Our Staff

PeakCare Queensland has a dedicated team of professionals working in a range of permanent and project roles.

 


 

Lindsay Wegener

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

0437 726 192
lwegener@peakcare.org.au

In being a highly experienced child protection practitioner, policy-maker, manager, service administrator, educator and leading initiator of program designs and service models, Lindsay brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the role of Executive Director.

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A Social Worker by profession and graduate of the University of Queensland, Lindsay commenced his career as a child protection and youth justice practitioner within the (then) Queensland Department of Children Services, working in various areas of south-east and central Queensland. Over a period of around twenty years, Lindsay continued his employment in the government sector holding a range of senior policy, program development and operational director positions within the fields of child protection and youth justice.

After leaving the government sector, Lindsay worked for several years in State Manager and Director roles within non-government organisations providing residential and other out-of-home care and related services for children and young people. Notably, Lindsay pioneered the design and development of specialist foster care services within Queensland.

In 2006, Lindsay commenced providing consultancy and contracted services for both government and non-government organisations and became a casual member of the teaching staff within the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University.

Highly regarded across both government and non-government sectors, Lindsay has a sound reputation for bringing a creative and innovative flair to the services he provides, grounded by the insight that comes from his extensive experience.

Importantly, Lindsay perceives PeakCare as serving the interests of its member agencies in being a catalyst for change and an important conduit between policy and practice and the interaction of government and non-government sectors. The active contribution of member agencies to PeakCare is welcomed as Lindsay pursues his goals of PeakCare maintaining its leading and vibrant role as a melting-pot for the generation of new and fresh ideas balanced with, and informed by, lessons already learned and the wisdom of the past.

Instilling an active permission for debate and the stretching of our collective imagination is seen by Lindsay as the way forward to organisations working together to improve outcomes concerning the safety and well-being of Queenslands children, young people and families ? this is the key role that PeakCare is well-placed to play.

 

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Lorraine Dupree

Lorraine Dupree

Projects Manager, Policy, Practice & Service Development

0439 790 360
ldupree@peakcare.org.au

Lorraine focuses on the areas of human resources and industrial relations, domestic violence (in particular the interface between domestic violence and child protection), and residential care for children and young people. Her other key roles include ongoing research and promotion of early intervention and family support to enhance well-being for Queenslands children and families. Lorraine also provides resourcing and advocacy for the NGO sector.

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Lorraine is passionate about addressing violence and abuse in our society and ensuring quality care services for children and their families who require various interventions and support programs. Prior to joining PeakCare in 2008, Lorraine managed an NGO that focused on the provision of intensive intervention services to young people with complex needs.

 

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Gary Roberts

Gary Roberts

Corporate Support Manager

0422 901 240
groberts@peakcare.org.au

Gary joined PeakCare in 2011 and brings with him organisational skills that he has developed and honed during 30 years of working for big corporations.

Gary migrated to Australia from England in 2001 and, after 8 years of working for a national communications company, was looking for a new challenge in a smaller organisation where he felt he could make a difference.

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Gary manages the day-to-day running of the PeakCare office and provides much-needed support for our Executive Director.

Gary is also responsible for all accounting and invoicing enquiries; conferences and workshops; Board members & staffing enquiries; reception & business support staff, plus maintaining our building and relationships with our tenants.

 

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Tracey Smith

Tracey Smith

Principal Policy Adviser

tsmith@peakcare.org.au

Tracey has worked in and with a wide range of government and non-government organisations in the areas of family support, child protection, out of home care, performance measurement, community services funding and development, and policy and procedures development.

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She is interested in designing and implementing research-informed policies, programs and services, and finding out whether they are effective and deliver improved outcomes for children, young people and families.

Prior to being appointed to the Principal Policy Adviser position, Tracey worked for over six years as a consultant to child and family welfare and community services.?? She worked at PeakCare over 2005 and 2006, particularly around the implementation of responses to the Crime and Misconduct Commissions inquiry recommendations about the development of service standards and the regulation of out of home care.? Prior to this, Tracey worked in the Queensland Government, in the agencies responsible for child protection and education.

 

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Chayan Sarkar

Chayan Sarkar

Projects Manager, Planning & Partnerships

0404 863 075
csarkar@peakcare.org.au

Chayan Sarkar commenced his role as Project Manager, Planning and Partnerships in 2013.

Chayan has a Masters in Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and previously held the role of Account Manager at Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) with the responsibility for looking after six hundred Queensland member businesses under his own portfolio.

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Prior to joining PeakCare, he was Business Development Manager of Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (989FM Radio).

As an accomplished film maker and advocate for social justice, Chayan has produced several films and documentaries highlighting Indigenous issues. In 2007, Chayan was awarded a National Multicultural Marketing Award by the New South Wales Government for his contribution to multiculturalism through his own business.

Chayan took part in all major National Creative Industry Ministerial delegations to India organised by the Federal Government between 2004 and 2011. A career mentor for QUT creative industry and marketing graduates since 2006, Chayan is highly motivated to empower children and young people to reach their full creative potential.

In the past Chayan worked for organisations like Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresas), Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association and Karuna Hospice services, enabling him to develop a sound knowledge of the not-for-profit sector.

Chayans role in Peakcare is to build new and meaningful partnerships and strategic alliances and to promote access to enhanced member services and benefits.

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