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Jan Hatch - Chair
Jan Hatch - Chair

Jan has worked in the NFP sector in health and community services for over 30 years. She was responsible for setting up the first national telephone helpline for carers in the UK in 1989 and it was here that she became award of young people who were providing significant personal and emotional care for a parent.

She was the Director of Services for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain for 8 years and since immigrating to Australia in 2001 she has worked as a consultant for Executive Directions.  She is on the board of Life Circle Australia and volunteers at Cancer Council NSW as a telephone support group facilitator. 

Jan holds an MA in Social and Public Policy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counseling.  She has an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design.

Director since November 2014
Chair since February 2016

Margaret Skagias - Founder and Director
Margaret Skagias - Founder and Director

Margaret founded CaringKids in 2014 to address the practical support needs of young carers.  With over 20 years' experience working across government and non-government sectors within Australia and overseas, Margaret has delivered and coordinated individual, group and community based programs for children, youth and adults, most recently co-ordinating community support programs for a leading cancer charity.

Margaret's determination to deliver practical support for young carers began following a four-year period delivering emotional support and respite camps for young carers aged 8-26 years. She influenced the inclusion of young carers in national government policy and advocated for services to assist young carers to complete their education. However, it was the first-hand account of young carers' experiences, and the challenge they faced finding practical support, that were the inspiration for CaringKids.

Margaret has a special interest and expertise in Carer Support, Mental Health, Children & Families and Volunteer Management.

Margaret holds a Social Work Degree from the University of Sydney and in addition a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. 

Chair from November 2014 to February 2016
Director since November 2014

Paul Shahinian - Director and Treasurer
Paul Shahinian - Director and Treasurer

Paul is the Director and founder of Econ-Finance. 13 years ago after observing a gap in the mortgage market, Paul created a firm that looked at client needs first then packaged clients for suitable lenders. Econ-Finance gave borrowers a valuable advocate - a broker with the experience required to guide borrowers toward their goals.

Paul’s commitment to customer service and his achievements in customer satisfaction has seen him recognised by Mortgage Professionals Australia as a ‘Top 100 Broker’ for residential loans and a ‘Top 40 Commercial Broker.’  PLAN Australia nominated Paul for ‘Broker of the Year,’ and Econ-Finance for New South Wales ‘Business of the Year.’ 

Paul holds a Diploma of Law (University of Sydney), in addition to Postgraduate qualifications in Mortgage Broking, Mortgage Lending and Financial Services

Paul brings a wealth of financial knowledge and industry experience together with a desire to help make a difference to the lives of young carers.

Director and Treasurer since November 2014

Sabine Sabek - Director and Board Secretary
Sabine Sabek - Director and Board Secretary

Sabine worked in Marketing and Office Management in the private and public sector across Europe, the Middle East and Australia. She moved into the not for profit sector in 2008, when she joined a leading charity coordinating fundraising events and managing volunteers.

Her passion and dedication lies in the humanitarian cause, and working for an international humanitarian organisation since 2013, in Dubai and in Sydney, has given her the opportunity to translate her passion into action.

Sabine holds an Advanced Certificate in Marketing Management from TAFE NSW,

She is excited to have the opportunity to be involved with CaringKids and their vision “to see a world where young carers are recognised and supported”.

Director and Secretary since June 2015

Nick Skagias -  Director
Nick Skagias - Director

Nick Skagias is a Director at Skagias Investments Pty Ltd.  Nick has over twenty year's  experience in the Building and Property Industry, specialising in project management, assest management and Commercial Property Development. 

Nick provides strategic support for CaringKids social enterprise model and regularly raises funds through his professional and personal network to support CaringKids to provide Toy Boxes to children with caring responsibilities.

Nick is an experienced Quantity Surveyor and holds a Bachelor of Building from the University of Techonology, Sydney.

Director since February 2020

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