Our Team

Leadership Team

John brings to TCFV broad senior management experience from both the corporate and not for profit sectors. John’s career has focussed on HR management, organisation development and project management.

John has been instrumental in the design of organisational structures; the integration of people, processes and technology as well as managing several innovative technology based projects. He has also chaired the Board of a not for profit organisation and provided both strategic and operational advice to several other charities.

John is married with three children and is a long-suffering Saints supporter.

Jenny has broad experience in all aspects of management, sales, customer service and events after owning and managing her own business for 10 years and then taking on sales and customer service roles. Jenny has also completed a Diploma in Event Management.

Jenny’s main area of focus revolves around: managing TCFV’s Drop-In Centre and, coordinating our team of over 160 volunteers across Victoria.

Jenny completed TCFV’s Group Leader training, has been facilitating the Rowville support group since 2009. Jenny is also they key person to respond to grief calls during office hours. TCFV and we often receive feedback about her gentle and insightful nature.

Jenny LOVES retro cars, caravans and all things 60’s! Jenny is married with three children, Benjamin, Danielle (deceased, age 16) and Anthony and is the proud grandmother of Isabelle and Audrey.

Karen has a Bachelor of Communications, specialising in public relations and events. After 10 years managing large scale campaigns such as the Australian Open, the Ovarian Cancer Silver Ribbon Appeal and the AFL Premiership Season, Karen branched out on her own to focus on community education events.

After two years successfully working with a range of organisations, Karen joined the Leadership team, to add her wealth of experience to The Compassionate Friends Victoria. Karen is responsible for delivering education programs to help the community better understand about grief and bereavement. Karen also is responsible for organising member based events.

Additionally, Karen has volunteered with TCFV since 2003, having completed the accredited Support Group leader training, facilitating various groups for us in that time and, was on the Board for two and a half years.

Karen is known as the social butterfly and loves to share a hug with everyone who walks in the door. Karen lost her daughter Brianna to illness (age 3) and is the proud mother of her son, Riley.

Andrew has a Doctorate in Sociology, with an extensive study of sibling grief and social isolation. He has subsequently published articles in Youth Studies Australia, Critical Public Health and Grief Matters. Andrew has worked as a research fellow on health promotion projects for Deakin University and VicHealth.

Andrew commenced as volunteer co-ordinator (support groups) in January 2010. Here Andrew is responsible for the effective running of TCFV’s 30+ Support Groups around Victoria, to ensure participants receive the best possible.

His role has expanded to take on training of support group leaders, not only in Victoria but throughout the East Coast on behalf of TCF Australia. Additionally, Andrew is leading research into the latest material on grief and bereavement.

For a complete change of pace, in his spare time Andrew waxes lyrical about films and filmmaking.
Andrew lost his brother Jeremy (at aged 26).

Paul has extensive experience in the not for profit sector, having provided bookkeeping duties at The Banksia Foundation, PANDA as well as managing his own business.

Joining The Compassionate Friends Victoria in 2000, Paul is responsible for working with the CEO and Treasurer to prepare and monitor the annual budget. Paul also administers our accounts, manages payroll and prepares all returns related to TCFV’s finances.

Paul is also a key ‘superuser’ of our IT systems and moonlights as the official photographer at The Compassionate Friends’ events.

Paul is a bereaved sibling and proud father of three children. He is well recognised in the office for his cheerful whistle and frequent outbursts of song.

Cadia’s role as Youth Project Officer focuses on supporting ‘Young Surviving Siblings’ and to expand the current perspective of grief, while advocating the significance of ‘staying connected’ while grieving.

Into this project, Cadia brings a strong background in leadership, training and a love of people. Cadia has a Bachelor and Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Certificate in Psychological First Aid and Suicide Assist Training. Additionally, Cadia has volunteered at Grief Line in Grief Telephone Counselling and, supported disadvantaged families as a Mentor at OzChild.

Cadia’s ambition is to provide widespread awareness about the priceless support TCFV provides for those grieving, while broadening the wider community and society’s knowledge and understanding about grief.

Cadia brings her personal experience of sibling loss: She lost her twin brother and best friend Darcy unexpectedly 7 years ago. She carries his light cheerful spirit and always has a smile to share!