The Executive Team


Tricia Murray AM
Chief Executive Officer

Tricia was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2004. She has worked in the community not for profit sector in NSW and Western Australia for over thirty years, primarily in management positions, with a focus on child protection, homelessness, family violence and children’s services. Tricia is also the Chair of the Children and Family Welfare Agencies Association; a member of the boards of Community Employers of WA and Families Australia; a member of the General Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA and the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Child Protection. She has a degree in Social Work and a Master of Service Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.


Stephanie Jackiewicz
General Manager Early Years

Stephanie began her career as an educator and soon moved into the research stream, firstly as a university lecturer and then as a Senior Research Officer at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. She has been involved in a variety of projects that relate to children’s health and wellbeing over her career.  Stephanie has presented at national conferences and in 2008 at the Early Years Conference in Vancouver, Canada. She was the National Director (WA) on the Early Childhood Australia Board (ECA) for six years. During that time she was involved with the development of the ECA Reconciliation Action Plan and sat on the Barbara Creaser Awards committee. She currently chairs the ECA National Committee reviewing the Code of Ethics.  Stephanie has been a long term advocate for young children and in 2015 was acknowledged for this work with an award for Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Professional Teachers Council of WA.  Prior to joining Wanslea Stephanie led the Early Years Learning and Care Team at Catholic Education Western Australia. She was integral in developing the organisations first child care services and in implementing the EYLF and NQS in the schooling sector.  Stephanie has a Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Science and a Grad Dip in Business Administation. She is currently completing her MBA.


Jo Collins
General Manager Metropolitan Operations

Jo’s passion for working with at risk children and young people commenced when working in South Hedland in 2003. Jo worked as a Youth Worker with the Youth Involvement Council and completed her degree in Psychology. Upon her return to Perth, Jo joined the Department for Child Protection for five years and held various roles before moving across to the NGO sector as Director Out of Home Care with Parkerville Children and Youth Care. Jo’s experience in the Out of Home Care sector includes Family Group Homes, Foster Care, Specialised Fostering, Residential Youth Services and Crisis Accommodation. Jo has been the Chair of CYFAA for the past three years, current Chair of the Alliance for Children at Risk and represents the sector on the OHCIRG in relation to Out of Home Care reform.  This year Jo graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the Curtin Graduate School of Business and recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors' course.


Kati Francis
General Manager Regional Operations

Kati joined Wanslea in 2016 and has worked across a range of Metropolitan services including parenting programs, foster care and grandcare support before taking up her current position as General Manager Regional Operations. Kati has a Masters in Social Work and a Diploma in Management. Kati has worked as a practitioner, manager and strategic lead in Education, Child Protection and Care services for nearly twenty years in the United Kingdom. Kati is passionate about enabling client led service design and delivery, particularly enabling children and young people to have a voice in services designed to keep them safe and support their development.

Dr Estelle McDonald
General Manager Strategy and Business Development

Estelle is the Executive Manager Strategy and Business Development at Wanslea.  Estelle has 20 years of strategy experience across government, non-profit, commercial and community services organisations.  Estelle held a number of strategy roles at the Government Employees Superannuation Board and was Client Director at Barrington Consulting Group. Prior to joining Wanslea, Estelle led national strategy development, innovation and business development opportunities at Silver Chain.  She was heavily involved in responding to the consumer-directed reforms and the development of innovative services and funding models.  Estelle was part of the Wanslea Early Learning and Development Board for seven years.  She is passionate about child development, community and client involvement in service development, innovation and cross-sector collaboration.  Estelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours and PhD from the University of Western Australia.

Liane Papaelias
Chief Financial Officer

Liane Papaelias is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Wanslea Family Services.  Liane has many years of experience in senior executive roles and as a non-executive company director in the not-for-profit sector.  Prior to Wanslea, Liane spent twelve years as CFO and Company Secretary at the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations) where she led financial strategy, asset management and reporting.  Highlights included negotiation of new contracts and funding models with Government and construction of new facilities at Jandakot, Port Hedland, Derby and Broome.  Other senior executive roles include CFO at Autism Association of WA, Management Accountant at Murdoch University and Director of Finance and Administration at Perth College.  Liane first worked in Government and as a consultant with two of the large Chartered Accounting firms before taking on her first management role in the not-for-profit sector where she has now gained over twenty years of rich and rewarding experience.  Liane holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.