Transition Board Member
Gayle's professional career started in nursing in the mid '80s in Swan Hill. During that time she came across a number of women who were very unhappy and isolated with similar stories. These women, despite being in hospital for medical reasons, had similar themes in the relationship issues they described. These conversations were Family Violence focused despite not having the language and understanding we have developed since that time. This influenced Gayle's decisions on further study in counselling and the family services sector.
Gayle completed a Relationships Australia's Couple Counselling qualification and a Graduate Diploma in Community Development with RMIT. Family Violence was core in the approaches and feminist practice frameworks.
Gayle has worked in the Family Violence sector for over 30 years, working in Regional Victoria, Metropolitan Melbourne and in Tasmania.
Gayle has worked with the Salvation Army, Anglicare, Centacare, Berry Street, VACCA, and the Broadmeadows Relationship service. She is currently working as the Manager of Capacity Building at WAYSS.
Gayle is passionate about the impact on children and intergenerational FV impact. Gayle received an Innovation Award from Western DHHS when she was working as the Senior Manager for Berry Street in Ballarat for partnership work with Child Protection. Eventually this model of engaging and working together became a State-wide initiative.
Gayle represented the Chairs for the Family Violence Victorian Committees as a member on the Statewide Family Violence steering committee post the Royal Commission.
She was also a member of a number of Strategic Committees set up to develop frameworks for the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
Gayle has been a member of Domestic Violence Victoria's Board since 2016 and will continue to serve on the Transition Board overseeing this change during 2020-21.