Executive & Senior Leadership Group

Gary Jackson

Managing Director & Company Secretary

JP, MAICD, IMLa, Advanced Crim. Law University of Sydney, VIC Police APSIS L2 for Managers, AFP Certificate IV Fraud Control & Investigations, GradCertBA, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Membership ID 200442331.

Enjoying 30years as a C-Level Executive, Company Secretary, Director & Chairman.  Gary has held offices of CEO & Chairman, an Executive Director of Health, Disability & Employment Services Group Advisory Boards, Chair of Clinical Governance Committees & Expert Industry Advisory Panels.

Gary has chaired Group Finance, Audit & Risk Committees and been a Management Committee Member & Treasurer of an International Charity. Gary has had 18 recent years in NFP NGO Human Services incl. Intl Development, Health, Disability, Medical Research, Mental Health, Allied Health, Child Protection, Child Safety, Education, Employment, Disability, Housing, Community & Professional Services.

Michelle Andrews

Executive Assistant, Group Support

Michelle joins FSA holding an Advanced Certificate in Community Welfare and 20 years executive support experience, not limited to World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, Ramsay Health Care, Cedars Christian College and the corporate sector.

Enjoying a history of volunteer support including the Salvo Care Line Telephone Counselling, Michelle’s high-quality service in dynamic care environments is well-suited to FSA’s clinically informed multi-disciplinary service model.

Highly organised, proactive and self-driven with a strong work ethic, Michelle is joining FSA in alignment with her personal and professional values to support communities FSA serves, wherever we have a presence.

Brett Fahey

Operations Director

Brett holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare), Cert IV Frontline Management and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  Brett is passionate about selfless service for others and well aligned to FSA’s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Empowerment (CARE) with Integrity and Positivity.

With over 20 years progressive leadership experience in community services, Brett has enjoyed 15 years work with Greenacres Disability Services and more recently 10 years with Mission Australia, joining FSA as a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

Rebecca Hardy

Finance Manager, Corporate Services

With over 20years experience, Bec holds a BBus., MPA and is a qualified CPA professional with an extensive range of management and operational skills that have been successfully applied in branded international and domestic organisations of significant scale.

Bec has enjoyed senior finance roles with staff and systems development experiences not limited to local government, Socrates Distributors, Marriott, Accor Asia Pacific, Emirates, International Hotels Group and Best Western Australia.

With a career ambition to support community service needs for children, young people, adults and families Bec joins FSA  at an exciting time of scale and growth.

Emma Muller

Quality and Innovation Manager

With FSA since 2018 and after ten years working within the health and education sector, assisting the implementation and monitoring of quality management systems, Emma understands the importance of empowering her colleagues to perform to their full capability by helping to provide the tools, processes and support systems necessary for them to succeed.

Working collaboratively with National and Global Executives and external consultants associated with the Division of General Practice and global education institutions, Emma has in-depth understanding of overarching regulations, guidelines and legislation and the value of relationships management.

Emma’s wide range of experience in project, risk and people management combined with formal qualifications in Graphic Design and Training & Assessment, enables her to promote innovative practices and support the Family Services Australia team to achieve its community and business objectives, in all regions and programs.

Joe Vidakovic

Information Technology Manager

Joe joins FSA with over 20 years industry experience, continuous leadership and education in various roles within the private, government and non-for-profit sectors, providing a wealth of knowledge and innovation.

Since joining FSA in 2022, Joe has successfully implemented Essential Eight and ISMS controls to enable FSA to become ISO 27001 certified and RFFR accredited, with continuous improvements to ensure currency of these certifications.

Holding a foundation Master of Information Technology Management and as a PRINCE2 Practitioner, Joe is also an Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Affiliate and member of AISA (Australian Information Security Association) to further his knowledge and experience.

Samantha Thomas

HR & Recruitment Coordinator

Sam joined FSA in 2020 in our Disability Employment Services (DES) team before making the move into her current role as a HR & Recruitment Coordinator.  With a commitment to Professional Development, Sam is currently completing Cert IV in Human Resources Management at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Having navigated the dynamic and fast-paced environment of real estate working for the Ray White Group, this background equips Sam with a unique perspective to contribute effectively to organisational success.

Sam is committed to fostering a collaborative and positive work environment and is dedicated to supporting our people.

Stevie-Rae Kirkland

Clinical Lead
FSA Psychology & Chair Central Triage

Stevie is a registered psychologist who has experience working with children, adolescents and families from a variety of backgrounds within the Illawarra region.  Stevie has been involved with Warehouse One7 for the past five years, following graduation from the University of Wollongong.

Stevie’s work has encompassed individual and group psychological support, as well as establishing strong community network connections in the service of holistic client care. Stevie has a particular interest in assisting individuals and families experiencing difficulties with anxiety, low mood and autism spectrum disorder.

Stevie works with the focus of assisting people to hold healthy perceptions of themselves, and strengthen their relationships and connectedness with those in their world through an attachment-based intervention.

Mathew Aquilina

Service Manager
FSA Psychology & Relief Chair, Central Triage

AHPRA Registration PSY0001686217

Mathew is a registered psychologist and board approved clinical supervisor with experience assisting children, adolescents, and families in individual and group therapies. Mathew is interested in working with anxiety, trauma, and attachment based difficulties in young people. Mathew has completed training in Circle of Security, ACT, CBT, and Schema Therapy models of intervention. Mathew has had experience running a number of group programs with Warehouse One7, as part of external agencies, and in the local community. Notably, he developed a resilience- and emotion-focused program for boys at a local high school. Mathew continues to enjoy work with boys and young men particularly and is passionate about early intervention in shaping men’s understanding of and attitude towards mental health issues.

Megan Blacker

Clinical Services Manager

Psychologist

AHPRA Registration PSY0001954534, Head to Health Clinical Services Manager & Victims Services Counsellor

Megan is a registered psychologist who has experience working with adolescents, adults, families, drug and alcohol, suicidal and self-harming behaviours. She works collaboratively with the child or young person and their families using a variety of different treatments that are client centred and strength based. She has a special interest in trauma work and mindfulness practice.

Megan currently practices from the offices of FSA, Family Services House, Illawarra-Shoalhaven Community Services Hub Shellharbour City Centre, Stockland Civic Plaza and Cottage 1, 80 Park Road, Nowra NSW.

Tonia Towpich

Practice Leader
Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) –
Incl. Drugs & Alcohol in Pregnancy & Parenting (DAPPS)

Holding a Bachelor of Social Work and Diploma of Community Services, Tonia joins FSA with 15 years’ experience in the community service sector. Tonia has worked in the area’s of early intervention/child protection, homelessness services and specialist domestic violence services for various organisations in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Tonia is passionate about supporting her team to utilise the strengths of families to overcome adversity and hardship. Tonia’s favourite thing about being a leader is celebrating the achievements of clients and she is inspired by her team’s passion for their work.

Family eating a healthy breakfast

Fiona Murphy

Practice Leader
Domestic & Family Violence

With over 12 years working at FSA, Fiona previously enjoyed a career in supporting community service organisations including Community Health Access and Referral Centre, Darcy House, Cringila HACC Centre and Citylife Community Initiatives.

Fiona obtained a Diploma of Community Services in 2007. She has coordinated a local community kitchen for 12 years and worked in community development programs in Vietnam. Fiona has been a part of the FSA Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) service stream and the Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) Program since its inception in 2010.

As a grandmother, Fiona holds strong family values and is passionate about supporting women and children to reach their best potential after experiencing domestic family violence.

Suzi Francis

Practice Leader
Early Intervention

Suzi is focused on supporting vulnerable families, especially working alongside her Team to ensure the best outcome for the families and children we are privileged to work with.

Suzi has worked as a Human Resources Specialist however felt that her qualities as a compassionate and caring person were more suited to a career in Community Services.  She obtained her Diploma in Community Services and commenced with Family Services Illawarra in 2010.

Her new role co-ordinates family referrals to ensure families receive practical support, case management and access to specialised help. This compliments her extensive experience with facilitating parenting programs to ensure parents and carers build positive and stronger relationships with their children.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Behavioral Studies & values learning to enhance her personal development and leadership.

Brooke Askew

Coordinator & Workplace Wellbeing Lead
Child, Youth & Family Support

Brooke has enjoyed an 18+ year career in the Child and Family sector, with 7 of those years being a part of the FSA team.

Brooke’s passion for Wellness and Self Care has always been at the forefront of her work with both her clients and staff, which lead her to design, develop and facilitate the in-house staff Workplace Wellbeing Program which was rolled out in 2019.

Brooke holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science (Behavioural Science) and Early Childhood Education and an Adv Dip in Counselling which underpins her more recent role as Coordinator Early Intervention (Child Youth and Family Service) supporting staff across three FSA sites; Shellharbour, Nowra and Ulladulla.

Brooke’s leadership style has a strong focus on staff wellbeing, balance, debriefing and reflection, which ties in seamlessly with the Workplace Wellbeing Program which she continues to play an active role in.

With extensive experience as a Family Support Worker, a Group Facilitator, an Educator and a Mother, Brooke knows all too well the importance of taking care of yourself in order to be able to care for others. She believes that working alongside vulnerable families in the community to support sustainable change for children is a privilege and one that requires heart, reflection and empathy; it is for this reason that at any given chance you will find Brooke swimming in the ocean, running for “fun”, playing with her children or grabbing coffee with her friends.

Craig Bloxsome

Aboriginal Community Engagement Coordinator

Craig joined Family Services through its Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) Program in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region.  At Family Services, Craig has been a selfless team first leader, applying his skills as a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator, The Sanctuary Model Trauma and Attachment Trainer.

Craig has completed FaCS Mandatory Reporting Training and Structured Decision Making; ACWA Effective Casework and Management, Accidental Counsellor and Workplace Health and Safety Training; ACCYO Safeguarding Children Training; UNSW Indigenous Pre Law Program and Anglicare Leadership 101 experience.

Craig has enjoyed further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Functional Behaviour Analysis Training, Domestic Violence Assessment and Victims Services Training, together with that as a Suicide Prevention Intervention Strategies Facilitator in regional primary schools.

In a human services career spanning 27years Craig has supported Aboriginal Community Engagement as a respected community contributor and is a Deadly Award’s, Triple Finalist 2010-2012 Health Worker of the Year.

Craig’s community service work has included that of House Manager of Respite Accommodation and Aboriginal Foster Care on the South Coast NSW; Senior Youth Worker, Barnardos; FaCS Case Worker; South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation; Therapeutic Residential Care Leader, Anglicare Tasmania; Brighter Futures Team Leader, CareSouth and he was an Aboriginal Specialist for NSW Housing.

Kezia Tennant

Acting Practice Leader, Disability Employment Services (DES-DMS) and Workforce Australia (WfA)

Kezia commenced with FSA in July 2018 bringing 13 years’ experience within the disability employment and human services sector. Through collaborative partnership with AfterCare, Kezia has been the lead specialist in Delivering PHaMs Employment Programs, supporting people throughout the greater Ipswich and Goodna areas to overcome mental health concerns, address non-vocational barriers and improve social and economic participation through re-entry into the workforce.

During her time as a Community Support Consultant and Regional Manager at FSA, Kezia has provided valuable leadership to our growing DES team and specialist community engagement that has enabled the delivery of Individual Placement Support, achieving whole of life outcomes for our DES clients and building strong relationships with local employers and community stakeholders.

As FSA’s Program Lead, Kezia will continue her work within the community identifying areas of need within our four Employment Service Areas and strategise how best FSA can provide assistance and relief to those in need.