Matt is Executive Director, Australian Services, Save the Children Australia.
Passionate about social justice, improving systems and therapeutic practice, Matt is an experienced practitioner and has held several senior executive roles at some of Australia’s leading not-for-profits. He is proud to contribute to the ongoing strength of QCOSS in its strategic objectives and to represent members across the state.
Matt is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undergraduate qualifications in psychology and counselling, Masters in Clinical Counselling, Grad. Dip. In Strategic Leadership and is currently studying an MBA.
Colleen is the General Manager of Roseberry Qld, delivering programs in housing and tenancy, youth shelters, early intervention mental health, youth and family services, education and employment pathways.
Having worked in the Central Queensland (CQ) area for more than 20 years, Colleen has achieved success leading and managing a cross section of areas in schools, education projects and is now devoted to growing Roseberry Qld, and ensuring regional areas are serviced adequately. Colleen has qualifications in education and business.
She also has an an array of experience on boards and is currently serving on the CQUniversity Gladstone Regional Engagement Committee and GAPDL Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Board. She enjoys the professional learnings from each and being part of a leadership team.
Faiza is a general member of QCOSS with extensive experience in the community sector and in government. Her work focuses on social justice with a focus on gender, multicultural communities and refugees.
Currently Faiza is a member of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council, the Queensland Government Multicultural Advisory Council, Strategic Advisory Group for Women on Boards and Metro South Health Consumer Advisory Committee. She was also the Human Rights Advisor for the National Council for Women.
Faiza has 10 years experience in government at both state and federal levels in international development and economic development. She has several qualifications including a post graduate level in Architecture, Project Management, International Business and Education, and is currently a PHD scholar at the University for Queensland focussing on gender studies.
She is also is the recipient of the Queensland Multicultural Outstanding Individual Award 2018 and Finalist of the 2019 Migration and Settlement Institute – Empowering Women Award.
Kevin has worked in the social services sector for over 11 years in Chief Executive positions for Holy Spirit Care Services and Mercy Health. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for St Vincent de Paul Society, Queensland.
Kevin is a fellow of the CEO Institute and has been involved as a participant and facilitator on many strategic planning sessions with boards and executive teams. He has overseen the successful implementation and monitoring of strategy and business planning processes.
As a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Kevin also brings a wealth of Director experience into his role as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee on the QCOSS Board. He joined to ensure QCOSS remains the voice for the sector, and is sustained both financially, and through its membership for the benefit of all those people who serve today and into the future.
Rachelle is Chief Operating Officer, Human & Community Services with Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland Limited. She believes every person should have the same opportunities regardless of background, education or challenges faced.
Rachelle has held a number of executive roles across out-of-home-care, mental health, research and human services. She has worked in urban, regional and remote settings across the Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and Western Australia. Her work across rural and remote Australia has taught her that the very best evidence-based models are not always broadly applicable to their intended populations. It is her combined experiences working in policy environments, executive level positions and also several frontline sector roles that have brought her to this position. Rachelle is passionate about working with funding providers and policy makers to develop programs and models that are flexible enough to respond to a community or individual.
Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Suicidology and Master of Health Promotion.
Linda is a regional member and has worked with and on boards within the not-for-profit sector for almost 30 years. As CEO of Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre, she has grown the centre into the lead community service provider in the area.
Linda’s passion for teaching and mentoring, having taught community services through TAFE to both senior high students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers throughout North and Far North Queensland, is evident in the success of the centre. At a strategic level, she has contributed to the development of sector training in North Queensland over many years through the former Integrated Skills Development Network hosted by the Health and Community Sector Workforce.