Our leadership team

Our leadership team help deliver our vision, values, purpose and goals.

Peter McNamara

CEO 

Peter has more than 20 years of executive and board experience, including as Chief Executive Officer, Good Shepherd Microfinance and as General Manager, Asylum Seeker

Resource Centre. Peter is the President of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), having served on the Board since 2015. He has studied finances and strategy at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School and Melbourne Business School and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter was appointed CEO of SECL in March 2021.

Kay Dilger

Head of Financial Wellbeing

Kay joined SECL in 2013 following an extensive career in the banking industry before moving across to financial counselling. During her time with SECL, Kay led the growth of SECL’s financial counselling team and is a key driver of economic inclusion thought leadership within SECL. Previously she was a Director on the Financial Counselling Australia Board and currently is Chair of the Agency Managers Network at Financial & Consumer Rights Council after previously serving as Secretary.

Marlena Kupczyk

Head of Youth, Housing and Employment

Marlena holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and a Master’s degree in Education and Counselling. She joined SECL in 2013 and has been a part of Leadership and Management Team since 2017. Marlena has two decades of extensive experience working in the community sector, is a life member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and a co-author of two educational books published in Poland.

Carolyn McAlister

Head of Community Wellbeing

Carolyn has been a qualified social worker for almost 30 years and joined SECL in 2020. She has experience in local government and the medical sector, but has spent most of her career in not-for-profit organisations providing long-term casework and advocacy. In her role with SECL, Carolyn continually analyses the trends that present in the emergency relief area and seeks out funding and networks to support SECL in achieving improved outcomes for community members.

Michelle Rowland

Head of Settlement and Family Violence Prevention

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business and Human Resource Management and a Masters of Social Work. She has spent almost two decades working closely with migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities providing training, support, advocacy and management expertise across a wide range of local, state and federally funded programs.