Our Board


Co-Founder / Chairperson


Sharalyn has a background in the corporate and mental health sectors, bringing extensive and diverse experience to the role of Chairperson of Women’s Healing Sanctuary.  With experience in advertising, human resources and construction, Sharalyn moved her focus to mental health 20 years ago.  She established her private practice as a counsellor in 2010 and specialises in working with the traumatised partners of those who are struggling with addiction.  Sharalyn also works as a clinical trainer/supervisor, speaker and author.


Sharalyn has a firsthand experience of the need for a safe place for women to retreat in times of distress, due to her own trauma story and the death of her eldest son in a car accident in 2017.


Sharalyn is also a Board Member of SASA (Sex Addiction Specialists Aotearoa) which provides education and training on sex addiction to clinicians and the community.


 Co-Founder / Manager

Janine brings extensive experience to her role as Manager, having worked as specialist oncology and palliative care chaplain in hospitals since 2005, providing emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and staff.  Janine is skilled at guiding those in her care to discovering new ways to regain peace and connection with self.

Retreating regularly to a women’s retreat in New Zealand for many years became an invaluable way for Janine to self-care as she supported others in crisis and for growing through her own trauma story.  Janine was fortunate to work in a management role there in 2019 and brings this experience to her role as Manager of Women’s Healing Sanctuary.

Lisa Daw


A Chartered Accountant since 1996. A partner in public practice firms since 1998.

Lisa has been on boards of not for profit organisations in the education space and on boards of charities, Public Ancillary funds and Private Ancillary Funds consistently since 2000.

Keen to see equity for all, Lisa is passionate about ensuring all women that need the Sanctuary get to experience the Sanctuary regardless of distance or economic circumstances.



Sue brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Women’s Healing Sanctuary.

Sue is the current Chairperson of Women & Children First and has been a Board member of Women & Children First for the past 8 years.  She is a Councillor & current Mayor of Northern Beaches Council, past President of the Warringah Chamber of Commerce.  Sue is the Founder of Inspiring Women, one of the longest-running businesswomen networking groups on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Gael McKenzie


With over 20 years of experience in the mental health and personal development fields, working passionately with senior management teams at one of Australia’s leading treatment centres for addictions and mood disorders, Gael also brings past experience sitting on the Boards of two international NFP organisations over a recent ten year period.


When not coaching or consulting, Gael can be found with her camera, photographing nature. She has some of her work displayed and for sale on the walls of Women’s Healing Sanctuary. Gael donates a percentage of each sale to the Women’s Healing Sanctuary.



Founder I Personal Development Coach I Communication Consultant at You Inside Out

Founder I Photographer at GAELS Photography

Board Member I Women’s Healing Sanctuary



With a degree in Building Technology Darryl has over 40 years of experience working in the development and construction of recreational, retail and commercial facilities throughout Australia.

He was integral in the development and expansion of Thredbo Resort in the early ski industry era working for Lend Lease Development. He has also been responsible for the design, development and operation of many multi-level shopping complexes throughout NSW.

Darryl was one of the founding partners of Shape Australia, which is a national leader in the fit-out and refurbishment sector, and which now has offices nationally and employs over 400 people. Darryl is a past Board member and his involvement with  Shape Australia continues.

His philanthropic interests include supporting and mentoring those in recovery from addiction and supporting independent community-based organisations promoting a greener environment, and advocating for corporate accountability.  He is also a member of a Superannuation Advisory Group for one of Australasia’s leading integrated advisory firms.