General Manager - Catherine House / Housing Choices Australia (SA)
Julie has vast expertise and experience in housing, urban development and community services. Over the past 20 years she has worked extensively in policy, planning, project management and community relations across all tiers of government and in the community sector.
Julie has extensive experience in homelessness, having been both a support worker and a Manager of crisis accommodation in the past, and since 2015 as the General Manager of Common Ground Adelaide and Port Augusta.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts with the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Certificate in Housing Management and Policy from Swinburne University, and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Australia.
Manager - Client Services
Deirdre is dedicated to, and passionate about, helping women experiencing homelessness deal with and address the issues that have created this episode in their lives. This includes having access to the highest standard of programs and services all designed to assist them to move forward in life – in a way that brings them joy, economic independence and a renewed sense of self belief in who they are and what they can achieve in life.
In 2009 she funded her own trip to Nepal and raised funds with Habitat for Humanity to assist several families build a home in a remote village. The “can do” attitude of the local community and the joy shown by people with so little has remained with her as a reminder that attitude to life and access to opportunities is so important.
In 2011 and 2013 she ran, as a complete novice, in the New York and Paris Marathons to raise funds for Catherine House. She did this to ensure she could walk the talk – that through self-belief, being task focussed and a lot of hard work, dreams and goals can be achieved. In late 2016 after months of self -doubt, she completed two marathons, only weeks apart, to remind herself of how hard it is making a commitment to a long haul goal and seeing it through. Yet with effort it can be done and this is what clients that come to Catherine House are trying to do. Having a strong awareness of how hard change is for any of us helps her when she speaks with women about the value of perseverance and the feeling one has when they have accomplished something they have worked hard for.
Her studies in sociology and psychology obtained through an Arts Degree and her Post Graduate Social Work degree provided the interest she has today in supporting people experiencing disadvantage.
Manager - Philanthropy and Engagement
Jaylee has a passion for working within not for profit organisations and has a strong desire to make a difference in the community.
Her career commenced in the corporate sector but she soon realised her skill set was best placed to working within not for profit organisations.
Working across both small and large not for profits in South Australia since 2005, she has a deep understanding of the ongoing challenges, particularly in the areas of day to day operations, finance, risk management, funding and brand management.
She believes in the importance of having a strategic approach that aims to include positive government and supporter relationships, staff and volunteer satisfaction, financial and risk management, best practice fundraising, sustainability and importantly growth.
Jaylee believes strongly in the vision of Catherine House and feels incredibly fortunate in making a difference to the lives of women experiencing homelessness.