Tony 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. Read More
Tony has worked for the past 30 years as a counsellor, group leader and psychotherapist.
Sandra is the FDS Volunteer Manager and a co-founder of the organisation.
She has a certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs and a diploma in Community Welfare.
Up until 4 years ago she was responsible for all aspects of the telephone line operating and working with the volunteers. She now holds a part time position and works closely with James who has taken over a large part of her duties. Unfortunately, this has led to having less contact with the volunteers which was an integral part of her job and one which she enjoyed.
She has worked closely with the Centre for Volunteering for over 20 years on supporting volunteers.
She loves to read physiological thrillers and watch UK programmes on renovating houses.
Sandra is a mother to Nicola and Jess and grandmother to Joshua.
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 is currently completing a Diploma of Human Resources Management.
Emma Nixon - Development Manager
Theo has worked with Family Drug Support since 2003. He started as a phone volunteer and progressed to project work with Tony Trimingham and was also a board member from 2003-2005. From 2005 to present, Theo is the Manager of FDS’ flagship support program Stepping Stones. As well as managing and delivering the course, he also provides training and supervision for Stepping Stones leaders.
Workwise, Theo is passionate about group work. He is committed to and focused on providing support to families.
Outside of work, Theo enjoys the outdoors and keeping active and fit. He loves tennis, socialising and playing poker. Theo is also an active house husband with a flair for cooking. He travels extensively and particularly enjoys regular motorcycle tours with his lifelong mates through remote places like India, Himalayas and more.
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 20 years. 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 40 yrs 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 BBQs (some would say a contradiction in terms!), and spending time with her family who have been in Australia for 20 years. She especially loves walking in the Blue Mountains on frosty winter days!
Julie Clark - Bridging the Divide Project Officer for New South Wales Read More
Chrissie is a highly experienced Community Services Professional specialising in the Alcohol and other Drugs and Mental Health sectors. She also has had an extensive career delivering nationally recognised Community Services qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector; working previously as a TAFE Team Manager and TAFE teacher.
Chrissie holds qualifications in: Alcohol and other Drugs, Counselling, Community Services Management, Community Development, Disability, Mental Health, Trainer and Assessor, Volunteer Management & Coordination and Active Volunteering.
Chrissie is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Chrissie Kelly - Queensland State Manager
James joined FDS in October 2015. As our Volunteer Coordinator, his role encompasses working with the Volunteer team, undertaking Interviews with potential volunteers, assisting with the delivery of the volunteer training courses, overseeing the 24/7 telephone roster including debriefing and supporting volunteers and any other administrative requirements.
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 is passionate about social justice and equality.
James is currently completing a Cert IV Coordination of Volunteer programs.
Outside of work James enjoys most sports, collecting records, playing guitar and drums, Scrabble, gardening and DIY projects.
James Lomas – Volunteer Coordinator Read More
Angela has a BA in Communications and extensive experience as a publicist in film, theatre and publishing. She first connected with FDS as a parent reaching out for support. While a regular attendee at support group meetings, she volunteered on the FDS 24/7 Support Line. Since losing her 28 year-old son to suicide, Angela embraces with passion her new role as a Family Support Officer with FDS in South Australia. Angela is driven by the courage of so many families struggling to cope with the impact of drug and alcohol use in their midst. Like many she meets, she never expected to find herself in that place of overwhelming fear and grief. She is pleased to be able to direct her empathy and lived experience to a positive end.
A committed advocate for the FDS model, Angela also enjoys spending time with her family (including her dog), going to the theatre, travelling, Zumba and French language
Angela Tolley – Family Support Officer, South Australia
Jenni 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
Chloe is the Victorian Project Officer for Family Drug Support Australia and is responsible for running support groups, community workshops and the FDS flagship program, ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ for families affected by problematic alcohol and drug use.
Chloe has a background in case management for people receiving unemployment benefits, is a Board Member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia and is in her qualifying degree to become a social worker. She is also a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Australia Community Workers Association (ACWA).
Chloe Span – Family Project officer, Victoria
Sally originally graduated with a Bachelor in Arts in Sociology and English and worked in Sales & Marketing and Account Management but found herself pursuing further study in psychology. In January 2018, while studying counselling and working as an Alcohol and Other Drugs caseworker, she began volunteering on the FDS support line, and in June 2019 started with FDS as a Family Project Officer with the amazing SA team: Kendall and Angela. Sally enjoys working with family members whether that is at support groups, delivering Stepping Stones or one to one support.
Sally enjoys reading, creative writing, yoga, spending time with close friends and loves the ocean, music and travelling.
Sally Glover – Family Support Officer
Sue has been the Finance Officer for Family Drug Support working on a part-time basis since June 2019. Sue has a Business Degree majoring in Accounting and has extensive experience in Finance related roles within the Not for Profit and University Sectors.
When not at work Sue enjoys exploring the great outdoors, catching up with friends and cooking.
Sue Atherton – Accounts/Payroll Officer
Anna transitioned from the private sector into the health domain initially as a Carer for her mother in 2014, then joined the FDS Team as a Volunteer on their National Support Telephone Service in 2018, and became a Family Support Worker at FDS in 2019. Having completed a BA in Humanities majoring in political science, Anna identifies the complex landscape of policymaking and is working towards better outcomes for families within drug reform in Australia. Currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Human Services, with a dissertation in Childhood and Family Studies, Anna has a strong research focus on AOD and Mental Health, positing dependency as a health issue in alliance with Queensland Human Rights Legislation 2020.
As an advocate for harm reduction initiatives, she supports therapeutic rehabilitation for recovery and re-integrative purposes. Anna’s passion for social justice drives her commitment to empower families and friends of loved ones that are faced with a dependency journey. Spare time revolves around spending time with her precious family and friends and loving her cats and dog.
Anna Daglish - Family Support Worker
Denise has been working with FDS since January 2018. Denise commenced working with FDS in a P/T capacity as the Accounts Officer. Denise moved into a F/T role as an Administration Assistant in June 2019.
Denise has held various finance positions and customer service roles. She has a passion for supporting people and is committed to the FDS model and believes in the benefits of Supporting the Family.
To unwind Denise spends time with her Cattle X couch potato dogs and cat, for exercise she enjoys Zumba and other dance styles.
Denise Mead - Administration Assistant
Jane joined FDS in November 2019. As one of our Administration Officer, her role includes media, assisting with event organising and coordinating the newsletter. Jane has extensive experience of working in health.
Jane is passionate about travelling, kayaking, hanging out with friends, trail running and her dog.
Jane - Administration Assistant
Ali Simmons joined the Family Drug Support team in Rockhampton in January 2020 as a Family Support Worker.
With a background in Mental Health Ali worked with the NHS and Social Services in England before moving to Australia with her husband and three young children in 1997 and settling in Yeppoon some years ago. Ali has most recently been working for Livingstone Shire council with disengaged youth as a Facilitator.
Ali prides herself on her values of teamwork, respect, integrity and commitment to supporting individuals and families. In her spare time, Ali loves spending time with family, friends and travelling whenever possible.
Ali Simmons - Family Support Worker Queensland
I have always been passionate about social justice, equality and empowering people. Since completing my Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Social Work I have been fortunate to work across the globe in a variety of fields supporting individuals and families from different cultural backgrounds on their unique journey, from remote parts of Australia to Africa and across Europe. I think it is vital that services acknowledge the value in supporting families and recognising without judgement the challenges experienced by family members, as well as encouraging coping and self-care.
Natasha Stapleton - Family Support Worker Queensland
Gayle joined FDS in June 2020 bringing with her nearly 30 years of administrative experience working in various sectors including legal, health and 10 years working in the not-for-profit community sector including several years in the AOD field.
Gayle believes in the FDS model and considers it a privilege to help make a positive difference in the lives of the families assisted by FDS.
In her spare time Gayle enjoys gardening, drawing, photography and spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors.
Gayle Shaw - Administration Assistant
Amy has worked in the Welfare sector since 2004, primarily with adolescents and families, both in the out-of-home-care sector and in a family preservation capacity.
She is a trained counsellor with additional tertiary qualifications in Community Education and Media & Communications.
Having frontline experience and extensive training in trauma informed practices, Amy is empathetic, patient, and compassionate in her approach with clients.
Amy is originally from Edinburgh in Scotland and also lived in Greece for many years before settling in Australia in 2007. She enjoys immersing herself in new cultures and exploring the world.
Amy - Bridging the Divide officer, NSW.