Sue joined the Mercy Foundation in 2009. She has managed the Mercy Foundation’s grants programs, has collaborated on projects to address homelessness and is experienced in working with communities to end homelessness through Registry Week campaigns. She has developed expertise in the issues and solutions to ending homelessness in Australia, and more recently, in addressing modern slavery.
Sue is currently a member of the steering committee for the Ageing on the Edge NSW group and has previously contributed to the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group.
Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW. She is Mercy educated and has a keen interest in social justice. She volunteers with locally-based community groups working to address disadvantage at the grass roots.
Lara Turner is the Foundation’s Finance Manager. Lara Turner was born and educated in South Africa. She graduated from the University of KwaZulu Natal with an Honours degree in Accounting before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Anderson. Lara then moved to London and worked as a product accountant at BNP Paribas before becoming the Finance Manager and an Associate Director of IG Index (a FTSE 250 listed company). In 2003 Lara and her family moved to Australia.
Lara joined the Mercy Foundation in March 2004.
Projects and Communications Lead
Leesa joined the Mercy Foundation team in 2019, to manage projects and grants programs, meet communication objectives, implement marketing initiatives, plan and manage events and assist in managing the Social Justice Small Grants program. Leesa also manages the Mercy Youth Awards and the Home in a Box project.
Industries that Leesa has previously held positions in, include Education, Information Technology, Public Relations, and Communications. Her project management experience across these industries have utilized her skills in public relations, communications, marketing, training, and event management.