Our Team

Families Australia’s staff team, based in Canberra, are as follows:

Executive Team

Dr Brian Babington AM: 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.

Policy Team

Margaret Fisher: Senior Policy Officer
Eileen O’Brien: Policy Officer

Administration Team

Jennifer Horsfield: Office Manager and Manager of National Families Week
Fiona Langford: Accounts Manager

Dr Brian Babington AM —Chief Executive Officer

Dr Brian Babington AM has worked to improve child, family and community welfare in Australia and overseas in a career that has spanned four decades. In 2021, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to child safety and wellbeing initiatives. Read more.

Brian has been the Chief Executive Officer of Families Australia since 2005 (due to retire in August 2021) and played a leading role in relation to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, Australia’s first-ever plan to improve child safety and wellbeing. He is Deputy Chair of Communities@Work, Canberra’s largest early childhood learning and care provider.

Margaret Fisher— Senior Policy  Officer

Margaret started her career in allied health, working in hospital, rehabilitation and community settings before moving into health management roles.  She has also worked in Commonwealth Government agencies in service delivery, program policy and social policy roles.

Eileen O’Brien— Policy Officer

Now retired from full time employment, Eileen began her human services career in the USA, developing a strong commitment to social justice and to the importance of sound social policy development. After migrating to Australia, Eileen pursued her career in the community sector, holding leadership positions in a range of areas such as juvenile justice, youth work, disability services, child care and aged care. Eileen often held key roles in establishing new and innovative community services, in urban, rural and remote locations throughout Australia. She also worked in State and Commonwealth government agencies in social policy development as well as program design and evaluation.

Jennifer Horsfield—Office Manager and National Families Week Manager

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.

 

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.