Each member of our executive team is a subject matter expert and is incredibly passionate about their field of expertise.
Dr Tanya Bell, Chief Executive Officer
With almost two decades in the primary health care sector, Tanya has worked for research and academic institutes, state government departments, as well as non-government agencies including Medical Locals and Primary Health Networks.
Rob Owens, Chief Financial Officer
Rob joined in 2020 making the move up to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney where he lived all his life. He brings a wealth of experience holding a number of senior finance and executive positions in both the public and private sectors, covering Banking & Finance, Taxation, Insurance, Tertiary Education, Advising and Local Government. In addition Rob has held (and currently still holds) various directorships, both locally and overseas, including a not for profit.
Rob’s qualifications include a BComm from UNSW, he’s a CPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Darce Foley, General Manager, Community Services
Having worked extensively in government and non-government areas of homelessness and housing, for more than 15 years, Darce has an in-depth understanding of the deliverables required to tackle the complexities and intricacies of breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Darce is compelled by the belief that each person has the right to secure and stable accommodation and is driven by this belief to empower young people to meet the challenges of their lives within a supportive and safe home environment.
Nick Fawcett, General Manager, Clinical Services
Nick is a registered Psychologist who has been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years. He has worked in early intervention, education and for government and non-government agencies, including the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.
Laura Fox, General Manager, People & Culture
Laura is originally from Dublin and moved to Australia in 1987. She has lived and worked on the Sunshine Coast since 2003. She is an experienced senior human resources leader, and has worked for both national and international companies, and has also spent five years in the community care/not-for-profit sector. She was also Chair of the Sunshine Coast HR Network for five years.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Human Resources Management) from RMIT University in Melbourne, and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Karen Phillips, General Manager, StandBy
Karen has held prior roles of General Manager, supporting the operations of StandBy and Youturn’s five headspace centres and accompanying programs, as well as Program Manager of Education, Employment and Training.
Karen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and AICD Foundations of Directorship. Karen is a Director on the Board of Suicide prevention Australia.