The Smith Family

Over the last five years, Lisa O’Brien has driven the successful implementation of a strategic plan which has significantly increased the effectiveness and reach of The Smith Family’s programs. Each year these programs support over 100,000 disadvantaged Australian children and young people. Under O’Brien’s leadership, The Smith Family has implemented a whole-of-organisation approach to measuring and improving the educational outcomes of the young people it supports. This has resulted in year-on-year improvements from 2011 to 2014 in the rates of school attendance, Year 12 completion and post-school engagement in employment and study for students on the program.