Our Staff

Meet the team members of the FRSA National Office.

The FRSA National Office is a small team made up of five 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.

Jackie Brady

Executive Director

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.

Dr Adam Heaton

Senior Policy Officer

BA Aboriginal Affairs Administration (University of South Australia)
Hon Aboriginal Studies (University of South Australia)
BA Education (Charles Darwin University)
PhD Education (Charles Darwin University)

From building a children’s home for AIDS orphans abroad in 2002 to knowledge brokering what works best for improving the wellbeing of Australians, for the past 14 years Adam has flourished in the childhood, family and relationship sector.

With a PhD in childhood education and wellbeing, coupled with vast experience in policy, program and stakeholder management at numerous government and non-government agencies, Adam loves communicating big data in simple to understand language. He brings his energy to FRSA in collaborating with our 180+ Member organisations to assemble, interpret and analyse information to review, develop, and implement best policy and strategy for improving the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

Rebecca Van Der Hor

Events Officer


Rebecca has over 4 years experience with FRSA. As Events Officer, Rebecca has a wealth of internal and sector knowledge and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all of FRSA’s events, including the National Conference, Senior Executives Forum and Parliamentary Briefing Day. A key part of Rebecca’s role is liaising with other stakeholder organisations to ensure FRSA’s presence at relevant external events.

Vanessa Lam

Communications Officer

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.

Narelle Kay

Administrative Officer

Narelle is a highly experienced administration/customer service specialist with a wide ranging experience in an office administration environment, providing advice and support to internal and external stakeholders.

As Administrative Officer, Narelle is responsible for keeping the FRSA office running smoothly, maintaining administrative systems and providing support to the Executive Director.

For any questions, or to get in touch with a member of the FRSA team, visit our contact us page.