Our experienced Leadership Team demonstrate a strong commitment and passion for the social services sector.
They work tirelessly to support our organisation, its staff and volunteers to maintain a consistently high standard of service.
Leadership Team Members
Kate VenablesExecutive DirectorKate VenablesExecutive DirectorKate has an extensive background in Relationship Education, Centre Management and Regional Program Management and has held several leadership and managerial positions in the Social Services sector in regional Queensland.
Kate is a Member of the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Council; The Gennie School Council and Finance Committee; St Bart's Parish Council and Senior Leadership Team.
She has been recognised by the Institute of Managers and Leaders as a Chartered Manager, demonstrating her commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) and to the Code of Professional Conduct and Practice.
Stuart HallFamily Support Team LeaderStuart HallFamily Support Team LeaderStuart has worked extensively in the community sector with children, disability support, mental health and crisis intervention. His particular strength is in handling conflict and managing trauma. He works with parents who have separated and are in high conflict over access to their children through the Parenting orders program.
Stuart once read a wonderful life changing quote: Don’t be normal. Be an example. This quote sums up his motivation to actively empower people to make sustainable changes in their lives.
Hannah BeleskyTRAMS CoordinatorHannah BeleskyTRAMS CoordinatorHannah has experience working across a variety of areas including disability support, youth, mental health, and most recently resettlement of refugees and migrants.
She is particularly passionate about Toowoomba being a warm and welcoming community to all new comers, supporting a sense of belonging and a strong network of support.
ZoeFamily Relationship Centre Team LeaderZoeFamily Relationship Centre Team LeaderZoe has a Bachelor in Social Science (Human Services); a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution; is a registered FDRP and a Nationally Accredited Mediator (with NMAS) and is a Qualified Child Consultant.
She has extensive experience supporting vulnerable families, in particular, those families in Child Protection (in residential and kinship care arrangements) and within the Family Law arena. Zoe has spent time volunteering in India and Vietnam working with families from diverse cultures and is focused and passionate about working with families and children.
Stacey McCarthyCommunity Justice Group Co-OrdinatorStacey McCarthyCommunity Justice Group Co-OrdinatorStacey has extensive experience as CatholicCare's Community Justice Group Coordinator and previously as the Coordinator for Murri Watch. Her passion lies with providing support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through our justice system.
Stacey volunteers with CatholicCare's WHADDUP program, providing support and supervision to all the youth who attend, reinforcing healthy lifestyle choices and deterring youth from risk taking behaviours.
Jayne ThorpeBusiness Development & Innovation CoordinatorJayne ThorpeBusiness Development & Innovation CoordinatorJayne has lived and worked in the Toowoomba and South-west region her entire life and has a strong appreciation that community strength comes from the strength of the individuals within it.
She has significant experience the environmental and agricultural sectors in roles to develop small businesses, not-for-profits and individuals.
Julia KrugerAdministration CoordinatorJulia KrugerAdministration CoordinatorJulia has a long career in administration and management, having owned a real estate business for ten years and time working in the Not for Profit sector as Event Manager and Finance Officer. She has extensive experience working collaboratively with teams of volunteers, management, patrons and other staff.
Julia has lived in rural Queensland for most of her life and has witnessed first hand many challenges that can occur in people’s lives. She is hopeful that her involvement with CatholicCare can in some small way, facilitate better outcomes for rural men, women and particularly children.
We are honoured to be on the ancestral lands of the traditional custodians of this area, the Giabul, and Jarowair peoples. In keeping with CatholicCare’s spirit of reconciliation and respect, we understand that these groups have occupied and cared for this land over countless generations and we celebrate the continuing contribution of these communities to the life of this region. We also recognize and respect those emerging leaders who now claim Australia as their new home.