Our Board

Board Chair – Trevor Carlyon

Trevor has worked in child protection, mental health, juvenile justice and adult corrections reform and private practice consulting environments. He has been an Assistant Director- General (Queensland Government) and has served as both Chair and Director on a number of government and non-government organisation boards. He has been the CEO of large community service organisations.

He is committed to organisational collaboration and has experience in award winning corporate partnerships. Trevor has been a judge for the Queensland Premier’s Excellence in Public Sector Management awards, a member of the Queensland Compact Governance Committee, a Visiting Fellow at ANU (Mental Health Research), Business Fellow at University of Queensland and has a career long interest in partnering between the public sector and NGO’s.

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Julie Aganoff – Executive Director

Julie is a psychologist with extensive experience in working in the community and health sector. She has worked at executive levels in very large NGOs as well as having significant direct client experience. Her expertise lies in working with people who have been affected by abuse and trauma.

She has worked in direct service delivery, private practice, program and project management, workforce development, strategic development and managed the development and delivery of quality systems and frameworks, research and evaluation, training development and practice frameworks. Julie is a member of the Lifeline Suicide Research Foundation, has chaired national interest groups and been a member of a national board and a range of management committees, government working parties and expert reference groups.

Julie has degrees in psychology, health science and business is also a registered supervisor with AHPRA and has been training provisional psychologists for over 20 years.

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Russell Brighouse

Russell has had an extensive career in Community, Aged Care and Health services, spanning 35 years. He leads the provision of In-home Care Services for frail aged and disabled clients at a large not for profit provider and has an MBA.

Russell has previously worked alongside clinical specialists researching innovative ways to optimise clinician engagement and client outcomes, and has published in this area. Russell has particular interest in leading scalable organisational approaches to high quality aged care services with their primary focus being continuous improvement towards positive outcomes for all clients.

Karyn Smith

Karyn is a highly motivated and versatile professional, with international and cross industry experience spanning more than 20 years with a focus on people and technology. Her very diverse experience enables Karyn to quickly assess and adapt to different environments. 

Karyn is a dynamic change leader who can motivate, empower, and guide large and small teams to perform at a high standard in varying and often challenging environments to deliver sustainable outcomes.  Her capabilities range from strategic analysis, design and planning, performance improvement, project and program change management. Karyn is an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal and facilitation skills, including business and leadership coaching.