Sally Treeby is an experienced non-executive director whose board positions include Plan International, a private investment company and a philanthropic foundation. Her career has spanned executive and non-executive roles in financial services, agriculture, renewable energy and the philanthropic and community sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom covering the disciplines of strategy, marketing, line management, general management and ethics. Working with Anti-Slavery Australia, Sally commissioned the 2017 report: Behind the Scenes: Online Child Exploitation in Australia. A dedicated advocate, Sally has a keen interest in implementing measures that prevent online child sexual abuse.
Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker, and author. In addition to her role as Deputy Chair of eChildhood, Liz is consultant Director of Health Education at Culture Reframed: the global lead in solving the public health crisis of the digital age. Well connected internationally, Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organizations. Liz has a proven track record in developing and delivering school and parent education in her role as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project. Educators throughout Australia and internationally utilise the Youth Wellbeing Project IQ programs, underpinned by holistic sexuality education principles. Her work includes the children’s book: Not for Kids!
Tamara Newlands is a sexuality educator, speaker, consultant, Executive Director of eChildhood, and is currently studying in the field of holistic sexuality education. Tamara has a proven track record in developing and delivering school and parent education in her role as Sydney Programs Manager of Youth Wellbeing Project. Tamara’s corporate background is in international HR, Project Management, Business Management and Culture and Financial Services. Tamara’s expertise extends to human development, rites of passage, sexuality education, strategic planning, and successfully running her own coaching business for the past 7 years.
Debbi has been involved in Rape Prevention Education Whakatu Mauri (RPE) in Auckland for 12 years and been Executive Director since March 2016. RPE work in secondary schools and the wider community teaching young people and professionals about healthy relationships and consent. Debbi has over 20 years management experience in non profit organisations working in public health, mental health and addictions and sexual violence prevention. She is well linked in the New Zealand sexual violence prevention sector and a previous Interim General Manager and board member of ECPAT Child Alert. Debbi is passionate about educating young people and their parents about the harmful effects of pornography and its links with sexual violence prevention.
Dani Redmond is a communications consultant with many years’ experience working in the areas of child protection, parenting, health promotion and cybersafety. Dani is the founder of ProSocial Communications, a social and behaviour change communications agency working with organisations to address contemporary social challenges, and she also teaches communications at Western Sydney University. Dani is the former head of media and communication for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and has previously worked in senior communications roles in state and federal government. Dani has expertise in social marketing and campaign development to achieve positive social outcomes and is passionate about the rights and wellbeing of children and young people.
MEET OUR EXPERT ADVISORS
eChildhood Expert Advisors are outstanding leaders in their individual fields of expertise and make themselves accessible to our Executive Director and Board Members in order to increase our current knowledge, collaborative efforts and ensure laser-sharp focus of initiatives. As we push forward to achieve our strategic plan and implement measures that improve children and young people’s safety, health and wellbeing outcomes, mental and physical health outcomes, and decrease vulnerabilities to exploitation through research, education, legislation and digital solutions, we rely on the expert advice of those who have trail-blazed this path before us, or who have exceptional skills relevant to our mission.
Dr Michael Flood is an Associate Professor and an ARC Future Fellow (2015 – 2018), tenured at Queensland University of Technology. His research agenda focuses on gender, sexuality, and interpersonal violence. Dr Flood’s research at present is focused in particular on interpersonal violence and its prevention, particularly with reference to men and masculinities. Dr Flood has published widely on topics including violence against women and violence prevention, men and masculinities, profeminist men’s advocacy, male heterosexuality, fathering, and pornography. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality.
Dr Rachel O’Connell, founder & CEO of Trust Elevate and The Trust Bridge, is one of the preeminent authorities on electronic identification and age verification and is the author of a technical standard entitled PAS 1296 Age Checking code of practice, published by the British Standards Institution. Rachel was the fifth person to join the start-up social networking platform, Bebo. In 2000, Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and secured funding from the European Commission to establish and operate the first UK Internet Safety Centre (2000- 2006), which was based at the Cyberspace Research Unit. Rachel’s PhD examined the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies.
Dr Brian Babington is Chief Executive Officer of Families Australia, a national, not-for-profit body that advises the Australian Government on ways to assist vulnerable families and children. He is Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing, an NGO and academic coalition that works to support the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, Australia’s first-ever plan to tackle child abuse and neglect. Among other achievements, he established an social venture to advance Indigenous leadership, as a diplomat represented Australia at four UN General Assemblies, and authored a book on managing personal adversity. He serves on the Boards of Plan International Australia and Communities@Work (ACT).
Dr. Gail Poyner is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in treating adults, adolescents and children who struggle with pornography addiction. Treating an ever-growing number of children and teens who view pornography, she also works with kids who have gone on to act out sexually with other children. Given the increase in the number of kids Dr. Poyner has seen over the years, as well as research into how pornography harms children, she strongly believes that porn use is a public health crisis of an epidemic nature. Dr. Poyner is known for her community outreach and public presentations about how pornography harms families, children and society.
MEET OTHER KEY TEAM MEMBERS
Holly Bennett is the Volunteers Coordinator of eChildhood. Holly is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Social Justice at Macquarie University. Holly has a passion for helping young people to live their best lives through healthy mental and physical development. Holly has previously worked in the media industry and is hoping to combine her skills in that field with her newfound social justice pursuits.
Inés Carver is the Fundraising Coordinator of eChildhood. Inés Carver is the Creator of Tasmania's only online Health and Wellbeing platform dedicated to Tasmanian Youth, Tassie Teen. Identifying this significant gap, Tassie Teen is a way of highlighting and educating on the issues that concern young people and families in Tasmania and supports them to locate local and online services that are available. Inés presents the project to councils, schools and youth groups across Tasmania and has held several events, screening relevant films and hosting keynote speakers to engage parents, educators and young people on issues such as Body Image, and Media. She has also been identified as a 'Community Champion' by the Tasmanian Drug Education Network for her work in the area of Prevention and Promotion, and has recently been awarded a 2018 NAPCAN 'Play Your Part' Award.