Meet the Board

Melanie Mayne-Wilson

Melanie Mayne-Wilson, Chairperson

Degree-qualified and a Graduate of the Company Directors Course, Melanie Mayne-Wilson is a senior leader with commercial acumen and over 25 years of general management experience across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Melanie’s deep experience in strategy, marketing, reputation management and philanthropy, is complemented by sound governance experience as a non-executive director on a number of boards.

Melanie is a Fellow of the Governance Institute, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Lesley Jarrett

Lesley Jarrett, Volunteer Ambassador

Lesley joined PACT as a volunteer in August 2020.  She supports new volunteers in the Toowoomba region and is newly appointed to the PACT Board as a member and Volunteer Liaison.

Prior to volunteering with PACT, Lesley enjoyed a 40 year career in primary education as a teacher, Assistant Principal and  Principal in provincial rural and remote areas across Queensland.  She also worked in teacher education and development as a general curriculum consultant and more specifically in Mathematics P- 12, curriculum writer and parent engagement.

As a designated Child Protection contact for students, parents and staff in schools in which she taught, Lesley understands the complexity, challenge and reward of supporting children, young people and adults through the legal process.

Detective Inspector Stephen Blanchfield, General Member

Stephen has almost 30 years policing experience, with more than 20 years as an investigator.

Stephen has worked in regional two-person stations and in challenging urban areas. He commenced in the specialised field of child protection in 1991. He worked in Homicide, Child and Sexual Assault and, Fraud and Cyber Crime. He was Investigations Leader into the murder of Daniel Morcombe.

Stephen was also instrumental in implementing the QPS Investigative Interviewing Strategy, traveling to the UK in 2014 to undertake training and becoming one of the first QPS members to be an Interview Advisor. In December 2015 he was promoted to Detective Inspector, Major and Organised Crime Squad, South Eastern Region. In October 2018 he returned to child protection as Operations Manager, Child Trauma and Sexual Crime Unit, State Crime Command.

Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee, Board Member

Through her company, Lethbridge Piper and Associates, Catherine partners with client executive and leadership teams to support and guide them in achieving strategic occupational health and safety objectives. Catherine is a Registered Nurse, an Occupational Health Nurse, a Certified Occupational Health and Safety Professional, a Professional Coach a Certified Principle OHS Auditor and a Management Consultant. Catherine has post graduate degrees in Occupational Health and Safety and Management.

She is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Management Consultants, the Australian Institute of Health and Safety, the International Coaching Federation and a Professional Member of ADDA, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Through her 30-year career, Catherine has achieved outstanding results:

  • Making tangible improvements to in workplace culture by focusing on worker engagement, consultation, and negotiation;

  • Designing and implementing management systems for the early identification and control of risks to the health and wellbeing of workers; and

  • Reducing their workers’ compensation costs through injury prevention and management programs, proactive and complex case management, and self-insurance.

Most recently Catherine has developed the Neurodiverse Safe Work Initiative which is designed to raise awareness and educate employers about the benefits of embracing neurodiversity and provide tools and techniques to assist employers in adapting their management systems to accommodate the different ways that all workers think, learn, process, and retain information, regulate emotions and attention, perceive and respond to risk.

Amanda O’Brien, Board Member

Amanda is the Deputy Principal Registrar of the Supreme and District Courts in Brisbane. She holds qualifications in law and in justice administration and was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2003.

Commencing her career with the Department of Justice over 30 years ago, Amanda has extensive experience in courts management, justice administration and in legal practice and procedure.

Amanda has held a variety of positions with Court Services Queensland and with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Brisbane and in regional Queensland.