Pathways to Resilience Trust | Our Team
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Our Team

Our Team


At the Pathways to Resilience Trust, we believe in the power of people. Our work is supported by a devoted team of passionate and knowledgeable personnel. You can read more about them below.


Anne Turnbull, Executive Officer

Anne is the Executive Officer of Pathways to Resilience. Anne has extensive strategic and operational experience across both public and private sectors. She was National Finalist and Tasmanian Winner Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 1997 specifically for her work in SMEs in the private sector. Anne is a highly-skilled marketing professional in both national and international marketing and public relations and has received numerous awards from the Australian Marketing Institute. Anne’s highly developed client and relationship management skills are underpinned by communication, negotiation and liaison skills honed through many years experience in customer service and working in politically sensitive environments.




Debbie Miller, Director of Education and Learning

Debbie Miller is the Director of Education and Learning at Pathways to Resilience Trust. Debbie Miller is an experienced educator specialising in Early Childhood and has over 30 years experience across the educational field to tutoring in tertiary education. As Director of Education and Learning she trains key stakeholders working with children in social and emotional learning programs and embedding wellbeing in curriculum. She is the author of ‘Wings to Fly’- an approach to social and emotional wellbeing in early years 0 to 5”. She is a mentor and coach in children’s wellbeing and uses tools of critical questioning to engage participants in working toward innovation and change. Her focus is on the accessibility of social and emotional learning for children in educational settings and the support of educators and practitioners in viewing children and their wellbeing through a strengths based lens, encouraging reflection at a deeper level of the connection between intention and outcomes for children. She regularly presents at conferences on strengths based practice to develop resilience, support behaviour and children’s wellbeing, and the implications for educators of brain development in early years. She has also co-presented the research finding from the “Wings to Fly” program.


James Ryan, Director of Wellbeing

James is the Director of Wellbeing at Pathways to Resilience. With years of experience as an outdoors, indoors and adult educator, blended with twenty years of mindfulness practice, and a passionate interest in neuroscience, James brings quite a diverse background and set of skills in his mission to keep innovating Pathways educational programs and workshops.Integrating these principles into family, community and his sporting life is what James uses as the raw material for exploring the direct application of this material. Helping children, educators, families, schools and the broader community to develop the underlying mental skills that build emotional intelligence, resilience and wellbeing is his most important work.




Kerry Smith, Education and Training Consultant

Kerry has over 40 years of experience in early childhood care and education both at the grass roots level and as an academic. Her work as a facilitator and trainer is highly regarded within the early childhood sector and she has co- published papers in relation to critical reflection. Kerry has facilitated training within small and large organisations providing a range of professional development sessions. Currently, Kerry is working as a part-time lecturer in the School of Human Services and Social work as well as being a Co- Director of a boutique consultancy and management company. Her teaching life expands across early childhood, middle years and higher education. Her current research is in relation to the evaluation of using talking circles as an intervention with children in school age care settings.



Madelaine Winstanley, Education and Training Consultant

Madelaine is an experienced teacher and program writer with a background in the Arts and Environmental Education.  She has worked in primary schools, tutored in tertiary education and delivered professional development workshops for educators and community stakeholders.  Madelaine has completed Mindfulness and Mindfulness in Education training with Openground, Mindful Schools and Still Quiet Place, and is also a certified Yoga Calm for Children instructor.






Athol Young, Project Manager

Athol Young is a Community Development Manager. He specialises in community engaged creative development practice. His true skills lie in building engagement from the ground up while taking the community on the journey. Athol has worked in partnership for many years with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities especially in areas of Youth Development. Athol has led many Community and Creative Development Teams including Creative Director G20 Cultural Celebrations in 2014, Manager Creative Communities Team (2004 – 2012)  and Manager City Entertainment Program (1998 – 2004) in Brisbane City Council. Athol is currently the Chair Queensland Music Festival and was previously the Chairman of Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre and Chairman, La Boite Theatre Company.



Dan Pierce, Business Development Officer

Dan has qualifications in law and experience in management, business development and contract administration. He is passionate about empowering individuals to be the best they can be through building their own social and emotional intelligence.