Our Board

Dr Christina Curry

Christina is the Chair and founder of Bayside Women’s Shelter. Christina wanted to ensure there was a safe home in South East Sydney for women and children to go to if they were experiencing domestic violence to get the support they needed. She believes that awareness is important but it is
education and action that are vital to eradicate domestic violence.

Christina is an experienced leader with a demonstrated track record in education, people development and community services. With 20 years’ experience in the education sector Christina has developed and refined her skills in professional development, community engagement and social welfare. Christina is currently a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Western Sydney University. Prior to this appointment she worked as a Head of Department in a secondary school for the NSW Department of Education.

Christina is widely engaged in the community, serving as a local government councilor and as the Patron of a women and children’s centre The Deli.

She is a board member of ClubsNSW and The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Christina holds a PhD, a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Physical Education.

Angela Sloan

Angela is the deputy chair of Bayside Women’s Shelter Board. She is passionate about improving the lives of women and children who suffer disadvantage. Angela is engaged in other volunteer activities in the areas of youth mentoring, domestic violence and fundraising for various not for profit organisations.

Angela has been in the investment banking and financial services sector for almost 20 years. Starting her career in the UK, she has worked in Europe, USA and Australia. In her current role, she is responsible globally for many aspects of investment, risk, regulatory compliance, governance and operational process and policy.

Angela holds an honours degree in a mathematics discipline along with a Law degree (England/Wales) and various portfolio management / trading professional exams.

Annabelle Daniel

As CEO of Women’s Community Shelters (WCS), Annabelle has worked with local communities around NSW to establish and open five shelters in Sydney. She has worked with a range of organisations, individuals and community stakeholders and all levels of government to achieve change in the field of homelessness for women.

Annabelle is continuing this work to establish more shelters throughout NSW and is already working with half a dozen communities to expand the WCS model to every community.

Annabelle Daniel has been a family support and operations professional for 20 years, working in private enterprise, Federal government, and the community sector.  Prior to joining WCS as Chief Executive Officer, she held a leadership position in the Department of Human Services, overseeing a child support program.  A key role in Annabelle’s career was the Manager of Elsie, Australia’s longest-established women’s shelter, providing services and support to women and children experiencing homelessness and escaping domestic violence.

Annabelle trained as a lawyer with specific expertise in discrimination and family law. She has extensive experience in administrative decision making for the Australian Government. She investigated and resolved complex complaints and conducted “own motion’ investigations for the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Annabelle has also held a number of board positions in charitable and not-for-profit organisations in diverse fields including community development, fundraising, and the arts.

More information about WCS can be found at womenscommunityshelters.org.au

Hester Leung

Hester is a committee member of Bayside Women’s Shelter. Hester has been a legal services professional for over 17 years, in the areas of funds management and banking and finance. In her current role working in an international financial services firm, she has overseen many aspects of establishing, managing and winding up of enterprises, investment vehicles and their assets in Australia and overseas.

Whilst she specialises in corporate matters and financial services, Hester also has experience in governance and regulatory compliance.  Hester volunteers in different sectors including with the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and more recently with Women’s Community Shelters.

Lorin Muhlmann

Lorin Muhlmann is an active member of the local community with a particular interest in domestic violence prevention. She has a legal and community media background and experience in grantmaking, mediation and social responsibility strategy.

Lorin is an Electorate Officer in the state seat of Coogee. She is committed to supporting constituents and local community groups to build a fairer and more cohesive local community.

Prior to this, Lorin was a Senior Policy Officer at ClubsNSW. Her responsibilities included developing a strategy to assist registered clubs to address domestic violence, developing a Club Industry Best Practice Guide and Sustainability Report, facilitating the rollout of an online grants management system and assisting Member Clubs to meet their obligations under the state-wide ClubGRANTS system.

Lorin has participated in volunteer work for The Deli in Eastlakes, OzHarvest and the Spanish Film Festival. She looks forward to the day when the services of Bayside Women’s Shelter are no longer required.

Sophie Panigirakis

Sophie has built extensive strategic leadership skills, having worked for multinational companies and in smaller organisations with limited resources in senior marketing roles. Bayside Women’s Shelter allowed her to pursue a passion for empowering women and contributing to the community. Operating her branding consultancy BeeStrategic, she has overseen major strategic shifts for operational transformation. A digital native, Sophie is comfortable across all digital channels – SEO, social, mobile and video – and can develop programs, implement and report on cost per acquisition by channel.

Her passion is to use her strategic thinking to manage and execute marketing and content strategies that link back to broader business objectives. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, and establishing governance boundaries in her planning, Sophie has earnt a seat on the Bayside Women’s Shelter board.

She believes Bayside Women’s Shelter is an essential service for the region and paramount for the betterment of women, their children, and society. “I will be able to use my strategic and project planning expertise, and provide commercial leadership to our diverse volunteer base, who are working tirelessly to reduce disadvantage for women survivors of domestic violence.”

Sadie Lees

Sadie is the treasurer of the Bayside Women’s Shelter. Sadie is passionate about providing support and opportunities for women in crisis, and being part of community initiatives to recognise and start to address the numerous challenges facing so many women and children as a result of family violence.

Sadie is an experienced forensic accountant who has worked with Government and private organisations for 15 years to improve their risk, governance, financial controls and compliance monitoring programmes, as well as to investigate fraud, corruption and misuse of public funds.

Sadie holds a Joint Honours degree in philosophy and mathematics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England and Wales (ICAEW), a member of Chartered Accounts Australia and new Zealand (CA ANZ).

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