Staff

Families Australia staff, based in Canberra, are as follows:

Dr Brian Babington: Chief Executive Officer. Brian also serves as the Co-Chair of the National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children, and Coordinator of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing.

Stella Conroy: Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Horsfield: Office Manager and Manager of National Families Week

Elizabeth Hunter: Events and Communications Manager

Fiona Langford: Accounts Manager

Eileen O’Brien: Policy Consultant

 

Dr Brian Babington—Chief Executive Officer

Dr Brian Babington has worked for over three decades for stronger communities, families and individuals in Australia and developing countries, particularly in Asia.

Since 2005 he has been the CEO of Families Australia, a national, not-for-profit peak body that advises the Australian Parliament and Government on ways to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged families and children.

Since 2007 he has been the Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing, a 200-organisation NGO and academic coalition that works with Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to implement the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, Australia’s first-ever plan to tackle child abuse and neglect.

His international leadership work focuses on child rights. He is a Director of an international children’s charity, Plan International Australia, author of For the benefit of children alone? The story of Indonesia’s orphanages, and the founding Editor of the Indonesian Orphanages Research Hub which draws attention to the situation of around 500,000 children in 8,000 in orphanages in Indonesia and explores the entrenched barriers to deinstitutionalisation policy reform.

Brian was educated at Newington College, Sydney University, and the Australian National University. He is a Sir Winston Churchill Fellow on national child protection policymaking and studied public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served on numerous international, national and local child, family and community development boards. A former diplomat, he represented Australia in South East Asia and at the United Nations in New York. Among other career achievements, he established an innovative social venture firm to advance Indigenous leadership and authored a book on managing personal adversity. Read more.

Stella Conroy—Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Stella is the Deputy CEO of Families Australia and has a long history of employment in human services including early childhood and family services, disability housing and aged care. Stella has held leadership and management positions in organisations that support families across the life course, including Forgotten Australians, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and families, sole parents and culturally diverse families and children.

Stella’s employment has taken her to many locations around Australia including major capitals and remote localities. Currently, Stella is working on a range of national policy initiatives including the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020, providing secretariat support for the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing and on national policy relating to work and family. She has completed various post-graduate studies and holds a Masters in Human Services.

Jennifer Horsfield—Office Manager & Manager of National Families Week

Jennifer is the Office Manager and Manager of National Families Week. She has had a long career in office work, being employed by organisations throughout Australia and overseas. She enjoys being part of the team at Families Australia and working to promote the interests of families.

Elizabeth Hunter—Events and Communications Manager

Elizabeth has been a teacher and administrator in early childhood, Montessori primary and adult education. Interspersed with teaching, she has worked in the non-government and private sectors, principally in communications, marketing and event management. Inspired by social policy, Elizabeth enjoys sharing the projects and achievements of Families Australia with our members and the wider community.

Fiona Langford—Accounts Manager

Fiona joined Families Australia in October 2010 as part time bookkeeper.  Fiona is a qualified accountant and tax agent and has been previously employed in finance and administrative roles with the Playgroups Council of Australia, a couple of local schools and a local church. She is also currently employed with Canberra’s oldest amateur theatre company. Outside of paid employment, Fiona is an active Girl Guide leader and is on the Board of Girl Guides NSW and the ACT.

Eileen O’Brien—Policy Consultant