STREAT has a passionate, active and committed Board, that not only understands its responsibilities under the Corporations Act and takes ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to the running of STREAT, but that does so in strong partnership with STREAT’s management.

The Board comprises directors with expertise across key areas including community development, psychology, youth mental health, hospitality, social enterprise, business, vocational training, law and accountancy.

 

Niamh Hussey (Chair)

Niamh is a chartered accountant from Ireland with over 13 years experience in accounting, auditing, consultancy and risk management. After completing her Bachelor of Business Studies specialising in finance, Niamh went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting after which she joined a large professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a graduate.

Niamh became a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2008 and moved to Melbourne in January 2010. Niamh is now a partner with PwC Australia specialising on external audit and financial consulting. Niamh works with a wide range of clients from large ASX listed companies to smaller private and not-for-profit organisations across multiple industries.

Niamh is passionate about the impact that STREAT has on young people and society. 

 

Rebecca (Bec) Scott

For two years Bec was the Vice-President of KOTO, a hospitality training program and social enterprise for street youth in Hanoi. Prior to this she worked for a decade in management positions at CSIRO, Australia’s premier science research organisation (roles included Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics Manager, Internal Communication Manager and National Coordinator of CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club). Prior to this she won a scholarship to the Australian National University and traveled Australia as part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

Bec has founded a number of large interdisciplinary programs (particularly international science art programs) and helped establish the ACT Film Makers’ Network. For six years she has been on the Board of the Australian Choreographic Centre. In 2005 she was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, an 18-month program to further develop outstanding young Australians who have demonstrated strong ethical leadership. 

Bec is passionate about the role that governments, NGOs, businesses and community groups can play together in poverty reduction and sustainable development. She feels strongly about environmental and social issues, and particularly those associated with food production, hunger and homelessness. She has a Masters in International and Community Development.

 

Dr Kate Barrelle

As a clinical and forensic psychologist, Kate’s career has centred around people and their well-being. Her early career focused on community mental health, and also abused and neglected children in care. As a Partner of a major psychology practice in Canberra, the clinical focus of Kate’s practice included clients with issues related to trauma, pain, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, behaviour problems, substance abuse etc.  She also worked with perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes, gang and cult members.  She provided confidential counselling to individuals, NGOs, community groups, corporations, and the caucus of one of the Federal political parties.  As a Partner Kate did complex psychological assessments for Criminal, Children’s and Family Court matters, and was a regular expert witness for both the prosecution and defence. 

Kate then worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  Working with DFAT provided an appreciation of larger scale matters such as international politics, leadership styles, as well as the management, operational, staffing and logistical demands of such a large international organisation.  During this time she travelled extensively within the Asia Pacific region as well as China, the Middle East and further afield.  She developed a focus on cross-cultural aspects of personal and international relations, and is increasingly interested in ethical ways of resolving violent and intractable conflict. The last number of her years with DFAT was in their CT Branch.

In late 2004 Kate undertook a Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, an 18-month ethical leadership program run by the St James Ethics Centre in Sydney. This experiential program strengthened Kate’s commitment to make a positive difference. It underlined her desire to work both with individuals as well as on as large a scale as possible – something STREAT does exceptionally well. In 2008 Kate was selected as one of Australia’s leading 1000 thinkers and attended the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit, where her expertise in prevention of youth radicalisation in an international context was drawn upon. 

Since moving to Melbourne to co-found STREAT with Rebecca Scott, Kate completed her PhD which involved interviews with former radicals about disengagement from extremism and their subsequent societal reintegration. In addition to sitting on the STREAT Board, Kate works as a freelance consultant with a particular focus on projects that aim to assist disenfranchised youth attain sustainable livelihood and belonging through mentoring, skills training and holistic social support. 

 

Jacob Spencer

Jacob has spent the last 15 years in executive roles at renowned food retail brands and currently owns and runs Mobile Skips.

Jacob began his career managing McDonalds stores in Australia before moving overseas to the UK as Operations Manager for the very successful and innovative food retailer Pret a Manager. Pret pioneered organic and handmade natural food well ahead of the market and is one of the world’s most successful café brands.

Coming back to Australia, Jacob joined Boost Juice Bars in an executive role leading operations before joining Coles during the turnaround to lead large operational improvement programs. Most recently and before acquiring Mobile Skips, Jacob returned to the Boost Juice group as General Manager of the Salsas Fresh Mex business prior to the company being sold to private equity.

Jacob’s passion for business and keen interest in franchising led him to acquire the innovative Mobile Skips brand.  Mobile Skips’ unique model has enabled an exclusive partnership with Bunnings and the brand is currently being grown through franchising around Australia.

 

Elinor Colaso

Elinor is the Deputy General Counsel - Digital at Minter Ellison.  Elinor is a motivational leader and manager. She has excellent project and stakeholder management skills and is focused on delivery. She adapts her communication and analytical skills to effectively, identify, manage and deliver strategic results as well as influence senior executives.

Elinor has extensive experience working in service industries, particularly financial services and information technology. Throughout her work history, Elinor has held positions where she has formulated and influenced business vision and strategy. She thrives in dynamic environments and wishes to pursue a role where she can contribute to the growth and development of business.

 

Fiona Sharkie

Fiona Sharkie has had a career crossing the private, public and non profit sectors, to become an accomplished leader achieving social impact in areas including violence against women, international development, public health and disability.

After a successful career in marketing well known consumer brands – L’Oreal, TIME Magazine, Australis and Le Tan, Fiona made the move into the public and non profit sectors almost 20 years ago.

Since that time, Fiona has led the Office of Women’s Policy (Victoria), Quit Victoria and Amaze (peak body for autism), where she has been part of some major policy reforms including reform of the family violence system in Victoria, as well as some major “firsts” - the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco, the first education strategy for autistic students and the first social behaviour change TV campaign for autism - “Change Your Reactions”.

Undertaking post graduate qualifications in Social Impact (Swinburne) focussed Fiona’s interest and attention on the importance of working directly with the community and those with lived experience to design and evaluate programs, create impact and achieve positive change.

Fiona is also AICD qualified and experienced non executive director having served as Deputy Chair of Plan International (Australia) and President of the International Women’s Development Agency.

STREAT Sub-Committees:

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
Jacob Spencer                                                                                                   
Elinor Colaso 
Rebecca Scott
Elise Bennetts                                                                                                     
Greg Edelmaier                                                                                                  
Cassandra Godden