Logan Together

Meet the Backbone team

Our Backbone team is hosted at the Griffith University, Logan Campus.

Powering the Logan Together collaboration takes work. That’s the role of the intrepid band of relentless optimists who make up the Backbone 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.

Earlier Matthew had a career in local government and in communications and marketing. 

Matthew is a member of the Logan City of Choice Leadership Team and is currently its co-chair.

He has four kids and has worked in Logan, Brisbane, regional, rural and remote Australia, Melbourne and London.

When I was three I wanted to be either a sea captain or a garbage bin collector – the guys who hung off the back of the garbage trucks, jumped off, ran up our front path and swung our metal bin up on their shoulder.   They’d then run back to the truck and throw the bin to their mate who’d unload it into the truck and throw it back. This was before wheelie bins.

I remember talking to my grandmother – who I was very close to – about my career interests.  She told me that sea captains had to go down with their ship if it sank, so by the time I’d got to kindy I settled on being a garbage bin collector.

Email Matthew: matthew.cox@logantogether.org.au

Sue Jankovic – Deputy Director


Email Sue: s.jankovic@logantogether.org.au


 Victoria Parker – Campaign Manager

Part time

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 behaviour change project for a government utility encouraging safe behaviours 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 a residential 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.

I had to confirm this with my mum, because I was sure I had higher aspirations at 5 years, but apparently my overriding desire was to be able to read (and it didn’t come easily or fast) and to get roller skates for my next birthday.

Email Victoria: v.parker@logantogether.org.au

Karen Murphy – Communications Lead

Karen is a senior communication and public relations expert with broad experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors. Her passion is using her skills for social change. 

She excels in strategic corporate communication, with skills including: issues management; strategic media relations; publication development; community and stakeholder engagement; and crisis communication.

Karen comes to Logan Together after working as Senior Manager, Communication at QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service), a role she has held for seven years.  During that time Karen was instrumental in developing and implementing a new direction and brand for the organisation, and developing a communication strategy to help QCOSS achieve its vision of equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in every community.  Prior to QCOSS Karen has held communication roles in all levels of government as well as local, state and national community service organisations.

I remember being at Kindy and getting very excited when lining up to get our mattresses for our afternoon sleep.  I wasn’t keen on the sleep part but wanted to make sure I got my mattress in time to choose someone else who wanted to have a chat to lie down next to.  I was forever getting in trouble for talking and I guess that hasn’t changed!

Email Karen: karen.murphy@griffith.edu.au

Belinda Brown – Project Lead

Part time

Belinda has over 15 years experience working in program management and quality improvement roles, predominantly within the health and community services sectors, as well as experience in policing/law enforcement. She has a strong interest in governance and systemic reform, and collective capacity building to improve outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Belinda works across a number of areas at Logan Together including project management, research and proposal writing and reporting.

Belinda’s favourite childhood pastime was fishing for crayfish and making Billy Tea and damper with her Dad. She could spend all day climbing trees – the bigger the better (although her poor mum wouldn’t agree), and loved looking for Penny Turtles in the creek with her sisters.    

Email Belinda: belinda.brown@logantogether.org.au


Craig Quartermine – Journalist-in-residence

Craig Quartermaine was born in Perth and grew up in Kununurrra in the East Kiimberley.

He has just relocated to Brisbane to embark on a a new adventure with his wife, two dogs and two horses.

As a journalist, TV producer and Comedian Craig has achieved a range of career successes; as a footballer and chef, less so… He also had a 10 year mining career which began as quick getaway when he crashed his father’s car.

Craig worked for the ABC for and SBS as a TV and radio journalist before embarking on a career in TV comedy and has joined the Logan team as the Journalist in residence.

Email Craig: c.quartermaine@griffith.edu.au

Samantha Pearson –  Projects Coordinator


With nearly 10 years of experience developing and facilitating youth wellbeing projects focusing on adolescents aged 12 – 18,  Sam is passionate about making positive change in the lives of children.  Over her career, Sam has studied and worked in the fields of Laboratory Technology, Nutrition, Finance, Development, Operations, and Human Resources, before moving into her favourite – Community and Population Health.  Here Sam has worked with specialists from within the Education sector on the Sunshine Coast, the Quandamooka People of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), and the St Vincent de Paul Society in Melbourne to improve social and educational outcomes for Secondary students. 


I was born in Sydney, but my parents soon moved me and my four siblings to a small property in the country outside of Tamworth in NSW.  As a child I was a tomboy and spent my free time horse riding and playing in the back yard with my brothers and sisters (I must have been fearless as I have a few scars to show for it!).  Mum and dad were very hospitable and we would often have large barbeques, inviting local families from our community, which were always a lot of fun.  I think the simple, country upbringing my parents provided has had a huge impact on the person I am today, and the main reason I value community and country so highly.

 Nat Millar – Community Empowerment Agent

Part time

Nat Millar is the owner and operator of Mums n’ Bubs Logan, a playgroup and online support forum with more than 18,000 members where local mothers offer advice, support, laughs and friendship to each other as they navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood.

The group began almost by accident, as Nat was seeking some fellow mums for a playdate in the park –  years later, the group is the biggest of its kind in the area and Nat tirelessly monitors the group, offering a safe online space for mothers in Logan, as well as organising weekly meet-ups at venues all over the Logan area. 

Through her role as a Community Empowerment Agent with the Logan Together Backbone Team, Nat offers help, support  and insight on all things child and parent related in the Logan Community.

Nat is inspired by Logan Together’s total dedication to making a change for the good of the children in Logan.

When I was 4 years old I really wanted to be a school teacher when I grew up.

As I was an only child, I fondly remember setting up all my toys as “school kids” and I would be the teacher!

Email Nat: n.millar@logantogether.org.au


Angela TuiSamoa – Community Empowerment Agent

Part time

Mother of four and grandmother of one Angela has lived in Logan since 2014, and has always had a passion for community connections and letting the voices of families be heard.

Having spent years dedicating her time to her family, she is now also turning her attention to the young families of Logan, driven by the desire to be part of a change for the better in the community.

Angela recognises that many parents are dealing with situations sometimes beyond their control, without knowing where to turn to make things better. This disempowerment is something she hopes will change in the coming years.

The value and commitment that Logan Together has placed on collecting community voice and doing something with it is what motivated Angela to become a Community Empowerment Agent. Her hope is the community will value the Logan Together mission and its authenticity as much as the community voice is valued by Logan Together.

Email Angela: a.tuisamoa@logantogether.org.au










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