Bravehearts National Management Board is made up of individuals with a vast range of skills and experience.
With the diverse membership of the Management Board, many differing views are represented. Not all members of the Management Board hold the same positions as Bravehearts on all matters, and likewise Bravehearts may hold different positions to the members. The common goal of the Bravehearts Management Board is a commitment to sharing their expertise and working together to assist Bravehearts ensuring the best interests and protection of children in our communities.
Chairman - Karl Morris
(Executive Chairman, Ord Minnett)
Karl Morris is the Executive Chairman of Ord Minnett Ltd holding a Commerce Degree and Post Graduate Diplomas from the Stockbrokers Association, Institute of Company Directors and FINSIA. Karl sits on several Boards including the Stockbrokers Association of Australia, Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Catholic Development Fund, Sydney Archdiocesan Investment and Finance Committees, the Brisbane Archdiocesan Investment Committee and is a Director of RACQ and Director and Governor of Notre Dame University of Australia.
Karl says: "My wife Louise and I have supported Bravehearts for many years. I bring financial knowledge and experience to the Board to continue it's important work on child protection in this country."
Vice Chair - Terri Cooper
(Managing Director, The Cooper Consultancy)
Terri has run Terri Cooper Networking Events since 2001 and is the Founder of the Australian Small Business Group. Terri has 20 years experience in the Security Industry including Gold Coast Indy and The Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Treasurer - Gemma Parisi
(Senior Manager, Grant Thornton Accountants)
Gemma began her career in business services in 2001. She has served a broad client base across a variety of structures. During her career, she has gained experience working in primary production, medical practice and a range of service entities including retail and construction.
Gemma was drawn to Bravehearts by her desire to support the organisations mission.
"I wanted to assist Hetty and her team in speaking out on an issue that many find too difficult to deal with. I was fortunate to have a mother that instilled in me the knowledge and skills to understand what was unacceptable and to avoid risky situations, and I believe that every child deserves to have this opportunity. It is only through knowledge, awareness and breaking the silence that Australia can be the safest place in the world to raise a child, and this is the very core of what Bravehearts does." Gemma Parisi.
Secretary - Carol Ronken
(Research and Policy Development Manager, Bravehearts Inc.)
Carol Ronken worked as a researcher and Associate Lecturer at Griffith University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice before joining Bravehearts in early 2003. With a BA(Psych) and Masters Applied Sociology(Social Research), Carol is the Research Manager for Bravehearts and is passionate about ensuring the organisation’s active involvement in research, policy and legislative development that aims to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of child sexual assault in the community. In 2011 she received an award from the Queensland Police Service Child Protection and Investigation Unit for her contribution to child protection. Carol has also co-authored The Bravehearts Toolbox for Practitioners working with Child Sexual Assault (Australian Academic Press, 2011). Carol is currently studying for her doctorate through the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology.
(Head Coach for the Gold Coast Titans)
John Cartwright is an Australian professional rugby league coach and former player. He is the current Head Coach for he Gold Coast Titans. With over 200 games played with the Penrith Panthers (1985-1996), John has also represented Australia (1990-1992) and New South Wales in State of Origin (1989-1992). John has joined Bravehearts to promote and assist in our mission to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
(Founder and Executive Director, Bravehearts Inc.)
A born lobbyist, Hetty is a woman of passion and determination who has succeeded in highlighting the issue of paedophilia within media, families, schools and the general community both nationally and internationally. In 2005, Hetty was announced as a finalist for the 2006 Australian of the Year Awards - she is the recipient of two Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Awards (2003, 2004) and was named a finalist in the 2008 Suncorp Queenslander of the Year Awards. In early 2009, Hetty was recognised as one of approximately 70 outstanding leaders throughout the world, receiving the prestigious annual Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership award.
(Co-Founder, Whittaker Macnaught)
Cheryl has practised as an investment consultant and financial adviser in Brisbane for twenty-seven years. In 1982, Cheryl co-founded Whittaker Macnaught which was one of Australia's most respected Financial Planning companies. The business was sold in 2007 with 85 staff and over $1 billion funds under management.
Cheryl had an early start in business (age 14) when she took over her mother's business selling sewing machines while her mother recovered from surgery. Cheryl's first business was a baby wear and accessories shop which she operated from her home in Dampier WA at the age of 19. Cheryl went on to operate a Sewing Machine and Hi Fi business also from her home in Western Australia before returning to Brisbane in 1980. In 1974, Cheryl was instrumental in establishing the first Day Care Centre in Pilbara.
During her 27 years as Joint Managing Director of Whittaker Macnaught, Cheryl regularly appeared on finance programs for both ABC and 4BC radio stations, wrote newspaper and magazine articles, and regularly appeared on television as a finance commentator and has always been fully committed to promoting education on money management and helping fellow Australians to achieve their financial goals.
Cheryl is a Certified Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Taxation Institute.
Cheryl is actively involved in community affairs, being a member of and serving on the boards of various professional, community and government associations including Queensland Rail. Surf Lifesaving Foundation Board, The Sisters of the Good Samaritans, the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and The Southbank Institute of Technology.
(General Secretary, Queensland Police Union of Employees)
A father and grandfather, Mick Barnes has more than 25 years of operational experience as a police officer in Queensland. Mick is now a civilian having had to resign from office to take up his current position as General Secretary of the Queensland Police Union of Employees.
Mick is a member of a number of Company and Not for Profit Boards and brings a background of due diligence and risk management. Mick has the ability to address issues affecting victims of crime without being tethered by police or government policy and continues to have close ties with the policing communities.
Mick shares similar ideologies as that of Bravehearts Founder Hetty Johnson so he sees his position on the Bravehearts Board to facilitate the necessary support and services so that Hetty and Bravehearts can continue to protect and educate the children of Australia.
(Legal Counsel, National Australia Bank)
Bevan is a corporate lawyer who has advised on governance and various commercial transactions including outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings. He has held previous positions with Allens Arthur Robinson, Deacons Lawyers (Norton Rose) and the Federal Court of Australia and has considerable experience in the not-for-profit/charities sector having held several previous directorships. Bevan has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne and has also completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.