Meet the Insight Exchange team - Director and Assistant Director, the founding collaborators, FY21/22 Insight Exchange Associates, Supporters and Collaborators.
Insight Exchange Team
Director - Insight Exchange
Sal has worked in strategy and development roles in human services in London and Sydney. She has been advancing the depth and breadth of DVSM’s work including the design and establishment of Insight Exchange to inform social, service and systemic responses to domestic and family violence.
Insight Exchange has growing engagement within Australia and abroad supporting a range of sectors across the response continuum including corporates, community, health, government, specialist and statutory services. In 2020, the NSW State Coroners Domestic Violence Death Review Team Report 2017 – 2019 spoke to the value and importance of DVSM’s Insight Exchange work ‘in reframing safety planning as victim-centred and considers that this approach to safety planning should form part of all domestic violence training’. Sal is a member of the NSW Attorney Generals Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council.
Sal is known for her strategic and purposeful approach to working with others, creating common ground amongst stakeholders with differing goals and motivations. Sal’s legacy is in developing the leadership of others and distilling clear ways to understand and make progress through complexity. Sal is passionate about connecting people to people, people to ideas, and ideas to ideas.
Assistant Director - Insight Exchange
Luke is a Qualified and accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor with extensive experience in working with men who use violence. He has worked for over 20 years in the social sector across Government departments, specialist services, private practice, and as a consultant and individual and group supervisor.
Luke’s practice has primarily involved working with men in counselling and in men's group programs. He's recently completed his term as co-chair of the NSW Men's Behaviour Change Network. He has also engaged as a Specialist Consultant, as a member of No to Violence' NSW Expert Panel for Men's Behaviour Change and member of the DVNSW Policy and Advisory Committee as a specialist in working with men who use violence. Luke has also contributed to training the sector, at TAFE's, with NSW Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) and various other consultancy roles for registered training organisations (RTO's).
Luke's brings an eclectic approach and understanding to the work from the various therapeutic modalities he's been trained in, including: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psycho-somatic psychotherapy.
Prior to starting with Insight Exchange Luke was the manager of the Men & Family Centre. An organisation that specialises in collaborative, respectful whole-of-family responses to domestic and family violence. As Assistant Director, Luke co-leads the overall initiative and portfolios within Insight Exchange.
Insight Exchange would not be what it is today without the input of former Assistant Director Rebecca Glenn (founder of Centre for Women's Economic Safety) and the engagement, support and expertise of others who have contributed since it's inception. The work is enriched by all who generously participate to share their lived experience insights, as well as Associate colleagues, collaborators, in-kind supporters, individual contributors, and donors. The industry specialists and suppliers we work with also make meaningful contributions through their skilled expertise and in various forms of in-kind donation to take the work forward.
Insight Exchange Associates
Dr Leticia Funston
Associate | Independent academic, researcher and participant interviewer
Dr Leticia Funston currently lives and works on the stolen and unceded lands of the Bidjigal peoples of Eora Nation and Burramattagal peoples of Darug Nation. Leticia is inspired by First Nations Worldviews, anti-colonial resistance, queer theories, intersectional feminism and Response Based Practice. She aims to “walk the talk” in her work as a qualified social worker (Bachelor of Social Work, Honours 1, Sydney University) and as a social researcher (Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Social Inquiry, University of Technology Sydney).
Leticia completed her PhD degree under the supervision of Dr Lesley Laing and Dr Margot Rawsthorne with the Education and Social Work Faculty at Sydney University. Leticia’s thesis, In the Business of Trauma: An intersectional-materialist feminist analysis of ‘trauma informed’ women’s refuges and crisis accommodation services in Sydney and Vancouver (2019), considers the capacity for human services to provide care and to respond to gendered violence and housing injustice under the constraints imposed by settler-colonialism and neoliberalism.
Associate | Participant Interviewer
Corina has worked in a range of social policy, research, community development, advocacy and communications roles in the domestic, family and sexual violence, refugee advocacy, and women’s health sectors. She currently works for NSW Health in prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect policy and program areas, and independently as a consultant providing research, knowledge translation and practice development support.
Corina lives and works across unceded Gadigal and Dharawal lands and is motivated by a deep commitment to anti-violence and anti-racism work that is intersectional, critically reflective, and that challenges normative models of ‘what counts’ as evidence and expertise. Her work has included development and implementation of national and state-based policy and practice frameworks; conducting participatory research and evaluation; building collective advocacy initiatives and campaigns; and development of capacity building resources, such as the National Risk Assessment Principles for Domestic and Family Violence and the Avoiding the 3M’s: Myths, Mistakes and Misinformation in Violence, Abuse and Neglect Statistics and Research resources.
Corina holds a Master’s of Gender and International Development from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Advanced Liberal Studies (First Class Honours, Gender Studies) from the University of Sydney. She is currently studying Narrative Therapy and Community Work, which is a source of much inspiration, joy and sustenance.
Associate | Clubs Industry Responses
Arely has extensive business expertise within the Clubs industry, managing venues in senior operational roles at Harbord Diggers & Manly Bowling Club for the Mounties Group and at Hurstville & Menai for the Club Central Group. She has also worked alongside multiple venues across NSW as a Business Partnership Manager for Max Performance Solutions (Tabcorp).
Arely has been a champion of Insight Exchange since 2018, and was a guest speaker at the March 2019 Masterclasses hosted at USyd Law School and a panellist at the launch of the Insights Paper (Workplaces and EAPS) hosted at QBE insurance in Feb 2020.
Arely is known for her authenticity and passion to support employees, members and community, and brings an industry informed understanding into the work set out for 2022.
The Associates role is from 12months Nov 2021 – Oct 2022 donated by Insight Exchange to support communities who may not be connected to information and supports outside of their club workplace or membership.
Associate | Workplace and EAP intersection
Diversity & Inclusion and Health & Safety professional who has a passion for uplifting how workplaces respond to and support their staff impacted by domestic family violence and abuse. As an Insight Exchange Associate Kaylene’s work will focus on the intersection of workplaces and Employee Assistance Programs to build on the understanding of, and responses to, domestic, family and sexualised violence.
Previously, Kaylene Edson, as Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Consultant for CSIRO , was able to take the Insight Exchange Workplace Kit (Insights Paper, Follow My Lead and My Safety Kit) to develop the organisations workplace response to domestic family violence and abuse by engaging with and applying Insight Exchange ideas and initiatives into the workplace. This practical application of the ideas is what Kaylene is able to share with others (small, medium and large workplaces across Australia) as an illustrative example of what is possible within workplaces. One supportive conversation at a time.
Kaylene’s involvement in Insight Exchange has included engagement in the 2019 Workplace/EAP Masterclass, as a participant in the Workplace and EAP network, and as an active Associate in Probono hours.
Key initiatives in this Associates role include:
- Enabling regular EAP Masterclasses using the Foundations and Foundations Applied with Q&A Panel for EAP employees and contractors working within and across EAPs in Australian and New Zealand.
- Supporting EAP uplift in website communication in response to the Insight Exchange No Hidden Door project
- Resourcing EAPs with boxset of Insight Exchange resources including No Hidden Door audit results, Follow My Lead, My Safety Kit, My Dignity, Reflections Kit and Guide to selecting a counsellor.
Together with Assistant Director Luke Addinsall (Qualified and accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor), Kaylene will enable
- reflective practice sessions for EAPs
- reflective practice sessions for workplaces with contracted EAPs
- reigniting and facilitation of the workplace & EAP network.
Bi-monthly Associate Sessions
In 2020-2021 we engaged with a small group of Insight Exchange Associates and Collaborators from a range of contexts.
Reflections from the initiative are shared in ‘Who benefits from keeping us apart?’ A collection of reflections from Insight Exchange Associates FY20/21.
The roles and experiences of participants are outlined within the reflections resource.
In 2022 we continue to meet bi-monthly to exchange insights across diverse disciplines of work. The group includes the Insight Exchange Team, Associates, Supporters and Collaborators:
- Arely Carrion | Extensive business expertise within the Clubs industry, managing venues in senior operational roles (See bio above Associate - Clubs Industry Responses)
- Corina Backhouse | NSW Health prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect policy and programs; and independent researcher.
- Kaylene Edson | CSIRO Workplace relations & In-Kind Support of Insight Exchange supporting workplaces as responders (See bio below under Supporters and Collaborators)
- Kelly-Anne Stewart | Principal Advisor Women Offenders, Corrections Strategy & Executive Services (DCJ CSNSW)
- Dr Leticia Funston | Independent Domestic and Family Violence Researcher & Insight Exchange participant interviewer
- Louise Whelan | Visual artist with photo-media base. Her multidisciplinary approach spans photo-media, projection, video art, public, installation and curation. (See bio below under Supporters and Collaborators)
- Luke Addinsall | Assistant Director Insight Exchange, Qualified and accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor with extensive experience in working with people who use violence (see bio above)
- Marisa Moliterno | Program Manager, Miranda Project and Pathways Home, Community Restorative Centre
- Rebecca Glenn | Founder of Centre for Women's Economic Safety (former Assistant Director of Insight Exchange)
- Sal Dennis | Director Insight Exchange (former CEO of Domestic Violence Service Management) (see bio above)
Collaborators and Supporters
Louise Whelan | Collaborating Artist
In September 2020 we commenced collaboration with award winning artist Louise Whelan.
Louise is a visual artist with photo-media base. Her multidisciplinary approach spans photo-media, projection, video art, public, installation and curation. Much of her practice draws inspiration from environmental and humanitarian issues, and her interest in the aesthetics of memory.
Louise is widely published and exhibited. She photographs for the state libraries of NSW, WA and the National Library of Australia. Louise has more than 30 national and international awards to her name.
Louise complements her photographic works with the State Library of NSW in the oral history discipline. The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee has collected some of her oral histories as a documentary heritage to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Explore Louise Whelan's original works in the Insight Exchange Arts Lab Collection
Explore Louise Whelan's Portfolio at https://australiansall.photoshelter.com/about
Other forms of donation and/or in-kind support
Insight Exchange would not be what it is today without the engagement, support and expertise of others. The work is enriched by all who participate, as well as Associate colleagues, collaborators, in-kind supporters, individual contributors, and donors. The industry specialists and suppliers we work with also make meaningful contributions through their skilled expertise and in various forms of donation to the work. The Insight Exchange team would like to thank:
- support with copy Rachael Cann
- the team at L.E.K. Consulting for the generous pro bono support of 30+ consultants to review 150+ websites and the development of short guides featured in the No Hidden Door project resources
- the team at Salt and Fuessel for their generous initiative to reach out to us and provide dedicated assistance (as a form of donation) in digital SEO support.
- animator Guy Downes (and team) for extending the rights in perpetuity (as a form of donation) for work developed in the Insight Exchange animations.
- the team at RMK for reducing their commercial rates (as a form of donation) to assist in producing the voice overs for the the Insight Exchange animations.