Natalie is the Queensland Public Guardian, an independent statutory appointment, and CEO of the Office of the Public Guardian.
Natalie is passionate about advocating for people experiencing vulnerability. Her career has been underpinned by her drive to protect the rights and interests of children and young people in the child protection system, in addition to adults who have impaired decision-making capacity. Before taking up the role as Public Guardian, Natalie was an Executive Director with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services where she led the child protection, domestic violence, carers, ageing and disability portfolios for the state.
Natalie began life as a lawyer but very quickly found herself working on the ground in Aboriginal communities on violence-prevention initiatives. Natalie has worked with communities from Cape York to the Western Desert. Natalie has been fortunate to lead organisations across all three sectors, public, private and non-Government organisations.
At NEAC 2019 Natalie will speak at: