Board of Directors
We are honoured to enjoy the expertise and generosity of our Directors.
Mark has been a business coach for over 20 years working with leaders, managers and business owners across a range of industries including the banking sector, accounting and law, urban planning, architecture and marketing. Mark was a partner of AltusQ and presents to businesses on highly relevant issues nationally.
Prior to becoming a coach, Mark ran his own marketing agency, following a long career in advertising. He served as a Creative Director of McCann Erickson and took a similar role at Rapp & Collins where he also sat on their Board.
Mark is a certified practitioner of the Leadership Circle and balances his work with a growing art practice and a passion for cooking and outdoor activities.
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 a number of 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 in a number of Board and advisory roles in relation to social impact.
Craig is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a co-founder of SAMSN. Prior to SAMSN Craig worked in hospitality managing cafes and restaurants in Melbourne and then worked for many years in the Arts Industry managing theatre companies, an acting school and as an actors and directors agent.
Craig is a member of the NSW Sexual Assault Expert Group, Survivor and Faith Group Child Safety Standing Committee (NSW Ombusdman) and is on the board of knowmore Legal. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Apology (delivered in October 2018) to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Reference Group and the Consultation Network for Adult Survivor Group Work (NSW Health Education Centre against Violence).
Craig is a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (Australia) and in 2020 will travel to the USA, UK, Ireland and New Zealand to investigate best practice methods and support models to assist male survivors of child sexual abuse in Australia.
Karen is a business woman with her own Gemmological practice in Sydney CBD where she has been for 40 years.
nIn 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 assistance is required. Through this type of work Karen originally introduced the original three founders of SAMSN because they all had similar goals. She has been on the SAMSN Board since its inception in 2012.
Brian was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1978. He has degrees in law and commerce from the University of NSW. He worked initially in private practice, then with Legal Aid NSW for 33 years and finally with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from 2013 to 2017.
Brian’s experience in private practice was primarily civil litigation. At Legal Aid NSW he worked firstly as civil lawyer, and then as a criminal lawyer and manager. He has over 3 decades of experience appearing for socially and economically disadvantaged clients who were either seeking to enforce or defend their rights in the justice system. Brian’s last position at Legal Aid was Director of the Criminal Law Division, the largest criminal law practice in NSW, a position he held for 10 years.
Brian left Legal Aid in 2013 to take up a position as commission officer with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Assault. He was involved in assisting Commissioners conduct private sessions with the many people who contacted the Commission to tell their stories of abuse in institutions across Australia. This work led to a deeper understanding of the extent and impact of this kind of abuse in the Australian community, and a commitment to see the work of the Royal Commission continue for both victims of institutional child sexual abuse and members of their families.
Brian was appointed as a Director of the SAMSN Board in May 2019 and looks forward to contributing to the important work being undertaken by SAMSN as it supports and assists victims of sexual assault now and into the future.