Our People

Our people are central to who we are and what we do.

 

  Our people are our:

  • Employees
  • Board of Governance
  • Volunteers

Silky Oaks is known for recruiting highly capable, agile and compassionate workers who stay with the organisation for many years. This gives our stakeholders confidence that Silky Oaks is responsive, trustworthy and reliable. By supporting and empowering our people to do their best work together for others, we continue to grow a vibrant, effective organisation. 

Meet our CEO &
Executive ‘Core’ Team

Silky Oaks Children’s Haven’s CEO, Aaron Thirkettle, leads a high-performing team of leaders and professionals across our programs. Aaron and the ‘Core’ Team have been growing Silky Oak’s voice as leaders in the sector, as advocates for people experiencing disadvantage and as innovators in a rapidly changing operating environment. Silky Oaks and its people have much to offer the sector at local, state and national levels and will continue to grow this leadership focus.

CEO Aaron Thirkettle

Aaron Thirkettle
Chief Executive Officer

 

 

“I am humbled and grateful for the unwavering support of everyone who is involved in the outworking of our vision, mission and core values at Silky Oaks to provide hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Aaron Thirkettle

Meet our CEO &
Executive ‘Core’ Team

Silky Oaks Children’s Haven’s CEO, Aaron Thirkettle, leads a high-performing team of leaders and professionals across our programs. Aaron and the ‘Core’ Team have been growing Silky Oak’s voice as leaders in the sector, as advocates for people experiencing disadvantage and as innovators in a rapidly changing operating environment. Silky Oaks and its people have much to offer the sector at local, state and national levels and will continue to grow this leadership focus.

CEO Aaron Thirkettle

Aaron Thirkettle
Chief Executive Officer

 

 

“I am humbled and grateful for the unwavering support of everyone who is involved in the outworking of our vision, mission and core values at Silky Oaks to provide hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Aaron Thirkettle

Diana Gallego
Residential Programs Manager

Core Team Member Lauren Senituli

Lauren Senituli
Embrace & Programs Services Manager

Core Team Member Maria Brown

Maria Brown
Finance Manager

Core Team Member Russell Hamlet

Russell Hamlet
Operations Manager

Core Team Member Terri Bradley

Terri Bradley
Community Programs Manager

Core Team Member Tracey Longley

Tracey Longley
Director of Early Years

Diana Gallego
Residential Programs Manager

Core Team Member Lauren Senituli

Lauren Senituli
Embrace & Programs Services Manager

Core Team Member Maria Brown

Maria Brown
Finance Manager

Core Team Member Russell Hamlet

Russell Hamlet
Operations Manager

Core Team Member Terri Bradley

Terri Bradley
Community Programs Manager

Core Team Member Tracey Longley

Tracey Longley
Director of Early Years

Meet our
Board Members

The Board of Governance meets regularly, together with the CEO, to create vision, develop strategy, consider proposals and recommendations and ratify these as appropriate. Collectively, our Board of Governance have over one hundred years’ service, affiliation and membership with Silky Oaks Children’s Haven.

 

 

“As we celebrate our 80th year of operation, our desire is to ensure the trajectory of Silky Oaks is one that provides hope for a brighter tomorrow to the people and communities in whom we serve.”
Allan Grant

Board Chairman Allan Grant

Allan Grant
Chairman

Deputy Board Chairman Jonathan Dass

Jonathan Dass
Deputy Chairman

Board Treasurer Ron Lawrence

Ron Lawrence
Treasurer

Board Secretary Janice Johnson

Janice Johnson
Secretary

 

 

“Silky Oaks is intentional about every decision made, from the small to the large. As a Board, we are thankful for all of our workers and volunteers and the impact they have on the lives
that they touch.

Janice Johnson

“Amongst a difficult season, we are proud to have seen the organisation continue to provide care and nurture to all those who need it.

Kay McCallum

Board Director Kay McCallum

Kay McCallum
Director

Board Director Jonathan Darnell

Jonathan Darnell
Director

Board Director Leda Barnett

Leda Barnett
Director

Board Director Daniel Raffell

Daniel Raffell
Director

“Through our workers’ ‘love in action,’ clients experience, perhaps for some for the first time, what healthy relationships are. They are treated with dignity, respect and are able to trust again, which provides the building blocks for being able to move forward and find new hope.

Daniel Raffell

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are an integral part of the Silky Oaks team and we are fortunate enough to have over 60 volunteers involved with us. Silky Oaks is committed to providing opportunities to serve the local community through a variety of areas including:

  • Opp Shop
  • Childcare Centre
  • Maintenance

Please note that volunteers may be required to obtain a Blue Card.

 

For general expressions of interest, please contact Silky Oaks on (07) 3906 8888 or click here for more information.

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