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Our team

Our team of passionate professionals come from a range of backgrounds and bring expertise in many fields surrounding the protection of children, providing a service that is thorough and evidence based. 

Executive team 

Natalie Siegel-Brown
Managing Director

Prior to joining Child Wise, Natalie was the Queensland Public Guardian, an independent statutory appointment, and CEO of the Office of the Public Guardian.

Natalie is passionate about advocating for people experiencing vulnerability. Her career has been underpinned by her drive to protect the rights and interests of children and young people in the child protection system, in addition to adults who have impaired decision-making capacity. Before taking up the role as Public Guardian, Natalie was an Executive Director with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services where she led the child protection, domestic violence, carers, ageing and disability portfolios for the state.

Natalie began life as a lawyer but very quickly found herself working on the ground in Aboriginal communities on violence-prevention initiatives. Natalie has worked with communities from Cape York to the Western Desert.

Natalie’s work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and legal service policy has been published internationally and in 2002, she was awarded the inaugural Gowling Lafleur Henderson Award (University of Toronto). In addition to an Arts/Law Degree, Natalie also holds an Executive Certificate from Harvard University and holds a Masters of Public Politics & Administration).

Michael MacKay 
Director of Quality Assurance

Michael is a social worker, counsellor and educator with extensive clinical and leadership experience in child protection, mental health, family violence, offender management and trauma-informed therapy. He has worked for Child Wise since 2016, supporting numerous organisations to build 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 child-focused complaints processes.

Prior to joining Child Wise, Michael spent 16 years working in the field of statutory child protection in the UK and Canada as a practitioner, manager and senior leader. He continues to work as a counsellor, and periodically lectures in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Trained in systemic leadership, Michael is passionate about supporting child-focused organisations to foster learning-oriented approaches which create sustainable change.

As Director of Quality Assurance, Michael supports Child Wise Advisors, Trainers and Managers to deliver consistently excellent services.

Harriet Sheppard
Director of Operations

Harriet brings years of experience in senior management and a deep understanding of business strategy and compliance across a diverse number of industries in Australia and New Zealand. 

Harriet brings over 15 years’ experience in Education, Training & Operations, including Manager Curriculum & Training Services at the Australian Institute of Management, as well as over 20 years of experience in corporate environments. As School Board Chair for an elected three-year term at Aranda Primary School and Walking School Bus team leader, child protection and safety were always paramount, resulting in Volunteer of Year Nomination (ACT) in 2009. 

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 now brings 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.

Child Wise State Managers 

Donna Webb 
State Manager, South Australia and Western Australia

An experienced leader and manager in the Australian and international not-for-profit sector, Donna combines her expertise in tight portfolio, program and project management together with a passion for community-led design and monitoring. Donna has a background in training, coaching and development for staff, leaders and boards of small to medium sized organisations that deliver community based programming.

She is a passionate believer that community feedback is a critical component of a strong evidence base and has recently worked with Save the Children to promote and advocate for the rights of children to have an active voice in the programs and services that impact them. 

Angela Jegou 
State Manager, Queensland and Northern Territory

A self-motivated and customer-focused senior people and business manager, Angela has shaped and led high-performing teams and projects in not-for-profit organisations for over 18 years. Angela has held senior positions in primary mental health care, the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and employment services.   

Angela has provided management and oversight of numerous local, state and national programs and projects, giving guidance, support and mentoring to senior staff and managers, securing better outcomes for children, families and communities.

Trish Reck  
State Manager, Victoria and Tasmania

Trish is a dynamic, reflective and proactive senior manager with over 20 years’ experience in the Family and Community Services sector (Family Violence; Functional Family Therapy; Project Management; Quality Management; Financial Counselling; Integrated Family Services; Community Development). 

Trish has a rich and diverse background of training and experience ensuring a measured, flexible and creative approach to problem-solving, program development, staff issues and strategic planning.