The Executive Leadership team is supported to execute our strategic plan, by an experienced and committed Board of Directors.


Professor Alun Jackson, BA, Dip Soc Studs, MSc, PhD.

Professor Alun Jackson is a Director of the Australian Centre for Heart Health, Honorary Professor in the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Health at Deakin University; Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; and an Honorary Professor, at the Centre on Behavioural Health at the University of Hong Kong.

Vice President

Mr Frank Lamari


Ms Nerida Nettelbeck

Board Members

  • Martina Polaskova
  • Jennifer Brook
  • Cheryl Sullivan
  • Nerida Nettelbeck
  • Margherita Coppolino
  • Charles Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Karen Field

Bringing over 30 years of experience in developing, managing and delivering a range of evidence-based programs and services, Karen is committed to the wellbeing of individuals and families.

With experience across the public health spectrum, including primary and mental health welfare, tertiary education, employment, and justice, Karen has worked for government in Senior Policy roles, and community based organisation including Beyondblue and Centre for Adolescent Health.

Passionate about contributing to family focused public policy research and advice, Karen is building drummond street services capacity as a centre for evidence based practice and research, contributing to research and evaluation in early intervention; and representing the contribution of small NGOs.

Karen also sits on the Board of Directors of the Family & Relationship Services Australia peak-body and is the National Chief Executive of Stepfamilies Australia.