Our management team
Jacqui Watt, CEO
Jacqui joined NTV/MRS in 2015, bringing leadership and change management skills to the organisation with 30 years experience from the community and government sectors in both Australia and UK.
Jacqui has been CEO of two peak bodies advocating for Community Housing – one in Scotland and one in Victoria – and a year as Director of Client Services at Anglicare. She has worked in the fields of alcohol and drugs, mental health, disability, social housing and social enterprise.
Male family violence is a topic close to Jacqui’s heart having experienced it as a child. Her determination to assist NTV/MRS succeed in its work of ending family violence by working with men means she is an inspiring speaker, contributes to discussions on what works and is committed to changing how the community prevents, thinks about and responds to this pernicious social issue.
Jacqui is a GAICD (Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors) and the Chair of ACSO’s Housing with Conviction Board.
Che Bishop, Operations Manager
Che joined NTV/MRS in August 2016. She leads the Operations Team in delivering the finance, administration, contracts and human resources functions for the organisation.
Che has worked in the not for profit sector in Australia and the UK for the past 12 years. Prior to relocating to Melbourne, she was the COO at the Asylum Seeker’s Centre in Sydney. She volunteered and worked for the Centre for five years to deliver practical, personal and legal support to people seeking asylum from over 75 countries. In the UK, Che worked for Stop Hate UK managing their 24-hour helpline to support people affected by hate crime. Che has also worked and volunteered for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, Australian Red Cross and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Che has an MA from the University of Leeds in Modern English Language and World Englishes. Majoring in sociolinguistics, this combined research and data analysis with study of language and communication, with particular reference to how English is used by people who speak it as their first or additional language.
Michael Brandenburg, Strategy Manager
Michael has worked in the welfare sector for more than 35 years, 25 of these across family violence.
Michael commenced as a men’s behaviour change group co facilitator in the early 1990s and, as the program grew, his work and interest in the family violence field increased. Michael managed the Family Violence and Family Relationships programs at Child & Family Services in Ballarat for ten years before joining NTV/MRS in 2016. During this time he established the Men & Family Relationships Program, the Family Violence Court Counselling Program, expanded the intake and assessment services in the men’s family violence programs and developed Adolescent Violence in the Home programs. Michael was also involved in services for families experiencing separation, overseeing the Ballarat Children’s Contact Service and the Post Separation Program. Until he moved to Melbourne in 2017, Michael was an active member of the family violence sector in the Grampians Region, sitting on the City of Ballarat Community Safety Committee, Central Highlands Crime Prevention Committee, and Central Highlands Family Violence Committee. As Manager of the Strategy Team, he oversees the strategy, policy and communications functions at NTV/MRS.
Ruvashan Chetty, Telephone Operations Manager
Ruvashan leads the Telephone Counselling Team and is responsible for the service provision of all contracts.
His role focuses on maintaining a highly engaged team, ensuring that all service level agreements are met and planning for future endeavors. Over the course of 10 years, Ruvashan has worked across leadership and management for various organisations. During this time he led contact centre operations for Origin Energy and Call Active (Telstra Contract).
Ruvashan recently made the choice to move from corporate environments to NTV/MRS, as he has a passion for this type of work and recognises the importance of raising awareness and also mitigating the problem that men’s family violence causes for the community.
Ruvashan has completed a diploma in counselling and has completed courses in leadership and management. Lastly, Ruvashan has volunteered for various community organisations and has kept in touch with the issue of family violence in our society.
Michelle Perry, Workforce Development Manager
Michelle Perry has worked for over twenty years across education, public health, community, non-government organisations and in private practice. For the past ten years this work has focused on addressing family violence against women and children.
Michelle is currently fulfilling the role of Workforce Development Manager at No To Violence/Men’s Referral Service rolling out training packages across Australia to upskill practitioners in the area of working with men’s use of family violence. Michelle other work experience has involved direct client practice, clinical supervisor, training and development of family violence awareness and prevention practice, and manager of state-wide family violence programs across Victoria with a staff of over 60 practitioners.
Michelle has postgraduate qualifications in Social Science, Family Therapy and is currently completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.