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Dr Jen Couch

ACYS Director
Dr Couch is a senior lecturer in youth work at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). She has established a national reputation for her work in the area of refugee young people and resettlement, and is one of the few academics to undertake research on young people from refugee backgrounds and homelessness. Before beginning at ACU 10 years ago, she worked extensively in the youth and community sectors in Australia and South Asia.
She has worked with, and on behalf of, young people in the areas of refugee settlement, displacement, homelessness, rights and participation, torture and trauma, and capacity building. Dr Couch has published widely in the area of young people and marginalisation and is particularly interested in working in hopeful and positive ways to change social inequalities and exclusion.

Dr Christopher Rayner

ACYS Deputy Director and ACYS Executive Committee member
Chris is a lecturer in inclusive education at the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania. His teaching and research interests have focused on learning experiences for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and on teacher capacity to cater for student diversity. He has also taught on psychological theories of learning and human development in educational contexts. Chris’ research has been published in journals such as Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental NeurorehabilitationAustralasian Journal of Special Education, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. Chris is currently acting as Research Ethics Coordinator within the Faculty of Education and is a member of the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Jeremy Prichard

ACYS Executive Committee member
Jeremy is a senior lecturer in criminal law and criminology at the Law Faculty, University of Tasmania. At the Australian Institute of Criminology, he managed the first national study of young people in detention centres. Jeremy's PhD was on restorative justice and he has written internationally recognised pieces on youth diversion; youth sentencing patterns; youth crime and substance use; and the parents of young offenders. In central and frontline government agencies he developed policy regarding child protection and Indigenous communities. Jeremy maintains strong collaborative relationships with youth justice practitioners, policymakers and academics across Australia. He is a member of the Sentencing Advisory Council for the Tasmanian Attorney-General.

Naomi Marsh

ACYS Executive Committee member
Naomi is a past employee with ACYS, having worked on the Face the Facts series of briefing papers. Naomi studied a BA at the University of Tasmania and completed her Honours in Sociology in 2012. Naomi has had extensive involvement in the Tasmanian and Australian youth sectors, having worked with the Youth Network of Tasmania and participated in several youth leadership initiatives. She is currently a graduate trainee at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania.

Scott Sullivan

ACYS Executive Committee member
Scott is General Manager of the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania.  He took up this appointment in late 2014, having previously served as Faculty Manager at the Faculty of Arts, the University of Western Australia.  He has extensive management experience within the tertiary education sector and has been employed in roles at school, faculty and campus level across a number of universities over the last two decades.  Scott has a BA (Hons) (Classics and Ancient History) from the University of Western Australia and is keen to provide as much corporate support as possible to the ACYS Manager and Executive Committee.

Lindsey Moffatt

ACYS Manager and ACYS Executive Committee member
Lindsey is an applied sociologist with postgraduate qualifications in not-for-profit management and in advanced social research methods, has joined ACYS as the new manager. She brings over 20 years of not-for-profit and public sector experience, in both the UK and Australia, in sector development, social policy development, social policy research, advocacy and communications teams. Lindsey also currently sits on Volunteering Tasmania's (VT) Social Policy Think Tank.

Ann Davie

ACYS Information/Website Manager
Ann is responsible for development and management of the ACYS website, along with other online resources and services. She is a board member of the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) and participates in several state and national collaborative groups in the youth sector. She has over 20 years' experience in software development and publishing. Ann has a degree in French Literature and has been involved in several community and volunteer groups.

Kate Gross

ACYS Deputy Editor
Kate has a BA (Political Science and Journalism), a BA (Hons) (Political Science) and a BTeach (Secondary) from the University of Tasmania. She has been with ACYS since 2006. Kate’s work at ACYS involves assisting with the editing of YFX and ACYS books, as well as contributing to YFX.

Caroline Mordaunt

ACYS Deputy Editor
Caroline has a BA (Hons) (English) from King’s College London. She is editor of YFX, and carries out other editorial work for ACYS. Caroline has previously worked for publishers and magazines in London, and as a freelance editor working for clients in Australia and overseas. She is an IPEd Accredited Editor.

Sue Dilley

ACYS Subscriptions and Sales Manager
Sue looks after subscription databases and sales of ACYS books. Sue returned to work at ACYS in July 2008 and brings many skills to her role, including her experience at ACYS in 2002, working with the Australian Youth Facts and Stats website at the time of its inception. Sue has a degree in Asian studies and an extensive administration experience in the public and community sectors.

Marta Guerra

Marketing and Communications
Marta joined ACYS in September 2013 to provide support in all marketing, communications and public relations functions, as well as alliances and sponsorships. Marta brings many years of experience in these disciplines gained in the corporate sector across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

Peta Owen

Graphic Design
Peta joined ACYS in 2011 and looks after the design of ACYS' publications, website and books. Peta has a BFA from the University of Tasmania and over 10 years experience working as a freelance graphic designer in Hobart.

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ACYS is based within the UTAS Faculty of Education at the Sandy Bay campus, Hobart.