Megan Hender is a lawyer by training. She worked as a solicitor, a university lecturer and a senior manager in an international law firm before opening her own management consulting business in 2002 – focusing on strategy, risk and communication. She has recently completed an 18 month in-house role with one of her clients, as interim General Manager of Johnston Withers Lawyers (a progressive mid-tier law firm based in Adelaide).
Megan has a strong interest in corporate governance. She has served on the board of a number of organisations and not-for-profits including the award winning Adelaide Convention Centre, the Welfare Right Centre of SA (which she was instrumental in establishing) and the Palliative Care Council of South Australia (where she served as Deputy Chair). She is currently sits as a member of the board of the Festival of Arts and of the Adelaide Central Market Authority, and on the Advisory Board of SA Leaders. She is a member of, and a regular presenter for, the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Megan is also an elected member of the Adelaide City Council where she is currently serving a term as Deputy Lord Mayor.
She is the wife of a busy barrister and the proud mother of two adults sons.
Donna has been a Board Member since 2005 and has also been involved on the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) Board since 2011 where she currently holds the position of Vice President. Donna and her husband have been foster parents since 2003 and do all types of care from emergency to long term care. She believes that her passion is to see better outcomes for children in care and leaving care, and a better system for all parties involved.
"My husband and I have been foster carers since 2003. Since then we have had over 100 children share our home – some for only a few days, others will be with us for a lifetime. Currently, I am Vice Chairperson of CF&KC – SA. Prior to this, I held the position of Treasurer for 4 years. I am also involved in CF&KC-SA events and enjoy arranging events that enable Carers and Children/Young People to enjoy life-enriching experiences. These have included such varying things as National Conferences through to taking children camping amongst African animals. For the past 5 years, I have been involved in bringing together all parties of the care team to consider ways to benefit children in care. I am passionate about seeing best outcomes for young people and respect given to the people who love, nurture, heal and care for these children."
Hastings joined the CFC-SA Board in July 2017 as Treasurer and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a holder of a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance.
He has worked in senior finance management positions for over 20 years until 2016 when he opened his own financial consultancy firm.
Hastings serves on the boards of several organisations including Treasurer for Assembly of God Paradise Inc; Influencers Conferences Pty Ltd and Chaplaincy SA.
Hastings is an African man from the country of Malawi and speaks Chewa.
He has had previous experience caring for his 3 grandchildren as a kinship carer.
Kate joined the board in 2015 and is a long term carer based in the southern suburbs. She has been a foster parent since 2011 and is immensely proud to have achieved OPG status with Mr 6.
Kate graduated from York University in 1998 with an honours degree in Economic & Social History. Realising that this wasn’t actually going to get her a job, she went on to study Marketing and has worked in this area ever since. Kate has been involved with many of the online communications for CF&KC-SA over the past few years.
Kate is passionate about the work that Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers SA has done and continues to do. Through her personal experience, she is acutely aware that foster parents need to have ‘a voice’ within the system in order for best interests of the child to always be put first.
Jo has been a Board member since late 2008 and has held the positions of Secretary and Chairperson. Jo and her husband have been providing foster care since 1991, starting in Qld. They have been based in the Adelaide Hills since 1996. They have 2 long term boys who are important members of the family and continue to belong, way after the Orders are over. They have also provided short term care and continue to provide respite.
She has considerable experience with sector networking, peer support, dealing with challenging behaviours and providing training to foster parents, especially during the orientation phase. Jo believes strongly that the learning foster and kinship families receive is relevant, available in a timely manner and meets the needs of individual families.
She states "It has been a privilege to help raise the profile of foster and kinship care in SA, to build respected relationships, to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the child protection system, and be part of significant change. This will continue to be a major focus, to ensure that children and their families of belonging achieve the best outcomes possible."
Terry joined the CF&KC-SA Board in August 2017 and brings media and communication expertise along with a close knowledge of carer issues.
Terry Plane has worked in all areas of media, as well as government, unions and the corporate sector. He’s been Network Director of News & Current Affairs for a major television network, press secretary to the Premier, and Communications Director at the Department for Child Protection. He works now as a media consultant.
Some years ago Terry and his partner cared for a baby who’d been removed from his mother and have remained involved as the boy’s respite carers.
Kelly is a current Kinship carer and has been so since 2015. She has always been involved in business taking on various roles in family business since she was very young. Upon graduating from university with degrees in both Business and Marketing, she pursued a career in Valuations practicing at senior management level for a number of years. She has since moved to her own business with her husband, providing services to the poultry industry with a large staff and busy lifestyle. With four children in the family, Kelly engages in a busy and fulfilling life. She joined the board of CF&KC-SA in November 2017 after being an active member throughout 2017. After seeing first hand the effects on children in out of home care, Kelly has become very passionate about promoting change in the system to enable better outcomes for all involved.
Amanda joined CF&KC-SA in August 2016 and is passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve their full potential. Amanda aims to deliver value for foster and kinship carers through effective advocacy, strategic growth and positive improvements across the child protection system.
Amanda has previously worked with NGO’s in the mental health sector and the social welfare sector (including Alternative Care and Family Support Programs) and has held various positions in the legal, banking and finance industries. Amanda has been involved in the health sector as a member of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council and the Transforming Health Peak Community and Consumer Engagement Committee. Amanda holds a Master of Business Administration (Health) and a Bachelor of Psychology.
Amanda has recently been appointed to the Child Safety and Wellbeing Advisory Panel as CF&KC-SA’s representative, contributing to the implementation of child protection system reforms in South Australia.
Jane joined CF&KC-SA in July 2017 and is passionate about the importance volunteers play in our Australian society. Previously Jane was CEO/Manager of Cancer Care Centre and prior to that role she was Volunteer Manager at Hutt St Centre; both organisations that rely heavily on volunteers to deliver their services to their clients and members.
Jane has an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management (Volunteers) and was responsible for establishing a mentoring support program for the homeless folk living in Adelaide CBD. She is a volunteer herself; volunteering weekly for the Baptist Care Friendship Program which matches Australian families to refugee or asylum seeker families.
Jane’s mantra is “Volunteers are unpaid workers, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless”
Natalie joined CF&KC-SA in December 2016 and brings over twenty five years’ experience working in administrative roles in the Health sector and University environment. A mother of two, she is an enthusiastic and active member of school and kindy Governing Councils and Parents & Friends group. Natalie enjoys interacting with families and the community and looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge to the Administration Officer role.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” (Desmond Tutu)