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.


Natalie Poulos

Admin Assistant to the CEO

Natalie is originally from Sydney but has recently relocated from an 11-year stint in New York City. She wishes to pursue a career in the homelessness sector and brings a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to the office.

Natalie’s hobbies include baking treats for the team and her family.


Olivia Iannelli

Senior Research and Policy Officer

Olivia holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University where she also spent time working as a Research Assistant and a BA in Arabic and Politics from SOAS University of London. Before joining us, Olivia worked and volunteered for various human rights organisations in the field of domestic violence, children’s rights and modern slavery in the UK, Australia and Jordan such as Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, Amnesty International, ECPAT UK and Leaders of Tomorrow.

She has extensive experience in writing and delivering high-level reports for governmental bodies on issues linked to victim’s rights and human rights. For instance, alongside Dr Muraszkiewicz, she recently undertook a review of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of human trafficking within the UK for the European Commission and is currently working on a project funded by the Irish Policing Authority on victims’ experience with the Garda Síochána.

As a recent migrant to Australia, Olivia loves exploring different beaches and walking and running with her puppy!


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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