Council members

The Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council is chaired by Ms Kay McGrath OAM and includes representatives from key sectors in the community and government.

Council members are appointed by the Premier and are strong advocates for ensuring action on eliminating domestic and family violence in Queensland remains a focus.

  • Ms Kay McGrath OAM (Chair)

    Ms McGrath is an award-winning journalist and presenter with 40 years’ experience in the media. She has presented prime time news bulletins in Queensland for 33 years. In addition to her journalism, Kay has worked as a facilitator, speaker and Master of Ceremonies and supports a variety of community causes. She is patron of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, patron and co-founder of Protect all Children Today, an Ambassador for Act for Kids and Vice Patron of the Queensland Breast and Prostate Cancer Association. She is also the face of Women in Media Queensland.

  • Mr Lance Hockridge (Deputy Chair)

    Mr Hockridge is the former Chief Executive Officer of Aurizon Holdings. He is the founding member of Queensland’s ‘Male Champions of Change’ group that is leading diversity initiatives in the workplace in Queensland. Mr Hockridge won the Australian Human Resource Institute Diversity Chief Executive Officer Champion of 2014, and the United Nations' CEO Leadership Award in 2016. He has enabled a partnership with the Australian National Committee of United Nations (UN) Women and has spoken at UN Women business events across Australia. Mr Hockridge is the Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Queensland Advisory Board, and a former private sector member of the Australian Government’s Department of Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board.

  • Associate Professor Kathleen Baird

    Dr Baird holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women’s and Newborn Services at Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Baird has been a midwife since 1996 and has clinical experience in a variety of positions. In her academic career, which stretches over a decade and two continents, Dr Baird work has a strong focus on the health response to domestic violence and women’s experiences of domestic violence during pregnancy. Her current appointments include Deputy Chair of the Domestic and Family Death Review and Advisory Board, Senior Research Fellow with the University of the West of England, Bristol and Visiting Scholar for Metro South and Bayside Hospitals.

  • Ms Faiza El-Higzi

    Ms El-Higzi is a Board Director with the Queensland Council of Social Service and has extensive experience in multicultural affairs, including working with refugees and asylum seekers. Ms El-Higzi holds many advisory positions in community organisations and peak bodies such as the Queensland African Communities Council, and is a respected Muslim community leader. Ms El-Higzi has experience in strategic policy at both state and federal levels and holds a number of post-graduate qualifications. She is currently undertaking PhD research on gender studies at the University of Queensland.

  • Mrs Denise Kostowski

    Mrs Kostowski is the Principal of Forest Lake State High School. Prior to this, she was the Principal of Spinifex State College in Mount Isa. She has been actively involved and committed to the delivery of quality education programs to students in rural and remote Queensland schools for over 25 years. Mrs Kostowski is an active member of the Mount Isa community and has been recognised for her outstanding leadership by the Principals Australia Institute.

  • Mr Ian Leavers

    Mr Leavers is the General President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Police Union of Employees, a role he has held since 2009, and is a currently serving police officer. Mr Leavers began his police career in 1989 and has worked in General Duties, the Traffic Branch, the Accident Investigation Squad, the Criminal Investigation Branch and the Child Protection Investigation Unit. Mr Leavers serves on several boards, including as a director of QBANK, WorkCover Queensland, Vice-President of the Police Federation of Australia, and is a previous member of the Queensland Government’s Work Health and Safety Board. Together with his extensive policing qualifications, he is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ms Karni Liddell

    Ms Liddell is a disability specialist and a National Disability Insurance Scheme Ambassador and Advisor for the State of Queensland. Ms Liddell is one of Australia's most successful and well-respected Paralympic swimmers and has worked as a social worker, trainer and assessor, radio presenter/journalist and public speaker.

  • Mr Darren Lockyer

    Mr Lockyer is a former professional rugby league footballer, captaining the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australian Kangaroos. He has been highly sought as an ambassador and motivational speaker for various brands and the media. He is currently a Channel Nine commentator, a contributor for The Courier-Mail and an ambassador for Origin Energy, One Key Resources, NRL and the Brisbane Broncos. Mr Lockyer has been involved in a number of charity endeavours including the Life Education Awards and visits to Brisbane’s Children’s Hospital. 

  • Ms Kathryn McMillan QC

    Ms McMillan is a barrister and mediator practicing primarily in all aspects of Administrative Law, Family Law, Civil/Human Rights and Discrimination and Child Protection Law. She has a long-term interest in the legal issues around bioethics as well as domestic and family violence. Ms McMillan is also an Adjunct Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.

  • Mr Edward Mosby

    Mr Mosby is a psychologist with Wakai Waian Healing and has worked at the Helem Yumba Central Queensland Healing Centre. The Helem Yumba model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families prioritises the safety of victims and families while working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence in a culturally appropriate manner. Mr Mosby was a member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children and has presented and published on a number of topics including addressing Indigenous males on family violence and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

  • Dr Wendell Rosevear OAM

    Dr Rosevear is a General Practitioner and Director of Stonewall Medical Centre and has worked in the areas of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, suicide prevention, rape and sexual abuse, gay, lesbian, intersex and transgender health, HIV/AIDS, counselling, and prisoner health. Dr Rosevear is the founder of the Gay and Lesbian Alcohol and Drug support group (GLADS), the Men Affected by Rape and Sexual Abuse support group (MARS), and co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Health Service.

  • Ms Karyn Walsh AM

    Ms Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of Micah Projects which provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families. Ms Walsh has 37 years’ experience in the community sector developing organisations and implementing programs to create opportunities for personal and social change. She has been involved in a range of projects including homelessness partnerships, inclusive health partnerships, the work of Lotus Place, mental health and disability services and domestic and family violence services.

  • Ms Samantha Wild

     Samantha is a proud Wakka Wakka and South Sea Islander woman and is Director for Awakening Cultural Ways which provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and advice on health and human services. Samantha facilitates workshops and research in cultural competency, social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, trauma and healing.

    Samantha began her career 15 years ago as a youth counsellor and advanced to state and national management roles in youth mental health, SEWB and healing. Samantha’s passion is using her knowledge and workshops to inspire healing and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ex-officio members

  • The Council also includes ex-officio members representing Queensland Government agencies with domestic and family violence reform responsibilities. These agencies and current ex-officio representatives are:

    • Department of the Premier and Cabinet — Ms Rebecca McGarrity, Executive Director, Social Policy
    • Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women — Ms Leigh Roach, Deputy Director-General, Strategy
    • Department of Justice and Attorney-General — Ms Jenny Lang, Deputy Director-General, Justice Services
    • Queensland Police Service — Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski APM, Strategy, Policy and Performance

Where to get help

If you are in immediate danger, phone the police on Triple Zero (000).

For help and advice, call:

  • DVConnect Womensline
    1800 811 811
    24 hours, 7 days a week
  • DVConnect Mensline
    1800 600 636
    9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week
  • Sexual Assault Helpline
    1800 010 120
    7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week
  • Elder Abuse Helpline
    1300 651 192
    9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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