Our Leaders

Sutherland Shire Family Services (SSFS) have an experienced board and professional management team who provide strategic direction and governance over the operations of the organisation and programs. We employ over 30 people in various roles to support the valuable programs we offer in the community.

  • President – Ann Murphy
  • Secretary – Julie West
  • Treasurer – Ben Wood
  • Board Member – Adrian Rees
  • Board Member – Belinda Fairfax
  • Staff Representative – Diane Manns
  • Staff Representative – Lola Hearn








Ann Murphy – President, SSFS Board 

Ann Murphy is the current President of the SSFS Board.








Diane Manns – CEO

Diane joined Sutherland Shire Family Services in 2002 and from 2008 lead their DVPASS Project – an initiative in partnership with NSW Police to support victims of domestic violence. This project was later recognised as the best practice model for the provision of support to women and children impacted by domestic violence, and Diane was nominated as NSW Woman of the Year in 2010 in recognition of her work in this area.

In 2011, Diane assumed the position of Operations Manager, overseeing all of the various programs offered by Sutherland Shire Family Services and managing the family caseworkers and line managers, ensuring that all SSFS operations are in keeping with the principles of family work and ethical practice.

Diane was promoted to the position of Manager in 2014, where she is now responsible for the financial and operational viability of the 12 programs Sutherland Shire Family Services operates, over 30 staff and the strategic direction of the organisation. Including building the profile, role and reputation of the organisation within the broader context of the community.

Diane is a passionate and engaging leader with a strong sense of social justice who encourages collaborative involvement. Diane has a background in Social Science and completed her Bachelor Degree in Community Education at University of Technology, Sydney and most recently completed her Executive MBA at the University of Wollongong.