Sunlight Centre - Crisis Counselling

Our Board

The Sunlight Centre was reformed in April 2021. Together we have built a strong strategic plan and Risk assessment with the view of building a strong foundation for future growth and planning.

Thomas Ruffles

Thomas Ruffles
CEO and Executive Director

Tom first joined The Sunlight Centre as a non-executive Director in early 2021, and has been our CEO since July 2023. Tom brings his experience in strategic and commercial management, health, and research to the Centre.


Ken Loftus

Ken Loftus
Clinical Director and Executive Director

Co-Founder, Ken brings over 20 years of experience into his role as Clinical Director in the Sunlight Centre. Ken has worked in crisis counselling centres, universities and schools over his career and brings this experience to his Workshops, client work and supervisor roles combining his qualifications in psychology, integrative counselling and CBT.


Selena Bartlett

Selena Bartlett
Non Executive Director

Professor Selena Bartlett is an international leader in the field of Translational Neuroscience. As a Group Leader of Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity at the Translational Research Institute and a Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences at QUT's Faculty of Health, her work has garnered international recognition. Previously serving as Director of Medications Development at the University of California, San Francisco, Professor Bartlett's three decades of brain research are further augmented by her credentials as a registered Pharmacist and counsellor.


Sam Scarpato

Sam Scarpato
Non Executive Director

For the past four years, Sam has been providing high end business analysis in the implementation of Enterprise level procurement solutions within Qld Government. Sam's logical mind delves to the nature of issues to provide real outcomes to benefit customers, and not just window dressing. Sam's background also extends to Market research, including survey analysis and design, showing an innate ability to read the market through cunning survey design and analysis.


Patrick Albina

Patrick Albina
Non Executive Director

Patrick is a consultant, executive coach, and corporate educator, specialising in Governance and strategy.  He blends his skills and background in Aerospace engineering and project management with the latest thinking in business leadership and management to identify and deliver solutions for clients.  For the past 7 years, Patrick has been supporting not-for-profit organisations to establish themselves and helping them to create their governance structures.