Our Board

President – Terri Knight

Terri has worked in the health sector across Australia in Corporate Services Management and Directors roles.  This has ranged from managing 10 staff to 500 staff and responsibility for up to $30M budgets.  Terri has managed various aspects of Corporate Services from Finance, Human Resources, Housekeeping, Kitchens, Engineering, Training & Development, Disaster Management, and Information Technology.  Terri has also undertaken significant Finance Directors roles overseeing budgets of $400 M + and is also a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant, although has not worked directly in this field since moving into Corporate Management”.

Treasurer – Lindsay Adams

Lindsay Adams has extensive knowledge and skill in providing support to vulnerable people within the Cairns Community.  He has years of experience dating back to 1990 where he first undertook the role of Senior Case Worker for the Salvation Army, working with people facing homelessness. He has had a number of roles since in the community services sector, such as a case worker for people experiencing difficulties entering into the workforce as a result of mental health issues, and also supporting prisoners to reintegrate into the community upon exiting a corrective facility.

Lindsay has been dedicated to the work undertaken by SHAC for many years, and this is demonstrated by the many roles he has performed on the Board, such as the President, Vice-President and Secretary. He is currently the Treasurer of SHAC and is also a Life Member of the Association.

Secretary- Rebekah Bassano

Rebekah Bassano is the Principal and sole practitioner of Bassano Law. She has been practicing in the family law arena for over 10 years.

After being admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Tasmania in 2003, Rebekah moved to Cairns in late 2006 to work as a family lawyer. By working in the both the corporate and community legal sectors, Rebekah has assisted clients in separation, divorce, child matters and property settlements. In keeping with her personal service and dynamic approach to client matters, in March 2014 Bassano Law was opened to provide clients with quality legal advice at an affordable price.

As well as being a solicitor, Rebekah has a passion and commitment to ensuring that she is up-to-date with legal, ethical and community matters. In 2010 she completed the College of Law’s Master of Law (Family law), which demonstrates her commitment to having a greater understanding and expertise in family law. Rebekah also has a keen interest for negotiation and dispute resolution and as such she completed the Clayton Utz Intensive Negotiations skills training in 2013. In 2015, Rebekah became a qualified Family Law Arbitrator.

Rebekah is a member of a number of organisations as well as being an active committee member with others such as:

  1. Queensland Law Society member
  2. Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee member;
  3. The Chairperson of the Family Law Pathways Network for Far North Queensland;
  4. Queensland Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee member;
  5. Queensland Family Law Practitioner Association member;
  6. Member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.

Ordinary Member – Francoise Lane

Francoise graduated from QUT with Bachelor of Build Environment (Interior Design) in 1995.  She has an ability to draw from people their ideas, plans and motivations which prove valuable in the critical brie development stage.  Francoise Lane is a Torres Strait Islander woman whose maternal family are from Hammond Land.

Francoise is the co-owner of Indijdesign which is an Architect and Design Business that aims to share knowledge on approaches to incorporating cultural imperatives that represent traditional owners/custodians and the urban indigenous in public design projects which enhance the design outcome.  This includes keeping open dialogue on indigenous architecture with Government Policy and Service Providers.