Governance

We’re part of the Key Assets Group – an international social enterprise that provides a comprehensive portfolio of social care services for children and families across four continents and eight countries. In Australia, we’re a not-for-profit company and registered charity. Our CEO Rob Ryan leads the organisation alongside a board of directors.

Each state has a dedicated director responsible for business strategy, development and day-to-day operations. And all our entities are fully reviewed by the group’s global auditor. The Key Assets Group ensures sound governance and high professional standards in all we do.

Our operating structure reflects our culture with a short, simple chain between strategy and service delivery. Throughout the organisation, our systems and internal controls ensure that we comply with statutory, regulatory and internal policies and procedures in all the jurisdictions we operate in.

For more information about us and the Core Assets Group, visit our website www.keyassets.org.

Our Directors

Rob Ryan

CEO, Asia Pacific Region

Rob is the CEO for Key Assets in the Asia-Pacific region. He is responsible for Key Assets’ shared services in Australasia and operations in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Before to becoming CEO, Rob held roles as managing director and executive director with Key Assets and was previously the state director for Queensland.

Before starting his role with Key Assets, Rob was the assistant regional director of the south-east region, child safety in state government, Queensland. In this role, he was responsible for director functions of the Placement Services Unit and the management and support of children in out-of-home care. Rob has worked in the children’s services and out-of-home care area for over 25 years in frontline child protection, policy and programs, training and in senior leadership roles in the government and the non-government.

In 2009, Rob was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study child protection across the United Kingdom, USA and Canada. During a three-month period, he travelled to a range of child protection services across the world to explore various services and programs to support the development of people who work/volunteer in the area of child protection.

Rob has previously held appointments as deputy chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Advisory Council and is currently the chair of the Forde Foundation Board of Advice for Queensland.

Rob holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (UQ)
  • Graduate Certificate (Individual and Family Therapy) (QFTTI)
  • Graduate Certificate – Management (Human Resources and Industrial Relations) (UQ)
  • Master of Professional Education and Training (Deakin)
  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) QLD
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Jamie Hodgson

New South Wales

Jamie has been a director since 2014. He has over 20 years’ experience in out-of-home care, child protection and human services in the UK and Australia.

In the UK, Jamie worked extensively across government and not-for-profit organisations in child protection and the out-of-home care sector. This followed his bachelor’s degree in social work, which he completed after an early career in disability services and policy development. In 2018, Jamie will be embarking on a master’s degree in management at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Mick Austin

Queensland

Mick is a qualified social worker and practice teacher who graduated in 1992. He has spent more than 30 years working in residential services, child protection, fostering and adoption, family preservation and reunification. All within a government or private sector.

Mick has a wealth of experience in out-of-home care and is currently the state director for Key Assets in Queensland. He holds a diploma in management studies from Northumbria Business Academy in 2007. Mick is a member of the United Kingdom Chartered Management Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mick is currently studying for his effective personal leadership qualification through Leadership and Management Australia.

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Caroline Brown

Tasmania

Caroline has led Key Assets in Tasmania since June 2015 and became the director in May 2016. Before this, she was state manager of the Australian Childhood Foundation’s child trauma counselling service, which provides services to children in the child protection system who need additional support.

She has also held a state management role in a disability services organisation, and worked at senior levels for government in South Australia and Tasmania with a focus on child protection, out-of-home care, disability, family violence, youth justice and child health. Caroline holds qualifications in clinical psychology and management.

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Gareth Davies

South Australia

Gareth has worked in social care for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including the UK and various parts of Europe. From origins as a social worker and team manager in Wales, he went on to become director for Wales and later development of strategy and operation for Europe.

Gareth moved to South Australia in 2011, where he now leads the Key Assets South Australia team. He describes the local team as having a great steady pool of foster carers and is working towards expanding the number of foster care placements and other services on offer.

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Lisa Ranahan

Victoria

During her 13 years’ employment with Australian Childhood Foundation, Lisa held several positions from Senior Practice Consultant to National Manager, with the last six years as Program Manager across several programs in regional Victoria, South Australia and the ACT. This was an exciting time for the out of home sector as new models of therapeutic care were being explored with great outcomes for carers, children and young people and their families. Lisa has a real passion for supporting the service system to ensure the care experience of children and young people is focussed on the relationships that enable healing from trauma.

Prior to joining Key Assets, Lisa was the Principal Practitioner of Uniting Wesley where she provided clinical oversight and practice leadership to the executive and leadership teams and 300 staff across children, youth and families, Lifeline and homelessness services.

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Judith Wilkinson

Western Australia

Judith joined Key Assets in September 2012 from the Department for Child Protection, director of fostering services. Commencing social work education at La Trobe University and later postgraduate Business Studies at Oxford University in the UK and University College Dublin in Ireland, Judith has extensive experience in the sector including working in various roles across Europe and Australia.

As the state director for Key Assets Western Australia, Judith enjoys working with her highly professional, dedicated team. As Western Australia prepares to expand its services, Judith will be enjoying the challenges ahead to improve the lives of children, young people and families.

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Clive Robson

Queensland

Clive is a financial controller and has worked in finance in the service industry for over 20 years, across a variety of sectors including telecommunications, travel and tourism, and shipping and logistics. Clive prides himself for his ability in financial control, cost savings, system implementations, project analysis and management reporting.

Clive joined Key Assets in 2013 and enjoys learning about not-for-profit organisations. He provides the Key Assets directors and the Core Assets Group with key management information and analysis to help them make informed decisions.

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