OUR PEOPLE

The TASC Team is led by a dedicated Board of Directors and a Chief Executive Officer with a long-standing history of serving the Queensland community.  Since TASC was established in 1982, we have aimed to recruit people who understand the needs of our clients and communities in rural and regional Queensland.  Our team of skilled and committed lawyers, social workers, advocates and the people “behind the scenes” – taking calls, booking appointments – are all here because they want to help. 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lesley Beames

Lesley Beames

Chairperson

Lesley joined the TASC Board as a Director in 2007 and was welcomed as Chairperson in 2019.

She has spent many years specialising in the people side of organisations.  She has been a generalist human resources advisor, training and development consultant and marketing manager.

After working in higher education for over 20 years, Lesley is now pursuing her interest in writing and sharing her experience in communication, education and people management.

 

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Deputy Chairperson

Craig is the Retail Customer Executive for NAB South West Queensland and has been in the finance industry for 30 years.  He joined the TASC Board as a Director in 2019 and with his active engagement with TASC, we are delighted that he was elected as Deputy Chairperson in 2020.

With qualifications from the Australian Graduate School of Management – Executive Management, Craig brings to TASC National extensive business and leadership experience.

Craig has strong community appreciation and connections from right across Queensland.   e describes his approach to leadership and business as about building real, country-style relationships.   

 

Jim Rawlings

Jim Rawlings

Treasurer

Jim is Managing Director of Hooper Accountants, a trusted local accounting firm based in Toowoomba and Pittsworth.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting public practice and is a highly skilled accountant, financial planner, business advisor, manager and leader.

He has qualifications in Accounting and Financial Planning and is a member of CPA Australia,  Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) and Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce.

Jim is very active in the community.  As well as joining the TASC Board as Treasurer in 2019, he is Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee at Toowoomba Anglican School and Treasurer of the Australian Polo Federation.

Michael Maguire

Michael Maguire

Director

Michael has had a long involvement with TASC – practically, from its beginnings in the early 1980s.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010, a former Chair of the Board, and a volunteer lawyer over a period of 27 years.

Michael’s background is as a lawyer and Principal in private practice and in lecturing at university.  He now practices as a mediator based in Brisbane and lectures at QUT and the University of Queensland.

Memberships and Associations

  • NEDA (National Ethnic Disability Alliance) Councillor and Executive member: Treasurer
  • Resolution Institute
  • Queensland Law Society
  • AIFLAM – The Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • EMAN – Elder Mediation Australasian Network

Qualifications

  • Solicitor, Queensland
  • Grad Dip Education, Catholic College of Education, Sydney
  • Master of Laws, University of Queensland
  • Dispute Resolution Centre – Mediation Certificate, Bond University
  • Mediator of Disputes Certificate, Queensland Law Society
  • Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, QUT
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), Federal Attorney General’s Dept

 

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy

Director

 

Alison is the CEO for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, bringing strong leadership, corporate relations and sponsorship skills to the position.

 

As the CEO of the Foundation, Alison has  introduced some new and exciting events to the calendar, increased revenue through both the fundraising and the commercial arms of the business, and has improved on the transparency and awareness of the Foundation in the region. Alison joined the TASC Board in 2017.

 

Memberships and Associations

  • AICD 
  • TSBE 
  • Fundraising Institute of Australia

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Marketing

 

 

 

 

 

Reagan Wilson

Reagan Wilson

Director

Reagan Wilson joined the TASC Board in 2019.  He is the Director at Wilsons-The Family Lawyers and has practiced exclusively in family law since 1999. He has been recognised by the Doyle’s Review of Australian Lawyers as one of Queensland’s leading family law practitioners, and is the only family lawyer on the Downs and Western Queensland to be recognised in 5 consecutive years, including 2019, as a preeminent family lawyer.

He established Wilsons-The Family Lawyers in January 2019, a boutique family law firm. He previously was a director and founding partner at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law, a legal practice acquired by Shine Lawyers in 2015.

Reagan has extensive experience in all aspects of family law. He has a particular interest in cases involving the relocation of children and property settlement matters including farming cases with family succession issues. He represents clients in not only Queensland but throughout Australia and also overseas.

Reagan has served as an executive member of the Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association Board, including some 6 terms as the Queensland Country Representative, the Darling Downs and South West Queensland Law Association and the local Toowoomba Children’s Contact Centre.

He is a registered and qualified arbitrator and in addition to his Bachelor of Law qualification is now completing a Masters in Family Law. 

OUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Frances Klaassen OAM

Frances Klaassen OAM joined TASC National as CEO in February 2020, bringing a reputation as a creative, collaborative trailblazer in the South West Queensland community sector.

For the last 25 years, Frances has been at the forefront of establishing new services in the region to support families, children and young people in vulnerable circumstances, and members of multicultural communities.

As the Regional Director for long-standing regional provider Mercy Community, Frances implemented a range of innovative services across Toowoomba, Warwick and the Southern Downs.  These included: the nationally award-winning Cultural Diversity Hub, incorporating the Community Action for a Multicultural Society Program, and the region’s multi-award winning Settlement Grants program; the Women’s Wellness Centre in Toowoomba; and the Indigenous Foster Care program, which was later transitioned to Goolburri.

Other career highlights include introducing partnerships with organisations like Playgroup Australia and Lifeline Darling Downs to fill gaps in early intervention programs in the region.

Frances’ passion is for bringing people together to achieve outcomes that benefit the South West Queensland region.  As the champion of groups like the Local Level Alliance and Refugee and Migrant Settlements Services Interagency, she has driven successful collaborations to support the region’s diverse communities.

Frances began her career as a social worker in child protection, and has operated her own hospitality, training consultancy and mediation businesses.  She is accredited as a mediator with the Attorney-General’s Department.  Her combination of commercial acumen and emotional intelligence position her to lead TASC within an ever-changing community sector.

In 2015, Frances’ achievements as a not-for-profit leader were recognised when she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to children and families through social welfare organisations.

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

David Manwaring

David Manwaring

Manager, Legal Services and Principal Lawyer

What I do at TASC

I coordinate and manage all aspects of the legal service to ensure the provision of high quality services to clients in accordance with service agreements, polices and TASC’s mission and values.  TASC provides free legal advice, information and limited representation and community legal education for the most vulnerable and marginalised members of the community.

Additionally as Principal Lawyer I ensure our services are compliant with Community Legal Centres Australia Risk Management Guide and relevant statutory obligations.

What I did before coming to TASC

I have a strong sense of,  and commitment to social justice which is reflected in my legal and health career.  Prior to commencing my legal career I was a registered nurse with experience in mental health, general and occupational nursing. My legal career started in medical negligence with Maurice Blackburn in Maroochydore and later as the Human Rights Lawyer with Queensland Advocacy Incorporated in Brisbane.

What are my academic achievements

I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and have obtained my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Masters of Law.  All my academic degrees were through the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Terri-Ann Dwyer

Terri-Ann Dwyer

Manager, Social Justice Services

What I do at TASC

As the QSJC Manager, I am responsible for the operational framework, implementation, analysis and support to the Advocacy and Social Services team who deliver vital services to our community.

What I did before coming to TASC

With more than two decades working in the disability sector, I have held many and varied roles. From working with large state-wide non-government disability service providers to geographically-specific boutique providers, I have travelled widely throughout the state particularly in regional and rural areas.

My roles during this time include providing direct support to clients, coordination and management, education and training and creating and implementing new programs

What are my academic achievements

I have completed tertiary qualifications in disability, training and business.

Sib Redfern

Sib Redfern

Manager, Corporate Services

What I do at TASC

As Manager of Corporate Services my role includes the management of the corporate services team that provides accounting/bookkeeping and payroll services to TASC.

Other responsibilities include management of budgets and forecasts, internal and external financial reporting responsibilities, corporate governance, IT management and fundraising and sponsorship/grant management.

What I did before coming to TASC

Over the past 30 years I have built up a broad range of experience in the areas of bookkeeping, payroll, data entry, financial management and governance, HR administration, project management, office & specialist practice management, events coordination, IT solutions and software training.

Previous workplaces include Queensland Health (13 years), private legal and speciality firms and large corporations.

I was also a member of the Army Reserves for 4 ½ years and am currently a volunteer with the Pyjama Foundation.  Moving to the not-for-profit sector to work with TASC allows me to work towards a goal I am passionate about – improving the welfare and health of people within the community.

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