Tony Trimingham arrived in Australia in 1968 as a ten pound pom from the English Lake District.
His lifelong loves are Manchester City Football Club and the Beatles although he has an eclectic taste in hobbies including history (esp. English Medieval), theatre, opera, all kinds of music, poker, cricket and collecting stuff.
He is a bridge Grand Master (although he hasn't played for years), a member of the Australian Sceptics Society and the Richard 111 Society. He has been on 'The Road Less Travelled' for about 32 years and recommends the journey. Read More
Tony has worked for the past 30 years as a counsellor, group leader and psychotherapist.
Sandra Lines (Trimingham) is the Telephone and Volunteer Coordinator and has been with FDS from the start. After the formation of FDS, Sandra studied and received a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Diploma in Community Welfare. She is Tony's greatest support and her contribution to FDS is beyond measure.
She has great people skills and a phenomenal memory.
When not in the office she enjoys reading and watching life style programs particularly those in England. She is the mother of Nicola and Jess and is now a grandmother to Joshua. Read More
Emma commenced working for FDS at the beginning of August 2013. As the Development Manager, Emma's role is varied.
Emma's training and background is in Business Administration and Management. Prior to moving to Katoomba, Emma worked for Education Queensland as a Business Services Manager in Primary and High Schools for over 6 years. Prior to her appointment with FDS, Emma worked in Job Services as a Program Manager for 3 years, working with job service clients, disability clients and D&A clients.
Emma enjoys walking her dog every morning. A great way to start the day!
Emma Nixon - Development Manager
Kath is very well known in Adelaide and has been supporting families there for many years. In 2000 she attended our "Voices to be Heard" conference in Sydney and accepted the role of running FDS services in South Australia.
Kath is a person who goes the extra mile, supporting families and all who know her speak glowingly of the impact she has had on their lives.
Kath displays the FDS ethos in everything she does.
Kath has just retired after 18 years of working for FDS and we wish her all the best. Read More
Theo began volunteering with Family Drug Support from 2003. He began as a phone volunteer and progressed to project work with Tony Trimingham. Theo was a member of the board from 2003-2005. From 2005, Theo has been on contract as a part time employee of FDS. He is the Project Manager for FDS' flagship and award winning program Stepping Stones to Success.
As well as running and training others to run Stepping Stones to Success, he also runs a local suppport group in Coffs Harbour and is responsible for creating local support groups in areas where he has successfully run Stepping Stones.
Theo holds a Bachelor of Counselling and Life Change and is currently doing a Masters (Hons) in Counselling Research. Prior to 2002, Theo was an IT consultant working nationally and internationally. He was also a VP of a boutique recruitment/placement agency with responsibilities for offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney servicing blue chip international clients as a preferred supplier. Read More
Julie Clark is the Project Officer for 'Bridging the Divide' services in NSW responsible for North Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter New England and Outer West.
Julie is a citizen of the world and was born and brought up in Zambia, Africa for 20 years. Julie then lived and worked in the UK as a Drug and Alcohol Case Manager, Youth Worker, Stop Smoking Adviser, Yoga Teacher and Facilitator for Restorative Conferencing. In other words a woman of many hats! When Julie was 40 yrs she gained a BSc Hons in Social Sciences and later on a BA in the science of Youth Work and Communities. In her current role she is dedicated to working and sharing her valuable experience and skills with families. She genuinely believes 'we can walk the journey of success' together.
Now permanently residing in Australia, Julie enjoys the sea, swimming, vegetarian cuisine and BBQs (some would say a contradiction in terms!) and, spending time with her family who have been in Australia for 20 years. She especially loves walking in the Blue Mountains on frosty winter days!
Julie Clark - Bridging the Divide Project Officer for New South Wales Read More
Chrissie is a highly experienced Community Services Professional specialising in the Alcohol and other Drugs and Mental Health sectors. She also has had an extensive career delivering nationally recognised Community Services qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector; working previously as a TAFE Team Manager and TAFE teacher.
Chrissie holds qualifications in: Alcohol and other Drugs, Counselling, Community Services Management, Community Development, Disability, Mental Health, Trainer and Assessor, Volunteer Management & Coordination and Active Volunteering.
Chrissie is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Chrissie Kelly - Bridging the Divide Project Officer for Queensland
After becoming a member in 2014, Devushka joined the FDS team and is now a Family Support Worker in Queensland.
Supporting the Queensland team, Devushka assists with family support meetings, taking calls from clients, presenting Stepping Forward workshops and other duties as part of the QLD service. Devushka is passionate about helping families in need, and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Counselling.
In Devushka's free time she enjoys keeping fit, reading and singing, as well as being Mum to her two daughters Breeze and Eden.
Devushka Blake - Family Support Worker, QLD Read More
James joined FDS in October 2015. As our Administration Officer, his role encompasses many clerical and support functions, such as answering phone calls, processing payments and forms, data entry, mail-outs, filing, and (like all FDS staff) making a good coffee!
Prior to joining FDS, James had worked in a number of customer service, administration and learning and development roles, primarily in the Social Service sector.
James has experience with many customer database systems. James has strong skills recording and analysing data. James is passionate about social justice and equality.
Outside of work James enjoys most sports, collecting records, playing guitar and drums, Scrabble, gardening and DIY projects.
James Lomas – Administration Officer Read More
Krystal commenced work with FDS in 2016, as part of FDS’ expansion in Queensland. Prior to this, Krystal worked in government in various roles including case management, program facilitation, training, management and project officer roles. Most recently she was part of a project team which was responsible for the re-introduction of court-referred youth justice conferences to Queensland, a positive outcome for both youth and families. Her background includes working with involuntary clients with drug and alcohol issues, in addition to engaging with the families of these clients.
Krystal’s passion lies in group work, where the highlight is people’s capacity to facilitate their own personal change journey. She has a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a strong belief in harm minimisation and drug law reform.
Krystal enjoys taking her twins to the movies, yoga and swimming.
Krystal Scott – Family Support worker, QLD
Chloe joined the Family Drug Support Team in July 2017 as a family support worker.
Chloe has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. During her studies Chloe became very interested in positive psychology and mindfulness practice.
Prior to FDS, Chloe enjoyed a volunteer position at Drug Arm, supporting individuals with drug dependency and their significant others.
This position gave Chloe the passion to follow a career in the field of alcohol and other drugs as well as to become an advocate for a harm minimisation approach.
In her spare time Chloe enjoys hiking, playing netball and learning the guitar.
Chloe Colton – Family Support Worker, SA
Amy is our newest member of the FDS team, and commenced in March 2017. As our Administration Officer, her role encompasses many clerical and support functions.
Prior to FDS, Amy has spent the past 10 years gaining experience in various roles in Admin, Retail Management and volunteer youth and community work while completing her Diploma in Business Administrations in 2016. Amy is currently planning to continue her tertiary studies to obtain a degree in Psychology providing her with more knowledge and experience in the field she is most passionate about as she is all about supporting people of all walks in life.
Amy is a keen participant in social justice and equality issues, partaking in annual awareness fundraisers such as Sleep in your Car & Live below the Line.
In Amy's spare time she enjoys an active lifestyle, reading, motorbike riding, and singing, as well as travelling.
Amy Hubbard – Head Office Administration
Jenni commenced with FDS in July 2016 in Head Office. Jenni is responsible for data entry. Jenni’s attention to detail and accuracy is immeasurable.
Jenni is a grandmother of 3 and in her spare time enjoys reading and cross-stitch.
Jenni Young – Head Office Administration Officer
Brendan commenced with Family Drug Support in January 2018 as South Australian Family Project Officer.
Brendan was born in Brisbane, QLD and has also spent time living in the UK, Indigenous Community in North Queensland and more recently SA.
Brendan has a Bachelor Degree in Human Services and has also undertaken a number of therapeutic industry courses. Family and carer support, alcohol and other drugs and mental health are areas Brendan is passionate about and his skills and experience have developed from a variety of client and family focused roles, facilitating groups and training, studies and personal experience. He enjoys facilitating support and educational groups and has training and assessor qualifications as well as being an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Raewyn became a member of FDS in 2016, working as a volunteer on the Support Line and as a Group Facilitator.
Born and raised in New Zealand, she migrated to Australia in 1971 with her 2 sons. In 1984 Raewyn moved to the USA where she resided until 1999.
In a 20+yr career within the airline industry, Raewyn held various key positions in Customer Relations, Staff Training and Global Account Management. This has provided her with skill sets in negotiating, training delivery, sales, leadership techniques and team work.
Throughout her life, Raewyn has volunteered and created projects to assist individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by poverty, stigma and social injustice or drug and alcohol use.
She has a focused understanding and commitment to Harm Reduction, Social Justice and the Family Drug Support model.
Currently studying Cert IV in AOD, Raewyn has completed studies in Advanced Coach Mastery, NLP and Matrix Therapies, and has been engaged in Corporate and Personal Life Coaching and Mentoring.
Travelling is an education and relaxation. ‘I like to begin my day with a meditation, then a workout or a cycle. Gets my mind, heart and body flowing in a positive direction!!!!'