Our People

Founder and Director, Kate Strohm
Kate, after careers as a hospital scientist, health educator and counsellor, and print/radio journalist, established Siblings Australia in 1999. Since then she has been invited to present across Australia and overseas (including Italy 4 times) to siblings, parents and professionals. Her book Siblings has been published in Australia, (in 2002, with a revised edition in 2014, and also available as an e-book), the UK and the US (as Being the Other One), and has been translated into Korean. She has developed a range of Siblings Australia resources and services and brings her own personal experience to the position, having grown up with an older sister with cerebral palsy.
Board

The Board members continue to support the goals of the organisation in improving recognition of the contributions and needs of siblings. They bring a range of experiences and expertise to the role.

1. BILLIE-JO BARBARA (Chair)

(GAICD; FCPHR; FIML; CMgr; GradCertHR; GradCertMgmt; DipHR; DipMgmt; DipProMgmt)

Billie-Jo is an experienced HR, corporate services and governance executive with a career background in government, not-for-profit and education sectors.  She has extensive not-for-profit board experience across different states in housing, disability, carers and radio broadcasting areas.

Joining the board in February 2021, she was appointed as Chair of Siblings Australia in June 2021.

Billie-Jo is the sibling of an incredible adult with differing needs, who has significantly shaped her life thinking and experiences, determining her to make a difference wherever and whenever she can.

2. CORINNE HABEL (Deputy Chair)

(MBA – International Finance; B.Sc.- Accounting, Chartered Accountant). Corinne is Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is a highly experienced director and executive with significant expertise in business development, marketing and fundraising in diverse not for profit sectors including environment, hospitals, humanitarian, education, arts and faith based.

3. ROB FOWLER (Secretary)

Rob Fowler is an Adjunct Professor in the Law School at the University of South Australia. He served as Dean of the Law School at the University of Adelaide from 1995-98. He has extensive board membership and governance experience, including as a member of the Board of the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (2011 – 2017), Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (IUCNAEL) (2008-2012); Chair of the South Australian Environmental Defender’s Office (2001-2009); President of the Conservation Council of South Australia (2011-2014); and Board member and Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (2008-2015).  He has been a member of the Siblings Australia Board since 2014.

4. KEVIN JOHNSON (Treasurer)

(Bachelor Of Commerce (B.Com), Chartered Accountant (CA)). Kevin is a director of Chartered Accounting firm i2 Advisory – a firm specialising in Income Tax and Business Advisory services. Having plied his trade across small, medium and large (Big 4) firms, Kevin’s experience includes working with many varied businesses and industries including not for profits, medical and allied health, professional services, retail, property developers, retirement villages and hospitality. His clients also range in scale; from start-ups to bigger business operations involving advising on a vast range of challenging issues.

5. PETER GILL

Peter Gill started his media and communications career as a journalist with some of Australia’s leading newspapers, including The Age and the Australian Financial Review. He complemented this experience with senior communications and advisory roles in the political, higher education and corporate sectors. In 2017, Peter completed a 12-month assignment in Myanmar under the Federal Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development program. He is now working as a communications consultant. Peter is a sibling to his brother Chris who has Down Syndrome.