NADA Staff

larryLarry Pierce - Chief Executive Officer
Larry has served as the CEO of NADA for the past eleven years. He comes from a background in drug and alcohol service provision in Queensland in the 1980s and 1990s and has also had extensive experience in the public sector in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C public health programs both in Queensland and the Commonwealth health departments. Larry sits on the NSW Drug and Alcohol Council and the NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee, representing and advocating for NGO interests with NSW Health.
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robertRobert Stirling - Director Planning and Strategy
Robert joined NADA in 2008. He is responsible for areas such as sector reform and development, policy and planning, CEO/executive support, and research. He also sits on a number of committees representing the non government drug and alcohol sector. He has qualifications in public health and community management.

Robert is a Justice of the Peace, providing JP services to NADA and its members.

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heidiHeidi Becker - Manager Programs and Services
Heidi joined NADA in late 2007. Her role now includes management of the NADA Programs and Service delivery including the Quality Improvement, Sector development, Membership and the Workforce Development Program. Heidi brings to NADA 20 years experience in AOD, mental health, disability, housing and criminal justice across the NSW government and NGO sector.


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suzieSuzie Hudson - Program Manager
Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and has over 16 years clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community-based and residential alcohol and drug services both in Australia and overseas. She joined NADA in 2012 as a consultant and a year later she signed up more permanently. Currently working on Project Managing the NADA MDS/COMS data collection and training for members, Suzie has a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine and a passion for engaging with social change.

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ciaraCiara Donaghy - Program Manager
Ciara joined NADA in late 2008, and is now acting manager of the Sector Capacity Building program. Ciara's previous roles have included working on the Practice Enhancement Project, the Workforce Development Training Grants Project and the Women's Alcohol and other Drug Services Development Program. Ciara has a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology and a Diploma in Community Services.

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CRAIGCraig Bulley - Administration Officer
Craig has held the role of Administration Officer since July 2013. Prior to that, Craig worked providing administrative support on a casual basis. Craig provides secretariat support to the NADA Board and Sub-committees, looks after membership, accounts payable and various other tasks. Craig previously worked for NADA from 2008 to 2010 in the roles of Media and Communication Officer. Prior to that Craig had many years experience in the Community Broadcasting sector.

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edithEdith Olivares - Project Officer
Edith is originally from Chile and studied Cultural Management in the University of Valparaiso, Chile. Edith arrived in Sydney in 2008 and worked in community development roles for different community organisations. She joined NADA in October 2012, and is working on the Sector Capacity Building program and other projects. Edith is currently reviewing the Policy Toolkit together with exploring and developing mechanisms to support rural and remote service engagement.

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Deb TipperDeb Tipper - Project Officer
In February 2012 Deb Tipper took up the position of Project Officer for the Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network, a collaborative project between NADA and MHCC. Deb has a long history of working in the NGO sector in Sydney and on the NSW Central Coast where she lives. Much of her work has been focussed on community development, organisational development and bringing people together to develop and work towards shared visions.

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