Meet the FACT Board
FACT is governed by a Board of Management made up of elected representatives from FACT's membership base. Each elected member of the FACT Board is employed within a Tasmanian based non-government provider or peak organisation focusing on the provision of child, youth and/or family services.
The FACT Board of Management is responsible for guiding and monitoring the strategic direction, policy initiatives, advocacy and financial affairs on behalf of its members.
Noel is the Chairperson of FACT and is the General Manager Housing and Community Services with Anglicare in Tasmania.
Jodie Stokes is the North West Area Manager for Mission Australia and a member of the Board of FACT.
She has had 29 years of experience in Community Services including Early Childhood, Family and Disability Services.
She currently manages Gateway Services in the North West. Her aim is to have equality for families and access to the support and resources they need to raise healthy happy children. Jodie has 3 adult children and one grandchild- Willow who is 18 months old and walks around saying “My Nan”.
Ros Atkinson is a member of the Board for FACT and has been the CEO for Youth, Family and Community Connections for the past 11 years. Ros is a lawyer and also a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. For the past 15 years she has been working in the community sector, and has a passion for the people residing in the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania. Ros is a mum to a gorgeous 18 year old daughter and a lovable labrador. In her spare time, she loves to travel and trek.
Andrea Senior is the Child Youth & Families Regional Manager for Life Without Barriers in Tasmania. She has over 15 years’ experience in supporting vulnerable children and families in senior roles across Queensland, NSW and in Tasmania with both large and small NGOs. Andrea works from a trauma-informed practice, always putting children first. She is particularly passionate about empowering families to stay connected. As well as studying full time for an MBA, Andrea keeps busy with her young son and husband, who love adventure filled holidays.
Caroline was appointed to the FACT Board in October 2018. Caroline has extensive experience across the public and not for profit sectors working across child, youth and family services, disability and trauma based services. She is a qualified psychologist and the Director for Key Assets in Tasmania. Caroline is committed to working in a collaborative, ethical & accountable way and believes in giving primacy to the needs of children. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys making things, everything from wine to cosmetics!
Chris Demeyer is a member of the FACT Board and Operations Manager for Baptcare's Family and Community Services Tasmania. Located in Northern Tasmania. Chris is passionate about community based early interventions for families and young people through informal support networks such as clubs & associations, Chris sees the value of family and community connections and how this can prevent the need for tertiary supports. Chris is married with 2 children. He loves sport and is the president of a local cricket club.
Geraldine Joined FACT in 2017 as the Executive Officer and was appointed to the Board in 2019, alongside her role as Child Advocate for CatholicCare TRC. She has spent many years as a senior executive in the corporate sector, and has also enjoyed many years as a foster carer. Her passion is ensuring that children and young people are provided with every opportunity to thrive. Geraldine is married to David, they have a beautiful young daughter as well as four legged family members including horses, dogs, and a cat.