staff“It is impossible to put an exact figure on the ‘true value’ obtained from having these talented individuals engaged at The Settlement, it is pretty clear however, via the current activities, that the social capital far outweighs the financial burden placed on the service.” – Nettie Marie, manager

The Settlement has a core group of five individuals rostered on a regular basis to carry out the day-to-day functions. The Settlement’s 12 member volunteer Board of Directors add critical governance, organizational, fundraising and ethics guidance. In addition The Settlement relies on a group of volunteer workers and engages with consultants for strategic, accounting and legal advice

The Settlement People


Kristina Touma - Manager

Agatha Pupaher - Childcare coordinator

Rose O'Connor - Childcare worker
Rebecca Ford - Childcare worker
Katie Vellins - Childcare worker

Clare Peterson - Youth worker

Gloria Donahue - Muralappi Program Coordinator

Co Nguyen - Administration co-ordinator

Jane Devine - Finance

Accountanting Services - Purpose Accounting

The Settlement Board

John Alexander - Treasurer
john AJohn is a local resident who began his working life training to be a management accountant, successfully completing the foundation stages at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has used and developed these skills across various roles. He has been involved with the Settlement since 2004, becoming Treasurer in 2013.


Thom Calma - Deputy Co-Chair


Thom currently works for Family Resource and Network Support (FRANS), a disability support NGO based in Croydon. The organisation offers service to individuals who have a disability and their families in the Inner West area of Sydney. He currently manages a team who are involved in programs such as after school care, school holiday care, camps, community activities and independence building. Thom is a local Darlington resident who originates from Darwin, NT and is a proud member of the Kungarakan people. He joined the board in November of 2012 as he enjoys the community engagement, advocating for the rights of individuals (especially those with a disability) and challenging and creative thinking.

Liz Crosby - Board member

lizLiz Crosby is a Darlington resident who served as press secretary on the Friends of the Settlement Committee during the upheaval of 2005. An AFTRS graduate, Liz was a member of the Sydney Community Television board 1991-3, and the Darlinghurst Area Rental Tenancy Housing Co-operative (DART) 1996 and 1998-9. Liz joined the board in 2007; her aim is to support staff and residents.


 Emily Goldsmith - Board member

Emily GoldsmithEmily Goldsmith is a local resident and works for Domestic Violence NSW as a senior project officer evaluating government policy and undertaking stakeholder consultation. She is also the Sydney Regional President for St Vincent de Paul, where she assists people in need and promotes the safety and wellbeing of people living in poverty. She is passionate about investing in early intervention and prevention work to end the cycle of poverty, prevent homelessness and combat domestic and family violence. Emily previously worked for the Department of Education in the national policy team, and also for the Australian government in a team that worked to protect and enhance Aboriginal language and culture.

Tiffany McComsey - Chair

tiffTiffany completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She examined Aboriginal community development practices in Redfern from 2005 to 2007. In 2011 she was engaged by the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation to assist with their strategic plan. Tiffany has lived in Australia since 2004. Since 2005 she has been involved with organisations and campaigns such as the state and national Sorry Day Committees and the NSW Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Campaign. Tiffany joined the Board in 2011.


Geoff Milne - Board member

Geoff MilneUntil his recent retirement, Geoff worked for several years at FRANS, a disability service not-for-profit, where his primary role was raising funds through grants to support the services provided for people with a disability. Prior to that he undertook environmental research and consultancy work for 17 years at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, a self-funded unit based at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has spent most of his working life at universities in Australia and the UK. Geoff has extensive experience in applying for and winning funding to support projects and programs, and hopes to apply that expertise to increase grant funding income for The Settlement.

Warren Roberts - Board member

warrenWarren is from the Bundjalung and Thunghutti Nations of the north coast . He is a community organiser for the Sydney Alliance, and founder of the Black Alliance. He works with Indigenous members and community organisations supporting them to come together and work on issues of concern, for the betterment of society. Warren believes that by building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through an honest dialogue, we can build the foundations of change for all Australians. He joined the board in October 2013.


Maggie Roche - Co-Secretary

maggieMaggie joined the board in November 2007. A teacher-librarian, when she retired she started helping out with the Redfern Oral History website. Her experience includes inquiry learning & information literacy, cooperative planning and teaching, training teachers and young people to recognise cultural bias, and co-counselling (a bit like Dadirri). She is looking forward to the Settlement murals going back up, inside and out.


Kathy Rushton - Board member, Sydney University representative

kathyKathy lectures in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney and is also enrolled as a PhD student. She has worked as a literacy consultant, ESL and classroom teacher with DET and other educational institutions. Her commitment to social justice and multiculturalism fostered her interest in the development of literacy. Her interests include all aspects of language and literacy development especially with Indigenous students and students learning English. She has researched the teaching of reading in middle years and is researching the significance of text in the teaching of reading, with a focus on Indigenous communities. Kathy had an extensive connection with the Settlement during the 1990s and her involvement with the community has continued since that time.

Matthew Smith - Board member, communications

matt smithMatthew Smith works as a business journalist with Fairfax Media. Originally from Queensland, Matthew has a Masters degree from the journalism school at the University of Technology, Sydney, and has worked in the media for his entire professional career, both in Australia and in the United States. He brings digital publishing and online communications skills to The Settlement’s board and is a passionate storyteller.

Emma Tseris - Co-Secretary

Emma is a lecturer in Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include mental health and the safety and wellbeing of young people. She is also involved in teaching social work students during their field education placements

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