Frances Carleton is a counsellor and psychotherapist of six years. In a previous, life she was a change management consultant and trainer for more than 20 years. The idea for WildTalk came to her as she worked with animal rescue – first domestic and then wildlife. She was a volunteer for three years, rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing lizards, turtles and snakes. Frances noticed a need for wildlife carers to be supported in their work and started offering free counselling to carers in 2015.
In 2018, Frances was invited to speak at the Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference on the subject of mental health, and her research formed the basis for the foundation of WildTalk.
Frances has a Masters of Applied Counselling and Psychotherapy and Master of Writing, as well as a Diploma in Business Administration and Certificate IV in Training.
Jacquie Walton is an Australian Public Service (APS) Governance, Human Resources and Change Management Executive. Her 24+ year APS career has primarily focused on corporate roles, as she believes great internal services are what help to drive an organisation forward.
She has led major organisational change projects in the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests and the Australian Taxation Office. Jacquie is the Senior Executive Director, Corporate Management Group at the Australian National Audit Office where she leads human resources, change, communication, procurement, budget and financial management services. Prior to the ANAO, Jacquie was an Assistant Commissioner at the APSC, where her role was to empower and enable a team of human resource professionals to build the workforce capability of the APS.
Jacquie has an Masters of Business Administration, Diploma in Project Management and is a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Julia grew up between the beaches of Sydney and country Victoria.
She is a veteran stand-up comedian based in Sydney. In a former life she was an accountant and is currently the Director of two small businesses including Desire Books in Manly. Her love of animals has seen her rehabilitate abused and injured animals and she is always handy in a rescue.
She has used her public profile as a professional performer to help raise money for animal and human charities and is an strong advocate fostering the connection between humans, animals and the land they inhabit.
Julia has a degree in Psychology with a minor in Indigenous Studies.
Rodney is a counsellor with over ten years’ experience.
He is currently working for an established EAP service and in private practice. He is an experienced Gestalt, Schema, and EMDR therapist working with grief and loss, trauma, change, ageing, forgiveness and what does it means to live a full life that allows both pleasure, satisfaction, joy as well as sadness, regret, guilt, shame.
He spent many years working with the LGBTQA+ community to raise awareness of AIDS/HIV, raise funds, and organising social networking events.
Rodney has Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and Diplomas of Somatic Sexology and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.