The Executive

Julie Babineau- Chief Executive Officer and Board Director

Julie has held leadership positions in the health and community services sectors in both Australia and Canada.  She has a wealth of experience in policy, planning and strategy as well as an extensive knowledge of the health needs of populations in need. For seven years Julie was the CEO NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, which serves a diverse and vulnerable population.  While CEO, Julie led substantial reforms at JH&FMHN that saw the expansion of services to courts, community and adolescent settings while promoting a patient centred approach. Julie is President of NADA, an advisory council member of NSW Ambulance and a non-executive director of Wellways, a not-for-profit mental health and disability organisation. Julie became CEO of Odyssey House in 2016 and joined the Board as an Executive Director in 2019.

Lyn Mackenzie, Director Finance and Commercial Services and Company Secretary

Lyn has held senior finance positions for more than 30 years in several sectors including healthcare, property, automotive, information technology and consultancy.  Primarily the roles have been responsible for managing finance, information technology, shared services and payroll with a focus on strategic, technical and change management experience.  Lyn provided consultancy services to a range of small/medium businesses prior to joining Odyssey House and was a Registered Nurse before changing careers to finance.  Lyn is a CPA and a Graduate of AICD.

David Kelly, Director Programs

David has worked in the Alcohol and Other Drug and associated sectors for almost 20 years, including working in Therapeutic Communities, Residential Rehabilitation programs, and Day and Community based programs. David has also worked within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and has held senior leadership and Board roles across Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness, Out Of Home Care and a range of other program areas. David holds graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Psychology, Social Health, Addiction Studies and Management and Business Administration, including an MBA. David is passionately committed to supporting those who are experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage in a holistic way and to improving organisation’s capacity to work with them.

Sandy Schofield, Director Development and Engagement

Being involved with Odyssey since 2002, Sandy is a highly respected team member with over twenty-five years’ experience working in and managing fundraising and marketing teams. With experience in key areas including: Strategy and Brand; Donor management; Stakeholder engagement; Event management, and Community fundraising.

“I am passionate about what I do, new concepts, fresh ideas and providing a professional service. These are just a few of the goals I like to bring to the office each day, and believing that every little bit really does help”.

Peter Reuben, Principal, Odyssey College

Peter Reuben was appointed Principal of Odyssey College in April 2020. He was previously on the School Executive at The King’s School, Parramatta in the position of Registrar, where he worked for 15 years. Prior to his work in education, he was a Chiropractor who practiced for 12 years in Burwood, in Sydney’s Inner West. He is married with three adult children.