Our People

Our Directors give their time and experience freely

Belinda Casselden


Belinda is a highly experienced business leader and brings a wealth of corporate and marketing experience to the Hope Believe Shine Foundation. As a senior executive at Woolworths for 12 years, she held a variety of roles across different functions and now uses her skills, experiences and insights to improve the lives of others. She believes every person has a right to be treated respectfully and equally and a right to thrive.

Belinda is extremely passionate about helping women and children affected by domestic violence. Belinda has deep insight into this area and has been actively working and volunteering in the field of domestic violence since 2017. She has made it her mission to understand the issues and impacts, and in 2017 her commitment and dedication to helping in this area was recognised with a Kingsford Smith Community Service Award.

Belinda is a mother of three beautiful girls. It is vital for her that her daughters and girls, in general, understand that domestic violence is never acceptable. She hopes that they will feel empowered to stand up against this awful part of our society and to challenge the beliefs and behaviours that excuse or justify violence and inequality.

Claire Van Schaik


As a legal professional with over 20 years’ experience in Australia and the United States, Claire has advised on many aspects of investment, risk, regulatory compliance, governance and operational process and policy. In her current role as National Transactions Manager for an international development company, Claire is responsible for managing complex real estate acquisitions, disposals and capital investments across Australia.

Claire brings with her expertise and experience of board and committee corporate governance, financial management, risk management, strategic planning and compliance. Claire has been on a number of corporate investment committees and is currently a member of the management committee of a community organisation supporting women and children affected by domestic violence. Claire hopes to bring value from her corporate experience to the Board of Hope Believe Shine and is excited to support women and children affected by domestic violence.

Lyn Allara


Lyn has a background in commercial banking, having held various managerial positions in both the Colonial State Bank and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She is an active member of the women’s community service organisation Soroptimist International (an international community service organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of women and children), serving on the Randwick Eastern Suburbs committee. She has been actively involved on a volunteer basis with the services that the Hope Believe Shine Foundation support since 2007. She has seen first hand the value of these services and the power of supporting these women.

Lyn is passionate about giving back to the community, and making a difference particularly through volunteering. Lyn understands the need for education and support and improving the lives of vulnerable women and children, especially those exposed to domestic violence. She believes in the importance of awareness, encouragement and empowerment. She is committed to supporting the work of the Hope Believe Shine Foundation in raising funds to support women and children affected by domestic violence.


We are lucky to have the support of an amazing team of volunteers who give their time and skills to help the Hope Believe Shine Foundation.

We are extremely grateful for all the extraordinary work our volunteers do to help us raise funds to support women and children affected by domestic violence. They are an integral part of our foundation.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to commit some of your time and skills to support us, please fill in the online Volunteer application form and we will let you know what volunteering opportunities we might have that you could get involved in.

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