The Guardian’s staff team

picture of Penny WrightPenny Wright Guardian
Penny became the Guardian on 10 July 2017 after a diverse career working as a lawyer, lecturer, mediator, Tribunal Member and former South Australian Senator. She has a history of working to support human rights and to reduce the number of young people in detention. She cares deeply about our community being a safe and good place for all kids, where every child and young person can reach their potential and be proud of who they are. As well as her family, Penny loves music, reading, riding her bike and whipping up desserts.
picture of Mardy McDonaldMardy McDonald Office Manager
Mardy's bio is coming soon.
picture of malcolm downesMalcolm Downes Communications Officer
Malcolm joined the Office in February 2006 after a career which included education, management and communications. He is committed to using all forms of communication to promote, equity compassion and knowledge in the interest of a better community. He enjoys travel, family and videography.
pictur eof Jessica FlynnJessica Flynn Senior Policy Officer
Jess has worked and volunteered in the local government and community legal sectors, and has an interest in systems change, social policy, and law reform. She has worked together with diverse communities to share their stories and make their voices heard. Jess believes that children and young people aren’t the citizens of tomorrow – they’re citizens right now, and are capable of making a meaningful and important contribution to our communities. Jess loves gardening, but most of all, she loves telling people about her garden, even if they didn’t ask.
Danijel Kevesevic Senior Advocate
Danijel has extensive experience in front line work with children including the supervision of large congregate units and houses in residential care. More recently, Danijel worked closely with Department for Child Protection leadership as an educator. He is passionate about empowering and inspiring children and young people as well as identifying and solving systemic issues affecting the child protection system. In his spare time Danijel likes to read a book, play guitar and spend time with family and friends.
Sarah Meakin Advocate
Sarah has a degree in social work and during her social work career has worked in child protection, mental health and disability. She has a particular interest in human rights and working with children and young people to maintain and protect their rights as well as supporting them to feel empowered to speak up about what is important. When not at work you will likely find her spending time with friends and family, hiking or reading a good book.
Conrad Morris Advocate
Conrad is an Narangga and Arrente man who has worked in youth justice for many years with a particular focus on supporting young Aboriginal people to navigate their way around the justice system. He is passionate about providing a voice for all Aboriginal young people by advocating strongly for their rights to be heard and upheld. He is a man that is committed to family and understands the importance of family to young people and their development and enjoys spending time with his own family and keeping healthy.

picture of Catherine WhitingtonCatherine Whitington Advocate
Catherine's bio is coming soon.
picture of Courtney MostertCourtney Mostert Assessment and Referral Officer
Courtney's bio is coming soon.
picture of alanAlan Fairley Principal Training Centre Advocate/Principal Policy Officer
Alan has undertaken policy, project and advocacy work in a number of sectors. He thinks that the most useful experts usually are those who are at the receiving end of discrimination or injustice. Alan doesn’t own a dog, but does have a teenage son who likes to go walkies. In his spare time he reads and looks at photographs and old movies.
Belinda Lorek Principal Training Centre Advocate
Belinda has worked as an Advocate with the Guardian's Office in the past and is now focussed on the Training Centre Visitor program. Initially qualified as a social worker, she has worked as a case manager, mediator and counsellor across several departments and organisations and is passionate about promoting the rights of children and young people and ensuring their voice is heard.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time at the beach and camping with her family and two dogs.
Travis Thomas Training Centre Advocate
Travis is an Yankunytjatjara man who has worked in Youth Justice and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for the past 12 years where he has focused on supporting young Aboriginal people and their families to navigate their way through the youth justice and child protection systems. He is keen to provide a voice for all young people in the Adelaide Youth Training Centres by advocating strongly for their rights and ensuring they are heard. When not working he enjoys cheering on the Adelaide Crows, playing, umpiring and coaching hockey and catching up with family and friends.
picture of Jordan BellJordan Bell Principal Community Advocate
Jordan joined the Office in August 2017 after more than 20 years working in child protection service delivery, policy and project management. He has a keen interest in out-of-home care, particularly the experiences and well-being of children and young people living in care. Away from work, Jordan enjoys hockey, music and cooking up the occasional curry.
Alice Hook Project Support Officer
Alice has completed a bachelor in Psychology and has since worked in child protection. She is passionate about promoting mental health and supporting children and young people in out-of-home care. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends and seeing live music.
picture of Mignon BorgasMignon Borgas Community Advocate
Mignon's bio is coming soon.
picture of Lucy BrownLucy Brown Community Advocate
Lucy is passionate about listening to the views of children and young people and supporting them to have those views fully respected. After initially training as a teacher, she worked with young people under the Guardianship of the Minister in the child protection system in Queensland. For the past 10 years, she has worked in the non-government sector in the areas of targeted early intervention and youth homelessness. Lucy enjoys reading, watching a good Netflix series and spending time on the South Coast with family.