About Us

Second Chance was set up in 2001 to address the urgent issue of women’s homelessness.

The Second Chance Fund Raising Group (ABN 84 194 825 242) is an Incorporated Association. The committee is a Public Benevolent Institution and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC).

Second Chance received endorsement by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient, as well as endorsement for charity tax concessions.

We are independent and receive no government funding.

Committee members bring their diverse experience, knowledge and passion to change the lives of other women and children.

OUR PATRON

Dr Dale Spender, AM FRSA – Patron & Co-Founder
An Australian feminist scholar, educator and activist, Dale has a background in writing, public speaking, broadcasting and academic consulting. A former chair of the Copyright Agency Limited and former deputy chair of the State Library of Queensland, she co-founded Second Chance.

THE COMMITTEE

Marjorie Morton – Co-Founder & Treasurer
Marjorie Morton has been the treasurer since Second Chance became an incorporated body. Trained originally as a radiation therapist, she founded a food brokerage business which has morphed into a national company. She co-founded Second Chance.

Kathleen Noonan – President
Kathleen Noonan is a Brisbane-based journalist and columnist, who has reported in South Africa, the UK and Australia over three decades. Her weekly column and reporting appeared in newspapers throughout Australia for 16 years. She has a long-standing interest in what makes society fair.

Zara Sexton – Vice President
Zara Sexton has been involved with Second Chance since its inception. She is currently taking time out from her career in professional services business development while juggling the mothering of three young girls.

Dr Kelly Greenop – Vice President
Kelly Greenop is senior lecturer in the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland. She has a doctorate in architectural anthropology and conducts research into homelessness, and the design of housing that meets the social and cultural needs of marginalised people.

Elle Croxford – Secretary
Writer producer Elle Croxford is a passionate advocate for film & TV in Queensland and Australia, with a career in the international screen industry spanning almost 30 years. Elle is well-known for her commitment to larger industry issues. Growing up as one of five children to a single mother, Elle has a special appreciation for vulnerable women and children.

Lisa Pearse-Sargeant
With an extensive background in sales and now enjoying a career in real estate in Brisbane, Lisa has always strived to help others whether by raising money or giving time to support children in need. She looks forward to contributing her fundraising passion to this amazing organisation.

Alison Kubler
Alison Kubler is a writer and Editor of VAULT, a journal of art and culture. She is a Board Member of the National Gallery of Australia.