Our Executive Team

Lesley Podesta - Chief Executive Officer

Lesley joined the Foundation in April 2016, after five years at The Fred Hollows Foundation as the Director of Global Partnerships, Policy and Advocacy Division. Lesley has a long career in state and commonwealth government, she is currently a Commissioner for the Women's National League Basketball and a member of the Global Health and Development Alliance Melbourne. She is the proud parent of one son.

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Adam Holmes - Chief Operating Officer

Adam commenced in the role of Chief Operating Officer in March 2015. He has extensive experience in Finance, HR and IT and is a certified practising accountant. He has worked in senior roles across a broad range of industries such as FMCG, service/distribution, utilities, defence, retail, home entertainment and manufacturing sectors. As a father of two, Adam was attracted to the Foundation by the vision that every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.

Linda Barry - General Manager Programs

Linda has been with the Foundation since January 2015 and leads the delivery, development and strategic direction of all programs. Linda has extensive experience in leading large teams, operations management as well as HR and stakeholder relationships. Linda had a long and varied career in the finance sector prior to joining the Foundation and was attracted to the organisation's mission of keeping children safe from violence.

Jacqui Molensen – General Manager Communications and Fundraising

Jacqui started in her role in July 2018 and leads the marketing communications and fundraising strategies. She has extensive senior stakeholder engagement experience in the not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors. Jacqui has been responsible for engagement strategies, community programs and advocacy work for a number of not-for-profit organisations, and has been involved in many complex Queensland Government portfolios. Jacqui joined the Foundation to make her contribution in keeping children safe from violence.

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