Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

CEO, Patron and Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Milani


Lisa Milani is social work trained and holds post-graduate qualifications in social work, forensic behavioural science and business administration. Lisa has extensive senior leadership experience, and the leadership roles Lisa has undertaken have included oversight of child and family services across the span of Child FIRST/Family Services, Placement Prevention, Reunification and Out of Home Care, including adoption and permanent care over a period of five years.

Lisa has also served as the Principal Officer or Deputy Principal Officer of Adoptions (a guardianship role) over a four year period. Furthermore, Lisa possesses multi-partner governance experience, having served as chairperson of a Stronger Families Alliance for almost five years, which included overseeing and administering a significant brokerage budget. Lisa is passionate about supporting strong adoption and permanent care families when children are unable to reside with their birth parents. She has been a longstanding and strong advocate of children and young people in adoption and permanent care.


Patron, Dorothy Scott AM





Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott AM became our Patron in April 2013 and was the foundation Chair of Child Protection and the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this she taught in the School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne and was CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation.  Professor Scott’s practice background is in child welfare and mental health. Professor Scott has conducted a number of major reviews and inquiries.  


Board of Directors     



Meredith Carter
QualificationsBachelor of Law and Arts, Master of Laws (Melb), GAICD
BiographyMeredith Carter brings to PCA Families her lived experience of fostering and permanent care. Meredith is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held many leadership roles, including as a CEO of two not for profit organisations over 13 years and serving on a number of statutory tribunals and boards, including as Chair.  Now a consultant who social policy expertise is underpinned by her breadth of experience in the public and not for profit sectors, in law reform and in governance, with a strong commitment to community participation. 


Name Donna Coelho
Position Vice President

Donna is an adult adoptee and mother to a permanent care daughter.  Donna has been a stay at home mother since 2010 and is on the Parish Education Board.  She has a background in Administration, Customer Service and Supervisory roles across a number of sectors.  Donna brings her lived experience and knowledge as an adoptee and permanent care parent to the PCA Families Board which she joined in 2016.



Roslyn Rule
QualificationsBachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Commercial Law), FCPA, MBA, FGIA
BiographyRoslyn is a well rounded finance executive with broad experience including management, strategic advice, reporting, governance and systems.  She has forged her career working in both big and niche businesses and understands nuances and drivers for organisations of different magnitudes and in different stages of development.  Roslyn is motivated to give back to the community and offers her diverse finance and leadership experience to the PCAF Board. 



Chris Lockwood
QualificationsBachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
BiographyChris Lockwood  has over 20 years experience working across the Mental Health, Construction and Finance sectors. With specific knowledge of mental health, safety and suicide prevention in the construction industry, and expertise in managing strategic growth, sustainable funding and partnership development. Chris is currently the National CEO of MATES in Construction, the leader in suicide prevention in workplaces and across industry in Australia, as well as being the proud father of two children adopted from China and Korea.



Dan Barron
QualificationsBA (Hons)
BiographyDan Barron is a father of three children. For several years he was a full time ‘stay home dad’ with two of his children, who both joined the family via permanent care. His work experience includes many support and care work positions in the fields of physical disability, intellectual disability, mental illness and young care-leavers, in Australia and in the UK. He came to Australia in 1995, and currently works both as a case manager in a homelessness support service, and as a cook, quizmaster and 'fitness instructor' in an over-55s  social support group.



Kris Peach

Bachelor of Business, Master of Business (Accountancy), FCAANZ, GAICD

BiographyKris has had 10 years experience as an Anglicare respite carer and appreciates the challenges and opportunities facing permanent care and adoption families. She has strong financial skills as the Chair and CEO of the Australian Accounting Standards Board for the past five years and previous 28 years with KPMG as a technical accounting expert.  Her experiences as CEO of AASB, Board member and Audit Committee Chair for Open Gardens Australia, President and Treasurer of YHA Bushwalking Victoria and Treasurer of MCC tennis have included developing and implementing straegies, policies and processes for small organisations, including managing risk, corporate governance and compliance. 



Alba Chliakhtine 
QualificationsMaster in Business Logistics and Masters in E-business

Alba was born in Brazil and has been calling Australia home since 1988. Alba’s professional career spans over 30 years in the supply chain and business strategy in both the private and government sectors. In 2002 she commenced her voluntary work in the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) sector by supporting the establishment of the ABRISA- Brazilian Association in Melbourne. In 2010 Alba extended her volunteering capacity by joining the Victorian Immigrant and Refugees Women’s Coalition (VIRWC) in a Directorship capacity.  Alba is a Board member of the Ross House Association and a graduate and member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Alba commenced her family journey in Brazil by adopting two children.  


Name Naomi Colville
Position Director

Naomi brings with her a diversity of experiences including corporate recruitment, leadership roles at a disability employment agency and migrant support services, and even a stint as site manager for Cirque Du Soleil. Most recently, Naomi was the executive assistant for a statutory authority’s board of management. Now an ‘at-home’ parent of  two children, one with various diagnoses and special needs who came through permanent care... and one ‘rainbow baby’The days are busy as President of the Specialist School’s Board and secretary of the other school’s Advisory Committee. With other various community governance roles, Naomi is a passionate advocate for regional and rural families with  additional needs facing the challenges and complexities of poor service provision and support. Naomi hopes to bring a perspective representative of the unique challenges faced by marginalised and, at times, isolated families.


Name Sarah Witty
Position Director

Sarah had a successful career in both the real estate and finance industries. After some time she decided it was time to give back. Much to her delight, she was provided with the unique opportunity to put her skills to good use with a not for profit charity Homes for Homes. As National Partnerships Manager, Sarah works closely with the CEO and external advisors on establishing new fundraising opportunities within the property development and banking industries. Her diverse experience allows her to have a unique understanding from the corporate and not for profit business world which she looks to bring to PCA Families.  Sarah also fosters children through FCAV.




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