Sandie de Wolf AM

Sandie de Wolf

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma of Social Studies, Master of Social Work, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sandie’s career in the child and family services field commenced in the early 1970’s with the Department of Human Services, where she worked as a case worker and then in senior positions in management and policy development, both in regions and Head Office.  Since 1989, Sandie has worked in the community sector, in both policy and management roles.

Sandie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Berry Street 1994 when it merged with Sutherland Homes for Children and held this role until she ‘retired’ in December 2017.  Under her leadership, Berry Street became a highly respected organisation, providing services across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria, with a budget of over $100M and 1,100 staff.

In all her roles, Sandie always demonstrated a strong commitment to working collaboratively and a passion for improving life opportunities and choices for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people, women, families and communities. Sandie contributed to many national, state and sector forums and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Children’s Council.

Sandie has been recognised for her leadership and commitment through: receiving a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award (2017); being inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll (2011); an award of Member (AM) through the Order of Australia (2009); the Robin Clark Memorial Award for Inspirational Leadership (2008); accreditation as a partnership broker through the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (2006); the Vida Goldstein Award for Women in the Professions – Welfare (2004); a Harvard Club of Australia Fellowship to attend Harvard Business School in the USA to undertake the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course (2004); and Life Membership of The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (2001).