Emma Iwinska

Women's Health Queensland 


Emma is the CEO at Women's Health Queensland and is passionate about empowering women and creating structural change to promote equality for all.

Emma has worked in health for more than 20 years and has supported women in a range of diverse environments which has encompassed crisis accommodation, substance rehabilitation, prison, maternity settings, private practice and tertiary education teaching clinics.

Emma has a decade of experience as a lecturer in Higher Education and loves research, collaboration, creating positive change and getting results!


Lindy Edwards

Sera's Women's Shelter


Lindy has worked in Women's Services, in the area of domestic violence for 34 years, with the past 25 of these as manager of Sera's Women's Shelter in Townsville. 


Lindy is currently the Secretariat of the NQ Womens Services Network. She has been the Queensland representative on WESNET, the National Peak body for women's domestic violence services, since 2006 and served on the Board of Homelessness Australia. 


Lindy was involved in the Steering Committee to establish Queensland's peak body for Domestic Violence Sexual Assault and Women's Health Services, EVAWQ, and is currently on the Management committee of two other organisations in Townsville.


Daile Kelleher
Children by Choice


Daile Kelleher manages Children by Choice a not-for-profit focusing on women's sexual and reproductive health in Queensland.


Children by Choice is committed to providing unbiased information and decision making counselling on all unplanned pregnancy options – abortion, adoption and parenting. The organisation also provides sexuality education to young people and professional development training for health and community sector professionals.


Daile's governance and industry experience include as a current management committee member of EVAWQ representing the women's health sector (2018 – current), member of the ANROWS (Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety) Practitioner Engagement Group (2018 – current) and member of the Women's Health Services Alliance of Queensland (2018 – current). She is also a non-executive director on the board of the Australian Breastfeeding Association.


Anne Butcher

Mackay Women's Services


Anne is a board member at Mackay Women's Services.


She previously held the position of Executive Director of Mackay Women's Services and prior to that, worked at Central Queensland University as a Senior Research fellow at the Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.


Anne has also worked in the State Government for more than 23 years as Manager for Child Safety and Manager for Disability Services and as a social worker Anne has more than 33 years' experience in the non-government and government sectors where she has worked as a senior practitioner, manager and regional director within government.  

Anne has previously held national director positions with both the AASW and with Families Australia. She has served as President and Treasurer of EVAWQ.


Susie O’Brien
Mary and Martha's Refuge


Susie has worked in the Community Services Sector for 14 years, three years in Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Management and three years in Integrated Family Services leadership.

Susie is the Manager of Mary and Martha's Refuge - Lutheran Services,  having moved from Victoria where she implemented several of the Victorian Government's domestic and family violence reforms related to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. She was part of the stakeholder consultation in the development of e-Safety's online learning modules for front-line workers, on the subject of technology facilitated abuse.


Susie is the Deputy Chair of the South-East Queensland Combined Women's Refuge Group.


Susie is highly committed to perpetrator accountability, child focus and client co-design in delivering domestic and family violence services women and children.


Kelly-ann Tansley 
BDVS Micah Projects


Kelly-ann has been working in Australia for more than 10 years supporting women and children in the not-for-profit sector.

Kelly-ann graduated in the UK with an honours degree majoring in psychology and emigrated to Australia with her family in 2009.

Currently, Kelly-ann works in Brisbane advocating collaboratively for social change and systemic reform in responses to domestic and family violence.

Kelly-ann has the privilege of leading the Brisbane Regional Specialist Domestic Violence Service and supporting its 60+ staff across 10 programs to use best practice, evidence-based and woman-informed frameworks in supporting women and children to be free from violence and abuse.


Kelly-ann enjoys spending time with her children, running and yoga and is currently studying at the university of New South Wales – Australian School of Management a Masters of Business Administration specialising in Social Impact.

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Amie Carrington


Working from the ground up is at the core of Amie's approach. This passion for people and community has helped her lead successful social services in the Northern Territory, Regional New South Wales, and now as CEO for the Domestic Violence Action Centre providing Domestic, Sexual and Family Violence support services in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Darling Downs regions.


Amie is passionate about reducing gender-based violence in our communities and believes that this is best achieved through collaboration. Her leadership style focuses on empowering innovative and resilient teams to deliver high quality services.


Amie has skills in Senior Management of human services, Not For Profit Governance and community development. Amie's qualifications include a BA Communications (Social Policy), University of Technology Sydney, Diploma of Management and Leadership (VERTO Institute), and is currently studying a Certificate of Not For Profit Governance (Governance Institute of Australia). 


Sophie McCashin


Sophie has worked in the domestic and family violence and sexual assault space in various positions at both practitioner and leadership levels within Women’s Refuge settings, crisis response services and Youth Shelters in New Zealand, Cambodia and across various states in Australia.


In addition to working predominantly with women and young people who have experienced domestic and family violence, Sophie has previously worked at a practitioner and management role in the refugee and asylum seeker space, supporting survivors of trauma.

Sophie is currently the Director of Practice at DVConnect, the state-wide crisis response service that provides a 24/7 Womensline, a Mensline and a Sexual Assault Line for all of Queensland as well as a group of specialist counsellors who make up the 1800 RESPECT national counselling team.