Michael Thorn, Chief Executive
Michael Thorn is Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and has been responsible for leading FARE’s efforts to stop alcohol-related harm in Australia since January 2011. He sets the direction of and provides leadership to our small team of dedicated staff.
Michael previously worked for the federal government as a senior official in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He was a project director in the department’s strategy and delivery division.
Michael has a strong strategic policy background, with extensive experience in strategic social policy development and implementation, most recently in Canberra and previously as a policy director of the Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet from 2001 until 2008. Michael has also worked as a policy and management consultant in the fields of housing, Indigenous affairs, regional economic development and employment, and early in his career was a policy adviser and chief of staff to WA Government Ministers.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Finance) from Edith Cowan University.
Sharrin Wells, Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary
Sharrin has 27 years’ experience in all key aspects of commercial business and public and private sector management. Sharrin’s career is characterised by a series of demanding roles and projects, seeing her implement ground-breaking, innovative solutions. Sharrin has developed a depth of understanding of a wide range of organisations while living and working in remote Aboriginal communities for more than 10 years.
Sharrin is responsible for the financial and corporate management of our operations. As Company Secretary, Sharrin is responsible for compliance and governance-related administrative tasks of the board and organisation. Sharrin holds a Bachelor of Business (Acc), Masters in Strategy and Planning, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), MAICD.
Jeremy Henderson, Director of Communications
Jeremy is a public relations specialist with thirty years’ public relations and media experience in both the private and government sectors.
A journalist by profession Jeremy has worked on both sides of the ‘media fence’ and is skilled at preparing and presenting targeted and clear communications to specific audiences.
Prior to joining FARE Jeremy was the Public Relations Manager for a Canberra-based IT Infrastructure consultancy. Over 20 years Jeremy also regularly ‘consulted’, providing media training services to national media training organisation, Roger Fry & Co.
He commenced his career as an on-air reporter with Prime Television, and was later engaged by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage its media liaison activities in Australia.
Trish Hepworth, Director of Policy and Research
Trish works with the policy, research and health promotion teams to develop strategic policy and research directions. Trish is responsible for the Foundation’s policy analysis and development, advocacy, research and research translation. A public policy specialist with a legal background, Trish has worked across non-for-profit, government and corporate sectors in five countries, and has consulted widely on strategic policy, government relations, research and analysis.
Sarah Thyssen, Director of Development and Philanthropy
Sarah leads the Development and Philanthropy division of FARE, and is responsible for fundraising to support FARE’s research and education work. Sarah has over ten years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector for a range of organisations including health and medical research, education, social disadvantage and arts sector organisations. She is passionate about working with FARE’s supporters to stop alcohol related harm in Australia through education and research and to bring about impactful social change.
Sarah joined FARE in August 2018 and is based in Melbourne.
Policy & research
Amy Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research (Maternity leave)
Amy is a public health professional with a strong strategic policy background who has worked in the government and not-for-profit sectors. Amy works with the policy team and executive to develop strategic policy and research directions for the Foundation.
Meredythe Crane, Senior Policy Officer
Meredythe oversees FARE’s work in Queensland and the Northern Territory, including our partnerships with the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol and the Alice Springs-based People’s Alcohol Action Coalition. Her background is primarily in the health and education sectors. Prior to joining FARE, Meredythe worked for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA). Meredythe has a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Food Technology, and a Bachelor of Science.
Nicole Lim, Senior Policy Officer (Maternity leave)
Nicole oversees FARE’s community polling projects, including our annual alcohol poll. She is also responsible for FARE’s work in the Australian Capital Territory, as part of our NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance.
Dr Jenny Goodare, Senior Policy Officer
Jenny oversees FARE’s work in Victoria and currently works across a number of FARE’s work programs including cancer risk and the National Alcohol Strategy. Jenny holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Masters and PhD in the History of Science. She has experience working in UK policy and politics, most recently in London as a Policy Officer/ Senior Policy Officer at the medical research charity Breast Cancer Now, before moving to Australia in 2016.
Sarah Ward, Senior Policy Officer
Sarah joined FARE in November 2011. She has worked in the alcohol and other drug field for over 15 years including positions at the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, Action on Smoking and Health (England), Alcohol Concern, and the National Health Service Camden. Sarah works on FARE’s policy areas of alcohol and pregnancy, including responses to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the prevention of alcohol-related family violence and issues around the application of competition policy in public health. She led the development of FARE’s national Women Want to Know campaign and continues to oversee its implementation. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts and Postgraduate diploma in Health Promotion. Sarah works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Madeleine Day, Policy Officer
Maddie manages FARE’s work on prevention and non-communicable diseases attributable to alcohol, including the organisation’s Prevention 1st campaign. She is also responsible for FARE’s work in New South Wales as part of our NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance. Maddie has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Masters of Social Change and Community Development.
Dr Melanie Pescud, Research Manager
Melanie manages FARE’s research program and provides strategic advice on FARE’s research direction. Prior to joining FARE, Melanie was a Research Fellow over a period of three years at the Australian National University at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. In the eight years prior, she worked as a public health researcher at the University of Western Australia. Melanie holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Western Australia.
Rosemary White, Research Coordinator
Rosemary is responsible for the management of FARE’s research collaborations, grants, community projects, and partnership agreements. Over her career, she has worked across the allied health sector in in the fields of child protection, mental health and drug and alcohol services. Prior to joining FARE, she worked for a rural drug and alcohol service developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion and offender education programs. Rosemary has a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. She works Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Susan Hickson, Health Promotion Officer
Susan oversees the project management of FARE’s Women Want to Know and national Pregnant Pause campaigns. She also contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of other health promotion activities, including a current project addressing risky drinking among undergraduate university students in the ACT.
Jemima Turner, Communications Officer
Jemima has a background in public relations, communications and public affairs. Jemima supports FARE’s communications objectives through content development, digital media and media relations, and communications strategy development and implementation. Jemima works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Karlo Aliling, Senior Digital Marketing Officer
Karlo supports FARE’s communications objectives by providing graphic design expertise, developing multimedia content, assisting with publications and collateral, website development, photography and videography.
Kamara Buchanan, Project Officer
Kamara is the project manager for FARE’s grants and campaigns including Pregnant Pause and Game Changer+, which are currently being rolled out in the Australian Capital Territory. Kamara works Mondays to Wednesdays.
Jayme Markus, Communications Officer
Jayme has a background in sports writing and social justice communications. Jayme supports FARE’s communications objectives through content development, media monitoring, digital and social media, and communications strategy development and implementation.
Development and philanthropy
Director of Philanthropy (Appointment pending)
Grants and Funding Coordinator (Position vacant)
Danielle Kerlin, Administration Coordinator
Dani performs a wide variety of administrative, secretarial, and program support activities and serves as primary point of contact for external stakeholders. An experienced administrator, Dani has worked as an office manager and owner of a small business for over eight years. She holds a BA Arts from the Australian National University, a Cert III Population Health and has extensive experience in promoting health in the community as a qualified yoga teacher.
Zenka Taffe, Senior Finance/Administration Officer
Zenka provides administrative support to the FARE team, including travel management, human resources, and finance administration.
Tim Treloggen, Information Technology Coordinator
Working with the CFO the IT Coordinator is responsible for the overall technology infrastructure including planning, implementation and management of the software applications and hardware infrastructure that support FARE’s operations.