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Our Patron

Nina Schrinner

Lady Mayoress

Nina is a mother of four, a lawyer and former special advisor to Australia’s Attorney General.

Driven by a passion for people and a strong belief that building better communities requires helping their most marginalised members, Nina is honoured and excited by the opportunity to chair the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust.

Nina was born in Queensland and has spent most of her life in Brisbane. She and her family live in the city’s eastern suburbs.

Nina and Adrian’s many years in public life has given them numerous opportunities to experience every part of Brisbane and meet people from all walks of life.

The extensive understanding of Brisbane and its residents gained from this work has helped Nina take on and evolve the important role played by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, which is well known for achieving big outcomes from backing smaller charities.

As chair of this respected institution, which has been helping Brisbane’s most vulnerable residents for over half a century, Nina is devoted to ensuring the Trust not only continues supporting grassroots charities but helps enhance Brisbane’s reputation as a friendly and compassionate city that will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Our Ambassadors

Petero Civoniceva

Petero is a former rugby league player who was born in Suva, Fiji.

Petero was raised by his mother along with his 2 sisters and is now a father of four, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Petero has played 235 games for the Brisbane Broncos winning two NRL grand finals in 1998 and 2006. He is the 17th player in the NRL history to play 300 games in the NRL. Petero has played representative football with 33 games for Queensland, 45 test matches for Australia and 6 tests for Fiji. Petero was inducted into the NRL hall of fame in 2018.

As a Small Steps 4 Hannah Ambassador Petero wants to inform and empower men and boys to understand the important role they play in ensuring safe, positive, respectful relationships with the women and girls in their lives.

Abby Coleman

She’s Brisbane’s girl next door, the mum who didn’t read the manual, the gal who loves a laugh but knows that a quiet moment can change a life. She serves Brisbane it’s breakfast radio with honesty and humour and a whole boxful of motherhood exhaustion, but with her own unique style and flair! Abby grew up with two older brothers, which is handy life experience because she and her tradie husband Scotty have three boys – Finlay, Jagger and Koa - and a mini Groodle, Yoshi.

After starting out as a street team member in Adelaide she famously
filled in as a presenter on The Hot30 and was then handpicked to come to Brisbane and join the breakfast team. She’s featured on TV’s The Mole and is a regular on Channel Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention, as well as Nine’s Weekend Today and others.

As a Small Steps 4 Hannah Ambassador Abby wants to …
I am committed to using my voice influence and networks to promote Small Steps for Hannah. Having spent years speaking out and reporting on domestic violence it’s an honour to be involved with a charity that has brought the community together to say enough is enough domestic violence stops now. Small Steps for Hannah has seen the need to answer all complexities of Domestic Violence from education to changing laws and to support other charities that help in times of crisis

Francis Whiting

Frances Whiting is one of Australia’s most respected and loved writers.

An award winning, senior feature writer for Queensland's premier weekend magazine, Q Weekend in the Courier Mail, Frances is also an avidly read columnist in Sunday newspapers around Australia, with her weekly column now in its 24th year and believed to be Australia’s longest, consecutively running weekly column.

Her debut novel, Walking on Trampolines was released in 2013, to critical and popular acclaim, and was released in the United States, Germany, Canada, Italy and Spain and Czechoslovakia.

Her second novel The Best Kind of Beautiful was published in 2019, and is another best seller, attracting critical acclaim from Trent Dalton to Liane Moriarity. It is currently optioned for a television series with Escapade Media.

A former schoolteacher, Frances has a keen interest in the mental health of children, reflected in her support of many children's charities, including Kids Help Line and Hummingbird House .

She has been utterly and hopelessly in love with words her entire life.

Peter Psaltis

Peter is a NRL commentator with Channel 9 and a radio host with radio 4BC in Brisbane. You can hear him calling rugby league games on Channel 9 each week during the NRL season.

Peter's role with 9 Media extends to hosting Wide World of Sports each weeknight on radio 4BC. He has previously been a part of the Continuous Call Team and SEN calling rugby league on the radio and for a long time was the lead caller for the Intrust Super Cup on Channel 9.

Peter has also had a long term association with the Queensland Rugby League where he hosts events and does voice over work as well. And he has been the media manager for the Australian Women's Rugby League team, the Jillaroos.

Peter also coached tennis for over a decade at West Brisbane Tennis Centre and regularly MCs events and conducts auctions at various functions around town.

Peter is passionate about helping to grow Small Steps 4 Hannah. Peter and his family had a connection with Hannah, his daughter and Aaliyah were close friends at school.

Robert Hopkinson

Robert Hopkinson a father of two and husband to his beautiful wife Richelle he is a northside local talented ultra marathon runner and leader of 217 members across Brisbane, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Leading Run with Rob is his passion an all inclusive running group who proudly supports local charities where Every Stride Makes a Difference.

To date Run with Rob has raised $90 000 with all monies raised supporting local charities.

As a Small Steps 4 Hannah ambassador Rob wants to continue raising money for Small Steps 4 Hannah and use his community contacts and events to promote the foundation to ensure everyone feels respected, informed, confidence to act, and safe.
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