Who We Are

The C.A.N. Leadership Team is a group of people that want to make a difference. All members are volunteers and work tirelessly to help  others.

Robert O'Toole

Co-Founder & Chairperson

Ex-student and Survivor of CSA at Marist Brother’s Schools Hamilton (now SFX)

Theresa Lilley


Theresa is sister-in-law of suicide victim Stephen Alward and committed to supporting CSA survivors

Elizabeth Seysener

Deputy Chairperson

Retired Social Worker, accredited and highly experienced in mental health and family fields. CSA survivor further traumatised whilst seeking redress

Nicola Ellis

Co-Founder and Public Officer

Partner-Principal of Ellis Legal and wife of survivor

Stephen Murray

Finance Team

Ex-student and survivor of CSA at St. Joseph’s Marist College Hunter’s Hill

David Alward

Finance Team

Brother of recent suicide victim Stephen who was an ex-student of St Pius X, Adamstown

Brian English


Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Social Work at The University of Newcastle, an advocate for victims and their families

David Hartley


Ex student and survivor of CSA at St. Pius College, Adamstown

Chanel Hughes

Manager - Clergy Abused Network

Chanel holds a degree in Social Science and brings immense experience to this position. Chanel is providing significant support to the Leadership Team.
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