Violet graduated from Murdoch University Perth WA after completing Juris Doctor, which was a continuation of her previous studies in law in Cameroon. Violet has been a practising lawyer since 2012, however also has 8 years’ experience in aged care as a carer. Both her law and aged care careers give Violet the opportunity to enhance her passion of making a positive impact in the community.
Meghan graduated from the University of Western Australia after completing her Masters in Architecture. As a graduate Meghan lived in rural Bangladesh for eight months, working with a local community and not for profit to design and build a medical center. Through the use of participatory design methods, Meghan engaged the community throughout the entire process, from research and sketch design through to the construction and running of the building.Since graduating in 2012, Meghan has worked on a range of projects including remote Indigenous housing, transitional housing for people who have experienced homelessness, aged care and high end single and multi-residential. However her passion lies in making a positive impact on the lives of others, particularly through the built environment. Meghan is also actively involved as a volunteer for several organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers in a range of roles from advocacy in detention to mentoring.
James has a strong background in Information Technology, including; business analysis, user interface design, and software & database development. He holds a Bachelor of Science and is currently completing an MBA at UWA and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University. He has diverse experience in areas such as aged care, Information Technology, and also the video games industry; working on the world’s third largest online multiplayer game. James has also designed and developed systems for small businesses and large sporting venues. James has strong management experience and currently leads a Planning and Development division, incorporating; systems, strategic planning, data quality and business analysis. In this position, James has been recognised with the 2013 Executive Leadership Scholarship, and the 2015 Business Innovation award. James has a strong focus on evidence based decision making, which he believes will be an asset to any Board.
Natasha McCarthy is a chartered accountant with over 10 years of experience at ‘Big 4’ accounting firms, working with a wide range of companies including those in the not-for-profit space. Through these roles, Natasha has developed extensive financial and commercial experience and networks which can provide great value to Boards in the community sector.
Natasha believes in the importance of a diverse and robust Board in ensuring the success of community organisations, and with a passion for both the arts and health services, is keen to contribute her skills, experience and networks to building the success of such community organisations in Perth.
Elizabeth believes strongly in giving back to her community and is passionate about human rights, creating social impact, evidence based decision making, and education. She is a member of the International Association of Community Development, is Deputy Chair of the WA Local Government Managers Association Young Professionals Network, and volunteers with Camp Quality. Previous roles include co-founder and chair of the north metropolitan Disability Inter-agency Network, co-chair of the Northern Suburbs Multicultural Network, and local State Emergency Services (SES) volunteer. Elizabeth is currently the Team Leader Community Development at the City of Joondalup where she is responsible for positive ageing, social inclusion, community transport, community funding, community gardens, volunteer management, community events, homelessness, community engagement, strategic planning, and cross sector collaboration. Elizabeth has a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, a Bachelor of Arts (Community Development), a Diploma of Public Relations, and a Certificate 4 in Local Government (Planning).
Josh is the Telehealth Coordinator at the Fiona Stanley Hospital where he works closely with health professionals and various Western Australian Health service providers to promote the use and benefits of Telehealth. Josh started his career at one of Australia’s leading independent strategic advisory practices, where he gained significant experience implementing measures to improve the financial and operational procedures of businesses across a range of industries en route to becoming a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. Prior to taking up his position as Telehealth Coordinator, Josh spent time at one of Australia’s leading listed healthcare companies, where his role was to improve the day-to-day operations of large scale multidisciplinary medical centres in Victoria. Josh’s desire to improve efficiencies as well as the health care experience of patients and health professionals in the community and aged care sector alike was the catalyst for his desire to be a participant for the 2016 Emerging Leaders In Governance Program. Josh hopes that his enthusiasm, business acumen and health technology knowledge will be valuable assets for the Emerging Leaders In Governance Program.
Rachael is Finding Yoga’s director, tailored yoga programs for the health and community sectors. She is also part of the faculty of The School of Life Perth, a mentor for new entrepreneurs on the Intensify Scholarship Program, and a TEDx speaker coach. She has lectured at hospitals and universities about the role of yoga in health education and delivers Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training around Australia.
Rachael studied Yogic Education at the University of Lille in France and has a degree in civil engineering. She brings 15 years of experience designing learning programs in health, social enterprise and government to the role, and 20 years of yoga practice. Rachael developed the first Yoga for Pain program in WA. She has since initiated programs for health professionals, yoga teachers and people with pain to help reduce wait lists for hospital pain units, lower the financial burden of pain to the country, and allow people affected by persistent pain to build meaningful lives.
Leah has over 13 years’ experience working for the state government within the criminal justice system, nine of which were spent in various leadership roles. Leah has built an extensive network with people and organisations in the not-for-profit and government sectors across Western Australia.
Jenny is a Senior Manager at PwC working in their external audit department. She has worked for PwC for 8 years in external audit as well as in the deals and restructuring department, and also accounting advisory. She was born in England where she gained her Chartered Accountant qualification and has worked for PwC in both England and Australia. Throughout her career she has had interaction with the Board of Director’s on a variety of her clients, and frequently presents the findings of the external audit at these meetings. Jenny is passionate about the Community and Aged Care sector following recent events within her own
Scott has more than 10 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, primarily in the UK with ExxonMobil where he started in 2006 supporting operations in the UK and Norway. Scott has held multiple roles in Engineering and Brownfield Project Management, moving to Australia May 2012 to work as an Engineer for Woodside Energy Ltd. Scott has a passion for leadership and mentoring, and is currently Chair of the Woodside Young Professionals committee (since 2014). The committee is focussed on the development of the Young Professionals cohort across three key development areas; personal, professional and community. Scott is interested in broadening his perspective outside Oil and Gas into the not for profit/social responsibility sector.
Scott married his high school sweet heart and is the proud father of 2 year old daughter Madison and eight year old Labrador Fendi.
Frieda is a passionate legal and governance professional committed to making an impact in the Perth community. Frieda currently works as a compliance adviser at the Australian Securities Exchange. Prior to this, Frieda was an in-house lawyer at Silver Chain Group.
Frieda’s interest in social justice and health and wellbeing spans many years. She has volunteered for a variety of causes including providing legal advice and education to rural communities in Sierra Leone, West Africa, assisting with refugee resettlement in New Zealand, participating in and raising funds for charity sporting events and volunteering at animal shelters. Frieda was recently re-elected to the committee of Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. (WLWA), where she assists to organise events and implement initiatives that promote gender equality in the legal profession. Frieda is also a board member at ISA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides support and advocacy services to victims of sexual abuse.
Adrian Gallo is the Business Development Executive at the Duxton Hotel Perth. He sits on the Consumer Advisory Council at Royal Perth Hospital, Consumer Representative for the Developmental Pathways Project Consumer and Community Reference Group at Telethon Kids Institute, Events Officer on the Murdoch University Guild Council and is President of his local Lions Club and Chairman of Leo (Lions Australia). Adrian is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (with double majors in Management / Hospitality and Tourism Management). Adrian is also a husband and a father.
Chloe has a keen interest in health and wellbeing in the community sector, having worked at a health improvement charity and as a volunteer for Diabetes UK. She previously held a board member position for the Scottish Patient Safety Paediatric Program where she provided the patient perspective on proposed safety developments in Scottish hospitals. Chloe graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 with a BSc Hons in Pharmacology and currently works for Lotterywest as a Gaming and Business Systems Coordinator.
Penelope used her Master’s in Business Administration to transition from a career as a Medical Scientist to the Community Services Sector with a goal to help not-for-profit organisations improve and achieve their purpose. She is currently the Manager of Business Sustainability at Therapy Focus; a community services organisation providing therapy to people with disabilities. Penelope was recently appointed Company Secretary at Therapy Focus and has completed a Certificate in Governance and Risk Management at the Governance Institute.
Penelope is an active volunteer with Soroptimist International and the State Emergency Services. She is interested in using her knowledge and experience gained in the community sector over the past five years to govern and direct community and aged care organisations. Through learning more about the challenges these organisations face, she aims to see brighter futures for those in our community who will benefit from the help and support these organisations provide.
Claire Stokes is a passionate social impact leader dedicated to improving the lives of others in her community of Western Australia. Claire has over six years of professional experience in WA’s not-for-profit sector and is a recent graduate of a Master in Business Administration from The University of Western Australia (UWA). She currently holds positions at the UWA Centre for Social Impact and Befriend Inc. At Befriend, Claire manages The eFriends Project, which delivers training in digital technology to people who may experience or be at risk of social isolation, including older adults and people with disabilities. Guided by her education and professional experience, Claire has an awareness of both the challenges and opportunities present in WA’s aged care and community sector, and actively seeks ways to generate positive social impact. Claire also volunteers as Chair of the Alumni for Social Impact, connecting alumni of UWA’s Centre for Social Impact postgraduate educational programs.
Kim Hocking is an established leader within the community and aged care services sector of WA and has worked in the not for profit area for over 15 years. She has held senior management positions in the areas of Service Delivery, Strategic Projects, Quality and Corporate Compliance. Kim holds qualifications in Business, Education and Community Services and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration. She has steering committee and membership experience within two of the largest NFP aged care organisations in WA, and is currently serving on the advisory committee for the ACORN network. Kim’s passion for service improvement and good governance in decision making and practice, is what she sees as a fundamental driver to keep challenging the status quo and positively influence change to bring fresh views and innovative practice models to the sector.
Amber has had a passion in conservation since aged ten and has volunteered on different projects. These have included the planting of native trees, the clearance of destructive plant life and a waste recycling project. In Samoa Amber worked on a programme educating a community on the conservation and regeneration of their Coral reefs.
Amber has a Masters in Environmental Policy and has worked as a Statutory Planner for the City of Canning for the past five years, having a passion for conservation since she was ten. . Here she has been integral to the creation of a more sustainable work place and a series of events were put on to educate and inform the staff. Specific outcomes have been the implementation of a ‘TravelSmart Workplace Travel Plan’. This included paid time to use alternative transport, upgrades to end-of-trip facilities and rewards to those who participated. Amber’s desire is to continue her community work and this training would help Amber reach her goals of joining a community board.
Clementine is passionate about giving back to the community and now, as a young professional, she would like to try giving back in a different way. Being a Director on a Board will allow her to fulfill her interests in giving back to the community whilst providing her with professional and personal development. In June 2015 she was awarded with a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University and is now working for a Mining Company and a Community Legal Centre. Clementine is an active member of the Rotaract Club of South Perth and currently holds a Board position in the Club. Recently her community involvement and efforts were recognised when she was awarded as the Young Volunteer of the Year.
Mel is a solicitor currently practising in Perth, Western Australia. Her area of expertise is commercial litigation. Mel is keen to give back to the community and feels that she could make a valuable contribution by becoming a board member. She believes that the skills that she has acquired through her legal career, in conjunction with the knowledge that the ELGP course will provide, will better enable her to make a difference within the community sector. Mel is an enthusiastic sports person and it is her vision to infiltrate her passion for sport and recreation throughout the community. She believes that a position on a community board may facilitate this.
David has over 10 years’ experience working in private, government and not for profit organisations in various leadership and project management roles. He has successfully lead diverse work teams in the delivery and enhancement of complex organisational systems, processes and services. David’s professional experience has provided him with a diverse range of skills including strategic planning, organisational change, risk management, governance and project management.
David’s leadership roles have provided him with valuable experience assisting organisations to address many of the significant challenges currently facing the not for profit sector. These include the marketisation of social services, increased service demand and, skill and workforce shortages.
David has developed an extensive network of people and organisations and has built lasting relationships in the not-for-profit, private and professional sporting sectors. He has a keen interest to continue his contribution in the not for profit sector by serving as a director.
Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP)
The Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP) develops young professionals (under 40 years of age) for Board leadership in the aged care and community sector. The Program uses action and experiential learning methods and a range of tools and media aimed at developing your leadership and governance skills for a Board position within the aged care and community sector. The Program focuses on the following:
- You as a Leader – On a dedicated (weekend) Leadership Retreat and through learning activities throughout the Program, you will be assisted to identify and evaluate your personal leadership style and strengths, your leadership goals and aspirations and opportunities to develop these.
- Board Governance – During the Program you will learn about the role of Boards, the roles and responsibilities of Directors; as well as Board dynamics, etiquette and processes, including Board papers; – at learning sessions, a Board Observation opportunity for each participant and at Unconventions and other events.
- Aged Care and Community Sector Knowledge – The Program includes site visits to aged care and community organisations and formal and informal presentations and conversations at Unconventions, one-to-one mentoring sessions (one for each participant) and networking opportunities, for you to gain exposure to Community leaders and current themes within the sector
- You in a Team – You will be required to complete a group project with 3 or 4 other participants. The project has genuine business value for the sector and will be added to the online Resource Toolkit on the website here. See resources entitled “ELGP Project” for previous projects produced by our Alumni.
- Community Support for Your Leadership Journey – Throughout the Program you are supported by the aged care and community sector. Community Leaders (from Community Partner and other organisations), share their insights and are mentors and speakers at events and learning sessions. They may offer Board traineeships or Board positions near graduation time. You also have free access to Unconventions as an ELGP participant and alumni.
** Applications are now open until the 20 December. Click here to complete an application. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received after applications close. We encourage participants to keep a record of their application answers.
The Program runs from late January to May each year. It is delivered by experienced leadership development trainer, Alicia Curtis, with Dr. Nicky Howe CEO of Southcare Inc. Read about them here. Places on the program are sponsored by Community Partners. Successful applicants are required to make a small financial contribution of $200 to demonstrate commitment to the Program. Read here about what previous graduates had to say about the ELGP.
Enrolments open in November of the year before and an information evening is held in the same month to provide those interested with an opportunity to find out more about the program and the responsibilities and opportunities for participants. Subscribe with your email (right column) to be notified when enrolments open or contact us us below for other enquiries.
Who Should Apply
Each year up to 20 talented individuals of diverse age, professions, industries, occupations and experience are accepted into the Emerging Leaders Governance Program (ELGP) Entry to the Program is competitive. The following qualities will enhance your application:
- A desire to be a Board member of an Aged Care or Community Organisation. The ELGP is sponsored by aged care and community organisations who are committed to developing young leaders to succeed on Boards. Whilst this Program does not offer you a Board position, it is anticipated that you are similarly keen to give back to the aged care and community sector at a Board level.
- A Business, Professional, Community and/or Entrepreneurial Skill, Interest or Value that you could contribute in a voluntary capacity on a Board of Governance.
- Leadership and Community Experience – You may already be a thought or action leader in a specified community (eg youth, rights, ethnic) and/or you may volunteer or participate in community events, for a community organisation, for a particular cause or on a committee.
Read the profiles here of some of candidates who have been selected for the Program in previous years.
Commitment to the entire 4 month Program is vital, therefore if you apply and are chosen, you are agreeing to attend the whole Program (Dates will be provided at application time). The commitment of this Program is not to be taken lightly. There are Wednesday sessions (either breakfast or evening sessions) every week, 2 Saturday sessions, team project work and a weekend retreat (Friday night to Sunday afternoon). All sessions are held outside of normal working hours. All sessions are compulsory as part of the Program.
Networking and Connectivity
A distinguishing feature of the Emerging Leaders Governance Program (ELGP) is to connect emerging leaders with each other and with senior community leaders so that you can establish continuing support, connectivity and opportunities to succeed in your leadership and governance journey.
As a participant of the ELGB you will have the opportunity to connect with peers in your graduate group and the Alumni Network.
You will also be able to expand your networks in the aged care sector and community sector at learning sessions, Board observations, Unconventions and other such events with networking opportunities.
Over 34 Community Partner organisations provide speakers, leadership mentors and Board observations for the ELGP in areas such as aged care, health, drug and alcohol, LGBTI rights, advocacy, community services, community housing and disability. You will have opportunities to engage with senior leaders from some of these organisations to exchange ideas, gain insights and establish contacts. Many participants, especially those who are not from the aged care or community sector find these networking opportunities invaluable.
The Emerging Leaders Governance Program gives you individual training, current insights and access to aged care and community contacts to enhance your leadership and governance aspirations. The Program does not offer Board positions.
Periodically some of our Community Partners offer Board Traineeships at graduation time. In 2015, Southcare Inc, Starick Inc, Swancare, Melville Cares and CommunityWest made Board traineeships available to ELP graduates. After completing traineeships, many graduates have gone on to accept full board positions.
After graduation, some participants have also been “headhunted” by aged care and community Boards for full or temporary Board positions.
Bungaree Primary School
Bungaree Primary School has a School Board that commenced in 2015 which comprises of eight members: two parent representatives, three community representatives, three staff representatives, including the Principal.
The School Board has a major voice in shaping the direction of education and planning in the school. A parent representative is a parent, carer or guardian of a student enrolled at Bungaree PS.
Bungaree Primary School is currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the public to be a member of the school board. We are seeking people who can offer a different perspectives on how we can improve the school.
Website is http://bungareeps.wa.edu.au/
Key skills ideally include:
- business management
- grant seeking and application to fund school based programs
- publication skills for the development of our new school business plan.
You do not need to live in Rockingham but you must be willing and available to attend meetings held from 3-5:30 pm every few months.
Expressions of interest can be sent to the Principal Sharon Alber- Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service
Expressions of Interest
Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to volunteer their expertise to help lead ISA to successfully achieve the association’s aims and strategic objectives.
Formally incorporated in 1984, Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service is funded to provide centre-based therapeutic services to individuals and families who have experienced intra-familial and/or extra-familial childhood sexual abuse or assault.
The Phoenix Board is seeking up to four Board members drawn from business, clinical professions legal profession and the general community.
Specifically we hope to attract interested Board members with a background in the following areas:
- Law or related legal experience
- Psychology or clinical practice
- Business and/or marketing experience
Board members are elected for 2 year terms; there is no limit to the number of times a member can be re-elected.
If you are interested in participating as a Board member, please contact Phoenix on 9443 1910 to obtain a copy of the Board Information pack. Further enquiries can be directed to Jonathan Smith, Chairperson: email@example.com or 04125 04127, or Louise Lamont, Executive Officer: Louise.Lamont@phoenix.asn.au or 9443 1910.
None at this time.
“Since completing the inaugural Emerging Leaders Governance Program in 2013, I have completed a Board Director Traineeship with SwanCare Group, been appointed to the Board of MercyCare and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2014.
MercyCare’s Board had a number of important projects, including a major strategic planning process, ceasing delivery of acute care services and reviewing their constitution. I also used my internal auditing skills as a member of the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee.
In 2015, I was appointed to the Palmerston Association Board. All of these incredible experiences have enabled me to develop and continue my governance journey to benefit the community sector in WA.”
Louise Forster, Experienced Business Leader,
2016 BHP Billiton Scholar and Palmerston Board Director
In March 2016, 40% of ELGP graduates have secured Board positions; and 21% are completing Board Traineeships in aged care, health, mental health, disability, drug and alcohol, education, training and peak body groups.
Read about Ashley and Matthew’s governance journey below.
“Graduating from the inaugural Emerging Leaders Governance Program has opened more doors for me than I thought possible. Since the completion of the program I have been fortunate enough to be appointed to two NFP boards, including my appointment to the Southcare Board as Board Secretary. The knowledge, skills and connections I made through the Program have presented opportunities that would ordinarily not be available to a young person wanting to gain Board experience, and the mentorship shown by the entire Southcare Board and leadership team has been truly invaluable”
CPA Senior Manager and Southcare Board Director
“Following the Emerging Leaders Governance Program, I was fortunate to gain a year-long traineeship as a director on the Board of the SwanCare Group. At this time. I have had two board meetings and one sub-committee meeting so far and am loving every minute of it. I would strongly recommend the Program to any young professional looking to gain/learn more about directorship positions in the community sector as well as those with an interest in leadership and connecting with other like-minded, young professionals”
Matthew Horgan, Engineer
The Alumni Network is a growing group of past graduates of the Emerging Leaders Governance Program. The Network is a facility for graduates to stay in touch with each other and maintain links with Community Partners, events and other developments of the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards Program.
The Alumni Network is supported by an Alumni Committee of graduates of the Emerging Leaders Governance Program. The first Alumni Network event “Why now is a good time to be on a Board” in November 2015 featured George Jones, Retired Sundance Chairman as speaker. More social, networking and leadership development events are planned for the future.
Most Alumni Network events are also open to other young leaders in the community who are interested in leadership and Board governance. If you would like to know more about these events, please register as a member on this website to get our news direct to your inbox.
Alumni and Participants
Our Alumni and current ELGP participants are a vibrant group of young professionals who are currently contributing on Boards of Governance and/or in the communities in which they work and live.
As well as their diverse business, professional and entrepreneurial interests, the graduates of our Program have all demonstrated a remarkable commitment and drive to make a positive impact in the aged care and community sector at a leadership level. We invite you to read the professional profiles in the following pages of the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 participants and alumni.