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 member of the Phoenix Australia Board. She is the proud parent of one son.

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Scott Gordon – Chief Operating Officer

Scott joined the Foundation in 2019. He is an experienced chartered accountant and motivated leader who is passionate about making NGO dollars go further and creating high-performing organisations in the not-for-profit sector. Scott has experience leading major cross-functional business projects, strategic planning, budget management and team building, and is focused on ensuring resource allocation decisions are informed and financially responsible. Scott joined the Foundation so he could use his experience to make a difference in the lives of children.

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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