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 OAM

 

 

 

 

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott OAM 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. She is the Patron of Permanent Care and Adoptive Families, the NEWPIN program of Uniting Care Burnside, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and the Australian Foster Care Association. She also serves on the advisory council of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and the boards of  The Myer Foundation and the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation. Her current consultancy work ranges from clinical supervision to maternal and child health nurses to policy advice to Governments. Professor Scott has conducted a number of major reviews and inquiries, the most recent being the 2012 Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry.

 

Board of Directors

 

Name

Chris Lockwood
PositionPresident
QualificationsBachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
BiographyChris Lockwood has over 20 years’ experience across the finance sector working in diverse roles managing projects and teams focused on growth and customer experience in the organisation. He is currently managing a team building industry partnerships to support sustainable growth for a large industry superannuation fund. Chris Lockwood 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 and HR professional and an owner/manager of a corporate 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

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

Cas O’Neill (Dr)
PositionDirector
QualificationsBachelor of Arts, Dip Social  Studies, Master of Social Work, PhD
BiographyCas has over 40 years experience in child welfare and health – as a social worker; researcher; evaluator; special needs adoptive parent; respite foster carer/ Mirror Family member; and kinship carer. She is one of the founding members of the Post Placement Support Service (Vic) and has a PhD in Social Work from the University of Melbourne. 

  

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.