Sallianne McClelland

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Sallianne McClelland is a local business owner and resident who grew up in Hornsby. She has been a Stage and Event Producer in the Corporate, Association and Philanthropic fields for more than 25 years and currently produces one of the USA’s and Australia’s leading Mixed Media Art Retreats for women aged between 25 – 80 years.  Her expertise is in creating face to face connections and life changing moments.

In 2018 Sallianne was awarded Local Westfield Hero and Local NSW Woman of the Year.

Kiki Paul

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Kiki ran a financial services group for the best part of 20 years, together with her husband.  Past volunteer roles include President of Dutch School “De Kangoeroe”, founder of Women Empowering Refugee Women (an initiative born out of a partnership between Knox Grammar School, Ravenswood School for Girls and Settlement Service International) and mentor to ChangeCoffee.org. 

She currently serves as CEO of Go Gentle Australia.

She has been a resident of St Ives since 2003, where she lives with her family.

Lianne Bolton

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Lianne has extensive experience in the corporate banking sector and is currently CFO at the Bank of Queensland Business division.

Previously from South Africa, Lianne has made Hornsby Heights her home since 2007, where she lives with her family and dogs.

Deborah Harrigan

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Deborah has over 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, dealing with small teams to leading global structures. After taking a sabbatical from the corporate world, Deborah is now involved with a number of charities and is currently in a role with Telstra.

She lives in St Ives with her son.

Catherine Knox

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Catherine Knox was founding CEO and a Director of Gidget Foundation Australia. She currently works with the Asylum Seekers Centre and is a Director of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter.

Catherine is a published author with post graduate qualifications in Gender Studies and Social Impact Business. She was 2013 Woman of the Year for the Davidson electorate.

Louise McCann

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Louise McCann is a Financial Services Executive with 24 years banking and finance experience. Louise has held several national and regional leadership roles within some of Australia’s largest banks. She has a passion for supporting the success of small to medium companies in the profit and for purpose sectors. Louise holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and has served on a number of not for profit boards. Currently she is a director of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and Chair of the Grants sub-committee.

Lucy Garnier

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Lucy is a Senior Leader in the public sector in NSW. She provides strategic advice and plans organisational priorities to ensure excellence in the delivery of the organisation’s strategic plan. Lucy has significant experience in providing quality advice and analysis on key Government priorities.

Lucy is experienced in the design, formulation and implementation of management and governance frameworks and corporate systems and processes. For example, business continuity plans, risk management framework and HR policies. These policies ensure that the organisation operates consistently within best practice governance and ethical standards.

Lucy has wide networks across the government, local councils and industry. Through her ability to develop trust and deal with stakeholders fairly and transparently Lucy facilitates productive negotiations even in highly contentious environments.

Marianna Papadakis

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An experienced communications consultant and multimedia editor with more than 15 years’ in the media sector, Marianna has spent most of her career focusing on justice and legal affairs. With a trained legal lens, Marianna has written extensively on family violence, criminal and family law and particularly the needs of women moving through the justice system. Her expertise encompasses public relations, corporate content from blogs, articles and videos to annual reports and policies, social media, risk and reputation management, marketing and fundraising. Marianna is an active community participant providing advice to several not-for-profit organisations.


Tracey Sigler

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Tracey is a lawyer who joined the HKWS in 2018. Her professional experience includes more than 25 years working in the private sector in senior legal, risk management and knowledge management roles, most recently as a Director in the Quality and Risk Group at Deloitte, Touche Tohmatsu.  In addition, as a carer she has considerable knowledge and experience of the disability and aged care sectors.

Warren Waddell

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Warren Waddell is a local businessman who was born in Hornsby and presently represents A ward on Hornsby Shire Council.

The focus of Warren’s business interests have been in areas of home furnishings, renovation and regional property acquisition. Warren supports a number of organisations with a focus on the provision of safe affordable housing for communities both here and abroad.

Carmel Aitken


Carmel Aitken, Graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium,  A.B.C. correspondent, Actor Queensland Theatre Company. Presently, working as a Company Director.  Carmel has a lifetime commitment to creating a more just society.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson


Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council, elected to Council in 2006. Jennifer’s qualifications are in library and information science with appointments to the University of NSW, University of London and Lane Cove Council. Jennifer was named as the 2014 Davidson Woman of The Year in the NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Hon. Matt Kean MP


Matt Kean has been a strong supporter of the shelter from day 1.

Matt Kean is Hornsby Shire born and bred. From Wahroonga where he was born, to Pennant Hills where he bought his first home, to Hornsby Mall where he has his office, Matt is a true-blue local.

On January 30, 2017 Matt was elevated to the NSW Cabinet as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.

Judith Hopwood


Judy has extensive experience working in the area of health and social justice. She is a Registered Nurse, holds a Master of Bioethics (UTS) and is currently a PhD candidate studying homelessness. As the immediate past MP for Hornsby she continues her involvement in committees addressing the issues of youth, domestic violence, homelessness, housing, health and women’s issues generally.

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