2023 ELGP Participants revealed

In our 11th year of the program, we are delighted to reveal the participants of the 2023 Emerging Leaders in Governance program (ELGP).  This program exists thanks to the financial and in kind support of Community Partners – thank you to all the organisations below.  Our Community Partners are contributing to a world class aged care and community sector through strengthening governance and diversity on NFP boards. 

2023 ELGP Participants revealed

We would like to warmly welcome this program’s cohort and we look forward to working with you!


Alyce Martin

Alyce has assisted many people with preparing their estate planning over the last 12 years and while most people come to her to make a Will, one of the most important conversations that Alyce believes should be had, is what happens in the event of illness or injury which means that a person isn’t able to manage their affairs during their lifetime.

Alyce has represented persons in the State Administrative Tribunal to gain back their own authority where appropriate and also to help families ensure that the appropriate care and representation in available for those more vulnerable members of their family.

Educating people in this area is a passion for Alyce and she enjoys every opportunity she gets to speak about Enduring Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Guardianship and advocating for older Australian’s to understand these documents and the effect that they have.





Alan (Aung Ko) Ko (He/His)

Aung Ko Ko (Alan) is a Civil & Structural Engineer of Myanmar descendant who has established his professional career in minerals and energy sector. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Construction) with Honours and Master of Engineering Management from Curtin University of Western Australia. He is also a graduate of John Curtin Leadership Academy, a leadership program that invites only 30 most eligible and capable students from the whole of university each year to work with Not-For-Profit organisations on various impactful projects as part of their leadership growth journey.

Alan’s passion in community service and volunteering exposed him to involving with various impactful organisations beyond his university years. As a leader and participant of Curtin Volunteers!, he helped rural and local communities through planning, organising and executing programs, projects and events in the areas where they need the most help in with his diverse teams.

With strong aspirations of making impactful change and contributions in society through leadership and governance, Alan is looking forward to joining Not-for-profit boards and community committees.




Caley Burke (She/her)

Caley Burke is the Business Manager at Braemar Presbyterian Care. Ms Burke has over 10 years’ experience working in various roles in the construction industry, in addition to her 8 years of experience in aged care and the not-for-profit sectors. Ms Burke has a wealth of experience in maintaining and improving a diverse property portfolio. Ms Burke is a Paramedical Science student at Edith Cowen University in her final year of study and has also completed the first interprofessional year of studies in Health Science at Curtin University. Most recently Ms Burke has completed Diplomas in the following areas; Project management, Business and Leadership & Management. Ms Burke has been a volunteer for St John Ambulance for the past eight years working out of Narrogin and Lancelin in Western Australia as a Volunteer Country Ambulance Officer and also with Event Health Services earning her an award for Outstanding Service to the Community.

Ms Burke demonstrates a high level of understanding of Aged care and not-for-profit organisations and the Aged Care Quality Standards that are required for accreditation. The ability to make a difference in someone’s life is what motivates Ms Burke.







Chahat Gupta (She/her)

Chahat is an experienced workforce advisory consultant at EY, with a deep interest in resolving workforce related challenges and managing change through a human centred approach. Her breadth of experience across different industries has equipped her with an understanding of business challenges, risks and the nuances. She has a Masters in Business Administration (distinction) and also possesses a Masters in Education Leadership. She is passionate about making a difference through her contribution which is reflected in her past association with the Australia-India Business Council (AIBC) where she served as the youngest committee member for AIBC’s WA chapter. While in India, she has served as the Rotaract officer, overseeing 83 districts in her role.

Chahat is committed to challenging the status quo, innovating and bringing in new initiatives to create communities that offer equal opportunities, purpose and respect to all.








Daniel Hug (He/him)

Daniel graduated from Curtin University in 2014 as a Physiotherapist. Daniel began his career in private practice for three years working in the community. However, Daniel found his passion working in Aged care at Aegis aged care. In 2020, Daniel began working for Concentric rehabilitation as a Clinical Team Leader for a year before being promoted to WA Regional Manager of aged care services.

Over the past three years Daniel has also started a Start-up company for a falls assessment and management software after recognizing there was a clinical need to standardize and improve how falls management is assessed in residential aged care. The falls management system has been trialled by 4 aged care providers across Australia and is currently involved in a Study with Macquarie University and Curtin University.







Hadja Sow (She/her)

Hadja, who moved to Australia in 2017 from Guinea, is an Aged care services manager at People who care. She has a bachelor’s in marketing and worked as operations manager in a printing company prior to moving to Australia with her husband and daughter. After settling in Perth, she struggled to find work and decided to join the aged care industry as a support worker. However, she was quickly promoted to scheduler, then client advisor and client services manager in the span of just three years. This is testament to her dedication to work and her passion for helping others. Hadja won the LASA rising star award for Western Australia in 2020 and was a finalist for the national award.








Hazel O’Toole (She/her)

Hazel is a passionate leader and Advocate for the rights of older people and quality aged care services. Commencing in an administrative role for a large NFP Aged Care Provider, quickly found purpose and passion gravitating towards Community Care. Hazel has never deviated from the Aged Care sector, but has continued to develop and work in different roles supporting older people, carers, support workers and advocates to improve the lives and uphold the rights of people in the community. Her current position as a Senior Project officer working closely with stakeholders to deliver a much needed program targeting the most vulnerable and at risk older people. A passion for volunteering in the same area has seen Hazel undertake walking of older peoples pets to keep them safe and connected at home through POOPS (Pets of Older People).









Helen Cotter (She/her)

After a change in career direction, Helen studied Psychology and Counselling. During her study and after having her own family, Helen realised her passion for working with children and families. She has worked for Ngala for approximately 5 years and has had various roles in that time. Helen is an experienced and skilled facilitator with her current role being with Parenting Connection WA, a state-wide partnership between Ngala, Anglicare and Wanslea offering free universal parenting support programs for caregivers of children from 0-18 years of age. Helen is part of a team that services the North West Metro region of Perth.  Helen is especially interested in the early years and supporting families to be more connected – both within a family and to the broader community. Committed to social justice, she is passionate and dedicated in striving for equality and advocating for those who many not be able to. She has had an interest in charity work and volunteering from a young age. In the last few years she has completed volunteer work with organisations such as CLAN Midland, Paint the Swan REaD, and 100 Women.







Jawaria Mahmood (She/her)

Jawaria is an engineer by qualification and a muslim migrant residing in Perth. She has experience working in government and corporate sectors as well as not-for-profit. She is passionate about promoting her culture and works with multiple projects to improve harmony in the society.

She is also a diversity and inclusion advocate for Engineers Australia that is working to promote a positive work culture. She loves to be a change ambassador and a role model for females who want to push boundaries and break the bias.





















Jessica Kiekebosch-Fitt (She/her)

Jessica is a Project Manager leading the design and construction of solar farms in WA where she enables big businesses to decarbonise and supports the global transition to green energy. She has worked in the Renewables sector for two years, bringing a double degree in engineering and commerce together with robust experience from the construction and resources industry. As a female engineer and project manager, Jess is setting a new standard for how to deliver projects with empathy, compassion and integrity. 

Her passion for sustainable development and positive contribution stems from her childhood, where she grew up in remote indigenous communities, learning the importance of valuing our communities, our cultures and our shared, natural world. Her experience working on a variety of international development projects during her studies has emphasised the importance of sustainable development through empowerment.   

Jess believes that the complex challenges we face offer extraordinary opportunities to be responsive, proactive and accountable to better serve our communities. Equipped with strong business acumen and a solutions-focused approach, she is eager to bring meaningful impact to the Not-for-Profit sector and seeks  opportunities to contribute tangibly to community organisations. 









Johanna Mathewson (She/her)

Johanna has dedicated her entire professional career to the Not-For-Profit sector. Upon finishing high school, her first job was as a Support Worker & Cleaner at an aged care facility where she developed an understanding of her own self-worth through providing care for her clients. To better her skillset, she made the decision to attain her Enrolled Nursing diploma and continued to apply herself to work in aged care for the next 7 years.

Desiring a new challenge, while completing a Bachelor of Nursing degree, Johanna undertook a community position providing one-on-one support to Younger-Onset Dementia clients. Upon completion of her degree, she continued to develop her knowledge in dementia and neurological conditions, beginning a role as a Community Neurological Nurse with the Neurological Council of WA.

Johanna loves working for Not-For-Profit organisations as clients receive the full value of her services, rather than the stakeholders.








Lachie Fahey-Gilmour (He/him)

Lachie is an experienced leader, strategist and innovator with strong governance and strategic experience; with a passion for making a tangible difference and inspiring others to make an impact.   With professional experience in the Not-For-Profit sector with Football West and Football Futures Foundation, he has developed practical and technical skills across the sector.  Currently, he holds a Business Transformation Coordinator role at Perth Airport. 

A growth-mindset leader and strategist who embraces change and complex issues to design clear and focused strategies for organisations, communities, and their environments, with the use of technology to drive transformation and innovation. Lachie has proven success in the development of community-based programs and the procurement of commercial and government funds to make a difference within priority community groups.

With a driven agenda to make a difference and influence and engage others to make an impact, Lachie is excited to be joining the Emerging Leaders Program to upskill, network and commence the journey further in the Aged Care and Community sectors.









Michael Elwan (He/him)

Working with people is Michael’s passion and what drives and motivates him in the workplace. He started his career working with the world’s largest manufacturer of packaging materials “Amcor Flexibles”.

For six years, he was solely responsible for the contract management of twelve Fortune 500 multinationals, and leading high performing teams across three countries. He is resilient, creative, goal-oriented, ambitious, and genuinely enjoys learning new languages, concepts, and techniques.

His leadership style and philosophy are being a transformational and authentic leader; whereby he motivates, encourages, and inspires his team to create and innovate change.

Michael’s work experiences range from contracts management; strategy formulation and implementation; marketing operations; program development and evaluation; mental health; case management; youth work; child protection; key account management; business development; and project management.

He is a current member of the United Nations Association (WA); The Refugee Council of Australia; the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association; and a mentor at the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program (WA). In addition to successfully completing courses in Contracts Management, program strategy and evaluation, and other NFP related courses from elite institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, Michael is a recipient of the University of New England Award.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting; Master of Business Administration (Distinction); Master of Social Work – Counselling for Loss and Grief elective (Distinction); Micro Masters in Business Leadership (High Distinction); and he is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health.




Michael Pendlebury

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a master’s degree in mining engineering. He has worked for the past 15 years in mining consulting and on operating mines across the world. Michael is looking to grow professionally as a leader and is excited about giving back to the community.











Nicola Cuthbert (She/her)

Nicola has worked in the aged care sector since the age of 16. Qualifying as a registered nurse in Scotland in 2005 Nicola worked for NHS in an acute hospital. After immigrating to Australia in 2009 she became a clinical nurse at SJOG Subiaco. During this time, she won a scholarship to Notre Dame University to gain post-grad qualifications in clinical nursing. Nicola went on to become a clinical facilitator at ECU and Curtin University and worked within the learning and innovation health space. After becoming a parent Nicola moved into the aged care sector as a clinical nurse manager and later a dementia consultant with Dementia Support Australia. In 2021 Nicola won a scholarship into the Curtin Ignition program and developed her business which launched in November 2021. Still Me now has a team of nurses working in the aged care and NDIS space delivering nursing support to over 500 clients and training many support workers in the community care sector.








Rachel Turner (She/her)

Rachel Turner is a finance manager in the State Government sector, and has over 15 years’ experience in the industry as a chartered accountant and governance professional. With a background in public practice, Rachel has worked with clients in the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors to support them in achieving their business objectives. She enjoys seeing how decisions made by organisations can impact on community wellbeing and aspires to one day develop Australia’s first Living Standard’s Framework.






Simran Malhi (She/her)

Simran Malhi is a Technology consultant. She was born in New Delhi, India and moved to Australia with her family at the age of nine. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UWA double majoring in Human Biology/Anatomy and Economics.

She started her career as a Customer Experience Graduate in Banking and worked across Product Management, Digital Production and Digital Marketing. She worked in Product and Process Governance advocating for vulnerable customers before moving to a Technology Consulting Firm. She’s currently working in Agile Project Management at a leading mining firm.

Simran has always been interested in the Not-for-profit sector and volunteering, gaining a community service award for over 200 hours of volunteering at the Salvation Army in school to organizing bank-wide fundraisers and workplace events for Wear it Purple Day, CoderDojo and Foodbank at Bankwest.






Suzanne Malone (She/her)

Suzie is an experienced strategic marketer across physical products, services and software, predominantly in private sector with CSBP, Wesfarmers, and more recently in not-for-profit sector with Southcare Inc.

Suzie is a planner and driver recognised for her ability to see the bigger picture, the different components and bringing people along on the journey. She has been instrumental in delivering successful strategic initiatives for brands, business improvement and transformation.

Suzie enjoys volunteering to support purpose driven groups that are driving for better communities. She has volunteered with Soroptomist International South Perth and 100 Women, who support women and girls to meet their full potential, and Bibra Lake Primary School board, focus on the growth and development of children. Currently volunteer at Bibra Lake Junior Football Club as Club Secretary and Team Manager, creating a sense of belonging to build strong, connected and happier children and families.







Wendy Ugarte (She/her)

Wendy has been involved with and directed the development and implementation of various health-related projects, programs, and initiatives for the Department of Health, the Minister of Health, the Director-General, and the Mental Health Commission. Wendy’s initiatives have aided in the advancement of health policy, planning, and administration of health services. In the Office of Mental Health, Wendy initiated and supervised various health and information system-related committees. The leadership focus Wendy brings to the teams she works with is to enhance communication, information sharing, creativity, and innovation.

Through participation in the Diverse Women’s Leadership Program, Wendy has identified her natural ability, a sense of purpose and desire to be of service to others and lead with intention and from a place of compassion. As a result of this Wendy is now currently volunteering with 2 non-profit-organisations, Multilingual Australia as a community-liaison and 100x Women as a support for the board members in planning. This is a new chapter for Wendy as she looks to take on leadership opportunities in communities.







Zena Ferguson (She/her)

Zena is an experienced facilitator of welcoming, diverse spaces in Australia and Japan. Strongly believing in the power of volunteering to create connected communities, she lives and realises this passion at Befriend as Development Facilitator. With four years’ experience in this self-managing environment, Zena has coordinated and contributed to key pieces of organisational development and developed extensive facilitation and community building experience. This includes delivering workshops to Neighbourhood Centres and Support Workers on community inclusion and participation, hosting conversations with groups of volunteers and 1:1 support to people seeking deeper connections in their lives. With an interest in social research from her first-class honours in Sociology and Anthropology, Zena leads the review, delivery, and analysis of Befriend’s impact evaluation. Her volunteer experiences include President of the JET Alumni Association of WA and committee membership of Perth Swing Dance Society, TEDxPerth, Big Help Mob and roles in community arts organisations.





Come to the ELGP Launch on the 1st February 2023

We welcome community partners, leaders, graduates and guests to welcome our 2023 ELGP cohort at the Program Launch.   You can register for this event here.   We invite your organisation (whether you are an NFP or corporate organisation) to support this event.

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