Cameron Burgess holds qualifications in Social Work (Honours), Business Management and Leadership and has over 20 years’ management experience in the Community Services, International Development, Social Enterprise, and Child Protection sectors. From 2012-2017 Cameron established and led Mission Australia’s Strengthening Communities program, delivering innovative community renewal projects in urban public Housing Estates and remote Indigenous communities across Australia. The program was a finalist in the national Collaboration for Impact awards.
Cameron has worked extensively across Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and previously chaired the Board of an International NGO. Prior to his current role, Cameron managed MacKillop Family Services’ programs across South West Victoria. Cameron is an engaging public speaker and is passionate about helping people grow and assisting organisations to cultivate healthy cultures.
Passionate about developing people, Greg has spent more than thirty years in organisations building capability and supporting change. He is committed to creating positive, enabling cultures that foster both individual and organisational growth. Building on his background in education, Greg has held a diverse range of management, organisational development and learning and development roles before establishing his own consulting business in 2010. He has worked extensively across the public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as undertaking work within the vocational education and training and private sectors.
Greg began his Sanctuary journey supporting the implementation of the Sanctuary model at MacKillop Family Services from inception to certification. He led the roll out of MacKillop’s initial Sanctuary training program and played a key role in facilitating training across the organisation for more than six years. Subsequently, in his role as Manager Sanctuary Development, Greg supported the delivery of the Sanctuary model to organisations across Australia. As a trained Peer Reviewer, Greg has worked with US faculty to undertake certification reviews for organisations in Australia and the US.
Greg’s work in implementing the Sanctuary model is strengthened by his broad expertise in facilitation, organisational change, strategic planning, management and team development and creating values-based organisational cultures.
Kate is a Project Manager with The MacKillop Institute and previously held the role of Strategic Manager of Programs and Operations with Churches of Christ Care Children, Youth and Family Services (CYF). She provided practice leadership to all out of home care, family support, early childhood and transition to independence services for CYF in Queensland. She also led the implementation of The Sanctuary Model within CYF and successfully re-certified twice.
Kate has worked in child protection, disability services, domestic and family violence and child protection for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work as well as a Graduate Diploma in Developmental Trauma. Kate is a highly experienced facilitator of training and professional development, particularly in areas related to team functioning, emotionally intelligent leadership and managing conflict constructively. She has presented at conferences on topics related to The Sanctuary Model and meeting the educational needs of children and young people with a history of trauma.
Kate was awarded an Adjunct Industry Fellowship in the School of Social Sciences at the University Sunshine Coast. She is an Industry Partner Researcher in the developmental evaluation and participatory action research with young people engaged in a social benefit bond program in Queensland, Youth CONNECT.
Kellie leads the West Australian services for Mackillop Family Services including foster care services in the Perth Metropolitan area, specialist foster care and an emergency support service in the South West and general foster care, Indigenous healing service and intensive and family support services in the Pilbara region.
With qualifications in psychology and a history working in disability, mental health and with the Department of Communities, Kellie has over 20 years’ experience with children and families in Western Australia. She has strong experience working in regional and remote areas, alongside Aboriginal communities and in the out of home care sector.
Kellie has been instrumental in ensuing high quality, trauma informed care for children in residential and secure care for more than ten years. With expert knowledge of The Sanctuary Model, Kellie has developed and facilitated Sanctuary training, created resources, and continues to be involved in consultation around the Sanctuary framework at Mackillop Family Services.
Matthew has over 20 years of experience working across government and non-government services as a practitioner, clinical manager and consultant. His work across health, education and community service sectors has included leadership and service development as well as training and supervision of staff. Matthew’s values of compassion, social justice and effective practice are evident through his work with people impacted by trauma, people living with disability, their families and staff members.
Matthew has worked as a leader implementing sector wide training initiatives and leading change management processes for services implementing trauma-informed practice. He has presented at conferences in the areas of staff and systemic responses that support both client and staff wellbeing whilst supporting people with complex needs. He has published in journals and textbooks on non-aversive approaches to crisis management and trauma-informed practice.
Matthew values the way in which a range of stakeholders can contribute to the recovery of people impacted by trauma and adversity. His practice focuses on the wellbeing of staff and clients to achieve such outcomes. He also has an interest in the application of trauma informed services to people with disability and the synergy of trauma-informed practice with positive behaviour support. Matthew is a registered Psychologist and Board Approved supervisor.
Richard is from Otautahi /Christchurch- Aotearoa/ New Zealand. He has over 25 years’ experience in alternative education settings in both New Zealand and Australia. He was part of a team that embedded Sanctuary into MacKillop’s first education setting in Geelong, dedicated to trauma-informed education for young people in residential and out-of-home care, or significant mental and social health concerns. He has worked in a direct facing capacity with young people throughout his entire work life in holistic, creative, project-based work that aims to create transformative experiences for young people. He was awarded The National Edmund Rice Award in 2020 for Excellence in Practice.
Richard has sat on the MacKillop Sanctuary core team since 2014, led the MacKillop Education team through recertifications in 2015 and 2019 and has specialised knowledge of how Sanctuary can be brought into practice across different contexts. Richard is currently the Sanctuary Practice Lead for MacKillop Family Services and The MacKillop Institute.
Tammy Wallace Mann is a Jirrabal women with strong cultural ties in the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland. Her people are the rainforest people and lived and walked on that country for thousands of years. Her traditional name is Mahjah which means lore giver, this name was given to her from her grandmother, Maisie Barlow. Yarracali was her grandmother’s traditional name, the Princess of their tribe, the Jirrabal people. She is an emerging elder in her family and a proud Aboriginal woman.
Tammy has worked within government and the non-government sector for over 25 years in areas including: acute and community health settings, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, service and program development, child, youth and families. She previously held the role of Strategic Manager, Inclusion and Engagement for Churches of Christ Queensland, working in Children, Youth and Families (CYF). Tammy is particularly interested in child safety and building family and community resilience through cultural strength, community engagement and development.
Tammy has completed postgraduate studies in Politics and Policy Analysis and has a Bachelor’s Degree of Health Science, specialising in childhood development and Indigenous women’s health needs.
A Senior Therapeutic Services Manager for Anglicare, Tenille is leading the implementation and certification of Anglicare in The Sanctuary Model and establishment of an internal therapeutic and clinical service. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Family Therapy and undergraduate qualifications in training, developmental psychiatry, and Asian studies. She has spent 25 years working in the human services sector in Australia and abroad, in counselling, practitioner and leadership roles, specialising in trauma-informed practice and care provision.
Tenille held the role of Senior Clinician, Educator, and Research Assistant with Take Two Berry Street where she counselled and supported infants, children, young people and their foster and kinship families to facilitate healing from intergenerational trauma. As a Practice Leader and Trainer, she trained and supported organisations such as residential care services, schools, family violence, early intervention, permanent care and homelessness services.
Tenille also worked with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency to introduce therapeutic residential care into out-of-home care services. She studied the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and is trained in Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Circle of Security and Therapeutic Life Story Work, and is the co-author of ‘Taking Time’ (2015), a literature review into trauma-informed frameworks for people with disabilities.
The Sanctuary Faculty acknowledges the recent loss of Gerard Jones, founder of the Sanctuary Institute in Australia (now The MacKillop Institute). Gerard introduced the Sanctuary model to community services and schools in Australia and led its implementation nationally across MacKillop Family Services. Read more about Gerard’s impact at MacKillop, and across the Community Services sector here.
Julie Avery is an educational and developmental psychologist with considerable practise experience working with marginalised children and families. She has worked across statutory and non-statutory sectors including specialist education and behavioural services, intensive wrap-around services (IWS), social development, disability and high and complex needs. Julie co-developed an alcohol and other drugs (AoD) rehabilitation programme, based on therapeutic community principles that form the basis of Sanctuary, which continues with positive outcomes 30 years on. Julie was a Principal Practitioner with MacKillop Family Services for six years, establishing and leading a clinical team in therapeutic out of home care and training staff at all levels of the organisation in the Sanctuary model.
Julie has recently established a Trauma-informed Implementation, Development and Evaluation company (TiiDE) based in New Zealand. As part of her private practice, Julie is an Independent Advisor and Child Wellbeing Committee Chair for the Royal District Nursing Service (NZ), a community agency developing trauma-informed transitional care for child protection involved children and young people with disabilities. She is also part of Oranga Tamariki working groups to better meet the needs of children exposed to sexual violence. Julie is completing a doctorate focusing on how the life-long effects of intergenerational disadvantage and vulnerability in children and young people can be moderated by trauma-responsive schools providing safe learning and teaching environments.
Molly Madigan is a Practice Specialist at the MacKillop Institute. Molly has particular interest in family focused practice, empowering communities and strongly values social learning.
Molly has previously spent 6 years working in Mackillop Family Services’ Clinical team, focusing on staff wellbeing, service development, training and direct therapeutic work with young people and their families. Molly has been a member of MacKillop’s Sanctuary Core Team for 5 years and provided leadership for MacKillop’s 2019 Sanctuary Recertification.
Molly’s experience has shaped her passion for sharing knowledge and expertise to enhance service systems and organisations working in the areas of health, education, and community services. From her time supporting direct service programs, Molly understands the importance of bringing theory to life with practical application.
As a member of The Sanctuary Model Australian Faculty, Molly facilitates coaching, workshops, and training to support organisations to cope with stress, adversity, and trauma- with an emphasis on the importance of staff wellbeing. Molly’s most recent work includes consulting with Government and Not for Profit organisations in the areas of leadership, supervision, and emotional intelligence.
Molly holds qualifications in Social Work and Therapeutic Life Story Work.
Dr Annaley Clarke is a Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience in the child welfare and out-of-home care sector. Annaley has worked across government and non-government services in a range of practice, evaluation and management roles. Currently the Chief Operating Officer of Infinity Community Solutions, Annaley began her Sanctuary journey with implementation at Churches of Christ Care Qld, and then with Mercy Communities.
Annaley has made important contributions to research and evaluation, including several national and international publications, and a book chapter in areas of the Sanctuary Model, Residential Care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Support Planning and Reconciliation. Annaley’s work in the Sanctuary Model has been recognised with the 2014 Sanctuary Star Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Implementing the Sanctuary Model. More recently, Annaley has completed a doctorate study in relation to stability in Statutory Kinship Care.
MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.