Meet Our Team

Stacy Jane

Founder & CEO

Stacy Jane, originally from the U.K, is the Founder and CEO of Escabags Ltd.

Emigrating to Australia in August 2019 under a ‘protection visa’, Stacy quickly identified the urgent need for a practical solution to assist and support those fleeing abusive and dangerous situations. As a result, Escabags was launched in February 2020.

Stacy’s passion and drive in life is always to display kindness, empathy and love towards others, a great example of this is highlighted in her voluntary work in the Ruhunu Children’s Orphanage, Sri Lanka where she cared for babies and young children who had lost their families and homes due to the Indian Ocean Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.

Stacy’s professional expertise includes marketing and events; however, her managerial roles within aged care respite facilities are where Stacy reflects most fondly. It gave her a sense of purpose, drive and determination to support those in society who are most vulnerable.

Outside of her professional life, Stacy enjoys travelling, which has enabled her to broaden her cultural awareness and incorporate other interests, such as writing and photography. However, her biggest passion is for her beloved Aston Villa Football Club, and she doesn’t hesitate to remind her partner, who is also English that her club is better than his!

Andriana Nikopoulous

Board Director

Andriana is an Associate at KERRS, a law firm that specialises in Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Financial Services.

Andriana has worked in the legal industry since 2016 and was admitted as a Lawyer in New South Wales in 2018. She has a diverse range of legal experience, previously having worked as a Family Lawyer and as a volunteer at the Redfern Legal Centre.

Andriana is passionate about advocating for her clients in order to achieve the best possible outcome and values the importance of approaching each legal matter with compassion and understanding.

David Gearin

Board Director

An educator with over 30 years experience, here and abroad, in Science, Language and Social Justice. 

Education Officer – Social Justice (Secondary) in the Catholic Life, Education and Mission team in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW). 

His role supports school communities and leads school improvement through the quality pedagogy that embeds Catholic Social Teaching into the missionary mandate of the schools. 

 A deep conviction that the clear mission of a Catholic education provides our community with an alternative formation for our youth, integrating learning, wellbeing and faith as a framework to develop thriving young people equipped to love and serve in their communities.

Andrew Webb

Board Director

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience from small firms to Big 4 Accounting Firms (Deloitte). He is also the founder of Webb Financial, a Wollongong based business which provides integrated accounting, financial planning and lending services to personal and business clients.

Beyond business, Andrew is very active in his local community and holds various positions within volunteer sporting and Autism related organisations. He also loves a good physical challenge from lifting 100 tonnes in one day, jumping in the boxing ring or attempting world weightlifting records, all in the name of charity.

La Chang

Board Director

La Chang is the founder and CEO of TGL (Think Global Logistics), a Sydney-based freight forwarding company with offices in China, New Zealand and Vietnam. La has worked within the Logistics and Transport Industry since in 1998, gaining significant experience and knowledge across companies both large and small, from Australian owned and operated to fortune 500 multinationals.

He is passionate about simplifying logistics and the application of tech to deliver a seamless logistics experience, making him a progressive, seasoned freight forwarder who is driven to improve service standards across the global shipping industry.

Steven Smith

Board Director

Steven has 30 years of experience in the child and family welfare sector. Some of his career highlights have been oversight to the reform of the Victoria’s Residential (Out of Home Care) workforce in this transition to trauma informed care, management of community based strategies for the prevention of child marriage in Nepal, Sierra Leone, Pakistani, Bangladesh and Ethiopia and the developing an Adventure therapy program for young people at risk.

Steven started his career in violence prevention in 1990’s as part of a growing number of practitioners, who advocated for the need for Men’s Behaviour Change groups . He currently oversees the risk and operations for over 300 men participating in Men’s Behaviour Change programs as part of the Family Safety team at Family Life in Melbourne.

Carlene Cardona

Board Director

Carlene is a mum of 2 and Professional Administration Assistant and running a successful Virtual Assistant Business for the last 8 years and has lived in South West Sydney (Campbelltown) for 41 years.

Carlene has previously worked with companies such as Toll Group, Sunbeam Corporation, BASF and Fuji Xerox and studied through TAFE, Australian Institute of Management, University of Ballarat and MAP Institute.

Along with running her business, Carlene has been on the board of the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce for the past 6 years and is the current President. Carlene has also been on the Fundraising Committee for Escabags for the last 2 years.

Carlene is passionate about Escabags and supporting those that have survived domestic violence.