Fiona Endacott has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Double Advanced Diploma in Management and Human Resources, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is currently completing her MBA. Her work history is also impressive - having come to CF&KC-SA after a long stint working in mental health, most recently as Manager: Operations for Skylight Mental Health.
Fiona has already made her mark on our organisation – having worked on our winning tender, achieved our quality accreditation and established and managed our very committed advocacy team. She is a mother of two and deeply committed to the wellbeing of children and Carers.
Sharee joined the CF&KC-SA team in September 2020 as Senior Advocate.
Sharee joins us with 20 years of experience within the community sector and in the final stages of completion of a Bachelor of Social Work. Sharee's extensive career started in the early childhood sector as a Team Leader, and as an educator in the education sector with Tafe SA and Gowrie SA. Sharee has worked in the Department of Child Protection, and for the past six years has been the Practice Lead at Time for Kids.
Sharee prides herself on building relationships and working in partnership with children and families towards achieving optimal outcomes.
Sharee brings a wealth of knowledge, commitment, energy and passion, in particular for children and families, and we are excited to have her join the team.
Sharee is a mother of two girls and has a love for their 3 dogs whom she also sees as her four legged children.
Tandanya joined CF&KC-SA in April 2019 as a Carer Advocate, supporting Foster & Kinship Carers within her role. Tandanya holds a Masters of Social Work and a Bachelor of Social Sciences with experience working within a Kinship Care support team and with Anangu Youth in Education. Her time working with Kinship Carers gave Tandanya a valuable insight into the experience of carers and the profound challenges that they face. As a result she has developed a strong passion to work alongside Carers to make a positive difference in their lives.
Tandanya is excited to be working in a fulfilling role with a driven and passionate team that supports and advocates for the rights of Foster and Kinship Carers.
Isabella joined CF&KC-SA as a Carer Advocate in July 2021, supporting both foster and kinship carers. Isabella has completed her Bachelor of Social Work with experience working in this space as she completed her university placements with the organisation. Her time during placements gave her experience working with foster and kinship Carers giving insight to Carer experiences and understanding the diverse challenges they can face. Isabella was offered the 6 month role of Carer Education Officer in June 2020 to develop and publish educational resources for the Carer community. Through this role Isabella developed strengths in facilitating reference groups, organising Carer information session and publishing Carer guides. Through her time with the organisation, her passion has continually grown and is excited to now be fulfilling the role as Carer Advocate.
Natalie joined CF&KC-SA in December 2016 as Administration and Events Coordinator.
Natalie is experienced working in key administrative roles in health, research and University sectors and also event management, including key organiser of the International Conference on Community Health Research in 2009. A mother of two, she is an enthusiastic and active member of school Governing Council and Parents & Friends Committee. Natalie enjoys interacting with families and the community and is excited to apply her skills and knowledge to her role with CF&KC-SA.
Jacquie Nevin joined CF&KC-SA this year in the role of Legal Consultant.
She completed a Bachelor of Law in NSW where she is also admitted to the NSW Supreme Court. Jacquie moved to South Australia for 2 years and is now in her 16th year in Adelaide.
She has worked in the area of administrative law since 2002, and is particularly interested in the process behind government decision making and the right to appeal.
She has extensive experience in the appeals process across migration and social welfare law and hopes to combine her knowledge to support our Advocates in the process.
Jacquie joins CF&KC-SA to set up a stand-alone pro bono service for our carers to access, in the event a carer needs to appeal a decision of the Department.
She has passion for children and carers alike, and set up a Neurodiversity group to support families at her children’s school.
Jacquie has 3 children who share her love for Op shopping. When Jacquie is not Op shopping she is participating in fun runs and races around Adelaide.
Emma is our Project Officer who is currently working on a project with the Commissioner for Children & Young People and is also supporting Carers with the independent Carer Inquiry
Niamh has joined the CF&KC-SA team as a Volunteer after meeting the team at our recent "Child Protection & the Law" day held in November 2021.
Niamh is working closely with our Legal Consultant, Jacquie Nevin to provide research and support for the Carer Inquiry
Megan is a lawyer, turned consultant. She has worked as a solicitor, a university lecturer, a General Manger and a CEO. In 2002 she started her own management consulting business, Megan Hender Consulting.
Megan has a strong interest in corporate governance. She has served on the board of a number of organisations including the Festival of Arts, the Adelaide Central Market Authority, the Adelaide Convention Centre, the (then) Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market, and the Palliative Care Council of South Australia. She also served two terms as an elected member of the City of Adelaide including 18 months as Deputy Lord Mayor.
Megan current sits on the Board of Johnston Withers Lawyers, on the Advisory Board of SA Leaders and chairs two not for profits: our organisation and The GOGO Foundation.
She is the wife of a busy barrister and the proud mother of two adults sons.
Jan Stevens joined the CF&KC-SA Board in January 2019.
Jan and her late husband became foster carers around 20 years ago doing respite, emergency care, short term and long term care. Jan has 4 children who have been in her care since they were babies and will be with her until they are adults.
Professionally Jan began her career as a Registered Nurse and then moved across to Social Work and has worked in the areas of Alternative Care and Community Health as a Social Worker.
Jan currently works at Flinders University as an Associate Lecturer Field Education Liaison in the College of Psychology, Education and Social Work.
She has also worked with Anglicare to promote the "Stretch Initiative" where carers are financially supported to have children at home until they are 21 years.
Jan was SA Barnardo's Mother of the year in 2011 and won the Anglicare SA 2018 Foster Carer Award for Excellence, and the Anglicare Australia National Awards 2018 Winner of Volunteer Achievement.
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. Kelly 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.
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.
Sarah joined the CF&KC-SA Board in March 2020.
At home, Sarah is a foster mum and her life revolves around taking care of her two adorable children, husband Paul and their two pets.
Sarah has been a carer since 2014.
At work, Sarah runs her own consultancy.
Sarah has a Hons degree in Business Administration. She is also a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a qualified coach, NLP and MBTI practitioner and a member of the UK’s Coaching Circle. Sarah has a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Trauma.
Sarah has been involved in organisational and culture change programmes at both a strategic and operational level. Sarah has worked at Director Level, managing the full scope of business support services including; Human Resource, Training, Facilities Management, Finance, Information Technology, Communication and Diversity
Sarah is passionate about unlocking the potential of people, systems and organisations.
“I offer my gratitude and respect to the dedicated Carer community it is our privilege to serve” (Megan Hender, Board Chairperson)