Our People - Brave Foundation

Our People


Professor Julie Quinlivan

Professor Julie Quinlivan is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She is Chair of the Clinical Senate of Western Australia.

Jan Russ

Jan Russ was the casting director for Neighbours for almost 25 years, and was responsible for launching the careers of stars such as Kylie Minogue; Jason Donovan; Guy Pearce and Liam Hemsworth.


Gary Lottering


Gary has over 20 years experience in the corporate sector at an executive management level including 10 years working within Tasmanian state-owned companies.

Bernadette Black

CEO & Founding Director

Bernie is an accomplished businesswoman, councillor, author and keynote speaker with some serious accolades to her name - not to mention starting Brave Foundation.


Chris Ryan-Peek


Chris is an experienced auditor having worked as an auditor and advisor for both public and private sector organisations.


Ebony Curtis


Ebony was a teen mother and recently joined the Board after years of advocating alongside Brave.


Noor Blumer


Noor is an accomplished lawyer and mother of 4 based in Canberra. Her first child was born when she was 17.

Peter Murphy


Peter specialises in not-for-profits, education, aged cared, and superannuation, and currently holds chair and directorship roles in a range of organisations.


Rolfe Brimfield


Rolfe brings extensive HR and operational management to the Brave board, with 15 years experience in this area at a senior level.

Teisha Archer


Teisha Archer joined the Brave Foundation Board in February 2015. She is firstly mum to a gorgeous 3 year old boy Orson and wife to Aaron. All three love to get outdoors on their bikes or for a walk at any chance they get.



Alicia Ryan-Peek

People and Culture Manager

Alison Matthews

Mentor - Geelong, VIC


Allison Levinson

Chief Mentor and Stakeholder Manager


Amber Doblo

Mentor - Logan, QLD


Cath Cooper

Mentor - Greater Hobart, TAS

Elaine Marx

Finance Officer


Joanne Harris

Mentor - Newcastle/Wyong, NSW

Luisa Caruana

Business and Executive Support Officer


Chantelle Hunt

Mentor - Darwin, NT


Emma Lechte

Team Leader, South


Jill Roche

Chief Operating Officer

Katrina Higgins

Mentor - Greater Hobart, TAS


Katryna Kennedy

Mentor - Darwin, NT

Melissa Rogers

Mentor - Wyong and Newcastle, NSW


Rebecca Hoare

Team Leader, North


Ros Weereratne

Mentor - Greater Melbourne, VIC


Simone Grinter

Mentor - Geelong, VIC

Steph Paramenter

Mentor - Greater Melbourne, VIC


Steph Smith

Mentor - Ipswich, QLD

Zen Tebeje

Mentor - Western Melbourne/Geelong VIC