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.

Sara Harrup

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’.

Andy Lincoln

chef

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Arone Lenihan

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.

Catherine Hafke

3rd Space Café supervisor

From assistant manager of a bakery to senior roles in retail fashion, Catherine has a diverse professional background that is supported by a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources) and Certificate III in Community Services. Hailing from Germany, Catherine backpacked her way to Australia and after volunteering at 3rd Space, became hooked (both on the country and the centre)! Now she applies her excellent skills and big heart to the role of café supervisor – and is also partial to keeping the warehouse on the straight and narrow.

Erin Yarnold

support worker

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.

Finna Hsu

3rd Space Café  supervisor

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Fiona Murcott

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.

Frank Puran

facility manager

With 18 years’ security experience – both in Australia and overseas – Frank has a comprehensive understanding  of and passion for providing a safe and secure environment for staff, volunteers and visitors alike. He also has experience as a youth worker and draws on this and his security expertise to perform his role at 3rd Space with compassion and professionalism.

Graeme Springhetti

safety and security supervisor

With 17 years in the military (including overseas deployments) and eight years with Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, Graeme applies his abundant skills and experience to keeping 3rd Space safe and secure. He is keen to give something back to the community and is now enthusiastically supporting our diverse range of visitors, volunteers and staff at every opportunity.

Greg Smith

safety and security supervisor

Greg has a Certificate III in Security Operations, a Diploma of Nursing and he is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing. These qualifications, coupled with 11 years’ security experience that included agency work for 3rd Space, made him the perfect choice to take on the role of Safety and Security Supervisor. Greg is now applying his skills and passion for helping people to supporting 3rd Space’s vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Jade Trevanion

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.

Jules Ramsay

shift leader

From corporate to retail to farming to health to long-term volunteering at 3rd Space, Jules draws on her diverse background to leader 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.

Lorelei Baum

business development manager

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. After a year of overseeing 3rd Space weekend operations, Lorelei is now back in the business development space.

Megan Gillespie

support worker

After traveling the world, Megan realised her passion was to work with people. She the completed a community worker diploma during which she earned an international scholarship, practicing in some of the lowest social economic communities in the world. With a background in drop-in services and experience working with women to exit domestic violence, Megan is now using her amazing skills to help 3rd Space visitors.

Monisha Pazhamalia

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.

Phill Torres

3rd Space Café weekend chef

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Ryan Wright

volunteer coordinator

Ryan volunteered with 3rd Space in 2014 while studying. He now draws on his background in facilities management, volunteer management and administration to ensure that the 3rd Space volunteer program runs like a well-oiled machine!

Therese O’Connor

shift leader

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. Now in the role of Shift Leader, Therese is often our visitors’ first port of call for a range of issues, from housing to parenting strategies.

our volunteers

3rd Space is lucky to have some 110 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!