The Child Death Review Board (CDRB) has 12 members, each appointed by the Minister. The current Chair is the Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). Other members are appointed for a period of no more than three years, but may be reappointed.
To reflect the social and cultural diversity of Queensland, the Board must:
- include at least one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander member
- include persons with relevant experience, knowledge and skills
- include at least 50% non-Government members.
Experts may also be invited to work with the CDRB to deliver its functions.
The Board is supported by a secretariat that is hosted within the QFCC.
Child Death Review Board members
Mr Luke Twyford – Chairperson
Luke, in his position of Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission, was appointed as the Chairperson of the Child Death Review Board on 17 March 2022. Luke is an accomplished senior executive, with rich experience in the child and family sector. Luke’s career spans more than 20 years across Commonwealth, New South […]
Ms Simone Jackson – Deputy Chairperson
Simone Jackson is a proud Kamilaroi woman from southwest Queensland and an accomplished Government Executive with over 20 years’ experience as a public servant. Simone has worked in roles namely relating to justice and human services across two jurisdictions (Queensland & Northern Territory). Over the past 11 years she has worked in significant senior Government roles. Simone’s achievements […]
Mr Murray Benton – Member
Murray Benton is an Aboriginal Barkanji Koori man from Central West New South Wales. Murray brings a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector and youth services. Now employed by Q Shelter, a leading peak body in Queensland working to influence solutions to housing needs and homelessness, Murray is […]
Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark – Member
Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark commenced with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in January 1988 and has served the past 33 years as a detective in various positions across the QPS. Denzil has worked as an investigator in regional child protection units, criminal investigation branches, various units within Crime and Intelligence Command and at the […]
Dr Meegan Crawford – Member
Dr Meegan Crawford is the Chief Practitioner for the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Queensland. After graduating as a social worker, Meegan commenced her career 30 years ago as a Child Safety Officer. Meegan has worked in a variety of roles in the department including Senior Team Leader, Senior Training Officer, Manager, […]
Dr Divna Haslam – Member
Dr Haslam is a registered clinical psychologist with a PhD in the field of parenting. She is a childhood adversity researcher based at Queensland University of Technology, and also holds an honourary position at the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. Her work aims […]
Mr Darren Hegarty – Member
Darren Hegarty is the Assistant Chief Operating Officer and the Youth Justice representative on the Board. Mr Hegarty has led a number of positive and significant reforms for children and young people in both the youth justice and child protection systems. These include the Youth Justice […]
Ms Carly Jacobitz – Member
Carly Jacobitz is the current Executive Director – Performance, Risk and Assurance (Child, Youth and Family) at Life Without Barriers (LWB). She brings a unique perspective derived from experience in both front line statutory child protection and nationally with one of Australia’s largest out of home care providers, LWB. Carly has […]
Ms Beth McNamara – Member
Beth McNamara is a qualified social worker (First Class Honours, University of Sydney) who lives and works on beautiful Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi country. She has worked in violence prevention for over 15 years, specifically in the areas of child sexual abuse and domestic and family violence. Her career […]
Dr Stephen Stathis – Member
Dr Stephen Stathis obtained a dual fellowship in paediatrics and psychiatry, with certificates in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Stephen is currently the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Services, Children’s Health Queensland. He also acts as the Clinical Advisor to the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch for child and youth mental health. Stephen […]
Ms Hayley Stevenson – Member
Hayley Stevenson has held a number of roles since commencing with the Queensland Department of Education in 2002 and is currently the Assistant Director-General for Disability, Inclusion and Student Services. In this role, Hayley is responsible for leading the development and statewide implementation of key initiatives related to Student Wellbeing, […]