Board of Directors


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Anthony Thompson (Chairman)

Anthony has over 30 years’ experience in senior executive, consulting and company director roles in Australia, Asia, UK, Europe and the USA. Originally qualifying in engineering, Anthony subsequently completed an MBA and further qualifications in corporate governance and safety and risk management.

In 2005 with three others, Anthony was one of the founders of Safe Places for Children – which now operates around Australia and in the UK.

Anthony currently serves as a Director for a number of companies across Australia and Asia. He also spends time coaching C suite management and directors across private and government organisations.

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Petra O'Meara (Director)

Petra has been a lawyer for 18 years, specialising in contract and commercial law and with the Queensland State Government for 14 years in senior roles.  Petra also has 20 years’ experience volunteering in governance roles for not-for-profit organisations and was appointed as a Director of the Safe Places Board in 2014.  Petra holds a Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. 

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Peter Kearney (Director)

Peter has over 40 years’ experience in senior consulting, tax and executive positions in Australia, England and the USA. Originally qualifying in accounting and tax,

Peter has been admitted to various taxation bodies and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He advises many companies across Australia and not-for-profit organisations in the areas of entity structure, tax matters, asset protection, strategic planning and succession planning.

Peter provided advice to Safe Places Community Services for many years before joining the Board in 2015.

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Brad Peel (Director)

Brad has more than 15 years’ experience in institutional and investment banking roles advising clients on financial risk management and accessing global capital markets. Brad is currently running the New Zealand debt capital markets business for Commonwealth Bank of Australia having held positions previously with Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Westpac.

Brad joined the Safe Places board in May 2017.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Queensland.

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Kristyna Dillon (Director)

Kristyna has over 15 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including executive roles with the Queensland State Government. She currently provides consultancy services in the areas of management, human resources and business processes and joined the Safe Places for Children Board in 2015.  Kristyna holds a Bachelor of Social Work and has post-graduate qualifications in business and social policy, as well as a Master of Public Administration.