Liberty’s leadership team is made up of passionate professionals in their fields.
Together we lead the way in offering a whole of family approach to recognise, respond and prevent domestic and family violence.
Kelly Lamb is a Gomeroi Woman whose ancestors are Gamilaraay people from Coolah and the Hunter Valley of NSW. Kelly is an experienced and dedicated leader who is committed to ensuring Liberty continues to provide effective, easily-accessible services to people in our local community affected by domestic and family violence.
Kelly is Deputy Chair and Director of DVNSW, the peak body for domestic and family violence in NSW.
Prior to taking on the role of CEO in 2018, Kelly was a Board Member of the organisation for four years. Kelly has 15 years’ experience in community services, including in the disability services sector, and 30 years’ experience leading organisations in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
Kelly has held several volunteer positions in her local community focused on supporting and celebrating women, including as past President of the Hastings Business Women’s Network, co-founder of the renowned annual International Women’s Day event, and co-designer of a women’s mentoring program.
Donna Harper is a Gomeroi Woman from Walhollow (Caroona) NSW. Donna manages Liberty’s Domestic and Family Violence Response teams, including Client Support, Crisis Accommodation, Transitional Housing.
Donna previously held the positions of Aboriginal Specialist Support and Housing Manager, Team Leader and Women and Children’s Advocate with Liberty.
Donna is dedicated and passionate about her culture and working with community. She is Chair of the Bearlay Aboriginal Interagency and the Hastings NAIDOC Committee. She also sits on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
Donna has held several leadership positions during her career, including as Director of Warren Preschool, Team Leader of Nursing in Warren at Calara House, Team Leader for Disabilities at Yarrabin Nyngan NSW, and Team Leader for Yalmambirra Learning Centre with Barnardos Australia in Wellington NSW.
Donna also worked as the Aboriginal Coordinator for Barnardos Wellington HIPPY program (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) and facilitated women’s programs within Wellington Correctional Centre.
She holds a Diploma in Community Services, Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management and an Assistant in Nursing Certificate.
Brooke manages Liberty’s team of prevention specialists who deliver domestic violence prevention education sessions to businesses, the education sector, community organisations and government agencies.
She also manages Liberty’s community programs including the DUSK support group for women, Kids Club, Ngathuwa Connecting to Culture, Liberty Links mobile outreach service and Everybody’s Business Workplace Training and Development program.
In her capacity as People & Culture Manager, Brooke leads the ongoing development of Liberty’s team of domestic violence staff.
Brooke is Chair of the Port Macquarie Domestic Violence Committee and sits on the DVNSW Advisory Group.
Previously, Brooke was Liberty’s Prevention and Awareness Specialist. Brooke has more than 16 years’ experience in leadership, coaching and training, and organisational and workforce development in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Training and Development.
Michelle is a community engagement and communications specialist with 20 years’ experience consulting to a range of not-for-profit organisations and businesses on the Mid North Coast and in Sydney.
She draws on her expertise in public relations, stakeholder engagement, government relations and marketing to build a community of support for Liberty and to raise awareness of domestic violence through media and social media, community events and relationship building.
Michelle attained a Bachelor of Public Relations and Organisational Communications from Charles Sturt University in 2002 and was a Sessional Lecturer in Public Relations, Communications, Advertising and Events subjects at CSU in Port Macquarie.
She is an active member of the local community, having held board and committee positions with the Hastings Business Women’s Network, Coastal Warriors, and the annual International Women’s Day event.
Tracy is a Chartered Accountant with an extensive background in the small business sector. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Business Administration.
Her finance experience spans over twenty years, having worked in Public Practice providing tax, accounting and audit services, and specialising in Not-or-Profits and small business. Tracy’s experience is rounded out with roles leading Finance teams in the Not-For-Profit and Non Profit sector.
Tracy has a passion for giving back to the community and has served as President of the Rotary Club of Kempsey where she is a current Board Member. Previous volunteer Board positions include Treasurer and committee positions with the Macleay Business Women’s Network and the Macleay Valley Business Chamber.
Liberty team members share a common goal to create a community where women and children are empowered and safe from domestic and family violence.
It’s what drives our actions every day and it’s what makes Liberty a nurturing and purpose driven place to progress your career.
Liberty offers professional development opportunities to our team and ongoing mentorship.
Kelly leads Liberty’s Client Support team of domestic and family violence support workers and specialists.
She has worked across a number of roles with Liberty over the past few years, delivering specialist domestic violence support in Community Partnerships and at Galbaan House Crisis Accommodation.
After completing her Bachelor of Social Work, Kelly has spent the last decade supporting children and youth through her various roles in childcare and education institutions.
Kelly’s social nature and sense of humour enable her to make meaningful connections with young people and as a result, Kelly was charged with delivering the youth wellbeing program at Nautilus College before taking on a Youth Employment role with Chess Connect.
Mel manages all aspects of the Crisis Accommodation program and team with the support of the Aboriginal Manager – Domestic and Family Violence Response. She is also a member of the Liberty Links mobile outreach service team, taking Liberty’s services to outlying communities in our area.
Previously, Mel worked as a domestic and family violence support worker in Liberty’s outreach team and in our men’s programs. She attends a number of local committees and networks including the Local Implementation and Coordinating Committee, Bearlay Aboriginal Interagency, and the Child and Family Interagency.
With more than 15 years experience in the corporate finance sector, Mel has also volunteered for Lifeline, the Telegraph Point Community Association and St Vincent De Paul.
Mel is currently studying a Diploma of Community Services through Port Macquarie TAFE.
Beck coordinates the Transitional Housing program that aims to support and empower women experiencing domestic and family violence and/or homelessness to attain and maintain safe and stable accommodation.
Beck holds a BA (Hons) in Politics/Sociology from Southern Cross University and is currently finalising a Masters of Social work at Flinders University.
Prior to joining Liberty, Beck was a case worker with Vinnies at Hastings Accommodation Solutions for three years. Beck was a co-founder of Port Outreach, offering weekly free bbqs for rough sleepers and still volunteers 12 years on.
She is passionate about supporting women and children who have experienced domestic violence to access stable housing and committed to building partnerships with stakeholders and community to improve outcomes for clients.