Board of Directors

To view the profiles of our board members please click on their name below.

 

Tori Smith: President

 

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Tori Smith became an accredited foster carer in 2007 and has provided respite, short–term, and long-term care to a range of young people since that time.  Two of those young people, now teenagers, remain in permanent care with Tori today.  Prior to being a foster carer Tori volunteered as a lead tenant, living with and mentoring 9 adolescents.

Professionally, Tori has worked in social work for the majority of her career.  She has held a number of positions, including: residential carer, educational specialist for young people in care, foster care case management (including therapeutic foster care), policy development and researcher, team leader, coordinator of targeted care packages and most recently leading a team of over 20 disability support workers.

Tori has a passion for advocacy on behalf of young people and their carers which has motivated her FCAV board membership since 2014.  Additionally Tori co-chairs the Eastern Division Carer Advisory Group and is a member of the DHHS Carer Strategy Working Group.

 

Megan Sadlier: Vice President

 

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Megan is a results’ driven professional with over 10 years’ experience in the Victorian Education and the Community sector working towards change in foster care to improve the security, safety, and well-being of our children and young people. Megan contributes to the development of initiatives through the application of organisational objectives and resources.

 

Megan has been a carer for 7 years, opening her home and heart to placements ranging from long term to emergency care, and has firsthand experience and knowledge to inform the board with valuable insights into the sector.

 

As Director of a family owned and run vineyard and farming company, Megan has demonstrated leadership working with children and youth in state care and is acutely aware of the individual plights these young people experience in our current (very imperfect) system. She has the drive to campaign for children and young people in care and advocate for the unmet needs and unheard voices of such vulnerable groups within our community.

 

With extensive networking connections across a broad spectrum of government, public and industry, Megan sources to influence policy around financial support and awareness of the needs for at risk children and young people. Her personal passion is for children, and young persons in the out-of-home care system while her professional passion is with adult and youth mental health including a particular drive to assist ‘at risk’ clients.

 

Megan sits on industry based advisory and working groups and committees and holds a Grad. Dip in Psych, B. Bus and is currently completing a Master of Social Work.

 

 

Sue Segar: Secretary

 

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I am a former Victoria Police Officer (13 years) and Qantas Customer Service Manager (16 years). Together with my partner Shaun, I am a foster carer and mum to a 2 year old girl and our 5 year old son. Through Anglicare Bendigo my partner and I have provided respite and long-term care over the last 12 months and we are currently preparing for family reunification. I have always been passionate about children and especially those in out of home care. My first-hand carer experience has inspired me to keep caring for children wherever possible - and to put myself forward for membership of the FCAV Board.

 

My experiences with Victoria Police and Qantas taught me about operating with large, complex and highly regulated systems in order to serve the public. I am passionate about working in the community and supporting families to navigate the support systems created by government and the not for profit sector. I have spent 2 years on the managing committee of our Kindergarten including as current President. We have focused particularly on parent engagement, student wellbeing and improving kindergarten governance and policies. This experience demonstrates my ability to improve systems for the benefit of families and to ensure effective engagement with the families we serve.

 

Zoe Sredovic: Treasurer

 

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Zoe Sredovic is a Certified Practicing Accountant with 30 plus years of experience in Commercial Finance. Across her long career at News Corp Australia, Zoe has rotated through varying roles within the finance, commercial and community space. This includes Head of Reporting and Controls for the Herald and Weekly Times, Head of Finance and Operations for the Leader Community News, Commercial Finance Manager for News Corp National Community Media and her most current position as the Commercial Finance Manager for News Corp Publishing.  

 

Zoe’s commitment to the community is reflected in her not-for profit involvement as a board member of the Good Friday Appeal and her continual voluntary work across her career.

 

Zoe is passionate about children’s wellbeing and looks forward to being a member of the FCAV community and help foster positive relationships for children.

 

Morgan Smithe

 

MZSMorgan is an employment lawyer with experience in many aspects of employment law, including workplace disputes, workplace investigations and the interpretation of awards and agreements.  Morgan has a particular focus on advising clients in the independent education sector, including in relation to child safety matters.

 

Morgan is passionate about the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people. In joining the FCAV Board, Morgan seeks to use her professional experience to consider the experiences of carers and foster children, and promote change; not only for the benefit of children in need, but also those who are actively involved in the lives of children and young people.

 

Alexis King

 

AKing picAlexis has over 19 years’ experience working as a HR professional and people manager in manufacturing, private industry, local government and the water industry. After completing a Business Management Degree with Victoria University in 2000, her career began at Thales in North East Victoria. After 10 years in the manufacturing industry Alexis moved to local government as the Manager People and Performance at Rural City of Wangaratta. After relocating to Melbourne in 2014, Alexis commenced work at City of Darebin where she had roles working within the Aged Care and Disability team and then later working with the Executive, Mayor and Councillors in governance.

 

In 2013/14 Alexis was one of 4 Victorian local government professionals to be selected to participate in a mentoring program with Timor-Leste local government officers.  The program allowed Alexis to spend time in Timor-Leste working alongside her mentees.

 

Alexis completed her Masters in Business Administration in 2016 after being awarded a rural scholarship with La Trobe University. Alexis is now working at Western Water in the role of Organisational Development Manager.

 

Alexis is very passionate about equality, welfare and education especially with children, and is looking forward to joining the FCAV board.

Alexis has 3 children and in her spare times loves playing netball, going to the gym and cooking.

 

Kym Phillips

 

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Kym Phillips is an Information Technology consultant having worked in the industry for over 40 years. He has worked for several Global 500 companies, but currently focuses on IT consulting to local small businesses in Melbourne. 

Kym received his care-giver accreditation in 2009 and is also trained as a “Circle Program” carer. He and his partner currently provide long-term care for three adolescent boys, as well as providing lodgings for another young man who has recently left the care system but remains a member of the household.  Over the years Kym has provided emergency, short-term, respite and long-term care for numerous young people. 

Kym is a passionate advocate for both Carers and Young People in the care system. He is a member of the Carer Advisory Group for the West Division, and was co-chair of the West Division CAG for the second term. He sits on the Better Futures (Home Stretch) Housing Working Group as carer representative and has contributed to several “Roadmap to Reform” DHHS workshops. 

Kym has made several media appearances on TV, radio and print in an effort to recruit carers as well as to highlight the plight of young people leaving the care system without supports. 

 

Luke Sapwell

 

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I am a banking and finance professional with over 12 years’ experience working for some of Australia’s largest financial institutions.  Originally from Melbourne, I relocated to Townsville as a child. At age 8 I was placed into foster care with my sister due to a history of family violence and drug & alcohol abuse.  At age 14 our grandparents became our kinship carers until adulthood. My 10 years’ experience in the out of home care system has been a huge driving factor in my desire to be involved with organisations and projects that work with young people in out of home care, foster carers and those who work in the field. 

 

Previously I have had the pleasure of being a Young Consultant with the Create Foundation. This role gave me the opportunity to assist in the running of workshops and events aimed at educating workers and carers on various topics, as well as the development of educational materials and foster carer resources. I was also given a platform to tell my story through radio interviews and workshops. Most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to connect with other young people who were or are in out of home care. We were able to share our experiences with others who truly understood. This experience really cemented my desire to continue my involvement with organisations who work towards bettering the lives of those in or who are involved with the out of home care system. 

 

I look forward to using my role on the FCAV board of directors as a platform to share my personal experiences in the out of home care system. In doing so I hope that I can pave the way for a better experience for all of those young people that find themselves in out of home care.

 

Mathew Fredericks

 

 

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Mathew is an MBA qualified executive who has led a diverse group of individuals to create successful businesses throughout 18 years in business. Mathew has led and implemented business strategies resulting in sustainable growth in business and employee engagement.

 

Additionally, Mathew has significant experience in the implementation of transformation and change management projects across acquisitions, software implementation, automation in manufacturing and supply chain, customer experience, operational transformation to enhance process improvements and EBIT. Implemented the largest business transformation in BASF history during the Covid pandemic.

 

Mathew has grown up with a family experience which included foster children and has a strong connection through niece’s and nephews who have joined his family and made their family a richer environment. This life experience has inspired Mathew and his partner Leo to be foster carers, and they have been fostering children for the past few years, successfully supporting children in need, and supporting the reunification of kinship to the children within their care.

Mathew has joined the FCAV board to champion carers supporting children in need.