Board of Directors

Blue Hope’s Board of Directors consists of independent members who each contribute a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience including public and private sector leadership, stakeholder management, corporate development and governance, civil and criminal law and of course policing experience.

The Board is responsible for setting the strategic, operational, administrative and financial direction of the organisation. To facilitate its efficient operation, the Board regularly seeks advice from the Industry and Consumer Reference Group which comprise a wide variety of representatives with a broad range of skills and experience.


Board of Directors

ANDREW AYRES

Director - Project Services

Andrew is a committed family man and a current serving member of the Queensland Police Service with 25 years experience. He has served in both metropolitan and rural settings, and is currently a Detective Sergeant within the North Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch.

Andrew is a co-founder of Blue Hope and is now the Director of Project Services within the organisation, where he passionately gives of his time and energy in coordinating fundraising events. He is committed to helping current and former police officers and their families and has worked tirelessly since the inception of Blue HOPE to make it the success it is today.


Board of Directors

MARK KELLY

Director - Mental Health Services

A former Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police, Mark served in a variety of operational roles, investigating a range of transnational crime types ranging from narcotics and human trafficking to counter terrorism and child protection operations.  Mark led investigation teams throughout Asia and Europe and in his role as Crime Manager (Human Trafficking) delivered training to law enforcement agencies from around the world.

Mark was the lead investigator on several high profile investigations within Australia and overseas and was an investigator on the ground in Bali following the bombing in 2002. He is the proud recipient of the AFP Operations Medal and AFP Long Service Medal. Mark also served on the national council of the Australian Federal Police Association.

Mark resigned from the AFP in 2011. Now a Counsellor and Behavioural Scientist, Mark holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and is undertaking post-graduate psychology studies at the University of Queensland.  Mark is responsible for the coordination of mental health services for our clients and conducting scientific research on police specific mental health issues.


Board of Directors

SAM SCIACCA

Director - Legal Services

Sam Sciacca is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and former Chief Operating Officer of Sciaccas Lawyers Pty Ltd.  Sam is the Managing Director of Optimum Legal Solutions Pty Ltd and possesses over 20 years general legal experience.  For the past 12 years he has worked in the areas of industrial relations and workers compensation, dealing with mental health issues.

Sam has experience in acting on behalf of employers, employees and unions and has provided legal advice to the Queensland Police Union of Employees for the past 10 years. He has a passion in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all the men and women who serve in the police service.

Sam regularly travels throughout Queensland to meet with clients and also give presentations to industry and employee groups on various matters pertaining to his areas of expertise.

Qualifications and Affiliations:

  • Bachelor of Business (HRM Major), University of Southern Queensland
  • Juris Doctor, University of Southern Queensland
  • Member of the Queensland Industrial Relations Society
  • Member of QLD Law Society

Board of Directors

KATHRYN BRITT

Director - Media & Public Relations

Kathryn is director of Brisbane public relations consultancy Cicero Communications. For the past two decades she has provided strategic media and communications advice to a wide range of businesses, in particular for the financial services, professional services and not-for profit sectors.

A former journalist, Kathryn moved into media relations roles with organisations including Deloitte, University of Queensland, NSW Cancer Council and BBS Communications before establishing her own consultancy.

She is the former national media manager of Mother’s Day Classic, a national fundraising and awareness event which has raised more than $30 million for breast cancer research. Prior to this role she provided volunteer PR services to the Brisbane Mother’s Day Classic event for seven years, and volunteer media advice to Opportunity International’s Colourful Ball.

Kathryn is immediate past president of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Queensland chapter and is passionate about the role good communications can play in creating positive change in communities.


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