The current Board was elected at the Annual General Meeting in September 2021 and will serve until the next AGM in 2022. The Board of ASFA is:

President — David Hains

          David is a mental health nurse who has worked in a variety of different clinical roles in Adelaide. David coordinates the SF Community of Practice in South Australia. In his spare time David also runs a small private training and consultancy business called Left Turn. For more info on David please click here

Vice-President (Aust) — Adrian Holmes

          Adrian is a family therapist, clinical supervisor and SF trainer based in Brisbane, Australia. Adrian has been working in the human services field for 10 years and is currently completing PhD research related to mental health and social policy. Adrian co-founded the training and supervision organisation Tools For Hard Conversations and recently released his first book entitled Tools For Hard Conversations in the Helping Professions

Vice-President (New Zealand) — Emma Burns

          Emma is a psychologist employed by New Zealand Police. She is currently in a one year role as Practice Lead for the Organisational Psychology Services group at Royal New Zealand Police College. In her spare time Emma delivers Solution Focused suicide prevention workshops, and is also a mother of four and a competitive swimmer. Emma co-ordinates a Solution-Focused discussion/support/interest group in Hawkes Bay.

Secretary — Andrea Lemm

          Andrea is a social worker working in child protection in Dunedin, New Zealand.  

Treasurer — John Penny

          John WAS a School Counsellor, Parramatta Catholic Education, where he was previously Manager of Counselling and Behavioural Programs at Parramatta Catholic Education. John is now officially retired and spends most of his days on the golf course. We greatly appreciate that John has agreed to stay on the Board of ASFA.

Board member  – Kylie Johnson

          Kylie is a long-time SFBT devotee from Australia but based in Cambodia. Kylie works at the intersection of law and psychology in a cross cultural setting, along with providing training and consultancy in Cambodia.

Board member  – Kym Madden

          Kym is a registered ACA counsellor on the Sunshine Coast, working online and in person. Kym combines counselling and coaching through solution-focused brief therapy, drawing on a communication research and teaching. She has a PhD and Masters (Honours) in communication. You can find out more about Kym on her website.


We currently have several positions vacant on the ASFA board, and we would love to have you join us. Everyone on the Board works in a voluntary capacity. If you would like to help run the association then all you need to do is contact David for a no-obligation chat. We encourage you to come and see behind the scenes, and to be inspired by so many like-minded people!