Board of Directors



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 two 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.


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. 


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 manages capital raisings in global markets for blue chip Australian corporations on behalf of the National Australia Bank having held similar positions with Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Wespac, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Brad joined the Safe Places board in May 2017.

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


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.