Hope Centre Services is a modern, dynamic not-for-profit enterprise that conducts life changing programs in various locations across the Greater Brisbane area. This innovative organisation began as CityCare in 1995 in Fortitude Valley in response to the issue of homelessness and to care for the many disadvantaged and marginalised.
Our aim is to provide a multifaceted range of unique and compassionate services that offer hope and opportunity to those facing personal life challenges.
We believe that every person has been born with incredible potential and is unique. However, our paths can take some unexpected turns, and despite our best efforts we may find that we need help through a crisis. Sometimes we need to try a different approach to life’s challenges and, in particular, to find a way through them.
Our goal is to restore hope and dignity to people of all ages and from all walks of life who may be trapped in repressive habits or who may have experienced trauma or some other form of hardship or difficulty.
For Hope Centre Services, empowering people today means providing crisis care, individualised support, re-skilling, acquiring new life skills and assistance in finding employment.
At all of the Hope Centre Services programs, people are treated with honour and respect.
The Hope Centre Services Board is committed to good corporate governance and transparency. This highly qualified and committed group of people guide the organisation’s strategic direction, oversees management and ensures compliance with the organisation’s vision, mission and objectives. Our current Directors bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise, particularly with regards to corporate stewardship. They act voluntarily and receive no payment for their services.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Chris Barlow MGPP, BCrim
Chris joined the board in 2016 bringing with him significant experience in the social services sector. He has held frontline, corporate support and leadership positions in both government and non-government agencies, contributing to significant government policy reforms and having lead responsibility for policy, practice and compliance across a large human services organisation. As well as his professional experience, Chris is currently completing a PhD through UQ, exploring 'shared senses of purpose' between government and NFPs, and has also taught in governance and public policy.
Pastor Troy Todd
Troy has been part of Hope Centre (and previously Liberty Christian Church) since 1994. His role has covered many areas of church life including Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Bible College & Events Director. During 2007-2014 he worked in Sydney for Carbridge Pty Ltd in various roles such as Operations Manager, Group Manager in HR, Quality Assurance and also Group Mangager in Commercial & Compliance. Since 2015, he has been the General Manager of Hope Centre and Hope Centre Services. Alongside his wife Liana, (also a Pastor at Hope Centre) and their 4 children, their family is actively involved in many areas of church life.
In 2012 Jennifer completed a Master of Divinity and has worked at Hope Centre since 2013 as both local community engagement coordinator and Partnerships Coordinator for Hope Centre Services. She has a passion for refugees and migrants and started free community English classes through Hope Centre in 2006 which still welcome students every week. Jennifer is also co-founder of Resonate, an organisation which consults to the corporate world assisting them to do Pro Bono impact-fully in the community and she writes a weekly blog about literature, film, plays, and poetry.
Dr David Hunt MBBS FRACGP M.Div (Hons), Diploma of Life Coaching, OMC ACC
Medical Doctor, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Master of Divinity honours, Diploma of Life Coaching, Chairman of the Board Teen Challenge Queensland.
Dr Femi Akinsanmi PhD, BAgrSc (Hons), MAgSc
Dr Femi has been a Member of the board since 2010 and was appointed as a Director in May 2012. Femi has a background in leadership and education sectors. Femi has a wide knowledge and understanding of the dynamics involved in the development process to effect positive change in the life and for career development of young and marginalised persons. He is experienced in working together with others to inspire positive change in society. He is an Academician, has worked in developing countries and his experience includes work in community development and agriculture extension and education. Femi is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.
Claire Davis Grad. Cert. Exec. Lead., GAICD, ACA, BA Acc
Claire joined the Board of Hope Centre Services in August 2013. Claire is a professional Board Member, Consultant and Executive Coach. A Chartered Accountant with a passion for leadership excellence, Claire has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector both in Australia and the UK. Claire's current Board roles include Chair of Inner Northern Community Housing and consultant to the Board of Australian United Retailers Ltd.