Carrie Deane, Founder and Managing Director

carrieCarrie is the Founder and Managing Director of Rough Threads. She launched the organisation in 2011, with the vision of improving the lives of street communities facing severe societal issues. She has since grown the organisation from a grassroots project into a successful not for profit, which supports the growing needs of a diverse range of groups affected by disadvantage. Carrie was named a Finalist, Australian of the Year 2015 – Local Hero NSW for her development of Rough Threads.

Her passion for social justice and drive to make positive change has driven 300 volunteers have join the Rough Threads movement. She works closely with community partners and corporate supporters and regularly speaks at schools and centres inspiring young people to give back to their communities. Rough Threads was recently named a Finalist for Volunteer Organisation of the Year, 2016.

Carrie has a background in Business Development and holds a BA Media from Macquarie University. She was previously a Board Member of Thread Together and St John’s Community Services and currently Chairs the Rough Threads board. Her interest in community development and passion for reconnecting communities, has led to the development of OnNow, a social enterprise which helps disadvantaged community members access support services using their mobile phone. Recognised as an Australian community leader, Carrie was invited on behalf of the NSW Police Commissioner, to participate in CAPP14 with the NSW Police Force. Carrie is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.