 August 2019

Muna is currently working as Disability Services Manager as well as Coordinator of Community Action for Multicultural Society (CAMS).  She has been with Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) since 1992 in various roles: volunteer Treasurer on board of Management Committee, became employed as Settlement Officer in 1995 (10 years) but at the same time job shared coordination of disability services (2 years), Home and Community Care Coordinator (7 years), Coordinator of Aged Care for people with Dementia project (1 year). Muna was Office Coordinator for 4 years until 2011 and this role included human resource coordination, workplace health and safety officer and newsletter editor. She was also involved as researcher into domestic and family violence in the Arabic speaking Muslim Community (2 different projects), presenting information sessions and cross cultural training to organisations, hospital, schools.

Muna has volunteered in doorknock appeals for Leukaemia Foundation & Heart Foundations and she is a Justice of the Peace. Muna speaks Arabic, English, Hindi/Urdu and is learning AUSLAN.

Ben Bjarnesen, DIRECTOR

Appointed Director 19 August 2019

Ben Bjarnesen is a 2016 Churchill Fellow, who has conducted international research on how Police forces and support services can best respond to domestic violence incidents in LGBTI communities. He is a training facilitator for the Queensland AIDS Council Domestic Violence Awareness Training and is involved with various other not for profit organisations. Ben is a guest lecturer and key note speaker both internationally and across Australia on the topic of domestic violence in LGBTI communities.  He is a member of the Queensland Government’s LGBTI Roundtable, which facilitates government engagement with LGBTI communities and provides a mechanism for communities to highlight issues, challenges and opportunities with Queensland government agencies.

Ben is an operational Police officer and has served in metropolitan Brisbane and outback Queensland, including the regional town of Roma where he spearheaded the development and implementation of the community support group, “Anything but Straight.” This group provides support, education and referral services to LGBTI clients and in 2011 Ben was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Award for this initiative. Ben is the Regional Coordinator (Brisbane Region) of the Queensland Police Service LGBTI Liaison Officer Program and in 2017 was named as one of the top 50 most influential and inspiring LGBTI Australians by Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Matthew Jones, DIRECTOR

Appointed Director 16 September 2019

Matthew Jones is a Torres Strait Islander from Darnley Island, he is a Chartered Accountant and as the ninth Indigenous Australian to be accepted as a full member of Chartered Accountants – Australia and New Zealand. He has worked in public practice specialising in reconstruction and recovery as well as in a risk management role for a financier.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Griffith University and is completing his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Queensland. His focus lies within the small to medium sized business sector concentrating on process improvement and sustainable organisational growth.

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 violence.
  • Provide more crisis counselling to those who have experienced violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how they can help family/friends experiencing violence.