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    Our people

    The #TeamDMF behind the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

    Bruce Morcombe OAM

    “Our objectives in establishing the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are far reaching. We must protect our children! We can and will make a difference, ensuring that our communities are a safe place for them as it should be. Your support will assist us in providing an effective child safety awareness program and where required assist other victims of crime, especially where children are involved.”

    Denise Morcombe OAM

    “We have formed the Foundation not only to keep Daniel’s innocence alive and to honour our son, but to help other families from ever having this nightmare happen to them and our objectives are to keep an ongoing awareness program for child safety, help other victims of crime where children are involved and to keep the community vigilant on crimes against our children. Children are our future and must be protected. With your help we hope we can make a difference.”

    Daniel Morcombe

    Daniel was abducted and murdered on the 7th December 2003. He was last seen waiting for a bus on Nambour Connection Road, 2km north of the Big Pineapple, Woombye Queensland.

    The predator was arrested and charged on the 13th August 2011 with numerous serious offences including child stealing and murder. Daniel’s remains were found in bushland near the Glasshouse Mountains on the 21st August 2011.

    A public funeral service was held for Daniel on the 7th December, 2012.

    The predator was found guilty on the 13th March 2013 on all charges and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

    A friend from the very beginning, Kay McGrath has been a Patron and passionate supporter of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation since its establishment. Kay is a mother, an award-winning journalist and presenter with the Seven Network, alongside being an active advocate for child and family safety.

    “The tragic disappearance of Daniel Morcombe touched the heart of every parent. An innocent, promising young boy cruelly snatched from his family with no explanation. A genuine desire to protect and educate other young people is now the driving force behind Daniel’s family. I strongly encourage you support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in continuing their son’s legacy and creating a safer world for our children.”

    Together, let’s support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.”

    Kay McGrath, Channel 7 News Presenter

    Kay McGrath Channel 7 Patron

    Terri, Bindi, and Robert Irwin became Patrons of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in late 2019, as long-term supporters and friends of the Morcombe family.

    With Australia Zoo based on the Sunshine Coast, the Irwin family have been involved in the Foundation since the early days, including participating in the filming of some of our first child safety DVDs. Many years on, the Irwin family are now internationally renowned, but their advocacy for child safety, and the protection and education for children to always feel safe remains. Along with Australia Zoo, these passionate Wildlife Warriors annually support our events and initiatives, while working hard to ensure wildlife and wild places around the world are protected. We are proud to have them on our team to help make Australia a safer place for all children.

    Committee Members

    Bruce Morcombe OAM
    Tim Ryan BA
    Denise Morcombe OAM
    John Pearce
    Dean Morcombe
    Peter Boyce OAM
    Jo Bryant
    Dr Lara Christensen (not pictured)

    Kim Skubris

    Ambassador

    Sophie Monk

    Ambassador

    Steven Bradbury

    Ambassador

    Daniel Morcombe Foundation Team

    Tracey McAsey

    MANAGER

    Tracey has over 25 years of experience in event and project management including marketing, media and communications. Tracey completed studies in Business and Marketing and went on to hold high level leadership roles at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and 2003 Australian Rugby World Cup.

    Tracey now uses her leadership and communications skills to further promote the Foundation’s work and manage our fantastic team.

    Outside the Foundation, Tracey loves getting outdoors and heading to the beach with her two kids. Tracey is an avid travel and adventure lover.

    Emma Dunn

    ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

    Emma is a born and bred Sunshine Coast local who initially started with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2013 as a volunteer whilst studying. She now officially joins the team after over 10 years in the hospitality industry, predominantly in events and sales, along with qualifications in Events, Business and HR Management. Emma is excited to be making a difference and applying her administration and events experience to help the Foundation in their commitment to Keeping Kids Safe.

    Emma loves getting outside and camping with family, along with reading and attempting to grow her own veggie garden!

    Kelley Reay

    FINANCE OFFICER

    Kelley has an extensive portfolio of finance and administration working in the training and education and service sectors. She is qualified in Training and Assessment, HR and Project Management and was recognised for her work in the training sector as recipient of Small Business of the Year. She is a registered BAS Agent and qualified Bookkeeper aligning with her Diploma in Business Management. Kelley brings strength and cohesion to the Foundation in our systems and financial reporting.

    Kelley enjoys living on the Sunshine Coast and spending time with her family. During her spare time she loves getting creative, cooking up a storm, and dabbling in interior design.

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    Kristanna Sutton

    EVENTS & FUNDRAISING OFFICER

    Kristanna joined the Daniel Morcombe Foundation after several years as an event manager in not-for-profit and tourism on the Sunshine Coast. She is thrilled to bring her event management skills and passion for events that make a difference to the team. Kristanna manages our annual Day for Daniel campaign, along with much-loved events the Walk for Daniel and Dance for Daniel. She grew up learning from the Foundation’s first child safety initiatives and is truly humbled to be contributing to personal safety education for children across Australia. 

    Away from the office, Kristanna enjoys collecting vinyl and seeing live music, but is partial to a good cup of tea with a board game or jigsaw puzzle.

    Rachael Witton

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

    Rachael came to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation after several years working in her own crisis management business and a range of for-purpose organisations. She brings her experience working in the domestic violence sector and is an advocate for early intervention and prevention for the protection of children. Rachael works to create meaningful connections with our community through various unique events and fundraising activities and enjoys connecting with supporters from all walks of life.

    Rachael has three children, is currently completing her Executive MBA studies, and can usually be found chasing her cat Buddy off the keyboard. She loves the Sunshine Coast and spending time with her partner exploring and fishing along the Coast’s beaches.

    Rebecca Borradale

    MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER

    Rebecca joined the Daniel Morcombe Foundation team after working in the not-for-profit space for many years, particularly in marketing, brand and design. Rebecca brings a strategic and creative approach to our design and brand at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and works to grow and enhance our brand nationally across our events and online presence.

    In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys practising calligraphy, reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.

    Conrad Townson

    NATIONAL EDUCATION MANAGER

    Conrad has a strong background working in child protection and family services. This work has included supporting children and young people who go missing, young people involved in child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviours and those in out-of-home care. Conrad’s has conducted child safety and protection workshops and training to professionals including police, child safety, youth justice and health services, and now leads our national education team at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

    In his spare time, Conrad enjoys hiking, walking his chocolate Labrador, playing board games, reading, blogging, gaming, and making wine.

    Claire Morse

    EDUCATOR

    Claire joined the Daniel Morcombe Foundation after serving as a Queensland Police Officer, bringing her passion for children’s wellbeing. Claire’s police experience focused on encouraging community engagement and building collaboration. She is a qualified social worker, with a focus on indigenous matters and working with children, youth, and families. Before coming to the Foundation, Claire worked within tertiary education and research, to improve industry skills and build knowledge in hopes of implementing innovation to create more opportunities and greater support for vulnerable individuals.

    Claire loves travelling and learning about other cultures and ways of life.

    Georgia Grayson

    EDUCATION OFFICER

    Georgia is a passionate advocate for children’s rights. She joined the Daniel Morcombe Foundation team after working in research and advocacy in London and relishes the opportunity to contribute to improving children’s lives in her community. Georgia works on the Foundation’s education projects and is particularly proud to work on Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson, which combines her skills in research, project management, and creative expression to deliver important safety messages. Georgia is currently completing her Masters in safeguarding children and young people, in order to develop and apply her knowledge of child protection in a broad array of contexts.

    Outside the Foundation, Georgia is a dancer with ballroom training and a soft spot for line dancing.

    Penny Sargeant

    EDUCATION OFFICER

    Penny has extensive experience in the education sector, across primary, secondary and tertiary learning institutions. She worked for many years as a classroom teacher, as well holding as several leadership roles in a variety of schools.

    Penny is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. She is delighted to be working with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, where she is consistently humbled and inspired by the courage and commitment demonstrated by Bruce and Denise. Penny utilises her professional expertise to initiate, create, and evaluate educational resources which aim to keep kids safe. 

    When Penny isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, including four cute (but crazy) fur babies.

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    Jon Winter

    DAY FOR DANIEL FUNRAISER COORDINATOR

    Jon is part of the team at School Fun Run, who are a major supporter of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation through the Day for Daniel FUNrasier. As the Day for Daniel Coordinator, Jon works with schools and learning centres to create their own fun run or fundraiser in support of the Foundation. Jon comes from an extensive background in sales and marketing as well as security and personal protection. He taught martial arts to children for 15 years, helping them to defend and protect themselves. For Jon, working with the Foundation is a dream job and he is dedicated to helping raise much needed funds to ensure critical messages of child safety reach every child in Australia. Along with the Foundation, Jon believes that every child deserves a safe and happy childhood, and that there is nothing more important than the safety of children.

    When not at work, Jon loves watching his beloved Arsenal Football Club, and you can find him performing live stand-up comedy around Australia.

    Morky

    MASCOT

    Morky is big, red and loves making people smile. His hands show his safety network, reminding children there are always people they can talk to if they ever need. Morky likes travelling and sometimes visits schools for child safety presentations with Bruce and Denise.

    His favourite event of the year is the Walk for Daniel, where he catches up with his mascot friends, Emmy from Act for Kids, the DMF Elmo and Khan the Tiger from Australia Zoo. They may be different, but they are all great friends.