Our Crew

the 3rd Space crew

We care about how our guests are feeling – about themselves, about their future, about 3rd Space. We care about how they are managing, how they are getting on with the challenges they face. We care about our supporters, our fellow team members and our community. Would you like to meet us? Here’s an introduction. Better yet, have a coffee with us at 3rd Space Café. We’d love to chat and show you what we’re doing!

The 3rd Space crew is made up of professional support workers, as well as food and beverage, security, marketing and cleaning service providers.

Our dedicated and highly motivated volunteers include receptionists, café wait and kitchen workers, cleaners, drivers and coordinators for activities such as art and music.


chief executive officer

From her first job as a social worker some 40 years ago to more recently holding senior leadership roles in major non-government organisations, Lesley knows firsthand how tough it can be for people who are marginalised. She is now bringing her passion and experience to lead the 3rd Space team, with a focus on promoting dignity and helping our visitors to build resilience – with a long-term goal of sustaining a better life.



3rd Space Café chef

We are lucky to have talented chef Andy Lincoln delivering a menu that is not only delicious but (on the whole) good for you. Andy supervises the volunteer kitchen team to produce some of the most creative and best-value meals in Brisbane based on the sometimes unpredictable ingredients sourced from our wonderful suppliers, including OzHarvest, Foodbank and Second Bite.



targeted family support worker

Cait is a qualified, family focused social worker with a wide range of skills and experience, including in child protection, parenting programs, disability, mental health, drug and alcohol, and family violence. The 3rd Space Family Support Program will also benefit from Cait’s expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in challenging environments.



services manager

After spending time at 3rd Space on placement, Caroline loved it so much she came back full-time. She is now applying her outstanding casework skills – along with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Counselling and more than 30 years’ experience – to developing policy, supervising the services team and overseeing visitor relations.



weekend support facilitator




3rd Space Café supervisor

Finna ensures the smooth running of the 3rd Space Café on weekends and when Monisha is away. Always friendly and forever calm, Finna makes a big contribution to café operations and developing the skills of our volunteers. She also makes an excellent coffee!



business development manager

Fiona has been part of the Fortitude Valley/New Farm community for more than two decades, so understands the important role 3rd Space has been playing in helping those doing it tough in an ever-changing environment. Drawing on 25 years of corporate marketing experience, Fiona takes the 3rd Space message to potential donors and sponsors so that the centre can continue to support Brisbane’s homeless for many years to come.



support worker

After working across a number of industries, Jade found her calling at 3rd Space. Armed with Diplomas in Community Services and Counselling, and a passion for helping people, Jade is often the first friendly ear that 3rd Space visitors talk to.



weekend chef

James has a successful background in culinary arts which allowed him to hold chef roles in the fine dining industry for 15 years. Now, he is the weekend chef and enjoys being part of the community in a meaningful way. In addition, he is studying biomedical science and psychology in order to move into a new career path of medicine or brain research.



shift leader

From corporate to retail to farming to health to long-term volunteering at 3rd Space, Jules draws on her diverse background to lead the centre on weekends. She is passionate about the uniqueness of 3rd Space and how it draws people together from all walks of life, and aims to create a feeling of ‘one’ in all her activities.



emergency and brief intervention facilitator

Katie has a range of social work experience within government and non-government organisations. Her background has led her to work with diverse populations both in Australia and overseas. She values being part of the 3rd Space team, providing the feeling of safety and sense of belonging to vulnerable community members.



volunteer coordinator and communications officer

After moving to Brisbane from the United States, it was not long before Kelly was volunteering at 3rd Space. When the role of Volunteer Coordinator came up, she knew it was her destiny! With a degree in Business Management and experience as a recruiter and project coordinator, Kelly is now using her well-suited skills to help 3rd Space to break the cycle of homelessness by taking our Volunteer Program to new heights.



3rd Space Café manager

Monisha started as a volunteer at 3rd Space and is now managing our popular 3rd Space Café. She has an MBA, Masters of International Tourism and Hospitality, and an unrelenting drive to help people. Monisha leads the café team with a warm smile and a wealth of experience, creating a welcoming space for our visitors at the café. She also makes one of the best coffees in Brisbane, so come in and try one if you haven’t already.



acting operations manager

Murray is an accomplished security supervisor who draws on more than 20 years’ of military, law-enforcement, facilities-services and customer-service experience to make sure 3rd Space is both welcoming and safe for our visitors, volunteers and staff. When he’s not ensuring 3rd Spacer runs like a well-oiled maching, you may find Murray at the gym or enjoying one of chef Andy’s excellent burgers!




Paul has a long and successful history working in safety, security and training, including for Queensland Health where he gained valuable experience working with a diverse range of people. Paul’s interests include going to the gym, taking part in a spot of yoga and keeping up with the latest geopolitical news from abroad…particularly given that he emigrated from the UK as a child.

our volunteers

3rd Space is lucky to have some 150 volunteers who generously contribute their time to help people in Brisbane doing it tough. There are also many professionals and organisations that generously donate their time to 3rd Space. Thanks to all – we would be lost without you!