Our People

Our CEO - Hayley Foster

Hayley Foster is the Chief Executive Officer of Women's Safety NSW, which is a peak representative body for women's specialist domestic and family violence services in NSW advocating on behalf of members for systemic reform to increase women's safety, justice and wellbeing in the context of domestic and family violence.

Hayley holds a Bachelor of Laws- First Class Honours and University Medallist, a Bachelor of Business, and postgraduate qualifications in mediation, family disputes resolution, financial planning and political economics.

Her 15 years’ experience in the domestic and family violence sector encompass the following areas: frontline specialist women and children’s services; violence prevention; accredited men’s behaviour change; family law practice; family disputes resolution; policy; law reform; advocacy; sector development; and organisational management.

Throughout this time, Hayley has worked with diverse population groups and organisations in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote settings across the government, non-government and corporate sectors.

Hayley’s particular expertise is in integrated, multi-sectoral strategies to address domestic and family violence, child safety, and family, civil and criminal injustice and in evidence-to-action and participatory research methods to inform policy, practice and law reform.

Presently, Hayley holds advisory positions on the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance and the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety and is an endorsed trainer with Our Watch.

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Our Board

Tanya Whitehouse - Chair
Farah Assafiri - Vice-Chair
Suellyn Moore - Secretary
Cheryl Alexander - Treasurer
Beth Roman - Ordinary member - Multicultural 
Karen McKenzie - Ordinary member
Ashleigh Johnstone - Ordinary member - Indigenous