We’re part of the Key Assets Group – an international social enterprise that provides a comprehensive portfolio of social care services for children and families across four continents and eight countries. In Australia, we’re a not-for-profit company and registered charity. Our CEO Rob Ryan leads the organisation alongside a board of directors.

Each state has a dedicated director responsible for business strategy, development and day-to-day operations. And all our entities are fully reviewed by the group’s global auditor. The Key Assets Group ensures sound governance and high professional standards in all we do.

Our operating structure reflects our culture with a short, simple chain between strategy and service delivery. Throughout the organisation, our systems and internal controls ensure that we comply with statutory, regulatory and internal policies and procedures in all the jurisdictions we operate in.

For more information about us and the Key Assets Group, visit our website

Our Directors

Dr Dianne Jackson

CEO, Asia Pacific Region

Dianne is the CEO for Key Assets Australia and is responsible for Key Assets’ shared services and operations. Dr Jackson has more than 30 years’ experience in the government, community and philanthropy sectors and brings with her a wealth of experience in executive leadership, policy, research and advocacy for the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable Australians.

•2020 ProBono Impact 25 Shortlisted nominee
•2013 Telstra Business Woman’s Awards Finalist NSW – Community and Government
•2010 Winner European Early Childhood Research Association Practitioner Research Award

Strategic ‘insider/outsider’ – leveraging professional practice and management, sector development, research and policy
Stakeholder and network engagement
Not-for-profit/for purpose leadership and management
Early childhood development
Child and family services
Organisational culture and systemic change
Policy development
National and international advocacy

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Jamie Hodgson

National Executive Director - Innovation & Strategy

Jamie has been a director since 2014. He has over 20 years’ experience in out-of-home care, child protection and human services in the UK and Australia.

In the UK, Jamie worked extensively across government and not-for-profit organisations in child protection and the out-of-home care sector. This followed his bachelor’s degree in social work, which he completed after an early career in disability services and policy development. In 2018, Jamie will be embarking on a master’s degree in management at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Mick Austin

National Executive Director - Operations and People

Mick is a qualified social worker and practice teacher who graduated in 1992. He has spent more than 30 years working in residential services, child protection, fostering and adoption, family preservation and reunification. All within a government or private sector.

Mick has a wealth of experience in out-of-home care and is currently the state director for Key Assets in Queensland. He holds a diploma in management studies from Northumbria Business Academy in 2007. Mick is a member of the United Kingdom Chartered Management Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mick is currently studying for his effective personal leadership qualification through Leadership and Management Australia.

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Caroline Brown


Caroline has led Key Assets in Tasmania since June 2015 and became the director in May 2016. Before this, she was state manager of the Australian Childhood Foundation’s child trauma counselling service, which provides services to children in the child protection system who need additional support.

She has also held a state management role in a disability services organisation, and worked at senior levels for government in South Australia and Tasmania with a focus on child protection, out-of-home care, disability, family violence, youth justice and child health. Caroline holds qualifications in clinical psychology and management.

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Gareth Davies

South Australia

Gareth has worked in social care for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including the UK and various parts of Europe. From origins as a social worker and team manager in Wales, he went on to become director for Wales and later development of strategy and operation for Europe.

Gareth moved to South Australia in 2011, where he now leads the Key Assets South Australia team. He describes the local team as having a great steady pool of foster carers and is working towards expanding the number of foster care placements and other services on offer.

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Lisa Ranahan


During her 13 years’ employment with Australian Childhood Foundation, Lisa held several positions from Senior Practice Consultant to National Manager, with the last six years as Program Manager across several programs in regional Victoria, South Australia and the ACT. This was an exciting time for the out of home sector as new models of therapeutic care were being explored with great outcomes for carers, children and young people and their families. Lisa has a real passion for supporting the service system to ensure the care experience of children and young people is focussed on the relationships that enable healing from trauma.

Prior to joining Key Assets, Lisa was the Principal Practitioner of Uniting Wesley where she provided clinical oversight and practice leadership to the executive and leadership teams and 300 staff across children, youth and families, Lifeline and homelessness services.

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Judith Wilkinson

National Director - Strategic Projects

Judith joined Key Assets in September 2012 from the Department for Child Protection, director of fostering services. Commencing social work education at La Trobe University and later postgraduate Business Studies at Oxford University in the UK and University College Dublin in Ireland, Judith has extensive experience in the sector including working in various roles across Europe and Australia.

As the state director for Key Assets Western Australia, Judith enjoys working with her highly professional, dedicated team. As Western Australia prepares to expand its services, Judith will be enjoying the challenges ahead to improve the lives of children, young people and families.

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Clive Robson


Clive is a financial controller and has worked in finance in the service industry for over 20 years, across a variety of sectors including telecommunications, travel and tourism, and shipping and logistics. Clive prides himself for his ability in financial control, cost savings, system implementations, project analysis and management reporting.

Clive joined Key Assets in 2013 and enjoys learning about not-for-profit organisations. He provides the Key Assets directors and the Core Assets Group with key management information and analysis to help them make informed decisions.

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