Liz starting her working life in the health industry, and moved into the homelessness sector in Queensland 28 years ago.
Liz has been a leader in the development of an integrative, collaborative and well-coordinated homelessness service system in SE Qld and particularly the Gold Coast. She has managed a homelessness service for 25 years that included managing crisis accommodation and transitional accommodation for families and single adults; project development and management of The GC Street to Home Project, the Gold Coast Housing Assistance Triage Service, the Housing Options Project for Young People, and several other shorter term projects. Throughout she has been committed to the delivery of flexible, quality service delivery with the individual/family at the centre of planning.
She has been a member of numerous committee and advisory mechanisms at national, state and local level including the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness, a member of both the Council for Homeless Persons Australia and Homelessness Australia, having held executive positions across these activities; QCOSS; Queensland government advisory committees.
Liz was a founding member of the Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc providing leadership in the development of case management practices across the homelessness and housing sector, and, has worked in consultation with the housing sector – public housing, community housing and private housing initiatives in the development of policy, project development, and direct service delivery strategies and practice focusing on access to housing and sustaining tenancy work.
In 2014 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for her work in the homelessness sector.
Liz brings a passion and knowledge base to Support The Girls Australia that is critical to our long term success.
Liz has a Bachelor of Counselling (UNE), A Master of Counselling (UNE), with further tertiary qualifications in community welfare, community service coordination / management, social welfare and training.