Our People

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Debra Saffrey-Collins
General Manager, Chaplaincy and Diocesan Partnerships

Debra Saffrey-Collins is a lay Anglican chaplain trained in counselling, youth work and policy. She leads the Brotherhood's school engagement program, which she developed to help young people grasp the challenges of poverty in Australia. She also connects with Anglican parishes at community level.

Debra has a further key role within the organisation in supporting staff wellbeing. She serves on the board of the Anglican-based aid agency, ABM.

Debra has arts degrees and a theology degree from the Melbourne College of Divinity.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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