Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

Patron and Board of Directors


Patron, Dorothy Scott AM

 

 

 

 

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott AM became our Patron in April 2013 and was the foundation Chair of Child Protection and the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this she taught in the School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne and was CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation.  Professor Scott’s practice background is in child welfare and mental health. Professor Scott has conducted a number of major reviews and inquiries. 

 

Board of Directors

 

Name

Chris Lockwood
PositionPresident
QualificationsBachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
BiographyChris Lockwood  has over 20 years experience working across the Mental Health, Construction and Finance sectors. With specific knowledge of mental health, safety and suicide prevention in the construction industry, and expertise in managing strategic growth, sustainable funding and partnership development. Chris is the father of two children adopted from China and Korea.

 

Name

Amanda Stone
PositionVice-President
QualificationsBachelor of Arts, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ed Admin, Grad Dip Career Ed, Grad Dip Child Psych, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, GAICD
BiographyAmanda Stone has over 30 years’ experience in the education and counselling of secondary aged students and their families. Much of her counselling work has been with children in out of home care. She is currently working as an education and training consultant and is also Mayor of a local government.  She is Chair of the Board of the not-for- profit organisation, Collingwood Headspace Consortium.

 

Name

Charlie Salloum
PositionTreasurer
QualificationsBachelor of Economics, Diploma in Education
BiographyCharlie Salloum is an adoptive father of two Korean born children whose journey in the adoption world started in 2001.  Charlie also has sat on the Committee of Korean Adoptive Families (KAF) for six years where he assumed the roles of President and Treasurer.  He has a varied professional background including a short stint as a primary school teacher, a corporate trainer, Human Resources professional and currently owns and operates a catering company. 

 

Name

Dan Barron
PositionDirector
QualificationsBA (Hons)
BiographyDan Barron is a father of three children. For several years he was a full time ‘stay home dad’ with two of his children, who both joined the family via permanent care. His work experience includes many support and care work positions in the fields of physical disability, intellectual disability, mental illness and young care-leavers, in Australia and in the UK. He came to Australia in 1995, and currently works both as a case manager in a homelessness support service, and as a cook, quizmaster and 'fitness instructor' in an over-55s  social support group.

 

Name Donna Coelho
Position Director
Biography

Donna is an adult adoptee and mother to a permanent care daughter.  Donna has been a stay at home mother since 2010 and is on the Parish Education Board.  She has a background in Administration, Customer Service and Supervisory roles across a number of sectors.  Donna brings her lived experience and knowledge as an adoptee and permanent care parent to the PCA Families Board which she joined in 2016.

 

Name

John Loke
PositionDirector
QualificationsB. Acc, FCPA
Biography

John Loke has over 30 years experience across the construction, engineering, retail and manufacturing sectors.  With his comprehensive finance and commercial acumen, John contributes to the business strategy and operational performance.  He does this by optimising the synergies across different working groups.  Since graduating (2001) as a Williamson Community Leader, he has been making time to give back to the community.

 

Name

Meredith Carter
PositionDirector
QualificationsBachelor of Law and Arts, Master of Laws (Melb), GAICD
BiographyMeredith Carter’s background in public policy, law reform and governance, along with her commitment to community participation, have underpinned her career. Currently managing several national health policy initiatives for the Department of Health & Human Services, her many other leadership roles have included serving on statutory tribunals and boards, including as Chair.

  

Name

Felicity Kotsiaris
PositionDirector
QualificationsMaster of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Bachelor Media Arts
Biography

Felicity brings 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, fundraising events and innovation strategy to the PCAF Board.  She is currently building an entrepreneurial venture that will change the way we think about safety apparel, serves on the Solve Disability Solutions Board and has art practices in metal and abstract painting.  Felicity is married with three step-children.

  

Name

Megan Sloley
PositionDirector
QualificationsBachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Melbourne
Biography

Megan has worked for over two decades as a marketing campaign strategist and project manager. She has worked for multinational clients and consumer brands in both China and Australia, but over the last five years has focused on Australian not for profits in the arts and education sectors. Since adopting a daughter from China in 2006, she has developed a strong knowledge of adoption issues and evidence based therapies. 

  

 


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