Stephen Simpson, Executive Officer
Over 15 years of Stephen’s professional career has been in the public sector and includes 10 years in senior leadership and management roles. Stephen joined the Council to Homeless Persons QLD in August 2020 after working as the Manager – Service Development and Integration at Queensland Youth and Families Support Service (QYFSS). During his time with QYFSS, Stephen engaged with the Council as a member and also served as a volunteer Vice-President on the Council’s Management Committee.
Stephen began his journey in the public sector working with children under a guardianship order and then moved into the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) sector developing programs and facilitating men’s behaviour change programs, strong advocate for social change, a White Ribbon Ambassador and later went on to become the Vice Chair of the Coalition of Men Supporting Non- Violence Alliance.
Across Stephen’s career he also had the privilege of being the Executive Director and co-founder of Kornar Winmil Yunti (men working together) Aboriginal Corporation. During this time he was an advisor to the Department of Community and Social Inclusions Homeless Strategy, a mentor with the Flinders University Centre for Development Studies Gender Consortium, State Advisor to National Perpetrator Intervention Outcome standards for Australia, and Chair of the Aboriginal Interagency Family and Domestic Violence Reference Group.
Some of Stephen’s other roles have included; the Service Manager for Headspace Rockhampton, and DFV Program Manager for Relationships Australia QLD.
Stephen is passionate in supporting the work in the housing and homeless sector and is excited to be part of the Council to Homeless Persons QLD team. Working in collaboration with the Specialist Homeless Services, the people who use these services and our partners is something he is looking forward to.
Rachel Metcalf, Secretariat
Rachel graduated from James Cook University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Social Science. After moving to Brisbane from Far North Queensland in 2019, Rachel joined the Council in early 2020 as the Volunteer Secretariat. The Secretariat is responsible for the day to day operations of the Council including corresponding with members, arranging meetings, managing the Council’s social media, and assisting the Executive Officer and Management Committee.
Rachel is passionate about the important work of the specialist homelessness sector in Queensland and is proud to work with Council to Homeless Persons Queensland during a changing time for the organisation.