The Family Place Organisational Structure
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Malindey has the privilege of leading our dynamic team, she has been working in the role since 2016. With 10 years senior and executive management experience, Malindey’s expertise are in the design, development and delivery of strategic change and cultural transformation in the health and community, regional and rural not-for-profit sector. Malindey has a BA in Education and a BA in Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies and Alcohol and other Drugs Studies) obtained through Curtin University and Charles Darwin University and qualifications in management. Along with a broad array of life experiences, these qualifications have paved the way for Malindey to work in a range of sectors including education, Aboriginal health and health service planning, gathering valuable experience and insight to undertake her future leadership roles. Malindey is particularly skilled in the application of collaborative leadership and embedding cross cultural perspectives, she is committed to ensuring regional and rural communities and families are provided with access to responsive, holistic and evidence based services and program.
Audrey is the Operations Manager at The Family Place and brings with her 20 years of corporate experience coupled with 17 years working in the Not-For-Profit sector. Audrey has qualifications in accounting and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Welfare. Her broad skills base and knowledge of the community sector combine to contribute to the unique expertise that Audrey inputs to the business. Audrey’s ability to integrate her financial knowledge and skills, balanced with an understanding of the practical needs of vulnerable families, strongly contributes to great outcomes for our clients.
Early Intervention Coordinator
Katie is our Early Intervention Coordinator. Katie has been part of the Family Place team for the last seven years and thoroughly enjoys the working environment. Originally from the UK, Katie has worked with vulnerable families within the criminal justice and social service systems. Katie enjoys working within a strength based and solution focussed model and putting her BA Honours degree in Applied Social Studies to use.
Impact Program Coordinator
Lachlan is the Program Coordinator for IMPACT Homelessness Service. Lachlan’s career started in disability support and youth work then, for 17 years, Lachlan facilitated providing accommodation for homeless young people at Canberra Youth Residential Service. Lachlan’s most recent role, before joining The Family Place team, was with the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) where he worked for 11 years. Lachlan was employed by the Federal Government in Indigenous Affairs and worked closely with regional and remote staff from areas all over Australia developing strategies to assist them with overcome issues and improve outcomes. Lachlan was also part of a team that supported our first Indigenous Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, a Yamtji, Wongi and Noongar man. He also organised and set up lectures and talks by some of Australia’s most influential Indigenous leaders, artists and allies. Working at NIAA gave Lachlan access to a program called Footprint – a leading example of what workplaces can achieve with hands on cultural learning and awareness of the vast history and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Lachlan holds a Diploma in Community Services.
Youth Theatre Project Officer
Shayley completed a Public Health degree before joining The Family Place in 2022 as a trainee Community Engagement Officer. Having completed her Diploma in Community Services in 2023, she is now our Youth Theatre Project Officer, managing the Kindred Kollective project—a creative wellbeing and performing arts program for young people aged 12-24. Passionate about the arts and supporting youth, Shayley strives to connect with and empower young creatives, fostering growth and social connection. Proudly a member of the LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse communities, she advocates for inclusivity in her work, incorporating her lived experiences to help others access support, feel confident to express themselves and build connections.
Project Officer & Administrator
Amanda is the Administration and Projects Officer at The Family Place. Amanda started in her role in early 2018 after obtaining her Higher School Certificate and brings a fresh and unique perspective to the workplace as one of the youngest members of the team. In this position, Amanda co-ordinates a wide range of administration and logistical aspects of the business. She works closely with the CEO and the Operations Manager as well as providing administrative, logistical and technical support to all team members. As the primary contact for external communications Amanda’s approach is professional and friendly. Amanda’s exceptional business co-ordination skills shine through in her planning and execution around team activities, meetings, conferences and workshops.
Family Care Coordinator
Michelle enjoys helping families to reach their goals in her role as a Family Care Coordinator. Michelle’s interest in research around the causes of conflict in people lives, resulted in her previous career focus of advocating for people needing assistance with NDIS packages and social housing applications. Through her other work experiences in roles as diverse as conflict resolution and drafting house plans, Michelle brings a valuable critical thinking approach. As part of her studies for a Bachelor Arts specialising in Culture and Sociology, Michelle commenced an internship with the Family Place which led to her being appointed as a Family Care Co-ordinator. In her role at The Family Place, Michelle applies her understanding of how raised anxiety can result in family breakdowns to her role and shares with her clients the major importance of achieving balance by applying self-care as part of their daily lives.
Family Care Coordinator
Helen works in the Intensive Family Preservation program and brings to her role a wealth of valuable knowledge. This knowledge is supported by ongoing educational accomplishments including a Bachelor Degree in Social Science and a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma. Helen’s tertiary academic achievements and many hours she has dedicated to broadening her knowledge through training and workshops have given Helen an extensive knowledge and deep understanding of challenges experienced by traumatised families. Helen is one of our longest standing team members and her deep roots in the local area make her an invaluable member of The Family Place team.
Gabby has lived on the south coast for 20 years and is our financial counsellor for the Bega Valley Region. Prior to commencing at The Family Place in 2020, she held the role of Financial Counsellor with Mission Australia for nearly a decade. Gabby holds a degree in Social Science (Social Welfare) and gained her initial financial counselling experience then her accreditation while working for the Wagga Family Support Service. Gabby has also worked as a Drug & Alcohol counsellor and in the disability sector. Currently, her work with the Family Place provides Gabby the opportunity to provide vital outreach financial counselling services to rural and remote communities like Bombala, Delegate and Jindabyne.
Lynn comes to The Family Place team with over 40 years of experience working in a variety of sectors. Most recently, Lynn has spent the last 16 years working in the tertiary education sector as part of the team in a successful not-for-profit organization providing education programs to the community. Lynn holds qualifications in Training and Assessment, Frontline Management and Business Administration as well as a BA in Community & Environment. Lynn is extremely happy to be now working with The Family Place and looks forward to being part of a great team that is genuinely dedicated to making a positive difference to families within the community.
Community Engagement Officer
Jayne works as a Community Engagement Officer within the Specialist Homelessness Service providing assistance to people and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Jayne brings to the team a wealth of experience and for the past 18 years has been providing case management support in our community to individuals and families across many services. Jayne has supported young people at risk of homelessness and disengagement from school; provided the coordination of home care services to aged and frail people and people with disability as well as transitioning people from hospital to home safely. Jayne has provided case management support to people who have had a workplace injury through rehabilitation services to return to work, or, to seek other vocational training and employment options. As the Director & Support Co-ordinator with Pathways to Opportunity, Jayne played a key role in empowering people with disability across the state to self-manage their NDIS funding and navigate the rollout of NDIS. Her qualifications include Advanced Diploma in Business, Cert IV in Assessment and Training and accreditations in various areas including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Child Protection.
Community Engagement Officer
Joe is a Community Engagement Officer with The Family Place Specialist Homelessness Service. Joe has worked previously as an Aboriginal outreach worker for the Health for Life team, facilitated men’s groups and supported the delivery of numerous programs including cultural education and awareness. Joe is also a trained facilitator in the Red Dust Healing program which he has delivered in both school and community settings over a number of years. Joe’s career has also involved working with Forestry Corps NSW as an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer. Teaming up with local land council elders and community members up and down the far south coast and west to the Tumbarumba / Tumut area, Joe assisted in the protection and preservation of significant cultural heritage sites within the forests. Joe is a keen sportsman and passionate about supporting the development of our younger generation not only through coaching and mentoring, but, also by example through connection with country as a fisherman and diver and through playing music with family and friends.
Community Engagement Officer
Joel is a Community Engagement Officer with our Specialist Homelessness Service. Joel’s background in providing cultural education and awareness programs, has provided him with great foundation skills in dealing with a diverse range of stakeholders. Joel’s ongoing focus around facilitating connection to identity and wellbeing, has also led to inhouse positions involving the creation and maintenance of culturally proactive workplaces as well as involvement in cultural dance and Yidaki performances and workshops. Joel has also been involved with Landcare, identifying and protecting Indigenous sites and artefacts and working towards the regeneration and revegetation of country – restoring native species, creating biodiversity and sustainable environments. Just about completed, Joel is also studying, and is close to completing, a Diploma of Community Services. This qualification will assist him in his work with The Family Place Specialist Homelessness Service where a client focused platform provides Joel the opportunity to work with community aiming for the best possible outcomes for his clients.