Pam Barker

Chief Executive Officer

Pam has extensive experience across the not-for-profit sector. Pam’s experience includes National Program Manager of the Health & Wellbeing Program at ACON, New South Wales’s largest LGBTIQ Health Service, and Senior Manager at the Black Dog Institute.

Before this, she managed Open Doors Youth Service, QLD’s largest LGBTIQA+ youth service supporting children and young people aged 12–24 years. Open Doors Youth Service is a Reconnect funded organisation providing homelessness prevention and psychosocial support to children and young people. Pam advocated for change in policy reform at both state and federal government levels partnering with stakeholders to affect change across QLD for LGBTIQ Youth.

Pam is studying for her degree in Psychology and will register as a Clinical Health Psychologist specialising in youth. She also sits on the board of WayAhead Mental Health Association.

Pam brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and passion to the homelessness sector advocating for our members and improving the lives of children and young people across NSW.

Megan Hall

Health Promotion and Training Coordinator

Megan delivers our Sticky Stuff program alongside other NSW Health initiatives, all aiming to improve sexual health outcomes for young people throughout NSW. Megan is driven to provide holistic health information and practical solutions to ensure that participants feel prepared and comfortable to open up the conversation of sexual health with young people.

Megan comes from a nursing background, having spent 3 years working in the area of sexual health. Before this, she worked with children and young people in many different capacities, as an Indigenous Group Training Consultant, a Boarding Supervisor at a Residential college and an Outdoor Education Instructor. Regardless of her role, Megan has always been passionate about empowering individuals to challenge themselves.

Trish Connolly

Research and Policy Manager

Trish has an extensive background in homelessness and domestic abuse policy, research service design, and service system reform within an Australian and UK context. She has worked across a broad range of sectors including the NSW State Government, UK Government, peak bodies, non-government/frontline service providers and charities. Trish is an experienced consultant having established her own business in 2016 and a new consultancy service within one of the UK’s biggest homelessness charities, Crisis UK.

Her most recent experience has been in a service delivery capacity in the community housing sector. Trish is strongly committed to ending homelessness and has a distinct passion to work in the youth homelessness sector. She was a member of the Yfoundations Board in 2014/15 to provide expertise on the impacts and best practice approaches for young people experiencing domestic and family violence.

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