Logan Together

Board of Directors


Logan Child Friendly Community Limited receives funds from our Funders. 

The Company is overseen by a board of Directors which guides the work of the Backbone team.

Our Directors

Cath Bartolo (Chair)

Cath has worked in Logan City for over 28 years, as a teacher, a Disability Coordinator and for past 15 years as the CEO of YFS Ltd. Cath is currently a member of the Logan City of Choice Leadership Team and the Logan Together Cross Sector Leadership Table.

Cath holds primary degrees in Education and Social Social Science and a Masters in Social Administration and Planning.

The organisation she leads, YFS, is a not-for-profit organisation that has operated in Logan City for 34 years with the vision of building independence and participation for vulnerable and disadvantaged people who need assistance to meet the challenges of our complex society.

YFS delivers a range of services including housing, domestic violence, mental health, money management, family support, community legal centres, young people, disability and social enterprises to the people of Logan and beyond

Brit Ibanez

Brit is a commercial lawyer who specialises in dispute resolution, litigation and funds managment.  She has over 15 years’ experience advising trustees, boards, investors and shareholders about their rights and obligations. 

Brit holds undergraduate degrees in International Business and Law from Griffith University and a Master of Laws (UQ). She writes about the law of meetings and regularly presents on the duties of directors.  She has three children and has held various roles at community based organisations, including neighbourhood watch, kindergarten and school.

Geoff Woolcock

Geoff Woolcock is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Institute for Resilient Regions, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University’s School of Human Services and Social Work and QUT’s Centre for Children’s Health. He is particularly interested in applying indicators of community strengths in socio-economically disadvantaged communities and the factors that contribute to building child- and youth-friendly communities. His work with large-scale public and private sector organisations concentrates on developing measures of communities’ strengths, closely collaborating with local communities. Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation, including social impact assessment and project evaluation. He has 25 years community-based research experience nationally and internationally, in housing, youth and health sectors. He is a board director of the Brisbane Housing Company, the Australian National Development Index (ANDI) and the Logan Child-Friendly Community Charitable Trust overseeing the high-profile collective impact initiative, Logan Together. He speaks frequently to diverse audiences about social and community development using a whole-of-community approach.

Margaret Allison

With a background in human services, Margaret has over 35 years’ experience in state and local government, including roles as the Chief Executive of the Public Service Commission and Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. She retired from the public service in late 2013.

In 25 years of holding a range of senior executive positions, her roles included service delivery reform, social policy and planning, program development, legislative reform, organisational review, resource management and planning, strategic management and oversight of major change activities with a whole-of-government and broader community focus.

Margaret was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in 2008, and is also appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business and International Relations at Griffith University.

Margaret now works as a consultant in her own business, and holds a number of Board positions.

Linda O’Brien

BEd, Dip. (Lib&InfoServ), M.P.Adm.

Pro Vice Chancellor

Linda O’Brien was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus in September 2017, having previously been Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services) since October 2008. She has substantial senior university management experience having worked in six Australian universities in a variety of roles, including Vice Principal Information at the University of Melbourne and Vice President (University Services) at the University of Newcastle.

As Head of Logan Campus Linda will be committed to maintaining deep, mutually beneficial connections with the broader community to create work-ready graduates, deliver impactful research and foster opportunities for local innovation. Linda has published and presented, both nationally and internationally, and contributed to a number of state and national initiatives. Linda is currently a board member of Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and of the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, Chair of the Open Data Institute Australia Network and a member of the Queensland Public Records Review Committee.

Areas of responsibility

  • Executive level leadership and management of the Logan Campus
  • Leadership of the University’s women in leadership agenda
  • High level engagement with the Logan community, government and business sectors
  • Strategic planning for Logan Campus
  • High level external representation of the University nationally and internationally
  • Management of the campus budget

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