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 Blake
  • James Lomas
  • Krystal Scott
  • Sandy Leaver
  • Amy Hubbard
  • Jenni Young
  • Debbie Warner
TonyTony 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 Coordinator 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

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 Manager. Dom commenced 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 - Queensland Project Manager
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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
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 businesses 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 joined the FDS team and is now a Family Support Worker in Queensland.
 
Supporting the Queensland team, Devushka assists with family support meetings, taking calls from clients, presenting Stepping Forward workshops and other duties as part of the QLD 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.
                                       
                                                                      Devushka Blake - Family Support Worker, QLD
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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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Krystal Scott

Krystal commenced work with FDS in 2016, as part of FDS’ expansion in Queensland. Prior to this, Krystal worked in government in various roles including case management, program facilitation, training, management and project officer roles. Most recently she was part of a project team which was responsible for the re-introduction of court-referred youth justice conferences to Queensland, a positive outcome for both youth and families. Her background includes working with involuntary clients with drug and alcohol issues, in addition to engaging with the families of these clients.

Krystal’s passion lies in group work, where the highlight is people’s capacity to facilitate their own personal change journey. She has a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a strong belief in harm minimisation and drug law reform.

Krystal enjoys taking her twins to the movies, yoga and swimming.

                    Krystal Scott – Family Support worker, QLD
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Sandy Leaver

Sandy is a qualified, compassionate and empathetic professional with over 25-years combined experience in community services, administration, retail, counseling, and funerals. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Social Science at Tabor College in 2016, and during this time, volunteered with various community service organisations, including 3-years with FDS on our National Support Line. While each volunteering role was a rich and rewarding experience, Sandy says the completion of a 100-page biography for a palliative client and supporting a young refugee family from Syria were particularly worthwhile and fulfilling for her.

Sandy takes great pleasure in spending quality time with her family along with her much loved furry friends, and in her spare time, enjoys Saturday morning park runs, yoga classes, regular sessions with a personal trainer, and catching up with friends.

                    Sandy Leaver – Family Support Worker, SA
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Amy Hubbard

Amy is our newest member of the FDS team, commenced in March 2017. As our Administration Officer, her role encompasses many clerical and support functions.
Prior to FDS, Amy has spent the past 10 years gaining experience in various roles in Admin, Retail Management and volunteer youth and community work while completing her Diploma in Business Administrations in 2016. Amy is currently planning to continue her tertiary studies to obtain a degree in Psychology providing her with more knowledge and experience in the field she is most passionate about as she is all about supporting people of all walks in life.

Amy is a keen participant in social justice and equality issues, partaking in annual awareness fundraisers such as Sleep in your Car & Live below the line.
In Amy's spare time she enjoys an active lifestyle, reading, motorbike riding, and singing, as well as travelling.

                    Amy Hubbard – Head office Administration
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Jenni YoungJenni commenced with FDS in July 2016 in Head office. Jenni is responsible for data entry. Jenni’s attention to detail and accuracy is immeasurable.

Jenni is a grandmother of 3 and in her spare time enjoys reading and cross stitch.
 
                    Jenni Young – Head office Administration officer
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Deb Warner

Debbie began volunteering in 2009 on the telephone line and facilitating fortnightly support groups in Geelong and in Melbourne. In 2010 Debbie started facilitating our Stepping Stones to Success course and facilitating further Melbourne support groups.

Debbie is currently the Volunteer Manager helping to train and manage our volunteers on the telephone line and Victorian support groups. Debbie understands and is passionate about helping families, friends and partners to walk alongside the person who is struggling with their drug and or alcohol use. Her study includes a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work).

Debbie enjoys holidaying with family and friends, bush walking, playing netball, reading and her long involvement as a volunteer with the McKinnon Basketball Association.

She continues to advocate for positive change in Australia’s drug policy.

                    Debbie Warner – Volunteer Manager
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Julie Clark

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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