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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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Business Development and Partnerships Manager

Business Development and Partnerships Manager

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Mark Dixon, Operations Manager

Mark Dixon
Operations Manager

Mark Dixon has worked in the Homelessness and Housing sector for over 25 years and joined Hope Street in June 2018.

Mark's extensive managerial experience in the sector has included roles as Manager of two large Open Door services in the Eastern Region and in a Transitional Housing Management (THM) program with 300 THM properties, and as a Housing Service Manager in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He has also been the Project Manager and then ongoing Manager of a large Cluster Crisis Accommodation Service, the Manager of the Salvation Army Crisis Accommodation Centre (CAC) in St Kilda, and he has coordinated the Salvation Army State Wide "After Hours" Crisis line response through the refuge. Mark was one of the on-call managers for the St Kilda Crisis Contact Centre, the largest Open Door in Victoria. He has also developed and led the rollout of a successful pilot program that co-located Open Door Intake Assessment and Planning staff at various DHHS and Centrelink offices.

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Program Leadership

Christine Fagan, Programs Manager (North East)
Christine Fagan (Masters in Counselling and Human Services, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts) has been working in the community sector for over 20 years in various roles such 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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