Board of Directors

Caraniche has five Directors, two of which have been with the company since its inception in 1993.

Jacinta Pollard

Jacinta Pollard 

Jacinta has been the Managing Director of Caraniche for the past four years. In this time Caraniche has doubled in size and expanded into new areas of service delivery. Jacinta brings to her role significant experience in developing and delivering substance abuse treatment programs to prisoners, and a wealth of experience in training and research. Jacinta has previously fulfilled a number of managerial roles across Caraniche including the Manager of Drug Treatment Programs at K Division, Bendigo Prison and Loddon Prison, and Manager Research Development and Training. Jacinta oversees all operational aspects of the business and Chairs the Committee of Management (COM) Meetings.


Alina Jonas

As one of the founding Directors of Caraniche, Alina has served as Secretary and Chairperson during her 18 year membership of the Board. Alina is a registered psychologist and a Registered Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is currently responsible for Managing the Graduate Clinic. Through this role Alina works closely with key universities to build a psychological workforce skilled in working with forensic clients. Alina plays a central role in maintaining Caraniche’s clinical standards across all areas of service delivery.


Susan Halliday

A non-executive director since 2004 Susan brings to the Board a focus on corporate governance, employment law, workplace policy and strategic planning. Originally a teacher, Susan spent her earlier years with BHP and as Assistant Director, Council for Equal Opportunity. Moving to Assistant Director, Business Council of Australia in 1998 Susan was appointed Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and also served as Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Appointed Inaugural Chairperson of the Victorian Institute of Teaching in 2002, Susan also chairs teacher disciplinary hearings. In addition to running her own consulting and investigation firm since 2001, Susan sat on the Board of the State Library of Victoria from 2001-2010. A Life Governor of the Australian Childhood Foundation, Susan is a registered teacher.

Alexina Baldini

Alan Clayton

Alan’s appointment to the Board as a Non-Executive Director brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. He has over 30 years of expertise operating in various Commonwealth-State Government departments, primarily in the Health, Welfare and Justice sectors. Alan’s professional career has seen him operate as the Project Director of Gambling Licenses Review, the Director of Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, as well as the Executive Director of Police, Emergency Services and Corrections for the Victorian Department of Justice. His expertise and knowledge of the state health and welfare sector, as well as his past experience on the Member State Tender Board has benefited Caraniche greatly.  













Richard CawseyRichard Cawsey

Richard is the Chair of the Caraniche Board of Directors, and brings with him extensive experience advising high-growth companies, particularly those that use technology to create new opportunities. Richard is the founder and Executive Chairman at Denali Venture Partners, and chairs two other Australian companies: Redbubble Ltd – a global, on-line marketplace for artists and designers; and Heffron Consulting Pty Ltd – Australia's leading independent self-managed superannuation fund administrator and educator. Richard has a passion for building high-performance organisations and driving lasting, effective transformation.