Encircle - Our Executive team

Patrick Bulman

Patrick Bulman – Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Bulman is the Chief Executive Officer at Encircle, having commenced in this position in 2015.

Patrick provides strategic and operational leadership to a professional high-quality workforce whilst overseeing and managing the growth of the business which delivers a broad range of community support services across the Moreton Bay and Brisbane North areas.

With more than 35 years of senior management experiences in a range of diverse market places inclusive of overseas experience in New Zealand, England, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Patrick is known for his vision, drive and determination to make a significant positive life changing contribution to the community sector.

During his career Patrick has managed diverse services which include Mental Health, Aged Care, Allied Health and Membership-based organisations. These services have included commissioning/decommissioning of large hospitals, strategic and operational management of multiple aged care facility’s and management of medium to large “for purpose” and commercial business operations

Patrick is passionate about building positive workplace culture, growing staff to fulfill their potential and a vision to make our communities engaged, connected and resilient – Patrick believes in never compromising on his core values, specifically integrity, equity, trust, respect and compassion.

Patrick has been a Board Director on a number of Boards since 2002, including QCOSS, Aged Care Qld, Encircle and a range of Sporting Associations contributing valuable insights around sustainability, managing growth, strategic planning, risk management, compliance, advocacy with all levels of government and corporate governance.

One of Patrick’s major passions outside of family is following the fortunes of Sunderland Football Club, a lifelong supporter enduring the many highs and lows of following this Club, in addition he still enthusiastically pulls on the boots for Mitchelton Football Club on a Friday night to participate in the world game.

B.Bus, GAICD, Ad. Dip Nursing & Mgt, Dip. Personnel Mgt, Reg Psych. Nurse, Reg Gen & Obstetric Nurse.

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.