Dr Katrina Lines to be new CEO of Act for Kids

21 April 2020





The Act for Kids Board has appointed Dr Katrina Lines as the new CEO of Act of Kids, following an extensive executive search process.

Dr Lines, a registered psychologist and child protection advocate, is currently Act for Kids’ Executive Director of Services. She is also a Board Director of Protect All Children Today (PACT) and involved in numerous national taskforces advocating for the rights of children.

Board Chair, Hon. Dr David Hamill AM welcomed the decision of the Board and congratulated Dr Lines on her appointment.

“Katrina is an outstanding leader and will bring enormous operational and professional experience to the role”, Dr Hamill said.

“She is widely respected by her peers and throughout the child protection community.

“Her appointment will bring stability and a reaffirmation of purpose to Act for Kids as we continue to provide vital services to abused and neglected children and their families, especially at this time when COVID-19 is generating higher levels of economic and social stress in the community.

“Dr Lines works closely with our current CEO, Dr Neil Carrington, and she will take up her new role upon his retirement from Act for Kids at the end of August.”

Dr Hamill said that Dr Lines was selected following an extensive executive search, which attracted a strong field of candidates across corporate, not for profit and child protection sectors from across the nation.

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A senior executive with demonstrated ability to drive performance and achieve organisational impact, Dr Lines has expertise in strategy development, risk management and analysis, leadership, business growth, research and evaluation. She has a PhD in children’s cognitive, social and emotional development and postgraduate qualifications in governance, business and education. Dr Lines is a registered psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience delivering clinical and social services at the individual, organisational and community level.

Before working at Act for Kids, Dr Lines practiced as a private psychologist and worked as a university lecturer. She is a member of professional bodies including the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Child Rights Taskforce and the Australasian Evaluation Society. She is also a member of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and an expert assessor for the Australian Research Council.

Across her career, Dr Lines has worked extensively across child and youth mental health services, research and community consultation. She has served on not-for-profit Boards, including the Board of PeakCare Queensland and Protect All Children Today (PACT). Dr Lines has worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to implement culturally safe and appropriate services. Her strong interest, research and teaching in the area of children’s development has led her to work in child protection for the past 14 years. She is passionate about early intervention and prevention of harm to vulnerable children and young people.