Meet The Team

Beth McCann

  As the Research and Evaluation Manager at CFRE, Beth has oversight over the capability, quality and progress of all internal programs, in addition to managing external research and evaluation projects. Beth has experiencing developing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of projects and programs that span public health, family violence, refugee and asylum seeker services and child and family services, both in Melbourne and internationally. Beth has experience managing […]

Gabriel Aleksandrs

Gabriel is Senior Policy and Strategic Manager at Drummond Street where he plays an executive role supporting policy advocacy, research and the development of organisational strategic priorities. Gabriel is passionate about mental health, LGBTIQ health and wellbeing, prevention and responses to family violence/sexual assault, older people’s issues, Illness prevention and healthy environments. Gabriel has published articles on LGBTIQ+ experiences of mental illness, family violence, homelessness and research focussing on the experiences of carers of LGBTIQ+ people […]

Ellen Poyner

As Senior Research Officer at CFRE Ellen manages the research and evaluation of a number of violence prevention and co-production projects, including LGBTIQ+ family violence prevention evidence-building projects. Ellen is passionate about the co-design of programs and initiatives to best meet the needs of communities. She brings over 10 years experience working with schools and community services where she has developed expertise in co-production processes and violence prevention. Ellen’s research […]

Madeline Gibson

Madeline has been working at CFRE for over two years on service wide evaluation and a range of research projects.  Madeline’s key skills are in quantitative data analysis and research synthesis. She is highly skilled in use of statistical software including SPSS, NVIVO and Excel. Madeline’s strengths are in knowledge translation and data visualisation, she synthesises research findings for a broad variety of audiences. Madeline brings her knowledge in psychology research to a range of projects.  […]

Axel Garay

Axel has recently joined CFRE having worked in the arts, indigenous affairs and international development sectors both in Australia and overseas. Axel is a proud Torres Strait Islander (Mer), Puerto Rican and Malaysian man born and raised on Turrbal/Yugara country (Brisbane). He has a passion for research and evaluation and is interested in emerging Indigenous methodologies and how they can be used to directly impact communities. Axel is also a […]

Catherine Wilson

Catherine has always had a passion for working with LGBTIQ communities around health and wellbeing issues. She joined the queerspace research team after finishing her Master of Social Work degree at the Carleton University School of Social Work (Canada), which has a focus on anti-oppressive practice. In her role as queerspace research officer, she has been mainly involved in family violence research, and queerspace project evaluation and support. She is […]

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