Our
Leadership
Team

Reegan Barber

CEO

Dr Reina Michaelson

Head of Research and Program Development


Registered Psychologist

Hillary Milton

Head of Regional Development


Registered Psychologist

Ballina Gee

Head of Project Innovation

Emma-Louise Suzanne

Head of Strategy and Operations

Braddley Hayes

Head of Finance and IT

Reegan Barber

CEO

Reegan Barber is Acting CEO at CAPS. In this role he drives the strategic direction  of the organisation and works with stakeholders across government, corporate and social services sectors to deliver innovative, evidence-based child protection programs.

Reegan has more than 10 years’ experience working at NSW Government agencies in the research and development of policy across diverse areas including domestic violence prevention, social services innovation and the protection of biodiversity. 

Highlights of this work include the delivery of the $20 million NSW Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund and program design for the Social Innovation Council, a civil society partnership to help spark innovation across the social services sector

Dr Reina Michaelson

Head of Research and Program Development
Registered Psychologist

Dr Reina Michaelson has a PhD in Psychology from Victoria University and extensive experience in the field of child maltreatment, with particular expertise in the area of preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. Dr Michaelson joined CAPS in 2013 and since that time she has been responsible for coordinating and implementing a range of parenting programs, including 123 Magic, Triple P, Tuning Into Kids, Tuning Into Teens. In addition, Reina has developed and and facilitated the Safe Children, Safe Families program in NSW early learning centres, preschools and playgroups since 2016.

Prior to her work at CAPS, Dr Michaelson worked with the Northern Territory Government Families and Children as a senior policy officer in child protection reform particularly in relation to the prevention and response to complex child abuse in Indigenous communities. Dr Michaelson has also worked as an international consultant with UNICEF to help developing countries create their own child sexual abuse prevention programs, including Malaysia, Vietnam and the Maldives.

Hillary Milton

Head of Regional Development
Registered Psychologist

Hillary has over 15 years’ experience working as a psychologist with children, adolescents and families, including in the areas of mental health, early intervention, multi-disciplinary teams and interagency child protection. She has a Masters in Family Therapy.

Since starting with CAPS almost two years ago, Hillary has expanded the Safe Children Safe Families program across regional Australia. She has a passion for delivering evidence-based prevention programs and is a keen advocate for services meeting their obligations through the CAPS Child Safe Leaders program.

Ballina Gee

Head of Project Innovation

In her current role as Head of Innovation at CAPS, Ballina Gee works to explore new ideas and partnerships and develop innovative programs including Safe Arrival. Ballina Gee has 20 years’ experience building communities, advocacy and stakeholder engagement including Ambassador Advocacy roles as Pacific Diva and has a social enterprise in the investment market.

Previous initiatives involve leading programs and advocacy campaigns for refugee and multiculturalism social cohesion, environmental refugee impact, community safety and mental health related to trauma induced experiences such as the impact of domestic violence, childhood abuse and seeking asylum. An example is her advocacy around Restorative justice in child protection, family and domestic violence supporting innovative campaigns such as social impact hackathons, mentoring using music therapy for girls and mothers who are suffering and being a supportive advocate to associations such as the newly formed Childhood Domestic Violence Australia.

Emma-Louise Suzanne

Head of Strategy and Operations

Emma-Louise has over 15 years in government and non-government sectors in a consultative manner across Program, Project and Change Management. Emma-Louise brings to CAPS the understanding of efficient and effective governance, strategy planning, operational support, and significant experience in business growth and stakeholder partnership.

Emma-Louise has a strong and passionate commitment to driving advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, and supports the health and safety of women and children.

Braddley Hayes

Head of Finance and IT 

Braddley has over 19 years’ experience working across a variety of sectors, including private, public and non for profit organisations and has attained Certificate IV qualifications in Accounting & Bookkeeping, Business Administration and Workplace Assessment and Training. 

During his career Braddley has successfully operated across a number of key corporate areas, including IT & Project Support, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Recruitment, Client relationship management and Asset management.

Prior to joining CAPS, Braddley was a part of the team that successfully implemented HR & Performance based cloud solutions for non-government and government clients. His primary focus was to support and implement the alignment of the recruitment process to cloud-based platforms.