Board of Directors

  Caraniche has five Directors, two of which have been with the company since its inception in 1993.


 Richard Cawsey

Richard is the Chair of the Caraniche Board of Directors, and brings extensive experience advising high-growth companies, particularly those that use technology to create new opportunities. Richard is the founder and Executive Chairman at Denali Venture Partners, and chairs two other Australian companies: Redbubble Ltd, a global, on-line marketplace for artists and designers; and Heffron Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia's leading independent self-managed superannuation fund administrator and educator. Richard has a passion for building high-performance organisations and driving lasting, effective transformation.


Jacinta Pollard

Jacinta is the Managing Director of Caraniche and registered psychologist. Under her guidance, Caraniche has doubled in size and expanded into new areas of service delivery. Jacinta brings to her role significant experience in developing and delivering substance abuse treatment programs to prisoners, and a wealth of experience in training and research. Jacinta has previously fulfilled a number of managerial roles across Caraniche including the Manager of Drug Treatment Programs at K Division, Bendigo Prison and Loddon Prison, and Manager Research Development and Training. Jacinta oversees all operational aspects of the business and chairs the Senior Leadership Team Meetings.


 Alina Jonas

As one of the founding Directors of Caraniche, Alina is the current Secretary of the Board. Alina is a registered psychologist and a Registered Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is currently a Regional Manager within the Forensic Services area of the business. In this role, Alina oversights compliance with Justice Health contract requirements at seven of the Public Prisons in Victoria.

Alina provides Operational and Clinical supervision to the Seniors at each location, is involved with liaison and relationship management with key stakeholders, and recruitment of staff. In addition, Alina provides supervision to Clinicians working within the Behaviour Change Programs area of Caraniche, offering support and guidance in their delivery of assessments and group programs to offenders in the Community. Alina plays a central role in maintaining Caraniche’s clinical standards across many areas of service delivery.


  Susan Halliday

A non-executive director since 2004 and Chair of the Caraniche Board from 2012-16 Susan brings a focus on corporate governance, employment law, strategic planning and contemporary workplace policy and practice. Originally a teacher, Susan spent her earlier years with BHP, moving to Assistant Director - Council for Equal Opportunity in Employment, and then to Assistant Director - Business Council of Australia. Appointed the nation’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 1998-2001, Susan also served as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner for two years.

Appointed Inaugural Chairperson of Victoria’s largest professional regulator The Victorian Institute of Teaching from 2002-11, Susan chaired the regulator’s disciplinary hearings through to 2014. A ministerial appointment to the Australian Government’s Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Leadership Group 2012 – 2016, the Taskforce received some 2400 complaints. Susan is currently the Chair of the Accreditation Panel for the National Safeguarding Children Program and a member of the YMCA Redress Panel that was established for victims of child abuse. In addition since 2001 Susan has a consulting and workplace investigation firm with corporate, government, NFP, small business, educational and union clients. A State Library of Victoria board member 2001-10 and a Life Governor of the Australian Childhood Foundation, Susan is a registered teacher with 15 published books for primary school students.


 Alan Clayton

Alan’s brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. He has over 30 years of expertise operating in various Commonwealth and State Government departments, primarily in the health, welfare and justice sectors. Alan’s professional career has seen him operate as the Chief Executive Officer of the newly established Independent Courts Authority, Project Director of Gambling Licenses Review, the Director of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, as well as Deputy Secretary of Police, Emergency Services and Corrections for the Victorian Department of Justice. His extensive expertise and knowledge of the state health and welfare sector, as well as his past experience as a Member of the State Tender Board has benefited Caraniche greatly.