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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 13 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 25 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: Finance Manager

Finance Manager


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.

Carly Cameron: Director Lighthouse Institute

Director of Lighthouse Institute


Carly Cameron is the Director of the Lighthouse Institute – the training, consultancy and research arm of the Lighthouse Foundation.  She is a psychologist and approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.  Carly has experience at Lighthouse working both in the Foundation as the Clinical Care Manager and in the Institute, managing clinical services to external organisations.

Carly has worked for over fifteen years as a psychologist in Australia and the UK in community-based settings, secure psychiatric settings, child protection, foster and kinship care and in private practice as a clinician providing consultation to individuals and agencies regarding trauma-informed practice.

Carly has a passion for delivering high quality evidence-based training and workshops, and has extensive experience working in and managing teams that work with traumatised children, young people and adults. 

She lectures on a casual basis at Victoria University and is also currently completing a PhD at Murdoch University in the area of Attachment and Psychopathology.

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.

Janet Grima: Director Fundraising and Marketing

Director of Fundraising and Marketing


Qualifications Bachelor of Marketing, MBA


Janet has extensive experience across marketing and fundraising in the not-for-profit sector.

For over twenty-five years Janet has developed supporter-centric fundraising and marketing strategies with a proven track record of success, whilst demonstrating an ability to harness opportunities and find new solutions to old problems. Janet is a proven leader with strong people management skills with the ability to inspire and manage a diverse team.

Janet has been responsible for leading, integrating and empowering the fundraising, marketing and communications programs of a number of organisations, most recently as General Manger for SIDS and Kids, Cancer Council and the Alfred Hospital.

Janet’s specialties include: Marketing, Branding and Identity, Social Media, Campaign Design and Implementation, Event Management, Income Development, Direct Mail.