Shannon has held senior leadership roles in both the government and non-government sectors for 30 years and has a strong commitment to social justice and a passionate interest in ageing, aged care and regional service delivery.
She has a background in policy and advocacy, including at the NSW Office of Ageing, with a focus on ageing, women’s health, housing and homelessness. She has managed multiple large federal, state and philanthropic grants with varying funding agreements, acquittal processes and evaluation methodologies, and is an outcomes and results focused leader.
Shannon comes to us from YWCA Australia, where she was Director, National Service Development and Delivery, working through the merging of diverse member associations into one national organisation.
She was previously Director, Community Health and Regional Services with ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTIQ+ organisation.
Shannon managed the development of a national face-to-face and online training program for the aged care sector and the implementation of the Aged Care Community Visitors Scheme for LGBTIQ people in NSW. At the NSW Office of Ageing, she advised the minister on ageing issues and managed the NSW Forum on Ageing at Parliament House, supported the production of the Older People NSW report in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, managed funded research projects and implemented state-wide research policy seminars.
Barbara’s professional background is in Health Information Management and she holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of New South Wales. Barbara has a keen interest in the written word. She was Founding Editor of the Australian Medical Record Journal in 1970 (subsequently Health Information Management Journal). Her publications include co-authoring “Occupational therapy: Its place in Australia’s history”: NSW Association of Occupational Therapists (1988).
Barbara retired in late 2016 and, as primary carer, currently supports her 98 year old Mother continue to live independently in her own home. She has held the position of Chair of the Strata Committee of a large strata complex in Sydney for many years and is also on the Strata Committee of another strata building designed for people aged 55 years and over. She has been on the Board of Mosman Bowling Club for the past four years, holding the position of Secretary for the past two years.
Barbara has longstanding interest and experience in ageing and the care of older people. After joining NSW Health in 2001, Barbara’s roles included Principal Policy Adviser in the Aged Care Unit, Health and Social Policy Branch. Her responsibilities included researching, evaluating and advising on best practice policies and programs relevant to aged care, aged health and other priority policy areas associated with ageing, disability and integrated care policy and strategic issues. Prior to this, Barbara ran her own business as a Quality Improvement, Accreditation and Medical Record Consultant. She worked across all areas of health service delivery, including hospitals, community health, residential aged care and general practice. Previous experience included managing the Education Service for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) 1990-1993. She was a registered Aged Care Quality Assessor, 2000-2002.
Elaine is a trusted advisor to the sector and holds a portfolio of professional, pro bono and volunteer roles. Elaine is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Australia’s oldest charity, The Benevolent Society and partner of a boutique law firm with a focus on making the law accessible to individuals, families and grassroots and emerging charities. Elaine is an advocate of adopting a rights-based approach to the practice of law.
Elaine’s passion lies in social inclusion and as well as being a Director and the Deputy Chair of the SRS Board, she is also Chair of SRS’s Inclusion and Priority Populations Committee.
Hakan has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive across public, commercial, and not for profit sectors. He has a strong community focus, commitment to social and cultural justice, and a deep passion for sustainability, inclusive leadership, and social cohesion.
He has Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Commerce qualifications, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Hakan possesses a deep understanding of the value of public institutions and of the indicators of successful governance, leadership, and operational management to achieve social, economic, and cultural outcomes.
Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Art Gallery of New South Wales overseeing a diverse portfolio including the transformation of the Gallery through the Sydney Modern Project. As the CEO of Multicultural NSW Hakan successfully led the major transformation of the former Community Relations Commission. He has extensive expertise in achieving high quality outcomes through the transformation of people, process, and technology leading to improved community outcomes and customer experiences.
As well as a deep understanding of and interest in demographic and socio-economic indicators that identify gaps and enable advocacy for resources to address social inequity, Hakan has extensive commercial, strategic, and operational leadership expertise, being responsible for state significant assets and substantial operating and capital budgets.
Barbara is a Dunghutti woman born on the Gadigal Country of the Eora Nation.
She is an Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practitioner and specialises in the support of care leavers from institutions and the Stolen Generations. Barbara is currently working as an Aboriginal Support Worker and Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practitioner at the JNC in Maroubra.
‘Untold Stories’ her DVD and presentation at the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference, provided a unique perspective on the impacts of ageing on Aboriginal people. It draws on research undertaken through her recently completed Post-Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery and Practice at Wollongong University. Barbara has completed a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledges and is negotiating entry into a PhD in regards Indigenous Trauma.