Penny Hood

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

From the Wollongong coast to the foothills of the Nepean Blue Mountains, working across multiple jurisdictions, Penny brings to the Narang Bir-rong Aboriginal Corporation over 20 years’ experience working with children, their families and communities across early intervention and prevention, children’s services, child protection, out-of-home care, domestic and family violence, disability and housing and homelessness.

Penny’s in-depth knowledge of the sector, combined with her commitment to social justice and passion for children’s social care, has seen her successfully lead large operational portfolios and strategic policy and program reforms within government and the not-for-profit, for purpose sector.

She is well regarding for her strong leadership skills, systems design and implementation skills and capabilities. All with a laser-eye focus on promoting best practice through practitioner empowerment.

A values-drive executive, well respected by her peers, Penny excels in energising and inspiring others to realise their potential. She is a proven trouble shooter, capable of influencing stakeholders, identifying challenges, and designing solutions to realise improved outcomes. Penny has a track record of delivering results that progress organisational priorities within a culture of collaborative responsibility and accountability.

Penny’s operational expertise is augmented by her skills and experience in advocacy, organisational strategy, governance and people and culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law (University of Wollongong), Masters in Policy Studies (University of New South Wales) a Specialist Certificate Implementation Science (University of Melbourne) and is a Families Australia Board Member.

Our Foster Care Stories

Sharing the stories of our foster carers allows us to tell you about the real impact our community has. The patience, compassion and perseverance of our carers are truly inspiring, and show how we can bring tangible and positive change to the lives of children and young people in our care.

Magic moments:

Bree and Justin

With three adult children of their own, Bree and Justin felt like they had more to give as parents. Raising their own biological children was just the start. By becoming foster carers they committed to helping as many children as they could.

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An extended family

Julie and Dean

Becoming foster carers had been on Julie and Dean’s mind for some time, but life had always got in the way. When they were in their 50s, they decided that it was the right time to open their home and provide a safe environment to kids who needed it.

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A carer by nature


At a crossroads in her life, Dianna was deciding what to do next when her friend suggested she become a foster carer as she had always been such a wonderful mother. This simple conversation gave her the courage to become a foster carer.

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Penrith NSW 2750
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Penrith NSW 2750

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and work, and those throughout all of Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and culture, and pay our respects to our Elders past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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