Carla Thomas

Carla is a Senior Commercial Knowledge Lawyer with Hall & Wilcox’s national Legal Excellence and Risk Team. She holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Carla brings almost 20 years of legal and writing experience to Next Steps Australia, together with a drive to use her skills for social purpose.  

She is inspired by the powerful simplicity of Next Steps Australia’s mission to empower women and their children to make a new start in safety, comfort and dignity.  
Carla is a proud member of Next Steps Australia’s Marketing and Media Committee. She also assists with grant applications and edits Next Steps Australia’s newsletter.

Catherine Leetch

Catherine manages Social Media accounts for Next Steps Australia and assists with administration support.

Catherine has over 20 years’ experience across healthcare practice management, retail management and business operations support roles.

Originally from Ireland, Catherine relocated to Australia in 2014 and has developed a keen interest in taking part in and developing fitness fundraisers for various charities across Australia.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin.

Charmaine Bacon

Charmaine works as an administrator for Next Steps Australia.

Charmaine worked initially as a private nanny for many Melbourne based families and travelled extensively overseas in that role for over twenty-five years. She then transitioned to estate management overseeing the day to day running, maintenance and upkeep of large suburban properties.

Charmaine has been interested in supporting the survivors of domestic violence and is using her extensive management and administrative skills to assist with the Queensland refuges that Next Steps Australia supports with the donation of manchester packs for mothers and children.

Kendell Farley

Kendell is a Board Consultant to Next Steps Australia.

Kendell is an operations and transformation professional with over 18 years experience across a range of industries including financial services, technology and education.

Most recently Kendell lead the operations and service delivery capability of a high growth NASDAQ listed company’s expansion in Japan, South-East Asia and Australia.

Prior to this, Kendell has worked in London, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne, delivering organisational transformation, Mergers and Acquisitions integration programs and establishing scalable new business operations.

Kendell holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Project Management and a Bachelor of Finance.

Lauri Reid

Lauri is a Senior Associate at Hall and Wilcox and a Board Consultant and Company Secretary to Next Steps Australia.

She has worked in the legal sector for over 15 years in a range of capacities and holds degrees in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology and is presently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.

Lauri has previously worked in the Family Violence Court Division of the Magistrates Court of Victoria and has had first-hand exposure to the devastation that family violence can cause.

Lauri has come to Next Steps with a keen interest in Australia’s ability to provide safe spaces for women and children escaping domestic violence and a desire to assist a charity that supports those safe spaces.

Lisa Nicholson

Lisa has worked at Spotlight for 24 years as a department and operations manager. She is involved in staff training and development, administration and team supervision.

Lisa has been associated with Next Steps Australia since 2017 supervising the packing and processing of the Manchester Starter Boxes as well as liaising with transport companies in delivering the boxes to refuges around Australia.

Lisa also collaborates with Spotlight department managers in Western Australia and Queensland to ensure the smooth processing and delivery of the manchester packs in those states.

Lisa is also the project manager for the Next Steps Australia’s Future Steps programme involving the administration, packing, processing and delivery of the relationship boxes to fifteen rural refuges in Victoria.

Lyndal Barrington

Lyndal is the administrator and research support for Next Steps Australia.

Lyndal began her career as a registered nurse working in the Emergency Departments of both major and rural hospitals in Sydney and Orange.

In these environments Lyndall first came into contact with cases of domestic and family violence.

Since relocating to Melbourne Lyndal has been working as an administrator for a private medical practice for over 20 years.

Lyndal is a member of the Camberwell Grammar Foundation Board which encourages the financial support of the local community.

Sandra Greaves

David Jones

David is a financial administrator and researcher for Next Steps Australia.

David has more than forty years experience in creating, growing and managing businesses in the field of Information Technology, including software development, and Human Resources.

David is currently a director and consultant to businesses in the Corporate Advisory field and Distribution and Export sector.

David has a particular strength in Finance systems and Governance processes.

David has held directorships on the boards of Vision Australia, Mentone Girls Gramma School and the Acclaim Awards.

Kimbal Dunsmore

Kimbal is the New South Wales Administrator for Next Steps Australia.

He served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy for thirty years and then more recently as a consultant to the Ministry of Defence. During his long career with the Navy Kimbal served in many seagoing positions including command of a warship, shore-based staff positions as well as representational positions overseas.

In the naval environment Kimbal was responsible for the welfare of the officers and sailors under his command. As a result he came into direct contact with cases of domestic and family violence involving Naval personnel.

As a veteran himself, Kimbal is actively involved with a Sydney based program (Alfred’s Community Sailing) supporting veterans and others with trauma, particularly first responders such as police, paramedics, and firefighters. He is also a member of his local sub-branch of the RSL.