Encircle - Our Executive team

Chris Staines

Chris Staines – Chief Executive Officer

Chris provides strategic and operational leadership to the Encircle team, focusing on building community and delivering a range of relevant services supporting communities in the Moreton Bay and Brisbane North areas.

Chris joined Encircle in March 2021, bringing extensive leadership experience developed in the humanitarian, community services and government sectors.

Chris worked in the international humanitarian field with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from 2009 until 2019, in various roles, including heading operations in the Philippines and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), in IFRC’s Geneva headquarters and Malaysia.

From 2005 until 2009, Chris was General Manager for the Australian Red Cross response to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Prior to joining the Red Cross in Brisbane in 2000, Chris was employed in various Queensland State Government departments.

Chris has a track record of leading complex operations in periods of change, adversity and disaster, and growth and expansion. He has extensive experience guiding multicultural and multilingual teams.

He has a deep appreciation and respect for community service volunteers and staff contributions to our society.

As the world adapts to COVID and looks for a path to a new normal, Chris is excited to join the Encircle team. He is committed to contributing his passion, energy and experience to the team’s efforts in delivering Encircle’s vision of ‘connected, vibrant, resilient communities’.

Miranda Lipke

Miranda Lipke – Encircle Homestay Services Manager

Miranda is a strong advocate for Social Justice, especially in regard to fair and equitable access to resources, such as Housing.

Miranda comes from the tenet that Housing is a human right, she believes that walking alongside clients to maintain a safe and stable place to call home provides the foundation people need to pursue the other hopes and dreams they have for their lives.

Miranda holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling with Distinction, she has worked in the Housing and Homelessness sector for over 13 years. During this time she has worked for a range of community organisations in different contexts located in communities in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria.

Miranda has managed the Homestay Services at Encircle since 2011, she also coordinates the Moreton Bay Housing and Homelessness Network and contributes to a range of strategic level, sector forums and activities.


Lisa – Family Support Services Manager

Lisa oversees the Family Support Program and Young Parents Program.

With a passion for supporting families to recognise their own capabilities, Lisa is dedicated to delivering effective and professional programs that are responsive to families’ needs.

With a Bachelor and Post Graduate degree in Psychology and a career spanning over 13 years in the community sector, Lisa has worked across multiple not for profit organisations primarily in the area of Family Support.

This experience has centred on providing support to families and individuals in the context of multiple issues including child protection, mental health, family conflict, and trauma.

These roles have provided extensive experience working with people from varied backgrounds to build capacity to bring about change in their lives. Further, these roles have provided a platform for the supervision and development of staff and the provision of quality service delivery in the local community.

Lisa’s passion to see children and families thrive is the core value that drives and sustains her work within the community.

Louise Skidmore

Louise Skidmore – Principal Solicitor

Louise is the Principal Solicitor and Manager of the Pine Rivers Community Legal Service (PRCLS).

Louise has worked in private practice, corporate practice and in community law. Louise commenced her legal career in the private sector in South Africa, including ten years as a manager of legal services.

Since 2010 Louise has worked as a Solicitor at PRCLS, and was appointed Principal Solicitor in 2016.

Louise is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

I see the real difference that early access to quality legal advice, information and support makes in the community. People, particularly those experiencing disadvantage, need to be able to obtain legal assistance and participate effectively in the legal system.’



Elissa – Corporate Services Manager

Elissa has been with Encircle since 2006 and is currently the Corporate Services Manager overseeing the Financial, Property and ICT aspects of the business.

Elissa has a Diploma of Business Accounting and is currently studying to be an Accountant. She has been in the community sector for 20 years starting out in the mental health area.


Ally – Services Manager Encircle

Ally is Encircle Redcliffe and Kallangur Neighbourhood Centre and Counselling Team Manager, currently overseeing a multidisciplinary team in 8 focus areas.

These include, Generalist Counselling Service, Specialised Family Violence Service, Family and Relationship Counselling, Children and Youth Counselling, Children and Parenting Support, Senior’s Program, Community Development, Community Support.

Ally’s 17 years working history includes Community Development, Family Support, Domestic and Family Violence Counsellor and Family Therapist before moving into management.

Ally is a highly skilled practitioner and leader of staff in excellence in practice, performance and coordinating teams.

Ally is passionate about community and working alongside people to help encourage their growth.

One of Ally’s greatest accomplishments is the White Ribbon Day annual community march which says no to violence, she has been a key figure in bringing awareness to domestic violence.

Ally certainly leads by example and is a motivator for community change.