Dr Andrew Bickerdike is CEO of Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) and Chair of Relationships Australia National.
He holds tertiary qualifications in both economics and psychology, and a Doctorate in dispute resolution. Andrew has experience and specialist training in individual, marital and family therapy, and family dispute resolution, and has practiced as a mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner for over 20 years. He is a former member of NADRAC (National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council).
Andrew has a particular interest in research and evaluation and has initiated and implemented many research projects examining the efficacy of family services programs, including counselling, mediation and family violence prevention services. He is an Industry Partner in three current large Australian Research Council Linkage research projects. Collectively these research activities have attracted national and international interest and have influenced the design of models of practice.
Andrew holds positions on various Boards and advisory bodies including:
- Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Studies
- Member of the National Advisory Board of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
- Member of the Civil Justice Evidence Base Working Group
- Member of the Subject Matter Expert Group for the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council – Family Services
- Foundation Board member of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- Chair of Relationships Australia National Research Network
- Chair of Relationships Australia National FDR Network
- Foundation member of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (ADRAC)
- Board member of the Mediation Standards Board.
Shiranthi Sivarajah is the Chief Financial Officer of Relationships Australia Victoria and has responsibility for the sound and proactive stewardship of the organisation’s finance, long-term sustainability and business management. She is responsible for the leadership of the corporate services areas of Information Communication and Technology, administration, assets and property management, executive support and business contract compliance.
Having more than 15 years’ experience in financial and operational management within the private and community-based not-for-profit sector, Shiranthi provides a commercial focus with the ability to streamline business operations that drive growth, sustainability, increase efficiency and bottom-line surplus. Shiranthi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with majors in Accounting and Business Law, and is a member of both AICD and CPA.
Michael is currently the General Manager Operations, having joined Relationships Australia Victoria in 2008 as manager of the Kew Centre, before becoming Senior Manager Family Service Program (FSP) Operations.
Michael has 30 years’ experience in a variety of non-government organisations and in local government, making a difference in the lives young people and their families. He has worked with the homeless, refugees and offenders, and at-risk young people as well as young people from private schools in Melbourne. He holds tertiary qualifications in counselling and business administration and for the last 15 years managed a variety of human services programs.
Michael served for nine years on the Board of a community organisation that delivered material aid, employment and counselling services. He has previously served as a Board member of No to Violence, the Victorian state-wide peak body of organisations and individuals working with men to end their violence and abuse against family members.
Emily McDonald is General Manager of Practice, Quality and Evaluation, with responsibility for the clinical governance and evaluation of all RAV clinical services. She is a mental health social worker with a Masters in Family Therapy, and a clinical background working with individuals, couples and families.
Emily has more than 25 years’ experience in therapeutic, case management and project roles, including in senior clinical roles in child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) and adult mental health in the primary mental health sector. She has also worked extensively in community health, non-government organisations and child protection. Emily has supervised and lectured in child and adolescent mental health, and family work, at the Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health, the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology, and at La Trobe University for the Masters of Social Work and Social Policy.
Emily has a strong interest in research and is dedicated to best practice service delivery for systemic therapies in organisations.