Members of the board
Narelle Clay, AM
Chair of the Board
Narelle Clay has worked in the community services industry for thirty years. Currently, Narelle is the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) which provides a range of services for families and young people across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South West Sydney, Southern Tablelands and Queanbeyan areas of NSW and manages one State wide program.
She has delivered training over a number of years in the areas of advocacy, lobbying, policy development, governance of community organisations and others. Narelle has taught at TAFE for 30 years in the community services, welfare and youth work areas and currently participates in a mentoring program for community and youth workers.
Narelle is the President of the Australian Services Union (ASU) in NSW and ACT which covers the industry areas of Social and Community Services, Water, Rail, Ports, Info Tech and Travel. Narelle was the first woman elected to this position and the first from Social and Community Services. Narelle is also President of the Social and Community Services Division.
In addition, Narelle has served on many Boards, Committees and Advisory Structures over the years and has held many roles. These include previous roles as the Nationally elected Chairperson of Homelessness Australia for eleven years, Member of the Prime Minister's Task Force, Member of the National (Homelessness) Data and Research Advisory Committee, Member of the National Place Based Initiatives Advisory Committee, and Member Ministerial Advisory Committee on Housing and Homelessness.
Lyn Bevington’s background is in Health. She worked initially as a speech pathologist and then as a Health Promotion Officer. Lyn started working in the community sector at Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS) in 1993 as a community development worker and is still there, having become Manager in 2011. MOCS are a grass roots community organisation working with families with children and are community managed. Lyn has also taught casually at TAFE in Community Services section since moving to the Blue Mountains in 1988. She is passionate about supporting Aboriginal groups and issues, reconciliation, social justice and access and equity.
Lurline Comerford has forty years’ experience in the field of social and community services. She has been a practitioner in social work policy and programme development, and in service delivery and advocacy in housing, youth and social policy. Lurline has also worked lecturing in community services qualifications and has participated in Industry Training bodies and other peak bodies from the early 1980s through to 2005. Lurline has a long history with the union movement, having been a union activist since the early 1980s. She also worked as Industrial Officer at Australian Services Union between 1994 to 2007. Currently, Lurline is engaged in fieldwork education in social work and advocacy for tenants in Queensland.
Dr John Falzon
Dr John Falzon is the author of The Language of the Unheard (2012). He has worked in academia, community development and research and advocacy. He has been the Chief Executive of the St Vincent Paul Society National Council of Australia since 2006. He has written and spoken widely in the public arena on the structural causes of marginalisation and inequality in Australia and has long been an advocate for a more equitable society.
Dr Tobia Fattore
Dr Tobia Fattore is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. He has an ongoing research interest in employment conditions in the disability services sector. In particular his research explores how salient industry issues, such as debates around minimum qualifications and pay equity are indicative of a latent struggle between two logics apparent within the sector - of professionalisation and consumer flexibility. Prior to working at Macquarie University, he was a Senior Research Analyst at the Workplace Research Centre, where he undertook and managed a range of applied research projects and provided policy advice on work and employment across a range of sectors, especially the human services sector. This included several workforce capacity studies, modelling organizational predeterminants of stress and burnout in the human services sector, development of workload management and workload models, evaluations of mentoring strategies in apprenticeship systems and economy wide gender equity profiles.
Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith
Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith has a background in the university and community sectors. As Director of the Australian Centre for Community Services Research, he is a nationally recognised leader in research in the areas of community service and social policy, with research partnerships in all states and territories. Dr Goodwin-Smith project manages numerous research projects funded by industry and government, all of which are practically focussed on translating the production of new knowledge into outcomes for social policy and social service. Dr Goodwin-Smith has national media presence. He is published in the areas of politics, social theory and public policy, with a particular emphasis on social inclusion, social policy, social justice and community services.
Dr Lynne Keevers
Dr Lynne Keevers is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Wollongong. She has a professional and research interest in the practices of social justice in community organisations and the contributions of these organisations to the health and well-being of local people and the communities in which they live. Her current research focuses on practice-based approaches to the study of knowing, learning, and change in the community services industry; violence and trauma in relation to women, young people and children; and youth homelessness. Before commencing work in academia Lynne worked extensively in the community services industry and VET.
Julie Kun has over 21 years of experience in the community sector. Julie's diverse career has seen her work in the women’s, CALD, aged, disability and Indigenous sectors. Julie is a feminist and Deputy CEO at WIRE Women’s information. Julie is passionate about social justice, and the provision of high quality and meaningful service delivery.
Ned has been working in community services since he was twelve years old. Starting out as a volunteer and progressing through holiday work, casual work, part time employment, and once it came time to grow up a little, full time work. Based on his experience and a shameful willingness to spruik his own abilities, he’s now entrusted with a supervisory role in a disability group home, where he is passionate about client centred care.
Andrew Richardson is the CEO and Managing Director of House with No Steps, a for-purpose organisation that supports and employs people with a disability across New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT. He is also the father of an adult daughter with a disability and has been active for thirty years in many disability and community organisations. Andrew is passionate about the right of all people with a disability to live and be included as valued and respected members of their communities. He is a strong advocate for the NDIS, but has also been outspoken on the design and implementation issues that are getting in the way of quality client outcomes and the development of a skilled and committed workforce. Andrew is Vice President of the Board of National Disability Services and Chair of the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee. He holds degrees in law, computer science and business administration, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Nadia Saleh works in Riverwood Community Centre and has done so for over 15 years, supporting families and children within a unique and special multicultural community in Sydney's West. She initially began her work training in the community welfare sector, specifically working with children and families and was soon after promoted to the team leader role. She is now in her 5th year term as Manager of services for Children, Youth and Families. Nadia was also privileged to be a part of the Equal Pay Campaign led by the Australian Services Union. She was honoured to become an equal pay ambassador during the campaign and also received the prestigious Edna Award.
With 15 years of experience in the community sector, Nadia is also an experienced facilitator, public speaker and mentor. She serves on a number of boards and committees and has also been invited to Universities to present to and supervise Students on placement.
As a mother of four children, family is something Nadia is deeply passionate about. She believes everyone has a vital role to play in the up keeping of their community, and it starts with the family.
Lisa Smajlov is a Community Development Coordinator at Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre and enjoys the challenges arising from working with a broad cross section of the community. Whether helping a client or establishing a program she has the big picture in mind, and works with all levels of government and NGO agencies. Lisa often reaches out into the sector like a friendly octopus tapping her networks on the shoulder to extract support for clients who often fall through the gaps in the system. She also holds roles as Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service secondee, Inner West Love Bites Coordinator and previous chair of local Domestic Violence Liaison Committee and Inner West Tenant Group. She is adaptive, tenacious and a passionate advocate for fairness and accessibility. She also volunteers with Cancer Council NSW in the Sydney Cancer Action Network and MP Liaison and involved in social media activism. Prior to working in community, Lisa was a Team Coordinator at Optus in Corporate Training, Remuneration & Benefits and Web Development. After working in male dominated environments she was very proud to be part of the ASU Equal Pay Campaign.
Sue Williams works as a case manager in the Benevolent Society’s Brighter Futures program in Mudgee, a position she has held for eight years. Before this she was co-ordinating and case working in Mudgee Family Support Service. Sue has a degree in Social Science Social Welfare, a Diploma in Mental health and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Welfare. Sue is passionate about Child Protection, early intervention, resilience building and capacity building within communities. She is a delegate for the ASU in Central NSW Benevolent Society and is committed to the strengthening and development of quality services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our community.
Sue is married with two adult children, a plethora of grandchildren and she currently has four Out of Home Care children placed with her.
Rachel Tausia has been in the Community Services Sector for her whole working life. She started out working with children in a day care setting anRachel Tausia has been in the Community Services Sector for her whole working life. She started out working with children in a day care setting and then became a residential youth worker. She then moved into the Community Justice Program as a support worker and was then a manager at the same site. In 2013, Rachel joined House with No Steps and has been there for two years. During this time she has seen a change in the culture of the sector and she is hoping to improve it, not only for the people she and her colleagues are supporting but also for the support workers themselves so they are able to continue to provide the best service possible. Rachel is now working with Quality Health Care and has noticed a small change in culture and is hoping to see more of a change thought out the whole industry..
Dr Shaun Wilson
Dr Shaun Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. He is a political sociologist interested in changing electoral dynamics, social attitudes and public opinion, and welfare states and employment. He has recently co-written with Gabrielle Meagher on the recent history of privatisation in Australia and voter support for privatisation. He is currently working on various topics including bad jobs in deregulated labour markets and the common problems facing the Australian and UK labour parties. Shaun is also working on a range of new projects relevant to the labour movement in Australia.