Our Team

Matthew Cox – Director

After chairing the working party that established the Logan Together initiative during 2014/2015, Matthew Cox was appointed its Director in July 2015. Prior to this role, Matthew spent a decade at the Australian Red Cross, heading the organisation’s human services and community and economic development program in Queensland.

During that time, Red Cross grew to be a significant provider of homelessness services, child and family support programs, youth development and community development programs, and developed unique collaborative governance models for work in remote Indigenous communities. Matthew has developed particular experience in applying collective impact methodologies in the local context, and has also led numerous sector integration and collaborative practice projects.

Matthew is a member of the Logan City of Choice Leadership Team and was an adviser to the Every Child Deserves Every Chance campaign developing a collective impact initiative in Central Queensland. Matthew was also a member of the Inclusive Brisbane Board, advising Brisbane City Council on community issues from 2011 – 2015.

Email Matthew: Matthew.Cox@griffith.edu.au



LT_Headshots_LQ_Colour_30Matt Statham – Community Solutions Leader

Matt joined the team in December 2015, and is responsible for working with community and agency leaders to drive continuous improvement and resource alignment in accordance with the principles of collective impact.

Matt’s previous experience includes direct service delivery to vulnerable children, youth and families, as well as senior management positions with the Australian Red Cross and government departments within the area of youth justice. He has also worked in remote Aboriginal communities building practice capability for staff, and lead the co-design, development and implementation of child, youth and family and targeted homelessness services.

Email Matt: Matt.Statham@griffith.edu.au



Sherena_Oxley_24_5_16_C_LQ_10Sherena Oxley – Community Data and Information  Systems Leader

Sherena is the newest member of the Logan Together backbone team, having joined the project in April 2016. Her most recent role was an Executive Management position with the Australian Red Cross, where she lead the reporting, knowledge management and business operation units.

Passionate about using data to measure the journey of change, Sherena enjoys working directly with community to ensure that their voice informs service design and continuous improvement. She has broad experience in the development of solutions to support access to – and engagement with – relevant, meaningful information, and is excited to work collaboratively to drive continuous improvement and innovation in Logan.

Email Sherena: S.Oxley@griffith.edu.au



LT_Headshots_LQ_Colour_38Professor David Hogan – Data Analyst

Professor David Hogan completed his undergraduate education at the University of Sydney before teaching high school for three years in Sydney and completing his postgraduate work at the University of Illinois. He subsequently taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 – 1994 and the University of Tasmania (1994 – 2004), before taking up a series of senior research appointments at the National Institute of Education in Singapore (2004  – 2013).

As Principal Research Scientist, he designed and implemented a large multi-focus, high impact, policy aligned, mixed methods research project focused on measuring the quality of teaching and learning across the Singapore system in both primary and secondary schools. Here he was responsible for modelling the relationship between teaching and learning, reporting the results of the research and making recommendations to the senior executive group and the Minister of Education in Singapore.

He is currently an Honorary Professor in the School of Education and Fellow in the Life Course Centre in the Institute of Social Science Research at the University of Queensland.

Email David: D.Hogan@griffith.edu.au

 Victoria Parker – Marketing & Communications

Victoria Parker is a nationally awarded marketing communication professional with over 18 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors, with a particular interest in the community, housing, and property development industries.

For the last two years, Victoria has been leading a behavour change project for a government utility encouraging safe behaviors around inland waterways. This campaign was recognised by the industry, wining national and state awards over the last two years.   Prior to that Victoria led the establishment of aresidential housing Research Foundation. The Research Foundation initiated a rolling program of research that continues to provide critical insights into what housing solutions are needed so thriving and sustainable communities are created. Also, in this role Victoria repositioned the organisation to better reflect the critical role that development and housing plays in the lives of Queenslanders.

Victoria sits on the Board of the Lady Bowen Trust –  a Queensland Government established entity that provides practical help to Queenslanders who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness to stabilise their lives and build a better future.

Email Victoria: v.parker@griffith.edu.au



Kathy Packenas – Marketing & Communications

Kathy Packenas is  an award winning marketing communications professional with 12+ years experience. Kathy has a diverse skill set, and has worked across many industries. Kathy spent five years working at Youngcare, driving change for young people with high care needs, and brings with her a passion to change the landscape for Logan kids.

Email Kathy: k.packenas@griffith.edu.au




Pete Cunningham – Community Mobilisation

Pete Cunningham is a communications strategist with over 30 years experience and a passion for social change. For the last 20 years he has worked across projects for government and non-government organisations at all levels ranging from problem gambling and family and domestic violence to the introduction of prep years and changes to senior schooling in Queensland. Campaigns under his direction for organisations as diverse as Griffith University and Queensland Health have been recognised nationally for their effectiveness. He has been a Board Member of the Australian Advertising Federation, the Australian Association of Social Marketing and United Way Queensland. Pete will lead the community mobilistion area within the backbone team.

Email Pete: p.cunningham@griffith.edu.au


Jen Kyriacou – Executive Assistant 

Jen’s experience in the co-ordination and executive support within not for profit organisations began through my previous position with the Executive Office of the Australian Red Cross. During Jen’s time with the Australian Red Cross, she undertook a number of roles, including Membership and Branch Co-ordinator for Queensland.  Jen’s most recent position was as Community Liaison Officer for Endeavour Foundation, where she worked with families to help increase their knowledge and encourage their preparedness for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Jen’s various roles in not-for-profit organisations has seen her gain experience in governance, accountability, service provision and the importance of customer service. As a Board and founding member of the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics Australia, Jen has learnt first hand the importance of volunteering, how passionate individuals can make real change to improve the lives of loved ones.  Jen’s passion lies with building foundation community for children with a disability, ensuring they have the opportunity for an ordinary life.

Email Jen: j.kyriacou@griffith.edu.au