Board Profiles

Deb Tsorbaris, Chair – nominee of CAFWAA
Deb Tsorbaris is the CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. The Centre is Victoria’s peak body for child and family services. Deb is a passionate advocate for Victoria’s vulnerable children, young people and families.
Deb has over 32 years’ experience in the Not for Profit and Public sector and has held executive positions in organisations working across youth services, disability, homelessness, drug and alcohol support services; and employment programs. Prior to joining the Centre, Deb held senior executive positions in State Government.
Deb provides policy leadership to state and federal governments and is a strong contributor to the child and family services sector. Deb has been instrumental in working collaboratively across department, government and community sectors to address long term strategic needs and community objectives. Deb co-chairs the Roadmap Implementation Ministerial Advisory Group and its Implementation steering group and currently sits on the Victorian Children’s Council.

Deputy Chair | Phil Doorgachurn
Phil has spent his career advocating for the rights of all children and young people across the world. In his current role as the General Manager of Junior Adventures Group, Phil is working to lead the way in play for children in Australia.
Phil has an extensive background in child safeguarding having held prestigious roles as the Head of Safeguarding at Arsenal FC, British Tennis and more recently as the CEO of YMCA Safeguarding.
Phil is a passionate speaker and has travelled the world providing thought provoking speeches on children’s rights and safety.
Phil also sits on the Advisory Board to the Australian Government’s National Office for Child Safety and is a Director for Safe Sport International and LimeCulture UK, two of the world’s leading charities in responding to sexual violence and safeguarding.

Secretary | Ms Bev Orr OAM, representative of AFCA
Bev has held leadership roles at local, regional, state and national levels, and as a Board Director and Company Secretary. Bev is a subject matter expert in child safety and protection. She has led and participated in research, policy development and strategic change processes, and evaluated local and national programs and systems.
Bev has been a foster carer of more than 300 children and provided support and counselling to others in her work as a therapeutic counsellor. Bev is a passionate advocate for marginalised and vulnerable children, working to improve their quality of life and outcomes.
Bev has been recognised at state and national levels for her community sector work. She was awarded ACT Woman of the Year twice, ACT Australian of the Year Local Hero, ACT Senior Australian of the Year nominee, and has received an Order of Australia Medal.  Bev holds post-graduate qualifications in governance, leadership and business.

Catherine Liddle, representative of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children
An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine comes to SNAICC with a strong background in senior management positions with First Nations organisations. She was most recently CEO of First Nations Media Australia and previously Regional Director of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, Central Australia Regions.

Catherine has also held senior roles within the Northern Territory Education Department, the ABC, and NITV/SBS.

Penny Hood
Penny Hood brings to the Families Australia Board over 20 years’ experience working with children, their families and communities across early intervention and prevention, children’s services, child protection, out of home care, domestic and family violence, disability and housing and homelessness. Penny’s in-depth knowledge of the child, youth and family sector, combined with her commitment to social justice and passion for children’s social care, has seen her successfully lead large operational portfolios and strategic policy and program reforms across governments and the not-for-profit, for purpose sector.
Penny’s operational expertise is augmented by her skills and experience in advocacy, organisational strategy, governance and people and culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law (University of Wollongong), Masters in Policy Studies (University of New South Wales) and a Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science (University of Melbourne).

Dr Lisa Griffiths, nominee of OzChild

Lisa brings over 30 years of senior leadership experience in non-government organisations and the public sector to her role as Chief Executive Officer of OzChild. Specialising in evidence-based services for vulnerable communities, Lisa holds Non-Executive Director positions with several Child Welfare peak bodies, and other key government committees. Lisa is a Professor and Senior Fellow at the Australian Graduate School of Leadership and holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership and focuses on evidence-based ethical leadership. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Centre for Evidence-Based Management, Lisa is a passionate advocate for children’s issues and strongly advocates for utilising effective strategies that benefit Australian children, young people, and families.

Associate Professor Tim Moore, nominee of AFCA
Tim is an internationally recognised child and youth researcher and children’s rights advocate. He has worked directly with children, young people and families focusing on research underpinned by a commitment to promoting their needs, views and experiences and supporting the development of practices, policies and programs that respond to them.
With a body of research spanning two decades, he has worked across issues such as homelessness, youth justice, child protection, residential care, young carers, and child sexual abuse prevention. Much of his work has actively involved children and young people in its design and as beneficiaries, underpinning a deep empathy and respect for the child’s point of view.
Tim has provided advice to several inquiries and Commissions and shaped local, national and international initiatives to improve the lives of children, young people and their families. His work for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse helped form child safe practices and organisations.
Tim currently holds the position of Deputy Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.

Jo Sadler, nominee of Wanslea
Jo is an early childhood teacher by profession, and she has enjoyed a 25+ year career as a leader in community settings across all three tiers of Government, the corporate sector and within non-government organisations.
As the CEO of Wanslea, Jo leads a large non-government service provider that delivers a range of early learning and care, early intervention, parenting, youth, family support, children protection and community development services.
Jo has a strong personal and professional commitment to the child and family sector and after living and working in regional and remote settings for a period of ten years, she has a special affiliation with seeing genuine reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the equitable provision of services regardless of postcode. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Jo is also on the Board of Western Australian Council of Social Services.

Lesley Taylor, nominee of NAPCAN
Lesley Taylor has an extensive career in child safety, abuse prevention and national advocacy. Based in the Northern Territory for over 15 years, Lesly’s work focus has included managing the development and delivery of a range of innovative child abuse prevention programs across multiple NT communities and working organisations, communities and families to create a child-friendly, and child-safe Australia.
As a current Board Director of NAPCAN, and through previous professional and volunteer roles, Lesley has been actively engaged in national social policy campaigns and strategic planning initiatives seeking to reduce the risk of child abuse occurring in Australia over an extensive period.

Tom Allsop, nominee of CAFWAA
Tom Allsop is the CEO of Queensland’s peak body for child and family services, PeakCare Queensland. Tom is a social worker, academic, and passionate advocate for Queensland’s children, young people and families. Tom has extensive experience in the Not for Profit and Public Sector having held senior positions in child protection, youth justice, early childhood education, health, and homelessness service sectors. Tom also has expertise in the intersection between emerging technologies and the delivery of human and social services through his roles leading the delivery of critical programs and projects including the Queensland’s Government’s participation in the National Redress Scheme, NDIS Worker Screening, and the implementation of contemporary systems and practices that have reshaped the delivery of child protection and youth justice services in Queensland.