Deputy Chief Executive (DCEO)
Allison has an extensive career in both government and not for profit sectors in senior and executive management roles in the areas of community change, Family violence, children, youth and family services in South Africa and Australia. Her knowledge and experience spans over 20 years of social work practice. She has a specialist skill set that focuses on programmatic design of community change and therapeutic systems that provide trauma informed interventions and family sensitive practice including crisis services, residential care, child protection, family support and community based models. Allison has previously managed clinical, case management teams in family violence, children and family services – in particular clinical mental health, and services for women and children experiencing violence.
Allison has provided international leadership over collective impact, community change and primary prevention initiatives in South Africa and Australia. Designing place based and community centred models around HIV/AIDS prevention, family violence prevention, sexual health and place based responses to vulnerable families and children.
In South Africa Allison held the position of state Director for integrated services for women and children impacted by family and sexual violence. Allison led the South African government reform agenda from 2005 to 2011 around rolling out community based responses to victims of crime and violence. This led to the successful launch of over 70 victim empowerment centres, in partnership with local police to provide 24 hour access services for women and children. Allison led the extensive funding of the NPO sector to support these sites. Allison served as the head of the Premier’s taskforce to respond to violence against women and led the interdepartmental committee reporting to the Minister for Community Safety.
Allison provided executive management to “Ikhaya Lethemba” the largest residential centre for women and children in South Africa, as part of her portfolio. This centre provided housing to over 140 women and children and provided wrap around clinical and justice services.
Executive Management Development programme – University of South Africa
Master’s degree in Mental Health (Social Work) – University of South Africa
Honours degree in Psychology – University of South Africa
Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Social Work – Rhodes University