Robyn Mildon PhD is the founding executive director of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI). Robyn has a longstanding career focused on the implementation, mainstreaming, and scaling-up of evidence to achieve social impact for children, families and communities in a range of health and human service areas. She has lead several national, ongoing initiatives aimed at improving the selection, and use of, evidence to in real-world service and policy settings.
In addition to her Australian-based work, Robyn has built a portfolio of projects collaborating with both government and non-government agencies in countries such as Singapore, Norway, Sweden, the USA and New Zealand, and has been an invited speaker at multiple events around the globe.
Robyn was the founding chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the first and second Australian Implementation Conference (AIC), and co-chair for the third Biennial Australasian Implementation Conference. She is also the founding co-chair of the Knowledge Translation and Implementation Group with the Campbell Collaboration. Robyn holds an honorary associate professorship with the University of Melbourne.
Bianca Albers is a qualified political scientist who holds a strong interest in the uptake of research in policy development and legislation. In her role with CEI, Bianca is responsible for a portfolio of research synthesis and implementation projects. This includes the production of systematic reviews, building capacity within organisations, and the implementation of evidence-informed programs, practices and service models. Bianca is also engaged in several international initiatives aimed at promoting the science and practice of implementation and evidence-based practice and policy.
James Hennessy is a qualified economist who champions the uptake of evidence in practice and policy to achieve social impact for children and families. James has over 10 years’ professional consulting experience and specialises in project management and assessing the social, economic and financial impacts of policies and programs.
Vanessa Rose is a research psychologist with substantial experience developing and evaluating evidence-based programs implemented within health and human services. She firmly supports the generation and use of high-quality evidence in policy and practice to improve the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity.
Vanessa’s research has focused on developing, implementing, testing and communicating initiatives to improve care and ameliorate social disadvantage. Vanessa has also held roles in service delivery, university and government.
In her role with CEI, Vanessa is responsible for a portfolio of evaluation projects. These include large-scale, whole-sector evaluations using robust methodologies to measure outcomes and assist government and other policy agencies in decision-making for future investment.
Natasha Morris has worked in social impact for nearly 10 years, with broad experience across impact investing, venture philanthropy, policy, strategy and projects in the for-purpose sector. Her background includes operational and financial reviews of for-purpose organisations and strategy development across various social policy areas.
Prior to this, Natasha developed strong project management, business and stakeholder engagement skills in a private sector career spanning project finance law and major projects investing in Australia and Europe.
In her role with CEI, Natasha is responsible for overseeing and improving CEI’s operations and finances and driving our strategic growth.
Natasha is passionate about the use of evidence and evaluation in creating social impact, and recently completed the University of New South Wales Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, with a research focus on exploring frameworks for cross-sector collaboration to create systemic social change.
Margaret Stott has a background in psychology with broad experience in implementing evidence-based practices in both government and non-government organisations. Her work has focused on the implementation of programs in relation to child wellbeing and domestic violence, as well as clinical supervision of multisystemic therapy teams within the juvenile and disability sectors. In her role with CEI, Margaret conducts both practice design and coaching, and is highly skilled in demonstrating the practical application of techniques to help others improve their practice. With years of experience in supporting practitioners’ skill development and acquisition, she is an expert in the implementation and coaching of evidenced-based practices.
Cheryl Seah is responsible for coordinating CEI’s evaluation of KidStart, a program that empowers vulnerable young children and their families in Singapore. As project manager, Cheryl combines her passion for supporting children and families with her brilliant acumen in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Cheryl has extensive knowledge and experience coordinating and supporting child-centred and early intervention programs. Some of her research and career highlights include evaluating the impact of a parenting program in the first postnatal year on parenting stress and attachment, and managing the design and implementation of a large-scale early childhood holistic outcome project in Singapore.
Nerida Heyward has 13 years' experience in administrative and executive support roles working for non-profits, corporate and government organisations. She is particularly interested in community development. Prior to her role at CEI, she provided crucial support to the CEO of a genomics research organisation. Nerida's work with CEI involves supporting the leadership team and management of the centre’s daily administrative functions.
Pony Chew completed her PhD with the Division of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore focusing on how individuals can come to build strong identification with a culture through social others in the sociocultural milieu. At CEI, Pony provides research support. She is based in Singapore.
David Taylor is an economist with a background in consulting and a longstanding interest in using better evidence to inform policy. His most recent project explored the application of cost benefit analysis techniques in evaluating evidence-based social policy interventions to determine their economic impact. At CEI, David uses his quantitative and consulting skills to engage in a range of projects involving implementation, impact and economic evaluations.
Lauren Hodge is a researcher with a PhD in psychology. She has 10 years' experience in evaluating and delivering programs for children and families in community settings. Lauren specialises in evidence-based program planning and implementation support for organisations and practitioners working in child wellbeing and family support. In her role at CEI, Lauren is responsible for helping agencies successfully implement effective programs, practices and service models. Lauren’s research activity concerns implementing and sustaining programs with a focus on facilitators and barriers for organisations, communities and practitioners during the implementation process.
With a background in finance, Faridah Abu Bakar’s career took a sharp turn when she discovered a deep curiosity for social services. She has since focused on honing her psychology, research and sociology skills through education and hands-on experience. She has aided research projects, most notably as an interviewer with parents of juvenile offenders, and is currently studying a double degree in psychology and sociology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Alongside her studies, Faridah works with CEI in Singapore to assist research to uncover new evidence.
Veronica Sng graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). She has prior experience conducting research projects and evaluating programs that support vulnerable and low-income youths. Her work has focused on increasing youths’ social connectedness so they can become resilient individuals. In her role with CEI, Veronica is responsible for providing research support to the outcome evaluation of the KidSTART program in Singapore.
Surendran Jayasundar graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. His research experience extends across multiple fields of psychology, including clinical, educational and health. Suren now uses his passion for research, and skills gleaned from his background as a research assistant, to better the lives of others. Suren works with CEI to provide high-quality research support to the KidSTART program in Singapore.
Noraini Veragoo graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and a double major in psychology and sociology. She has experience providing intensive neurodevelopment research support for multiple studies, including the longitudinal study Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO), and the Singapore Preconception Study of Long-Term Maternal and Child Outcomes (S-PRESTO). Her work has primarily focused on attachment and the developmental outcomes related to parenting. In her role with CEI, Noraini provides research support to the KidSTART program’s outcome evaluation in Singapore.
Sophia Fujino is an administrator with our Singapore office. Her experience extends from being an educator with children and teenagers, to working with international companies providing organisational support to help them run their daily operations more efficiently. Sophia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore.