Our team

Julie Hourigan Ruse

Julie Hourigan Ruse

Chief Executive Officer

Julie is the Chief Executive Officer of SHINE for Kids.

She is a results focused leader achieving better outcomes for children, young people, families and communities experiencing vulnerability.

Julie has significant experience in the community sector predominantly in the areas of early intervention and prevention; domestic violence; and homelessness. She was previously the Chief Executive Officer at NSW Family Services Inc (Fams). Julie is a professionally certified Results Based AccountabilityTM practitioner, and wishes she had access to the framework principles a decade earlier than she did.

Julie has also worked in community legal centres, government legal roles and corporate accounting firms.

She maintains her legal practising certificate and has a Masters in Law (Human Rights and Social Justice). She has been an NSW Government appointed member of the Housing Appeals Committee since 2010 and a Presiding Chair since July 2013.

Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly

Finance Manager

Mark Connolly has a Bachelor of Business Degree (Major in Accounting, Sub Major in Business Law) from UTS Sydney & is CPA qualified.

Mark has over 30 years’ finance experience in the corporate & for purpose arenas and is utilizing this experience to give back to the community as the Finance Manager at Shine for Kids.

Fatmah Haroone

Fatmah Haroone

People and Culture Manager

Fatmah Haroone is the People and Culture Manager at SHINE for Kids. With a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Human Resource Management, Fatmah has over 10 years experience working in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors.

Fatmah is a dynamic, practical and consultative leader with a strong focus on leadership capability and building high performing teams through inclusion, innovation and accountability and supporting leaders and employees deliver on the organisation’s purpose through balancing strategic thinking alongside a practical approach to people management.

As a trusted advisor, Fatmah enjoys partnering with teams to create remarkable work experiences and ensure our people feel supported and empowered.

Julianne Sanders

Julianne Sanders

Business Development Manager

Julianne is an experienced executive with over 20 years’ experience in events, business development, communications, fundraising and marketing in the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

As a long-term public servant in the NSW Government, she specialised in stakeholder engagement and consultation, whole of government strategic projects, and bringing complex innovative projects to fruition. Julianne was Director, Corporate Communications at the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC), and spent two years at Premier and Cabinet designing a sector-wide workplace giving initiative for NSW Government employees.

Julianne has held Board positions at Sydney Community Foundation, Australian Community Philanthropy, and the Aurora Group and is a member of the Keeping Women Out of Prison (KWOOP) coalition.