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Key Bravehearts Staff

Bravehearts employs over 65 people, all with an extraordinary wealth of experience in their given fields of expertise.

Importantly, they all share the passion of the organisation and are committed to delivering our promise to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

Within our ever growing organisation, there are a number of staff that play a key role in the development of programs and services, research, fundraising, administration, education and training. Their profiles are listed below.

Having said this, we consider all of our staff to be important, and acknowledge and respect all of Bravehearts employees as being integral to our success.

Bravehearts Organisational Structure


FACT: 98% of child sexual assault reports by
children are found to be true.
Dr Deirdre Thompson

Director of Operations

Dr Deirdre Thompson

Dr Deirdre Thompson has been with Bravehearts since 2014 commencing in the role of National Therapeutic Services and then moving into the role of Director of Client Operations in the same year.  Deirdre holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, with over 25 years of experience both in the UK and Australia.  She is passionate about working with and protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, and has held senior roles within Government and the not-for-profit sector for 16 years in Australia.  Deirdre currently provides oversight to all of our client services, including Counselling, Advocacy and Support, Training, ChildPlace and Education and is committed to extending the reach of all of these services to enable us to meet our mission and protecting children across Australia.

Carol Ronken

Director of Research and Policy Development

Carol Ronken

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 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 also co-authored The Bravehearts Toolbox for Practitioners Working with Child Sexual Assault (Australian Academic Press, 2011).

In January 2017, Carol accepted a 3 year position a Visiting Fellow in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at Queensland University of Technology.

Carol sits on the following Working groups/network groups:

  • Federal cyber safety consultative working group
  • ViSION (Victim Services Interagency Organisation Network)
  • Queensland Child Protection Advocates Group

Carol is a Member of:

  • The Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)
  • The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
  • Member of the World Society of Victimology

Carol is often called upon to speak at national and international conferences, and works closely with police and government to bring about vital change to protect Australian Children.

Daniel Parry

Director of Corporate Services

Daniel Parry

Dan joined Bravehearts in January 2017 with over 20 years of experience as CFO and Company Secretary in life science, technology and medical service industries. His experience also includes eight years in corporate finance and internal audit with a Fortune 100 telecommunications company, six years in public accounting and two years an Honorary Treasurer for a Not-For-Profit organisation. Dan has held senior finance roles with companies in the US, UK and Australia ranging from venture-backed start-ups to NASDAQ listed companies. In these roles, he has managed finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, facilities, legal and compliance functions and mergers and acquisitions.

Dan is professionally qualified as Chartered Accountant in Australia and CPA in the US, with an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Jo Compagne

EA to Founder and National Grants Coordinator

Jo Compagne

Jo Compagne has worked for Bravehearts since 2006 in various roles including coordinating donation of goods and services to create Bravehearts $1.3million head office, Executive Assistant to Hetty Johnston AM and National Grants Coordinator. Jo is currently employed as the Executive Officer to the CEO, whilst still maintaining her role as National Grants Coordinator. Jo is passionate about the protection of children and as a mother of 4, believes it takes a whole community to raise and protect a child. Jo is committed to doing all she can to bring about vital change to protect Australian children and is dedicated to ensure people needing Bravehearts services know they are valued, heard and supported.

Zoe Hermans

Marketing Manager

Zoe Hermans

Zoe Hermans has a professional background in early-years education, creative design, marketing and public relations. She has worked in the Not for Profit sector for over a decade in the areas of education, program development, campaign planning and brand management.  Prior to joining Bravehearts, Zoe spent 10 years with one of Australia’s leading animal welfare organisations, Animal Welfare League Queensland.  She has two school-aged children, who are the inspiration behind her work for Bravehearts.

Lyn Patman

National Therapeutic Services Manager

Lyn Patman

Lyn Patman is the Therapeutic Services Manager at Bravehearts. Lyn has been a dedicated and proactive employee since 2003 and is the author of Bravehearts personal safety program, ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ show seen by over 600,000 children nationally. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Social Science majoring in Counselling. Lyn is also a qualified clinical Supervisor and is registered with The Australian Counselling Association. Lyn is passionate about using a strengths-based approach and working collaboratively whether in a therapeutic setting with clients, managing her therapeutic teams or when working with external service providers.

Sharon Stewart

National Education Manager

Sharon Stewart

Sharon Stewart is the National Education Manager for Bravehearts.   Sharon has worked as a teacher in both state and independent primary schools as well as various roles in the community service sector prior to joining Bravehearts in 2013.  She holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Diploma in Community Service Co-ordination and has 5 children. Sharon’s passion lies in nurturing and educating children through early intervention programs that empower them with personal safety skills, increased self-esteem and resilience to help them stay safe and ultimately reduce the incidence of child sexual assault.

Mathew Sinclair

National Child Protection Training Manager

Mathew Sinclair

Mathew Sinclair is the National Chid Protection Training Manager for Bravehearts and first joined the organisation in 2013 when he established Bravehearts’ Royal Commission services including the information and support line and case management functions. Mathew has a BAPsych and an extensive professional history in the community-based supervision and intervention of sexual offenders. Mathew also has significant experience in project and change management within large organisational settings and is passionate about matching his experiences to support organisations enhance their child protection culture.