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Our current Management Team is:

Simon Benjamin: Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer


  • BSc Hons (Psychology)
Simon has worked in the out-of-home residential care, mental health and disability sectors for over 16 years. He has a great deal of experience working with children, young people and their families from backgrounds of complex trauma and has worked in a number of therapeutic settings, including the Mulberry Bush School in the United Kingdom, a specialist therapeutic community and a recognised international leader in the field.

Susan Barton AM: Founder

Founder, Member of Care Services Sub Committee and Governance Working Team


  • Certificate IV in Youth Work, RMIT
  • Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Parent Effective Leadership Training, Swinburne TAFE
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment
  • Accredited Business School for Entrepreneurs.


Susan is the founder of the Lighthouse Foundation and has been a Lighthouse Board member since 1991. Susan has developed the Lighthouse Model of Care for youth at risk, and has had significant experience in caring for young people for over thirty years. Susan is also the co-author of “Build Your Teenager’s Self-Esteem”. Susan is currently on the board of MECWA and is an Ambassador of Oxford Homes.


Jenny Gotz Papillo: Head of Finance

Head of Finance


Jenny joined the foundation in 2017 with many years experience in the  financial services industry. Reporting to the CEO and Board Jenny provides management and financial accounting services, strategic direction and support in all areas of financial management. Jenny is also a trained counsellor with a passion for human connection.

Terrie Barton: Office Manager

Office Manager, Board Secretary


  • Diploma of Administration and Diploma of Management.


Terrie was involved in the formation of Lighthouse Foundation prior to its incorporation in 1991 & served on the Board of Directors from 1991 – 2004. She has worked alongside Susan in all aspects of the organisation’s operations & now oversees the management of the central Resource & Administration Centre located in Richmond. Terrie also acts in the capacity of Company Secretary for the Lighthouse Board.

Karli Allen: Director Fundraising and Marketing

Director of Fundraising and Marketing


Qualifications Bachelor of Professional Communications and Public Relations


Karli Allen (nee Jacobsson) is an award winning, driven and dedicated fundraiser and marketer who has proven herself as a leader with close to ten years experience across the not for profit sector.

Karli has proven ability to develop and execute comprehensive and profitable fundraising and marketing campaigns, all the while fostering teams, bringing on board new networks and nurturing existing stakeholders. Her experience in managing and growing corporate partnerships, major funders and partners across all levels is highly valued.

Karli has been responsible for leading, integrating and empowering the fundraising, marketing and communications programs of a number of national and international NFP organisations, most recently The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Karli’s specialties include: Marketing, Branding and Public Relations, Social Media, Campaign Design and Implementation, Event Management, Diversified Funding Strategies, Community Engagement Programs, Direct Mail.

Karli was an integral leader in the award-winning Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) Fundraising Team of the Year 2018 and co-authored the successful award submission for the FIA’s Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign and the National Award for Excellence in Fundraising: Donor Renewal Under $5 Million Revenue in 2018.

Karli additionally volunteers her time for her families business in the Arts. She is a passionate and committed advocate for children, working actively to assist them to reach their dreams and full potential.

Laura Petrie: Director Care Services

Director of Care Services


Qualifications BBehSc, VAPP, M.S.W,


Laura Petrie is the Director of Care Services for Lighthouse Foundation, overseeing all care staff for the Foundation, including Carers, Psychologists, Intake and Outreach workers and all operations of our Therapeutic Family Model of CareTM.

Laura is an experienced practitioner in working with traumatised young people.

Laura has worked for over twenty years most recently as a Senior Therapeutic Practitioner with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co Op Ltd and in other leadership roles with the Salvation Army Australia and Odyssey House Victoria.

Daniel Durik: Director of Operations

Director of Operations


Bio to come.