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Our Team

We are a vibrant, warm, authentic, and diverse team of professional women who offer compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We pride ourselves on sharing a good sense of humour and strive to achieve best practice in all that we do.

Janet Saunders 

Chief Executive Officer

Janet's career in the not-for-profit sector spans over 30 years, including 17 years in leadership and management roles.
She worked in the Family Violence and Homelessness sector for six years and sits on the State Government’s Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Committee. Janet is passionate about changing the behaviour which perpetuates violence against women. Her experience is complemented by a Master of Business Administration and a Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Anne Jarvis

Property Manager

Anne has worked in Community Services for 15 years, working with children, women and young people and has worked at the Hobart Women’s Shelter since 2010. Anne has a Diplomas in Social and Community Welfare, Youth Work, Social Housing and Leadership and Management, and Mental Health. She is a dedicated team member, applying her support skills within property management.

Helen Hudson

Quality / Policy Officer

Helen currently works for the Hobart Women’s Shelter as the Quality and Policy Manager. She has previously worked as a secondary school teacher and Gender Equity Officer with the Tasmanian Education Department. Helen has also worked as a trainer and manager in trade unions, community organisations and employment services.

Bridget Nichols

Family Services Manager

Bridget is a Social Worker (AASW) who began working with and advocating for the rights, protection and well-being of women and children in 1994. Bridget has professional and leadership experience in Queensland and Tasmania in both Government and non-government organisations. Bridget has held Senior Practitioner roles in family assessment, Out of Home Care and Child Safety. Over the past six years, she has worked with the Tasmanian Health Department and the Suicide Prevention Sector. In these senior leadership roles, she facilitated health promotion workshops, designed, and implemented community engagement strategies and facilitated workplace and community training in suicide bereavement. Bridget practices within a human rights and empowerment framework that is well aligned with the vision and mission of the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Ruby Finlen

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Ruby is a professional fundraiser and project manager who specialises in supporting not-for-profit organisations to meet their strategic objectives. Ruby has recently joined the Hobart Women’s Shelter and is focused on fostering strategic funding partnerships to leverage and secure funds for the creation of long-term homes.

Our Family Services, Property, and Administration Teams.

Trauma-Informed principles underpin all that we do. These include safety, trust, empowerment, choice, and collaboration. We work with you and other services to help meet your individual needs. Some examples include support with securing longer-term housing, legal support, referral to mental health services and family violence and financial counselling, and information about education and employment services.

Our team has a range of skills, qualifications, and experiences that complement one another to support women and children who have experienced trauma.

Qualifications within our team include degrees in Social Work, Nursing, Business, Administration, and Accounting, and Diplomas and certificates in Drama Therapy, Youth Work, Leadership, Community Services, Therapeutic, and Counselling.

Our team bring a wealth of experiences and networks from previous roles to support women and children. These include the health sector, education, childcare, indigenous programs, aged care, migrant and refugee services, human resources, employment services, training, retail, hospitality, real estate, administration, and banking.
Hobart Women's Shelter provides safe, emergency accommodation and support to women and children affected by family violence and/or those experiencing homelessness.

If you or someone you know needs emergency accommodation, please call us on 03 6273 8455 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

For immediate assistance, Housing Connect is available on 1800 800 588, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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