Our People - Brave Foundation

Our People


Prof. Maria Harries AM


Professor Maria Harries AM is Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Social Work and Social Policy in the School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia.

Ebony Curtis


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


Rolfe Brimfield


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


Sabina Curatolo


Sabina is highly experienced in public policy and social innovation with more than 19 years’ experience in international institutions, Australian government, politics, civil society and with the private sector.


Angie Mastrippolito


Angie has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry both as an Executive and as an adviser. Her executive experience includes 5 years as a superannuation fund CEO and two years as a COO.

Irene Quah


Irene is a Certified Practicing Accountant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Niki Vincent


Niki is Victoria’s Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner. She has diverse expertise in business, academia, government and the community sector with a focus on gender equality, equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion.

Dr Rachel Howard


Rachel is a government relations professional, with policy and political experience. Rachel is a Senior Adviser at 89 Degree East and co-Founder of Equal Workplaces.


James Crosby


James is CEO of Families Australia and has more than 20 years’ experience in the non-government for purpose sector and 10 years as a federal public servant.



Jill Roche

Chief Executive Officer

Since joining Brave in 2019, Jill has been instrumental in leading the operations and strategic planning of the organisation.

Catherine Cooney

Head of Program

Catherine joined Brave in April 2022 and was previously an Advanced Practice Lead and Social Work Coach at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.




Micaela has over 20 years’ experience across multiple for-purpose sectors including working with all levels of government, including as a former Ministerial Adviser and Mayor of the City of Monash.


Sue Wilson

Head of Transformation

Sue joined Brave in October 2022


Kate Derrick

Head of Operations

Kate has been working with Brave since February 2022, working closely with the CEO.


Bernadette Black AM

Social Economic Ambassador (SEA) & Founder of Brave Foundation

Lisa McGhee

Community Manager


Luisa Caruana

Executive Assistant to the CEO


Nicole Williams

Communications Advisor


Kelsey Deane

Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Cath Cooper

Team Leader, South


Vidya Surajbali

Team Leader, North

Peta Ajkunic

Team Leader, Tas


Chantelle Hunt

Mentor - Darwin, NT


Danielle McLaughlin

Mentor - Newcastle, NSW


Deborah Benson

Mentor - Cairns, QLD

Elke Robinson

Mentor - Greater Hobart, Tas


Jess Toohey

Mentor - Geelong ,Vic

Karina Hilliard

Virtual Mentor


Katie Ryan

Virtual Mentor


Louise Madden

Mentor - Launceston, Tas


Lynn York

Mentor - West & North Coast, Tas

Samantha Young

Mentor - Perth, WA


Sophie Falkenhagen

Virtual Mentor

Stacey Crawford-Ferguson

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mentor, Darwin NT


Steph Paramenter

Mentor - Greater Melbourne, Vic


Tahlya Searle

Mentor - South East Melbourne, Regional Victoria & Virtual