Member since January 2014
Julia works as a local Solicitor in the Manly region and combines her previous nursing training to work with the community. She also gives talks to many service organisations regarding estate planning, which often also includes imparting information about the Manly Women’s Shelter and the community involvement in the Shelter.
Previously Julia was a member of the executive committee of the Manly Community Centre and was President of Manly Community Centre for 4 years until 2013. Her voluntary work in the local community has included volunteering as a lawyer at the Manly Legal Centre for over 10 years.
Foundation member of the Committee
Luke is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior positions with large accounting firms and now operates his own practice since early 2014. In addition to the usual tax compliance, he specialises in working with newly incorporated businesses to assist them with structuring, business planning, creating accounting policies and procedures and reviewing business performance. Luke is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Committee member since June 2010
Rosy has been an educational professional since 1987. Her career began in the public sector in disability and welfare, where she held management and senior operational positions. In 2000, Rosy moved into the private sector, where she established a vocational training college for professionals in the property, finance and business sectors. Rosy is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Training and Development. Over the years, Rosy has held various board positions in charitable organisations and been a member of numerous government advisory committees.
Committee member since January 2015
Annabelle has been a professional in the families field for 15 years, working private enterprise, Federal government and the community sector. Prior to joining WCS as Chief Executive Officer, she held an Operations leadership position in the Department of Human Services, overseeing the Child Support program. A key role in Annabelle’s career was Manager of Elsie, Australia’s longest established women’s shelter, providing services and support to women and children experiencing homelessness and escaping domestic violence. Annabelle trained as a lawyer and has extensive experience in administrative decision making for Federal department. She investigated and resolved complex complaints and conducted ‘own motion’ investigations for the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Annabelle has also held a number of board positions in charitable and not-for-profit organisations in diverse fields including community development, fundraising and the arts.
Committee member since August 2015
Kerry Connors has worked in the not-for-profit sector for the past 13 years, primarily on energy consumer issues. She is currently with Energy Consumers Australia, having worked as Executive Director of the Consumer Advocacy Panel, and the inaugural Executive Officer of the Victorian Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre. Kerry also worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 14 years, including a posting to the Australian Embassy in Seoul, and has managed her own consultancy business, strengthening relations between the private and community sectors. Kerry also sits on the Executive Committee of the Consumers Federation of Australia.
Committee member since 2015
Fiona Reid is a local to the northern beaches and runs a Family Law practice in the area. Fiona is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. She has many years’ experience in all facets of family law practice including property and parenting matters, relocation, child support issues, spouse maintenance and de facto property and is a Doyle’s recommended family lawyer. Fiona has practiced exclusively in the Family Law Jurisdiction since 1999. She sits on the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers and is an active participant in training and educating other lawyers. Fiona’s primary area of expertise is complex parenting matters. Fiona is an experienced mediator and has completed a Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Family Law and is a Graduate Fellow of the College of Law. Fiona is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Fiona brings this vast experience in dealing with people in crisis to her role as a Member of the Committee of Management and her in-depth knowledge and understanding is a great benefit to the on-going operation of the Manly Women’s Shelter.