Our Team

Our team proudly delivers SAMSN's vision, programs and services

Our management team

Chief Executive Officer
Craig Hughes-Cashmore

Craig is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and one of SAMSN’s co-founders. He was appointed as a Community Member on the Victims Advisory Board by the Attorney General of NSW and sits on the NSW Sentencing Council. Craig is also a member of Suicide Prevention Australia’s Lived Experience Panel, the National Memorial Advisory Group (Commonwealth Govt), the Expert Advisory Group for the Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect (NSW Health) and a member of Transforming Justice Australia’s Expert Advisory Panel. Craig is also the inaugural Chair of the Australian Centre for Child Protection’s Lived Experience Advisory Panel.

Previously, Craig has been a board member of Knowmore Legal Service and was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (delivered October 2018). Craig has also been a member of the NSW Sexual Assault Expert Group (NSW Health), the Safeguarding Council (Diocese of Parramatta), and the Survivor & Faith Group Child Safe Standing Committee (NSW Ombudsman).

From September through November 2022 Craig travelled to the US, England, Ireland and Spain on a Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practice methods and support models to assist male survivors of child sexual abuse.

Chief Operating Officer
Karin Waldmann

Karin is a senior manager experienced in working in diverse industries, with a focus on the for-purpose sector, combining business acumen with skills in social impact to create better outcomes for individuals and communities.

Her background is in program and business management with a focus on improving and streamlining business processes, organisational performance and program delivery. Before joining SAMSN Karin held roles at the Centre for Social Impact and at People With Disability Australia.

Karin holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of NSW. She is passionate about social justice and has spent most of her career in the for-purpose space.

Before coming to Australia over 25 years ago Karin lived in Europe. She loves languages and believes in their importance for understanding people’s connections and values.

Senior Practitioner
Rachel Hart

Rachel is an experienced clinical counsellor/social worker with nearly twenty years’ experience in the community, government, and private sectors. She specialises in working with complex PTSD, adult survivors of child abuse, refugee survivors of trauma and torture, and family and domestic violence. She is highly experienced working with male survivors of sexual assault, and managed SAMSSA (Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault) in Canberra from 2009 to 2016.  Rachel returned to work with male survivors with SAMSN in 2022 as our Peer Support Line Team Leader and is now our Senior Practitioner.

Rachel holds a Master of Social Work (Q) from Monash University, Bachelor of Counselling from Edith Cowan University, and Diploma of Professional Counselling. She is trained in trauma-informed therapy, EMDR, ACT, and DBT, and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Rachel is a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), a member of the College of Clinical Counsellors (CCC), an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), a registered clinical supervisor, and an Associate Member of the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA).

Policy, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations Manager
Prue Gregory OAM

Prue is a lawyer who has spent the past 25 years working in the community- from helping to set up a legal clinic in Kings Cross for people experiencing homelessness, to Campbelltown as the Principal Lawyer at Macarthur Legal Centre and more recently as the former Principal Lawyer of knowmore Legal Service.

In 2017 Prue was awarded the Justice Medal by the NSW Law and Justice Foundation and in 2020 Prue received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the law and to the community.

Prue balances her passion for working for justice for people experiencing exclusion, hardship and disadvantage, with a love of music and the enjoyment of watching her young grandchildren grow.

Programs and operations
Our programs and operations team

Viv Office Manager
Gabby Receptionist/Admin Officer
Luke Service Administrator

Alex Planned Support Worker
David Planned Support Worker
Joey Planned Support Worker
Holly Planned Support Worker

Michael Planned Support Worker
Gill Counseller
Karise Accessibility Project Lead

View our organisational structure here.

Our Board

SAMSN Board of Directors

We are honoured to enjoy the expertise and generosity of our Directors:

Tanem is an employment lawyer with over 10 years of experience advising businesses in various sectors and assisting them to navigate complexities within their workforce. She is renowned for her global focus and international practice and after almost a decade in private practice, is currently leading the employment team at a fast-growing tech company. 

Before her private practice career, Tanem worked for the NSW Crown Solicitor where she advised NSW Government departments and agencies in relation to child protection law issues. Since then, she has worked with a number of not-for-profit organisations on a pro bono basis to continue her passion to do work that strengthens the community. 

A passion project for Tanem is to bring family and domestic violence into the frame as a business issue with a particular view to implementing measures of support in a workplace context for victims. 

Karen is a recently retired business woman who had a Gemmological practice in Sydney CBD for 40 years. 

In conjunction with this she has sat on several Government and NGO Boards, been a business mentor with the Dept. of State and Regional Development, received the Pommery Award for Business Excellence and been both the Lane Cove Business Woman of the Year and the NSW Adult Volunteer of the year. 

For the past 20 years Karen has been involved with victims and survivors of child sexual assault and worked as a volunteer through several agencies where one-on-one support and assistance is required. 

Karen has been on the SAMSN Board since its inception in 2012 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to social welfare initiatives, and to the jewellery industry. 

Jed is a public policy professional. He has been engaged in large scale strategy development for the NSW Government, including on digital transformation and innovation. 

Prior to working in Government, Jed was instrumental in major Commonwealth anti-discrimination law reform and was a Project Director for the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW, Sydney. He previously served in several advisory roles in New Zealand, for both the Human Rights Commission and Office of the Children’s Commissioner and was a co-opted member of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor’s Taskforce on improving the transition from childhood to adulthood, which culminated in the report Improving the transition: reducing social and psychological morbidity during adolescence. 

He serves on several Boards and advisory roles in relation to social impact. 


Practice Advisory Committee

SAMSN’s Practice Advisory Committee (PAC) provides expertise and direction to SAMSN on matters related to clinical programs undertaken and proposed. The Committee provides an interface between external advice and the internal operations of SAMSN’s services to support SAMSN’s purpose: To build a support network that gives voice and agency to male survivors and their supporters. 

The Committee is a collaboration between professionals, community representatives and men with lived expertise in the development of excellence in service delivery. We are honoured to enjoy the wisdom, time, and generosity of our PAC members.

Gail is a registered Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working at the Family Court, Relationships Australia, Domestic Violence Crisis Service, ACT Women’s Health Service and the Australian National University. 

During this time, she has worked with many men and women who have suffered trauma as a result of interpersonal violence including childhood sexual abuse. She has also over the years, provided both clinical supervision and training in trauma related work. 

Having worked extensively offering support and change opportunities to men struggling with the use of violence in their most important relationships, she has a particular interest in services for men, which she sees as often too scarce. 

Gail is a long-time member of the Australian Psychological Society. 

Lindsay was a participant in the first eight-week group that SAMSN ran in the Newcastle in 2014. Since that time Lindsay has been a regular at SAMSN’s monthly meetings and has co-edited our e-newsletter for eight-week group alumni. Lindsay has also been involved in SAMSN publicity efforts and attended Supporters Workshops and SAMSN presentations for health professionals. 

Lindsay while now a retired person, has a background in Education holding executive positions within schools in the NSW Department of Education. 

Lindsay has a keen interest in developing opportunities for SAMSN to reach out to men across the nation spreading the message of hope and recovery. 

Professor Patrick O’ Leary is the Director of the Violence Research Prevention Program at Griffith University’s Criminology Institute. He has extensive experience in various executive roles in universities and the community sector. 

Professor O’ Leary is an internationally recognised researcher, with significant expertise in domestic violence/gender-based violence and child protection. Prior to entering academic work Professor O’ Leary worked as a social worker in sexual assault, counselling, and domestic violence services. For over twenty years he has conducted research on the effects of child sexual abuse on men. 

Professor O’ Leary has published extensively in high quality journals, and his work has influenced international domestic violence and child protection policy and practice. He has worked extensively in social development contexts in many countries. Professor O’ Leary was an Expert Academic Advisor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and a Senior Research Fellow with UNICEF’s Office for Research. Since 2013 Professor O’ Leary has worked with SAMSN in an advisory capacity. 

Dr Gary Foster is a social worker, who from 2018 to 2023 was the Practice Manager for the Queensland Government National Redress Scheme Direct Personal Response and Counselling and Psychological Care programs. He was previously a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police, London, where he co-coordinated a Domestic Violence unit; and investigated and prosecuted sexual assault. Gary’s PhD examines governmental responses to male on male rape. 

Gary was the founder/manager of the Queensland Living Well service providing counselling and group support to men who have been subjected to childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault, as well as to partners, families, and communities between from 2007-2018. He has presented at national and international conferences and workshops on improving therapeutic and service responses in working with men. Gary appeared as an expert witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He is interested in developing responses to enhance the wellbeing of people who have experienced trauma and abuse. 

Work for SAMSN

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