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Our team

Executive

Jane French 
Child Wise Executive Director

Jane is a psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the sector as a child protection practitioner, manager, trainer and policy advisor across Government and the not-for-profit sector. She spent 10 years in corporate environments, including at KPMG as a Manager in their Health and Human Services Practice and at Medibank, where she led work with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and 1800RESPECT the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Family Violence Service.

Training

Debbie Boyse 
Manager
Training and Partnerships

Debbie commenced her career in the Victorian Police Force where she spent close to 10 years before entering the child protection field and spending a number of years as a trainer in government and non-government organisations. Debbie uses her experience, passion and personality (together with a good sense of humour) to deliver information in a non-threatening and engaging way. She has trained organisations across Australia, Singapore and Fiji in the area of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Child Safe Practices and has worked in partnership with numerous indigenous communities in SA, NT, QLD and WA.

Linette Harriot 
Senior Trainer

Linette came to Child Wise after a career spanning 33 years in welfare, including 16 years as a sexual assault counsellor and time spent as a youth worker, community educator and consultant.

She is a skilled facilitator of large and small groups and is an experienced coach, counsellor, trainer and educator. Linette has a Diploma in Health Counselling from La Trobe University. She enjoys bringing her expertise to groups of people to support them in having difficult conversations about tricky subjects.

Sophie Cieciwa 
Trainer

Sophie has over a decade of experience with the Reach Foundation where her role was to ensure the safety of children and young people attending camps and workshops. This included recruiting, screening, training and mentoring the adults in supporting roles to create a safe space for young people. Joining the passionate team at Child Wise as a trainer was a natural progression for Sophie who wanted to reach further afield to educate and inspire organisations and members of our community that all adults play a role in keeping children safe.

Sophie has a Diploma of Management, Certificate 3 in Business Administration and she volunteers on camps for children with a physical, intellectual or behavioural disability. 

Consulting, Coaching and Accreditation

Michael McKay 
Manager, Consulting, Coaching and Accreditation

Michael has been with Child Wise since January 2016. He has extensive clinical and leadership experience in child protection, family violence, offender management and trauma-informed therapy. During his time at Child Wise, Michael has supported numerous organisations to build sustainable child safety capacity. He also represented Child Wise as a sector expert at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and authored a submission to the Commission in relation to organisational complaints processes.

Liz Billings 
Manager, Consulting, Coaching and Accreditation

Liz is an experienced manager with an extensive career in senior roles. With a Masters in Public Health and driven by a passion for social justice, Liz has worked in the local, national and international not-for-profit sector for over 17 years primarily in gender equality, social housing and family violence prevention. Having worked across policy, advocacy, programs and service areas, Liz is committed to sound development, implementation and evaluation processes.   Liz joined the Child Wise team in late 2016 to support the delivery of key projects.

Mandy Britt-Crowhurst 
Senior Advisor, Consulting, Coaching and Accreditation

Mandy has a background in teaching and international cultural exchange programmes. Mandy came to Child Wise first as a client, but quickly found her passion was keeping children safe from harm and is now one of our Senior Advisors. She works closely with organisations to help change culture, embed new ideas and create child safe organisations. She loves working collaboratively with her clients to develop a child safety mindset.

Sophie Hageman 
Advisor, Consulting, Coaching and Accreditation

Sophie is an engaging and dedicated social worker with a background in philosophy and human rights studies. Prior to joining Child Wise in September 2017 as part of the training and consultancy teams, Sophie completed a Master’s degree in social work and gathered experience in roles ranging from counselling to fundraising.

Sophie is particularly passionate about the ways in which organisations and communities can seek to include the voices of children on the child safety journey.

Marketing 

Paola Piccinno 
National Marketing and Business Development Manager

Paola is an energetic and versatile marketing manager with a love for digital, content and social strategies. Before joining Child Wise as their National Marketing and Business Development Manager, Paola has worked for over 10 years in Europe, UK and Africa for corporate organisations across several industries: technology, consumer goods & entertainment, retail, telco, publishing, digital media.

She is now bringing her enthusiasm and expertise in integrated marketing campaigns, digital advertising, social media and content strategy to Child Wise, and she is very passionate about making a difference within the social enterprise space.

Emma Jovanova 
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Emma is a passionate social justice advocate with a Master in Development Studies and extensive volunteering experience in the not-for-profit sector. She became engaged with Child Wise as a volunteer in 2015 and has since been committed to the cause of keeping children and young people safe from harm. Emma has recently entered the marketing and communications space having realised the value of marketing as a tool to raise awareness of children’s rights, and the invaluable work that Child Wise does to ensure the safety of children and young people. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Marketing at RMIT University.

Administration and Finance 

Jane Bezzina 
Child Wise Coordinator

Jane is a dedicated and passionate business professional with a versatile skill set developed through 21 years’ experience as an events manager and promoter. She is now bringing her advanced administrative and superior organisational skills gained through her extensive work in the trade promotions industry to Child Wise.

Before joining Child Wise, Jane worked as a consultant for Disney Special Events and was the Victorian promoter for The Wiggles Touring. She has also hosted shows in Victoria for the Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band and Jay’s Jungle with Jay Laga’aia. She has also promoted and organised parenting talks for well-known child psychologist and author Steve Biddulph for 21 years.

Daniela Vaccaro 
Financial and Administrative Assistant

Dani has a comprehensive history working in the non-for-profit sector and volunteering with children. Dani started her career as a Vet Nurse but eventually decided she wanted to make the world a better place by helping others. She started by working in the Family Services department at Baptcare followed by the Salvation Army Adult Services which primarily focussed on homelessness and mental health. Dani is passionate about children and animal rights and loathes injustice.

A new member of Child Wise, Dani is completely committed to the organisation’s mission statement. She especially enjoys working with the dynamic staff who love to have a great chat over food.

Interns and Volunteers 

Madelaine Stroot 
Research and Policy Intern

Madelaine is an enthusiastic and driven Research and Policy Intern at Child Wise that sees her future in the NGO sector. She wishes to gain the knowledge and experience needed to promote and establish effective, lasting and positive change.

She is currently completing her Honours in International Studies at Monash University and writing her thesis on the 2015 cholera outbreak in Yemen and the responses of humanitarian institutions and NGOs

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