Our Management Committee are all volunteers and we greatly value the dedication and expertise they bring to the governance of the organisation.
Carly Hanson (she/her) is a qualified lawyer, trainer and governance professional with over 20 years’ experience in the legal, not-for-profit and tertiary education sectors. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies.
Carly is Sector Sustainability Coordinator for Community Legal Centres Queensland, the peak membership body for 32 independent, not-for-profit services providing free legal and social support across Queensland. Carly supports the development of organisational capacity of member organisations, including quality improvement processes, training and innovative and collaborative projects to improve service delivery, governance and professional standards. Carly is the union delegate for her workplace, as well as a representative for the social and community services sector and the branch councillor for women.
Carly is passionate about providing holistic support to people experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage and advocating for the rights of women and pregnant people. She is a dedicated volunteer and has been a member of the Children by Choice Management Committee since 2019, and a member of the Policy and Governance Subcommittee and Risk and Finance Subcommittee. In addition to sitting on the Children by Choice Management Committee, Carly also sits on QLeave’s Community Services Industry Portable Long Service Leave Board.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor in Banking and Finance
Renee is an experienced banking professional with more than 15 years working within the industry. She has worked in the areas of retail, governance, lending, and most recently as a Senior Manager of Banking and Payment Operations, focuses on enterprise-wide process improvement and efficiencies.
Renee holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor in Banking and Finance. Renee is passionate about advocating for women and contributing more broadly to community.
Dr Claire Mohr
Claire Mohr is a GP working at Victoria Point and enjoys providing all aspects of care to a wide range of patients. She also works for Marie Stopes Australia providing reproductive health services in the Brisbane area. She has a keen interest in promoting access for women to reproductive health options.
General Committee Member
Tamsin is a senior procurement manager with extensive experience of category management, supplier relationship management, sustainable procurement and corporate social responsibility. She has a first-class degree in Supply Chain Management and is CIPS qualified. She has over 20 years procurement and supply chain experience in a range of multi-national organisations and in a range of industries.
General Committee Member
Kath is a Social Worker and Legal Practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in the legal and community sector responses to domestic and family violence. Kath has worked providing frontline responses, as well as contributing to research, education, and policy. Her research has focused on the impacts of abortion access barriers on domestic violence victim-survivors, and the impacts of racism on systemic responses to domestic and family violence. Kath was a finalist for the 2019 Dame Quentin Bryce Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate Award. She has collaborated with Children by Choice in their research into reproductive coercion and has been a proud supporter of the organisation and their goals for many years.
General Committee member
Cynthia or Cindi, as she prefers, has had an extensive public and private sector career. As a child and family psychologist, she worked within the government care and protection for juvenile justice areas, and a counsellor and volunteer coordinator in the not-for-profit community sector supporting students and families. She has been a workplace rehabilitation consultant assisting injured and ill workers’ recovery and return to work, and an executive HR manager, executive coach and organisational change agent.
Although Cindi is new to Children by Choice, she is passionate about the advancement of women’s health and wellbeing and contributing to sustainable positive organisational culture.
Dr Asvini Subasinghe
PhD (Public Health)
General Committee member
I have always been a strong advocate for a woman’s right to make sexual and reproductive health (SRH) choices, free from barriers, which is demonstrated by my research in early medical abortion. I can bring extensive knowledge, networks and skills, in research and advocacy, to help further CbyC’s mission to advance reproductive autonomy and improve access to abortion services, particularly for women who have experienced systemic disadvantage.
We have a team of volunteers who regularly commit their time and energy to helping us carry out the work of Children by Choice, in areas including counselling support work, policy and resource reviews, event support, and advocacy work. We’re incredibly grateful for all the support they continue to offer our staff and clients. If you’d like to join them, you can fill out an application form over here.
We love to accept university student placements where possible. Due to our limited capacity, only third or fourth-year students in Social Work, Human Services or Psychology will be considered for counselling team placements. Depending on capacity, we may also accept students from Public Health, Communications, or related fields, for non-counselling placements. You will also need to work from or be familiar with a feminist framework, and be pro-choice. If you are interested in doing a placement with us, please contact us.
Children by Choice is proud to have the support of our three patrons – Senator Larissa Waters, and former Senator Sue Boyce and Claire Moore.Their ongoing support of the work and aims of Children by Choice is invaluable.
Claire Moore is a former ALP Senator for Queensland. Claire is very active in the community, playing an active role in groups like Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and was a founding member of both the Australian Workers Heritage Centre and Emily’s List.
Sue Boyce is a former Liberal Senator for Queensland. Sue has a background in journalism and the manufacturing industry, and is very committed to improving the political participation of women. She is a disability advocate and a past president of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland (DSAQ), and of Lifeways Inc., a Queensland organisation designed to assist ageing parents to plan for the long-term future of their adult child with a disability. Sue is also a past president of the Liberal Women’s Council (Qld).
Senator Larissa Waters
Larissa Waters became Queensland’s first Greens senator to the Federal Parliament at the 2010 federal election. Larissa’s background is in environmental law, where she spent eight years practising in the community sector. Her policy portfolio areas for the Greens while in parliament included environment and biodiversity; women; resources, mining and coal seam gas. She was also a Deputy Leader of the Greens during her time in parliament.