Chair - Andrew Grech
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant, Graduate Diploma Applied Corporate Governance, Master of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics
Andrew was elected Chair in May 2012 having originally joined the Board as Treasurer. He has worked in Australia and
Deputy Chair - John Cowell .
Board member since: August 2013
Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws
John was elected Deputy Chair in December 2018. John has extensive experience in commercial and corporate advisory. He has worked in Australia and overseas holding internal legal and governance roles in Bangladesh, China, India, Singapore, South Korea and the UAE. John is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary for Healthdirect Australia and has been with that company since its incorporation by COAG in 2006. Healthdirect Australia is funded by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to deliver national tele-health and e-health solutions to the general public.
Treasurer - Daniella Traino
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant (ICAANZ), Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Bachelor of Commerce (Computer Science, Accounting)
Daniella is a non-executive director and strategic advisor to IoTSec Australia (a not-for-profit organisation influencing IoT cyber security innovation) and a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) – a cyber security research unit of Victoria's Federation University Australia. She is currently a management consultant - interim-Chief Information Security Officer and strategic advisor to startups/ scaleup high tech SMEs, and a regular speaker on high tech commercialisation, cyber security innovation, technology risk and strategy.
Daniella has worked in senior executive and General Management roles across Management Consulting (technology & financial audit), a leading Australian Research & Development Institution (business strategy, product management, commercialisation), Banking and Finance and State Government organisations (Chief Information Security Officer, Head of Cyber Security functions).
Secretary - David Kennedy
Bachelor of Arts (Politics), Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Master of Business Administration. BA, LLB, GDLP, MBA
David has been working as a qualified solicitor since 2009, during which time he has worked in private firms, in a range of legal areas. He has also worked in remote areas of NSW, with vulnerable communities. Most recently he has been working as an In-House Solicitor in Sydney. David also has an interest in corporate governance, regulation, human rights and teaching tertiary level students.
Board Member - Kieran Le Plastrier
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Over the years it became more apparent to me that the fear we have in the community of damaging a child’s innocence by contemplating introducing them to the possibility of abuse actually doesn’t play out in real life. Children are actually very aware consciously and unconsciously of dangerous situations and they are actually able to feel the feelings when they are in danger. What so often happens is that they don’t know what to do with those feelings.
Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) has over decades refined a model of early childhood introduction to being safe in relationships. The approach respects the innocence of children, but at the same time, gives them a pathway to recruiting adults that they can trust to tell them about
From a scholarly point of view, the literature is very clear now that children who have safe adults to go to, when they feel unsafe, will actually disclose circumstances where there is actually, objectively, a high risk of abuse taking place. These include situations like children recognizing but not knowing the words for when they are being groomed and when caring adults that have an intimate relationship with them, whether that is a parent or a close relative, has violated boundaries. So children are actually quite sophisticated in their understanding about what is safe and unsafe in terms of those relationships. We can build on that inherent intelligence without interfering with their innocence and enjoyment of being children.
CAPS has over 40 years made extraordinary inroads into this area of prevention so it is a privilege to have been asked to join the Board to progress this great work and help grow that service so that more children and more adults across New South Wales (NSW) have an opportunity to learn how to be safe and what safety is when it comes to warm and trusting relationships between adults and children.
The education intervention program in early learning centres, which is the core feature of the CAPS work, has a model that is scalable right across NSW and Australia. I think that it allows for the extension of the dialogue that the brave and extraordinary adult survivors have engaged with through the process of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse and its findings. This is a time where we can translate the devastating, cruel and enduring effects of child abuse on people across their adult lives. It is about taking that brave and
Dr Le Plastrier graduated with Honours from Monash Medical School in 2002 and has since studied and trained in a diverse range of clinical settings including surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, and community medicine. Kieran has a strong scholarly interest spanning medicine, psychology, physics and complex dynamic phenomena, and has published and lectured across Australia focused on translating these interests into improved performance of physicians and health systems. His PhD at Western Sydney University, currently under examination, has explored the dynamic systems of hospital emergency departments and the critical roles of suffering and entropy in making meaning of the effectiveness and efficiency of health-care services and their people. Dr Le Plastrier holds a Master of Psychiatry, is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, and is completing his general practice training in Sydney, Australia, where he also acts as Clinical Lead at Jewish House – an innovative crisis response charity based in Bondi.
Board Member – Juhi King
Qualifications: Masters of Business Administration (Finance); Certified PRINCE 2 Practitioner; Diploma in Psychology
Juhi has worked in senior leadership roles, with over 14 years’ experience in Consulting (Accenture), Technology, Customer Operations and Service Delivery. She has worked with global and Australian clients implementing change, process and technology across multiple industry verticals (Oil & Gas, Mining, Utilities, Insurance, Infrastructure, Retail and Shopping Centres, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, NSW Government, Councils, Architecture, Retail, Financial sector and Telecommunications).
She is a Business Mentor to women supported by Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor to business students at UTS Business Society and Mentor to school students supported by AIME
Board Member - Megan Feeney-Anderson
Qualifications: B.A., B.Sc (
Megan Anderson is a PhD trained researcher (in psychology). Her PhD focused on memory development and reliability in children. Since completing her PhD, she has worked in research and evaluation roles in the not-for-profit sector, and in the health sector including for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and NSW Health. She is passionate about helping clinicians to use research and evaluation to improve outcomes for children and families.