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Our Board of Directors, management and staff are committed to the delivery of responsive and comprehensive services to young people and our communities in accordance with our organisation's vision, mission and principles.

Executive Leadership

Donna Bennett CEO

Donna Bennett
Chief Executive Officer

Donna Bennett has in excess of 25 years experience managing and delivering transitional, outreach and crisis accommodation services to young people including families and she has made a significant contribution in the Homelessness Sector via capacity building, community development and systems development.

Donna has established leadership and strategic development skills and has been CEO of Hope Street since 2000.

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Michelle Montague, Financial Manager

Michelle Montague
Finance, People and Culture Manager

Michelle Montague provides expert support and guidance with the implementation of robust financial management systems, policies, procedures and practices at Hope Street.

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Fiona Rigney, Executive Administration Officer

Fiona Rigney
Executive Administration Officer

Fiona Rigney (BA, BSW) is a Ngarrindjeri woman from the Ngarrindjeri nation who grew up in Adelaide, South Australia.  Professionally, Fiona has worked in a range of employment settings including in the areas of Research, Teaching, Organisational Policy and Procedure, Project Management, Administrative and Direct Social Work Practice.  Fiona has been with Hope Street for the past 8 years.  As the Executive Administration Officer, Fiona works directly with Hope Street’s CEO and is involved in a range of activities, including writing organisational policies and procedures, event management, project management and administration.

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Serap Ozdemir, Business Development and Partnerships Manager

Serap Ozdemir
Business Development and Partnerships Manager

Serap Ozdemir has a passion for social justice, supporting and advocating for marginalised individuals and communities for many years in the not for profit and private sector. Having worked in a diverse range of roles in the community services sector she has a track record of building and developing programs to deliver services for disadvantaged communities in metropolitan and regional areas.

In her role at Hope Street, Serap is able to utilise her entrepreneurial capability, business development, along with service delivery, community and partnership development, research and management of innovative services.

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Operations Manager

Operations Manager

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Program Leadership

Christine Fagan, Programs Manager (North East)
Christine Fagan (BA. BSW., Master Human Services and Counselling) has been working in the community sector for 20 years in various roles as community development worker, youth counsellor, team leader, group worker. She has also worked in the family violence sector, community health, disability and youth sector.

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Norman Vella, Programs Manager (North West)
Norman Vella has worked in the homelessness sector for over 8 years.  He has been an Advanced Skills Practitioner in the Alcohol and Other Drugs field and in high risk residential care for over 15 years. Norman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Work and various other qualifications including but not limited to: Diploma Child Psychology, Diploma Alcohol and Other Drugs, Trauma based practice, and Supervision.

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Program Teams

Profiles coming soon.

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