Our Executive Management Team

Our Executive Management Team, led by CEO Deirdre Cheers, ensure Barnardos Australia sets the standard for best practice child and family welfare, care and support.

Executive Structure


Executive Organisation Structure



DEIRDRE CHEERS
Chief Executive Officer

Deirdre Cheers is an experienced CEO and well-known and respected leader in Australian child protection and child welfare. With an extensive professional social work career, she has a broad range of skills and experience in management as well as direct service delivery of child protective services, family preservation and early intervention, and the full continuum of out-of-home care in Australian and international contexts.

With qualifications including Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration, Deirdre has an extensive publication and presentation record across a range of areas concerning vulnerable children, young people and families, and including policy, practice and research. Deirdre is a former Chair and Deputy Chair of the NSW child welfare peak body ACWA (Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies), and current Board Director. She continues to participate in a variety of Advisory Committees and Ministerial Councils at both State and Federal levels from 1994 to now. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a long-standing member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Having previously worked for Barnardos Australia during the period of 1986 to 2006 (including being a member of the Barnardos Senior Management Team 1994 - 2006), Deirdre was appointed to the CEO role in July 2015. Since then her leadership has overseen an extensive organisational review process and management restructure, strengthening Barnardos organisational culture and strategic positioning for future and ongoing revenue diversification and growth.

Qualifications: MPubAdmin, MSW (Res), GradDip (Couns), BSocStud (Hons), MAASW, GAICD


MELANIE ANDREWS
Executive Manager, Safety & Prevention Metropolitan NSW
Qualifications: BA Social Work (Hon), CIV Training and Assessment, Dip Community Services, Cert Executive Coaching


KERRY MOORE
Executive Manager, Safety & Prevention Regional / Rural NSW & ACT
Qualifications: BA App Sc OT, BA Social Work, M Public Admin


ELIZABETH COX
Executive Manager, Out of Home Care NSW & ACT
Qualifications: BA Social Science, MBA


PENNY HOOD
Executive Manager, People & Practice
Qualifications: BA Arts, Bachelor of Laws, M Policy Studies, Specialist Certificate Implementation Science


PATRICK KERLIN
Executive Manager, Corporate & Financial Services
Qualifications: CA, BA Bus, Grad Dip CSP, ACIS, MPS Social Work, MAICD


SARAH SPENCE
Executive Manager, Engagement, Partnerships & Giving
Qualifications: BA Edu, CIV Training and Assessment, Grad Dip Marketing and Communications, M Adult Education, M Strategic Business Management