Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
(available 24 hours 7 days a week)

Our People

  • Tony Trimingham - CEO OAM
  • Sandra Lines
  • Emma Nixon
  • Kath Ashton OAM
  • Theo Chang
  • Dom Shelley
  • Julie Clark
  • Michael Miller
  • Louise Hughes
  • Devushka Scardigno
  • James Lomas
TonyTTony Trimingham arrived in Australia in 1968 as a ten pound pom from the English Lake District.
His lifelong loves are Manchester City Football Club and the Beatles although he has an eclectic taste in hobbies including history (esp. English Medieval), theatre, opera, all kinds of music, poker, cricket and collecting stuff. 
He is a bridge Grand Master (although he hasn't played for years), a member of the Australian Sceptics Society and the Richard 111 Society. He has been on 'The Road Less Travelled' for about 32 years and recommends the journey. 

Tony has worked for the past 30 years as a counsellor, group leader and psychotherapist.
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Sandra LinesSandra Lines (Trimingham) is the Telephone and Volunteer Manager and has been with FDS from the start. After the formation of FDS, Sandra studied and recieved a certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Diploma in Community Welfare. She is Tony's greatest support and her contribution to FDS is beyond measure. 
She has great people skills and a phenomenal memory.
When not in the office she enjoys reading and watching life style programs particularly those in England. She is the mother of Nicola and Jess and is now a grandmother to Joshua. 
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Emma commenced working for FDS at the beginning of August 2013. As the Development Manager, Emma's role is varied.

Emma's training and background is in Business Administration and Management. Prior to moving to Katoomba, Emma worked for Education Queensland as a Business Services Manager in Primary and High Schools for over 6 years. Prior to her appointment with FDS, Emma worked in Job Services as a Program Manager for 3 years, working with job service clients, disability clients and D&A clients.

Emma enjoy's walking her two 13 year old dogs every morning. A great way to start the day!

                    Emma Nixon - Development Manager
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Kath AshtonKath is very well known in Adelaide and has been supporting families there for many years. In 2000 she attended our "Voices to be Heard" conference in Sydney and accepted the role of running FDS services in South Australia.
Kath is a person who goes the extra mile, supporting families and all who know her speak glowingly of the impact she has had on their lives.
Kath displays the FDS ethos in everthing she does.
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Theo ChangTheo began volunteering with Family Drug Support from 2003. He began as a phone volunteer and progressed to project work with Tony Trimingham. Theo was a member of the board from 2003-2005. From 2005, Theo has been on contract as a part time employee of FDS. He is the Project Manager for FDS' flagship and award winning program- Stepping Stones to Success. 
As well running and training others to run Stepping Stones to Success, he also runs a local suppport group in Coffs Harbour and responsible for creating local support groups in areas where he has successfully run Stepping Stones.  
Theo holds a Bachelor of Counselling and Life Change and is currently doing a Masters (Hons) in Counselling Research. Prior to 2002, Theo was an IT consultant working nationally and internationally. He was also a VP of a boutique recruitment/placement agency with responsibilities for offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney servicing blue chip international clients as a preferred supplier. 
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Dom Shelley works for Family Drug Support (FDS) as the Queensland Project Officer for the Bridging the Divide Program. He started with FDS in July, 2011. 
He has a passion for working in the Alcohol and Drug field and has enjoyed various positions in this area since 2005. He has also enjoyed working with Queensland Indigenous community members.
He is a keen musician and has been playing drums for around 20 years, loves to surf, and plays club cricket. 
                             Dom Shelley - Bridging the Divide Project officer for Queensland
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Julie Clark is the Project Officer for 'Bridging the Divide' services in NSW responsible for North Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter New England and Outer West.

Julie is a citizen of the world and was born and brought up in Zambia, Africa for 20years. Julie then lived and worked in the UK as a Drug and Alcohol Case Manager, Youth Worker, Stop Smoking Adviser, Yoga Teacher and Facilitator for Restorative Conferencing. In other words a woman of many hats! When Julie was 40yrs she gained a BSc Hons in Social Sciences and later on a BA in the science of Youth Work and Communities. In her current role she is dedicated to working and sharing her valuable experience and skills with families. She genuinely believes 'we can walk the journey of success' together.

Now permanently residing in Australia, Julie enjoys the sea, swimming, vegetarian cuisine and BBQ's (some would say a contradiction in terms!) and, spending time with her family who have been in Australia for 20years. She especially loves walking in the Blue Mountains on frosty winter days!
                              Julie Clark - Bridging the Divide Project officer for New South Wales
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Michael has a passion for working with people who are affected by someone's alcohol or drug usage.

He has studied in Community Services, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Pain Management and is presently studying for a diploma in AOD and Mental Health. Born in Melbourne and having witnessed the effect upon family members and friends, Michael is able to support other families based on personal experiences. He has worked in a variety of fields from the Stock Exchange to professional sailing and community organisations and is now working in the field where his passion lies.

He loves the outdoors, gardening, painting, reading, scrabble, mindfulness, family and friends and follows the Hawthorn football club.
                                        Michael Miller - Bridging the Divide Project Officer for Victoria and Tasmania
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Louise's involvement with FDS commenced in 2013 when she was appointed as the Accounts Manager.

She also works in a Job share position with Hilary in Administration.

Both positions are very different and require her to use very different skills.

Louise's account days are filled with payroll, invoicing, bookkeeping, processing payments and record keeping. Whilst her administration days are filled with telephone calls, mail outs, data entry, general office duties and most importantly making a good coffee!
Prior to FDS, Louise spent the past 12 years operating a Bookkeeping /Accounting Business to a diverse range of business's within the Blue Mountains area. In 2013, she completed a Degree in Management (BAM). In 2015, Louise plans to continue her studies by entering into the CPA program, providing her with more knowledge and experience.
In order to keep up with her 11-year-old son Jack and their two dogs, she keeps herself fit. She enjoys simple pleasures, like sharing a meal and having a laugh with family and friends.
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DevushkaAfter becoming a member in 2014 due to her family’s experiences with drug and alcohol issues, Devushka has now joined FDS as Family Support Worker in South Australia. 
Supporting Kath Ashton, Devushka assists with family support meetings, taking calls from clients, presenting Stepping Forward workshops and other duties as part of the SA service. Devushka is passionate about helping families in need, and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Community Services.
In Devushka's free time she enjoys keeping fit, reading and singing, as well as being Mum to her two daughters Breeze and Eden.
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James LJames is the newest member of the FDS team, joining in October 2015. As our Administration Officer, his role encompasses many clerical and support functions, such as; answering phone calls, processing payments and forms, data entry, mail outs, filing, and (like all FDS staff) making a good coffee!

Prior to joining FDS, James had worked in a number of customer service, administration and learning and development roles, primarily in the Social Service sector.

James has experience with many customer database systems. James has strong skills recording and analysing data skills. James is passionate about social justice and equality.

Outside of work James enjoys most sports, collecting records, playing guitar and drums, Scrabble, gardening and DIY projects.

James Lomas – Administration Officer

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