Leading Barnardos

Our Board members and executive leadership provide guidance and governance so that staff are enabled to help more vulnerable children and families.

Our Board

The Barnardos Board is accountable to members and stakeholders for Barnardos performance and is responsible for the development of strategies and policies that shape Barnardos future direction and service delivery, whilst maintaining and developing Barnardos values and ensuring these values are reflected in organisational behaviour and practice.

Our leadership team

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

Melissa Bell

Melissa Bell

Executive Leader, Practice Quality

Ollie Parker

Ollie Parker

Executive Leader, Finance and Corporate


Sarah Spence

Executive Leader, Engagement and Giving