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Board of Directors

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National President

Christine Craik

Christine has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost three decades. Christine holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Management and is currently completing her PhD in the area of domestic and family violence. Christine was National Vice President of the AASW from 2011- 2017. She has chaired many Committees, including the Governance review of 2015-16. Christine currently lectures full time in the undergraduate and post graduate Social Work Degrees at RMIT University, is an active member of many community groups, including Chair of Project Respect, working with women trafficked into the sex industry. Christine was elected National President in November 2017. Email Christine Craik.

National Vice Presidents

Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer

Marie-Claire is a social work graduate from UNSW Sydney and a senior leader, with extensive experience in clinical, policy, research and management skills in health and human services. She is an accredited mental health social worker and has her own consultancy practice, SummitVision Consulting, where she provides clinical and management consulting services to health and human service organisations. She is a senior associate at the Gendered Violence Research Network at UNSW Sydney. Marie-Claire is a national Board Director and Chair of the strategy committee of Melanoma Patients Australia. She has previously served the AASW as Board Director and National Vice-President (2008 – 2011), Chair of the Australian Education and Accreditation Standards (2010-2012), Chair, National Social Policy Committee (2005 – 2008) and Board representative of the Steering Committee for the Australian College of Social Work (2011). Marie-Claire is a 2012 Churchill Fellow, she is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a 2014 graduate of Social Leadership Australia. She is currently a doctoral candidate at UNSW Sydney where she is investigating university responses to student disclosures of sexual assault. Marie-Claire has been a Director of the AASW Board since November 2016, and is Chair of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee. Email Marie-Claire Cheron-Sauer.

Lynne Harrold

Lynne graduated in Social Work from UNSW in 1980 where she also gained a Master of Couple & Family Therapy. She worked for close to two decades, as a child and family therapist, in educational settings and more extensively across varied community health roles in both Sydney and the NSW Central Coast. From 2000 she worked in community adult mental health services and moved into full time private practice in 2006. She currently runs her own business in the community aged care sector. She has been a strong advocate for private social workers since 2010 & currently convenes the self-employed social work group in Sydney. Lynne Harrold was elected to the AASW Board, National Vice President role in November 2017. Email Lynne Harrold.


Dr Brenda Clare

More than 40 years’ experience as a social worker, specialising in child protection and out-of-home care, in England and Western Australia. Taught on the University of Western Australia Social Work Course for ten years and is now an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA. Brenda is a private consultant in training, research and supervision services. She has been a Director of the AASW since 2012. Email Brenda Clare.

Barbara Moerd

Barbara has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Tasmania (UTas) and post graduate training in mental health under the relevant legislation in the United Kingdom. She has international experience as a social worker in child protection and mental health and has practiced in acute hospital social work in Tasmania. Former Discipline Lead of Social Work for the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) she is currently Acting Director of Allied Health for the THS (south). Barbara is alumni of the Mt Sinai Leadership Enhancement Program, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently completing a Masters Degree in Business at UTas. Barbara is a member of the AASW Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee. Barbara has been a Director of the AASW since 2012. Email Barbara Moerd.

Peter Munn

Peter worked as an accountant for 5 years before undertaking social work. His social work practice includes 6 years as a front line social worker and then teaching social work for over 20 years at UniSA, Whyalla Campus. He completed his University career as Dean, Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in Rural Health. His last position before retiring in December 2016 was to lead Centacare Catholic Country SA during a period of growth in rural Social Australia. He is one of 12 Foundation Fellows of the Australian College of Social Work. Peter has had a long term commitment to rural communities having lived in Whyalla for several decades. Email Peter Munn.

Anita Phillips

Since graduating from the University of Melbourne 40 years ago, Anita has utilised her social work knowledge and skills in regional northern Queensland, the Hunter region and in metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, with federal, state, local and non-government agencies. She has completed a Master of Public Administration, a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Anita is currently engaged as sessional university lecturer in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland, and as a public policy consultant. She has been a Director of AASW since 2012. Email Anita Phillips.

Jenny Rose

Jenny came to social work twenty years ago, having first completed a welfare degree. She has completed several post graduate qualifications including a master of mental health (child and adolescent), diploma of business (frontline management) and a cert IV in training and assessment. Prior to joining the Board she was a member of the NSW Branch Management Committee for six years, the last three as the Branch President and has been a member of the Education Standards Committee. Jenny works as a senior social worker/student educator at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, part of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. Jenny was elected to the Board in October 2017. Email Jenny Rose.

Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative

Linda Ford

Linda Ford is an Aboriginal woman from North West Queensland with 22 years’ experience as a social worker in rural, remote and urban areas. Linda is particularly passionate about child protection after working for seventeen years in this area of social work. Following a stint as Director of Social Work for Queensland Health, Linda returned to Child Protection as Manager of the Mount Isa and Gulf Child Safety Service Centre, where she is currently employed. From time to time, Linda has been guest lecturer and adjunct lecturer for James Cook University in North Queensland in the areas of social work theory and ethical practice. Linda is committed to the profession of social work and prior to becoming a National Board member, Linda was past President of the AASW North Queensland Branch. Linda has been full Director of the Board since 1 November 2017. Email Linda Ford.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers