Meet the team members of the FRSA National Office.
The FRSA National Office is a small team made up of six members based in Canberra, ACT. Our professional staff facilitate the day-to-day operations of FRSA and support our member groups and the FRSA Board.
The Executive Director, Jackie Brady, works closely with the FRSA Board towards the achievement of the organisation’s goals.
The staff work under the strategic direction of the Board and assist them to implement decisions and objectives.
BA Communications (Journalism)
Jackie joined FRSA in July 2014 and has extensive peak agency experience from within the not-for-profit sector.
As Executive Director of FRSA, Jackie is responsible for leading the strategic vision for the organisation, which includes creating better lives for children, families and communities throughout Australia. She believes FRSA has a unique role in identifying and realising key opportunities that will bring members – small, medium and large – together in the achievement of national objectives.
In her most recent roles as Acting Executive Director and Director of Government and Public Relations at Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), Jackie had responsibility for stakeholder relations and strategic development.
Manager, Policy and Research
BA (Hons), PhD, GAICD
Robyn joined FRSA in October 2019. She specialises in policy analysis and has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors, including several years working in the Australian parliament. Robyn has undertaken policy analysis and review in several social policy fields including housing, mental health and health care consumer engagement.
Events and Membership Officer
Narelle has over 4 years’ experience with FRSA. As Membership and Events Officer, Narelle has a wealth of internal and sector knowledge and is responsible for overseeing FRSA Membership/s and overseeing and coordinating all of FRSA’s events, including the National Conference, Strategic Leadership Forum, Child Inclusive Practice Forums and Parliamentary Briefing Day. A key part of Narelle’s role is liaising with other stakeholder organisations to ensure FRSA’s presence at relevant external events.
BA Communications (Journalism)
Vanessa has worked in a range of areas in media and communications, marketing and public relations. She is experienced in news writing, social media, filming, video editing, and photography.
At FRSA, Vanessa is responsible for ensuring that all channels of communication are explored and championed to ensure the important work being undertaken by FRSA to support the Families and Relationship Sector receives optimal exposure.
As Communications Officer, Vanessa supports the FRSA members by distributing key information and building relationships and networks for the benefit of members and the sector as a whole.
As Administrative Officer, Carol has been with FRSA on a part time basis since February 2023, providing support to the Executive Director and the shared work priorities of the dynamic national office team. She enjoys working as part of the dynamic FRSA team, maintaining the office’s administrative systems and assisting with the busy FRSA Board and Committee schedule.
Community of Practice (CoP) Project Officer
Masters of Social Research
Sandra joined FRSA in August 2022 taking charge of the day to day running of FRSA’s innovative Communities of Practice (CoP) project. She brings a range of work experience and expertise to this role. In her most recent roles Sandra was employed as a data developer and analyst at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare working on national welfare data collections.