Our staff


Chief Executive (Position vacant)

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

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.

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Policy, Research & Government Relations

Meredythe Crane, Manager, Research

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.

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.

Di Martin, Manager, Public Interest

Di has a long history in communications, including more than 20 years at the ABC working across TV, radio and online. She is a Walkley Award winner for her reporting on East Timor. For a decade she worked as an investigative reporter with ABC RN’s Background Briefing program. Di has run her own communications consultancy specialising in assisting not for profit organisations to improve their communications and messaging efforts. At FARE she is looking at online sales and marketing of alcohol, and how packaged liquor outlets target vulnerable Australian communities.

Sarah Ward, Principal 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.

Dr Jenny Goodare, Senior Policy Officer

Jenny oversees FARE’s work in ACT and Victoria and currently works across a number of FARE’s work programs including tax, cancer risk and online sales and delivery. 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 Senior Policy Officer at the medical research charity Breast Cancer Now, before moving to Australia in 2016.

Madeleine Day, Senior 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.

Health Promotion

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.

Find out more about FARE’s policy priorities | View FARE’s research library


Jemima Turner, Senior 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 – Thursday.

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.

Steven Rummukainen, Digital Marketing Officer

Steven supports FARE’s communications objectives through assisting with graphic design and multimedia content development, publications and collateral, and website development.

Clare Ross, Media Manager

Clare supports FARE’s external relations to raise the profile of alcohol harm in the media and public policy arena. Clare has more than 20 years’ experience working in government and professional organisations in media, strategic communications, and issues and crisis management.

Kamara Buchanan, Senior Communications Officer – Campaigns

Kamara has background in not-for profit campaign and event management. Kamara is project manager for FARE’s leading campaigns including End Alcohol Advertising in Sport and the Pregnant Pause campaign. Kamara also supports FARE’s communication activities through content development, media monitoring, digital and social media. Kamara works Monday – Thursday.

Jayme Markus, Senior 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.

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Development and philanthropy

Grants and Funding Officer (Position vacant)

Corporate Services

Danielle Kerlin, Office Manager

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 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.

Anne-Maree Bourke, Executive Officer