Our People

Executive Management Team

Aileen Ashford, Chief Executive Officer

Aileen AshfordAileen has worked with vulnerable children, young people and families for more than 35 years. During this time she has held roles in disability services, government, community health, homeless services and child and family services.

She has been the CEO of Bethany Community Support, Director of Disability and Community Services Reforms in Tasmania and served as the Children’s Commissioner of Tasmania prior to her taking the role as CEO of the Children’s Protection Society.

Aileen has a strong passion for social justice particularly in the areas of legislation, policy, research and service design. She also has significant knowledge and experience in governance and advocacy.  Aileen is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Children in Out of Home Care and has previously served on the Victorian Children’s Council, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Board, and the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation.

Connie Vaiano, Quality & Risk Manager

Connie_VaianoConnie is a highly experienced management systems professional specialising in the development of ISO14001 standards with exposure to HR processes. 

Connie is also highly experienced in the development, implementation and maintenance of quality systems (ISO9001), OHS (AS4801)  and environmental (ISO14001) standards with exposure to HR processes.

With proven success in coordinating and facilitating the development and implementation of a range of processes, auditing, risk management, training, reporting and business improvement initiatives across a range of business environments including sales, transport and operations Connie’s experience assists CPS to deliver quality services of the highest possible standard.  

Connie is highly motivated and passionate for the continuous improvement of a business by building relationships with people at all levels and adopting a collaborative approach to achieve best practice outcomes.

Chloe Lonsdale, Executive Manager Therapeutic Services

Chloe Lonsdale

Chloe holds a Bachelor degree in Counselling, a Diploma in Business Management and is also currently completing a Masters in Social Work.

For over more than 6 years Chloe has acquired considerable experience working with children, young people and adults in not for profit agencies as a therapeutic practitioner and practice leader in trauma counselling. This includes family violence and sexual assault. 

Chloe’s passionate desire to end domestic abuse and support victims has led to her developing and facilitating therapeutic groups for children and adults.  These initiatives include Chloe’s interest in sand play and symbol work – effective forms of therapy in which she has recently completed a Certificate.



Jane Williams, Executive Manager Fathers Programs

Jane WilliamsJane holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Diplomas in Management and Business studies.

In both the Department of Human Services Child Protection and the community services sector Jane has over 10 years work experience as a practitioner, manager and facilitator. This includes delivering, developing and evaluating an integrated service delivery model as Partnerships Manager for North East Services Connect.

Jane’s extensive experience also encompasses managing programs and services involving children and families, including men’s behaviour change and women and children’s family violence services, drug and alcohol, general counselling, gambler’s help services, financial counselling, bush fire counselling and equine therapy.