Board of Directors


Annabelle Daniel

CEO, Women’s Community Shelters (WCS)
Board Member since January 2015

Annabelle’s been a professional in the families field for 15 years, working in private enterprise, the Federal Government and the community sector. Prior to joining WCS as Chief Executive Officer, she held an Operations leadership position in the Department of Human Services, overseeing the Child Support program. 

A key role in Annabelle’s career was Manager of Elsie, Australia’s longest established women’s shelter, providing services and support to women and children experiencing homelessness and escaping domestic violence. 

Annabelle trained as a lawyer and has extensive experience in administrative decision-making for Federal departments. She investigated and resolved complex complaints and conducted ‘own motion’ investigations for the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Annabelle’s also held a number of board positions in charitable and not-for-profit organisations in diverse fields including community development, fundraising and the arts.


Elizabeth O’Brien

Board Member since June 2018

Elizabeth is a solicitor with MinterEllison Lawyers, primarily working in health and medical law. She is also a volunteer solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre. Elizabeth has a background in the health sector, having trained as a registered nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and worked in both the acute and community health care settings. Elizabeth has also worked in health policy and planning for a national governmental advisory committee.

Elizabeth holds qualifications in law, nursing and a Master of Public Health degree. As well as her professional life, Elizabeth has a strong commitment to human rights and social justice and is a member of the Amnesty International Australia 20/20 Council. Elizabeth and her husband Mark have raised their 3 children on the Northern Beaches, having lived in the area of more than 25 years. They also run a fine merino and Angus cattle operation in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

JD; MPH; BNursing


Eva Burgess

Board Member since June 2018

Eva Burgess is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry and a focus on delivering measurable outcomes. Now a Northern Beaches resident, Eva was born in South Africa. A mum of two, Eva’s a keen gardener, podcast listener and DIY enthusiast.

Eva previously served as a director for the Ruth Prowse School of Art, and assisted the founder of Streetwires Artist Collective (a social enterprise) with initial funding applications.

“The best way to express gratitude for the opportunities my family and I have in life is to give back.”


Fiona Reid

Board Member since 2015

Fiona Reid is a Northern Beaches local and runs a Family Law practice in the area. Fiona is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. She has many years’ experience in all facets of family law practice including property and parenting matters, relocation, child support issues, spouse maintenance and de facto property and is a Doyle’s recommended family lawyer. Fiona has practiced exclusively in the Family Law Jurisdiction since 1999.
She sits on the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers and is an active participant in training and educating other lawyers. Fiona’s primary area of expertise is complex parenting matters. Fiona is an experienced mediator and has completed a Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Family Law and is a Graduate Fellow of the College of Law. Fiona is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Fiona brings this vast experience in dealing with people in crisis to her role as a Member of the Committee of Management and her in-depth knowledge and understanding is a great benefit to the on-going operation of NBWS.


Libby Gauld

Board Member since June 2018

Libby’s an experienced Fundraising and Public Relations Executive. She’s spent the past 10 years securing major gifts from corporates and philanthropists for Australia’s leading performing arts organisations, including Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

She’s also worked in Public Relations, specialising in communications, media and events. Libby recently completed postgraduate studies with the Centre of Social Impact, UNSW, focusing on the creative design models currently driving social innovation, the emerging frameworks for social impact assessment and the changes reshaping philanthropy and social finance. 

As a passionate and engaged member of the local community, she’s also helped support men, women and children experiencing homelessness through her volunteer work with Ozharvest, The Big Issue and Street Mission.


Lisbeth Lawsen

Board Member since June 2018

Beth joins Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter as a Board member having recently retired from a senior position in local government.
Beth gained many of her life’s experiences over the past 28 years employed in the Manly region and across the Northern Beaches, managing services on behalf of Council and delivered to community.

Her personal interest is being involved and contributing to the well-being of community generally and, in particular, within a role which cares, supports and contributes to the future personal development of women.

As a recently retired woman, mother of three adult daughters, four grandchildren and a Northern Beaches resident for more than 50 years, Beth is frequently made aware of the many challenges faced by women across this community.

Beth is keen to contribute to Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter and its services by drawing on her working and life’s experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Work UNSW
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Management MGSM
  • Excellence in Local Government Leadership ANU
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Post Graduate UWS (non award)
  • Local Government Practice, Community, Law, Contracts

The achievements of the former Manly Community Centre (now Community Northern Beaches) and the establishment of the Shelter form an important part of the fabric of the wider community. The work of the volunteers and staff is renowned and supported by governments and across states. Beth is interested in and keen to bring ever-greater support to this highly valued service.


Luke Mitchell

NBWS Treasurer
Foundation Board Member

Luke’s a Chartered Accountant who’s held senior positions with large accounting firms, operating his own practice since early 2014.  In addition to the usual tax compliance, he specialises in working with newly incorporated businesses to assist them with structuring, business planning, creating accounting policies and procedures and reviewing business performance.  

Luke is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Rosy Sullivan

NBWS President
Board Member since 2010

Rosy’s been an educational professional since 1987.  Her career began in the public sector, in disability and welfare, where she held management and senior operational positions.  In 2000, Rosy moved into the private sector, establishing a vocational training college for professionals in the property, finance and business sectors.  

Rosy’s a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Training and Development.  Over the years, Rosy has held various board positions in charitable organisations and been a member of numerous government advisory committees.

 PhD (Ed.); BA Hons (Ed. & Psych); J.P.


Sherry Midgley

Board Member since June 2018

Sherry’s worked in the Human Resources sector in various different industries for over 25 years. She currently works as an Executive Manager – People & Culture and is responsible for providing and managing the people strategy and overseeing all aspects of the Human Resources function for a superannuation company.

In the past she’s held various positions, including working as a Career Coach assisting people to get back into the workforce after retrenchment. She also volunteered as a Lifeline Counsellor for 3 years and is extremely passionate about women’s rights and achieving equality for women in all areas of life. 

Originally from the UK, Sherry has lived in Manly since 2002 and calls the Northern Beaches home. She is a member of the Manly Rotary club and also sits on the Rotary Board as the Public Relations Director.