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!
chief executive officer
Sara keeps the focus firmly on 3rd Space visitors while running a professional organisation with strong governance. She is a seasoned executive, with experience across a diverse range of industries, including in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. A riveting public speaker and committed leader, Sara is clear that 3rd Space functions to provide a ‘hand up’, not a ‘hand out’.
client services manager
Born in Ireland, educated in France and with a wealth of experience and qualifications – including a Masters in Mental Health – Arone is the backbone of our support crew. In addition to developing policy, supervising the team and overseeing visitor relations, she works tirelessly to promote to the broader community that every individual deserves dignity and respect, regardless of their situation.
safety and security supervisor
A recipient of the Australian Bravery Award, Colin has seen it all during his long career in security. He is trained in people management, communication and negotiation, as well as in all forms of static and dynamic security management. He now successfully applies this expertise to ensuring that 3rd Space is a safe and welcoming place for all.
Like many of our staff members, Erin started as a volunteer at 3rd Space. After gaining her Diploma of Community Services in 2015, she took on the role of Support Worker and has been helping and empowering 3rd Space visitors ever since.
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 is now taking 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.
Jackie knows first-hand how important 3rd Space is to its visitors. After experiencing homelessness herself, Jackie now dedicates her days to expertly and tirelessly cleaning the place that provided her with respite during a tough period in her life.
intake and assessment 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.
From corporate to retail to farming to health to long-term volunteering at 3rd Space, Jules draws on her diverse background to make the centre fun 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.
Armed with a successful 30-year career in corporate communication and project management, Lorelei joined the 3rd Space team in 2016 as a volunteer. She then went on to support the centre’s business development efforts before project managing our move to seven-day opening. Lorelei is now expertly overseeing 3rd Space operations on the weekends.
3rd Space Café manager
Monisha started as a volunteer at 3rd Space and is now managing our new 3rd Space Café. She has an MBA, Masters of International Tourism and Hospitality, and an unrelenting drive to help people. Monisha may be a long way from home but she considers 3rd Space staff, volunteers and visitors as her family.
Ryan volunteered with 3rd Space in 2014 while studying. He now draws on his background in facilities management, volunteer management and administration to support our CEO and ensure that 3rd Space runs like a well-oiled machine!
safety and security supervisor
With 11 years’ experience in safety and security, including eight months as a soldier in Afghanistan, Shane has developed a passion for ensuring the safety of others. Not content with his efforts to keep 3rd Space visitors, volunteers and staff safe and secure, Shane is also studying paramedical science so that he can help the broader community!
family support worker
With a Bachelor of Social Science and a long and successful career in social work, Therese started as volunteer at 3rd Space before taking on the role of Family Support Worker in 2016. She is now our visiting families’ first port of call for a range of issues, from housing to parenting strategies.
3rd Space is lucky to have more than 40 volunteers who generously contribute their time to help people in Brisbane doing it tough. We would be lost without our awesome volunteers, including:
Angelica, Brenda, Craig, Darren, David, Debbie, Des, Emma, Erin, Fara, Jessica, Marie, Mark, Phil, Ross, Shannon, Steven, Teng
Ian, Jacky, Janet, Jaye, Jenny, Jill, Joan, Kristy, Laura, Laura, Leigh, Lisa, Lyn, Naomi, Shauna, Susie, Teigan
Ashwin, Jules (wearhouse/op shop), Carmen (meditation group), Felicity (marketing), James, Teena (garden)
There are also various professionals and organisations that generously donate their support to 3rd Space. These include the Alcohol and Drug Homeless Health Outreach Team, Alison Greer, Anglicare SQ, Doctor Ann Solari, Homeless Health Outreach Team, Jazzy Melhop, Kate Marshall, LawRight, Nurse Julie Boal and Topology. Thanks to all!