Board of Directors
Scott brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the QPS and homicide investigations.
His compassion for the members is obvious and his enthusiasm for positive change is contagious.
I first became a member of QHVSG when my 36 year old brother Mitchell was murdered in April, 2009.
I my first year as a member, I became a joint Team Leader on the Gold Coast, which is a position I still hold today. I feel extremely privileged to support our members in memory of my brother, and find a great deal of comfort in surrounding myself with people who unfortunately find themselves in a similar position.
It was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with the development of the new Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019. I wish to continue the hard work that the board of Management has contributed to the organisation this year, in working towards a new strategic direction of QHVSG.
As a Team Leader I am aware of the importance of peer support, and would like to continue engaging with members to involve them in the decisions that affect the organisation, and provide them with opportunities to help build a strong support network of peers. I am also committed to raising awareness in the community, supporting our education programs and providing advocacy for our members, all of which ar in line with the Strategic Plan.
I am dedicated to making a difference in the life of our members, and will support them in whatever way I can.
I am a professional Early childhood educator and have run my own successful business for the last 16 years. In my job, I nurture, educate and care for children, follow legislations and policies and liaise with families to develop the best outcomes for their children. Additionally, I participate in professional development training and undertake all of the financial work that comes with running your own business. I have great communication skills and the ability to work well individually, or in a team environment. I also have the ability to make decisions and solve problems, as well as develop and implement plans to achieve the best outcomes possible.
As previously mentioned, I have been a member of QHVSG since 2009. As a volunteer, in 2015 I served on the QHVSG Board of Management as a General Board Member and on the Support and Regional Development committee. I have served as the Honorary Treasurer in 2016 and I am also currently the Secretary (since 2016).
I am a dedicated and keen fundraiser and I volunteer at numerous fundraising barbecues and events. I have been involved in the organising of many events in my time with QHVSG namely; the 2015 Brisbane Walk for Support and Family Fun Day and the Inaugural Annual Night of Recognition and Christmas Celebration. I have also established the Children’s Christmas Party concept.
I feel a great sense of pride in being able to give something back to the organisation and its members, and I enjoy organising events for our member to participate in and to help raise public awareness.
I am committed and hard working Team Leader, and have supported many members through peer support, home visits, telephone support, Court support and facilitating the monthly Gold Coast Support Group meetings. I was recognised for my volunteer efforts in 2014 when I was honoured to be awarded the QHVSG Volunteer of the year.
I am passionate about supporting our members, and giving them a voice. I am an enthusiastic advocate for members needs, and I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe is in their best interest.
I became engaged with QHVSG in 2012 after our son Tim was listed as a missing person. Even though so far six people have been sentenced in relation to Tim’s homicide, Tim’s remains have never been located.
Our family has appreciated immensely the support provided by QHVSG. I have a little verse which I believe epitomises the wonderful care given by QHVSG – “Thanks for showing me that even on the darkest days the sun is still there, just behind the clouds, waiting to shine again – Lisa Harlow”
I believe the Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019 compiled after much thought and effort is going to be a positive move for QHVSG. I am proud to have been part of the planning process and look forward to being able to move forward with the organisation and help implement these strategies. My main focus and passion is on providing support for members especially those living in rural and regional areas.
I am both a passionate and compassionate person showing great empathy towards others and always give 100% of myself to whatever I undertake. I have always been a carer and cared for my Mum until her passing in 2002. I am extremely passionate about and proud of my family and am so blessed to have their love, friendship and support.
From 2006 to 2012 I was extensively involved in raising funds and awareness for the RFDS through the Spirit of Queensland Awards. During this time my dedication saw hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to help purchase lifesaving medical equipment for RFDS aircraft.
Throughout our different journeys in life, my husband Gary and I have been honoured by the people we have met and humbled by the stori3es to which we have been privy.
My passion these days definitely lies within being able to support our members and being a voice for them and a confidante. I am dedicated to making sure that our support meetings are successful and encourage members to attend.
It never ceases to amaze me how a group of people have come together through such tragic circumstances but have gone on to forge such valuable friendships.
I would like to be able to extend my support to providing court support to members.
I believe my caring nature and dedication to supporting fellow members makes me a suitable candidate for being on the Board of QHVSG.
Dr Samara McPhedran is a Senior Research Fellow with the Violence Research and Prevention Program at Griffith University. Dr McPhedran returned to academia in 2012 after spending a number of years at the Executive Level in the Australian Public Service, where she worked extensively in social policy development and analysis.
Before joining the public service, Dr McPhedran was Director of a private research consultancy business. She has over 50 journal articles, book chapters and conference presentations on topics ranging from suicide prevention and interpersonal violence, through to disability policy and rural issues. She has particular expertise in firearm-related injury and gun policy.
Brett commenced the role of Chief Executive Officer in May 2017 following over a two decades in executive roles in the Not-for-Profit and education sectors. He sees people as the biggest asset of QHVSG and encourages personal growth and development to members and staff.
The ability to work with government and other stakeholders is something that Brett feels is critically important in advocating for change. He encourages all members to provide positive input into the work of QHVSG.
With an extensive volunteering background within emergency services, sport and community development. Brett understands the importance of contribution. Brett can see the incredible work of the many QHVSG volunteers and understands how invaluable their service is.