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Our Executive Team

Last modified: 
15 June 2017
QFCC Commissioner

Cheryl Vardon

Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner

Cheryl Vardon is the Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner at the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). She has held the role since October 2015. 

Cheryl has had a distinguished career as an educator and is recognised for her leadership in the protection of vulnerable children and young people and for indigenous education. She is an experienced leader of policy implementation and system reform.​

Phillip Brooks

Phillip Brooks


Phillip Brooks is the Commissioner at the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and joined in October 2017. Phillip has held an esteemed career in the child, youth and family support portfolio in Queensland and began working for the Queensland Government 17 years ago as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Police trainee in Innisfail with the Queensland Police Service.

Cheryl Leavy, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Family and Child Commission

Cheryl Leavy

Deputy Commissioner

Cheryl Leavy is the Deputy Commissioner and joined the Commission in June 2017. She is passionate about promoting and advocating for safe, caring and connected communities and reducing the over-representation of First Australian Children in the child protection system. 

Cheryl has enjoyed a notable career working with both the private sector and across state and federal governments in the health, taxation, education and transport portfolios. She has served on several boards including as a representative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Dr Leanne Gill

Dr Leanne Gill

Deputy Commissioner

Leanne has a depth of experience as a public sector executive and leader that can build teams and work with stakeholders to deliver innovative solutions to meet government priorities.  She has worked in strategic change roles across the Queensland public service and tertiary education sectors.

Leanne has demonstrated significant thought leadership and achievements in change management in complex and challenging environments drawing on her background in organisational development, talent management, capability development, performance management, applied research and performance evaluation; and has worked as a university lecturer in the field.  

Her  most recent achievements include the sector’s Gender Pay Equity Review and the effectiveness review of the Queensland Mental Health Commission.  Leanne undertook a 3 month placement with the United Kingdom Civil Service, hosted by Civil Service Learning in 2015.

Leanne's achievements include the design and implementation of a range of Government wide reforms in human capital management at the Queensland Public Service Commission. These strategies have significantly contributed to demonstrated cultural shifts in leadership capability across the sector.  

Leanne holds a Doctorate in Education (thesis on building organisational capability), and Masters and Undergraduate Degrees in Business Management from Queensland University of Technology and has been a member of the QUT Graduate School of Business Advisory Board since 2012.

Natalie Conner, Executive Director, Research and Corporate Services

Natalie Conner

Deputy Commissioner

Natalie Conner is the Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services. She commenced working with the QFCC in October 2016. Natalie has worked as a Senior Executive in the Queensland public service for over a decade and comes to the QFCC with broad experience gained in regional and head office environments. Her industry experiences include working with sectors as diverse as transport to as specialised as parks, sport and racing. Prior to coming to QFCC, she worked in the social policy team responsible for child protection and domestic and family violence prevention in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet. 

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Andrea Lauchs

Director, Communications, Education and Sector Development

Andrea Lauchs is committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people across Queensland.

Andrea joined the Queensland Family and Child Commission in August 2015. Prior to this appointment, she held many positions over the 20 years employed in the human services industry.

Andrea is an experienced practitioner, holding positions in both the government and non-government sector in child protection and youth justice. She has experience working in multiple jurisdictions including the United Kingdom and New South Wales. Prior to commencing with the QFCC, Andrea was employed by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for over 11 years.

Over the last 7 years, Andrea has specialised in practice improvement and program design in child protection. She has led the design and implementation of major child protection reforms in Queensland, such as the implementation of the Regional Intake Services, and the recent design and implementation of Family and Child Connect services - a key recommendation from the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

An accomplished public speaker, Andrea is requested to present to government and sector stakeholders on child protection and youth justice issues. 

Tracy Fogarty, Director, Office of the Commissioners

Tracy Fogarty

Director, Office of the Commissioners

Tracy Fogarty is the Director of our Office of the Commissioners. She joined the Commission in April 2016. Tracy has worked in a range of governance and program management roles in the Queensland public service for over a decade. She has worked in a diverse range of portfolios including environment and natural resources, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural affairs. Tracy has provided professional executive support to a number of Chief Executives. Prior to joining the Commission, Tracy worked in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on Queensland’s child protection and domestic and family violence reforms.