Board of Directors

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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.

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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.

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Sarah Falzarano

Board Member since late 2021

Sarah Falzarano is Director of Finance and Company Secretary of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was formerly Chief Financial Officer with Musica Viva Australia. After over 25 years in business, she has extensive experience in financial and risk management, strategic planning and leadership in both the for-profit and for-purpose sectors. She specialises in translating complex financial information and strategic planning frameworks for diverse audiences and assists companies to achieve outcomes within sustainable financial parameters.

Sarah Falzarano holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumnus of the CEMD program at AGSM. She attended Session 446 of the Salzburg Global Seminars and received a scholarship to attend a short course at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School.

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Órla Keane

Board Member since late 2021

Órla is passionate about giving back, sustainability and diversity & inclusion.

Órla is active in leading IWD (International Women’s Day) events, Clean up Australia days, Cancer council biggest morning teas and the Salvation Army Christmas Appeals. In the community she supports Meals on Wheels, the Smith Family and volunteers at the North Steyne SLSC fundraising events.

Órla is a corporate leader in the IT industry with extensive experience in strategy development, people leadership, stakeholder management & revenue generation. She is an advocate for women in technology & in leadership. Órla holds a Bachelor of Commerce (International) from the University College of Dublin (Ireland). She lives in the Northern Beaches with her husband and two children.

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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.

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Sherry Midgley

Board Member since June 2018

Sherry has worked in the Human Resources sector in various different industries for over 25 years. She currently works as the General Manager – People & Culture and is responsible for producing and implementing the people strategy as well as 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 Australia her home.

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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.

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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

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Megan O'Leary

Board Member since late 2021

Megan is a skilled volunteer who has worked at NBWS & Dress for Success Sydney over the past 3 years. Megan is passionate about empowering women who have been disadvantaged, for whatever reason, so that they can live life on their own terms.

Prior to her volunteering life, Megan was an Investment Specialist, working with superannuation funds and institutional fund managers.

Megan has a strong interest in governance and will be assisting the Board and shelter in this and other areas. Megan will continue to volunteer at NBWS.

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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.

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