2019 Alumni

2019 ELGP Participants

amanAmandeep Singh

A young engineer fell in love with Not-For-Profit sector (NFP) when a close friend introduced him to one of his clients with disability. Aman started his career as a Civil Engineer with City of Perth after graduating from University of Western Australia in 2012. Inspired by his friend, Aman gained passion to work in the NFP sector, where he grew from the role of Support Worker to Workforce Development Manager with Nulsen Disability Services in the span of six (6) years. After completing his Masters in Project Management in 2013, Aman undertook and delivered various projects with Nulsen successfully.

After achieving many milestones at Nulsen, he progressed to Ability Centre as Manager, Community Services and Business Readiness Manager. His role includes overseeing budget of approx. $11 million, 150+ workforce and implementation of Client Management System (CMS) and Scheduling system. Aman has been involved with Mentoring 2 Work (M2W) program. This experience has helped him to apply his innovating and creative thinking in order to accommodate the needs of the young adults.

anastasia-brooksAnastasia Brooks

Anastasia Brooks has worked in a number of community-facing roles – a result of her academic grounding in the Social Sciences. After beginning her career working as an Activity Officer at Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre, Anastasia moved into program coordination roles at Curtin University, where she coordinated Curtin Volunteers! Remote and Indigenous Program, and the WA Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC), where she developed and managed the delivery of a gambling harm minimisation program for at risk youth.

More recently Anastasia has been working in Community Development roles at the City of Swan and Town of Victoria Park, working closely with community organisations of all sizes in capacity building partnerships. It has been within these roles Anastasia has developed a strong appreciation for the not-for-profit sector, and their ability to be responsive, in innovative ways, to the priorities and aspirations of their clients and the community as a whole.

annie-withrowAnnie Withrow

Annie originally hails from Alaska and settled in Perth in 2015 after a yearlong travel sabbatical. Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree from Berkeley, she worked in healthcare in San Francisco for eight years before entering the not-for-profit sector when she migrated to Australia. She has a passion for working with marginalised and under-privileged members of the community which informed her decision to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector, wanting to shift her career path to more accurately reflect her own values.

She has held various roles at Volunteering WA, her current post as Manager Executive Services sees her offering executive support to the CEO and Board of Directors. She has spent time providing volunteer assistance to healthcare clinics in remote Northern India and over the past couple of years has been the volunteer coach of the Western Australia Special Olympics Basketball Team, leading them to the Australian National Games in 2018.

bindi-shahBindi Shah

Bindi has over 10 years experience working as a Resources and Construction Advisory professional. She is passionate about environmental and social impact. Bindi grew up in Kenya where volunteering on charitable projects has been a way of life from a young age. She moved to Australia in 2002, and has she completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) (2009) and MBA (2017). Whilst studying, Bindi was an active member of a community group (Young Jains of Perth) where she organised youth development programs, organised volunteers for events such as National Tree Planting Day, RSPCA, City to Surf, Activ Foundation etc.

Her ability to bring people together has continued throughout her professional career where she collectively raised funds for various charities such as PMH, Fairgame, Kanyana, Oxfam, Samaritan’s Purse, Alzheimer’s Australia WA, MSF. She recently developed a strategy for a community group to increase engagement and feasibility of purchasing a multi-purpose facility.

carly-westCarly West

Carly is a senior communications and corporate affairs professional with over 15 years of experience working in-house and as a consultant to some of Australia’s most well-known corporates, not-for-profits and advocacy organisations. She has worked within and led teams across many communications disciplines, including media & external affairs, marketing, internal communications, investor relations, community partnerships, and issues & crisis management. In 2018, Carly launched Chalkboard Communications to exclusively support start-ups, businesses and global organisations that are helping to shift the dial for social or environmental outcomes.

She has a strong interest in the not-fot-profit sector having worked and volunteered within many organisations throughout her career, including Scitech, Cancer Council WA, Telethon Kids Institute, Active Foundation, MercyCare and Gun Control Australia. Carly is a passionate advocate for sustainable business and a proud mother of three.

catrina-woldCatrina Wold

Catrina is a public health practitioner passionate about empowering people to live healthy lives. Over the past ten years, she has worked in positions that support individual, community and population level health and wellbeing programs, research and initiatives. With Master’s degrees in Exercise Science and Public Health, she offers discipline expertise that blends an understanding of the physiological underpinnings of health with a comprehensive understanding of the environmental and social factors that influence community wellbeing.

Catrina has experience across the spectrum of health and wellness that includes her current role as Evidence and Practice Lead for Injury Matters, a not-for-profit leading injury prevention in Western Australia; to health promotion and exercise science research and lecturing; to strength and conditioning positions with youth to older adults; to a school district wellness coordinator. Catrina’s interest in the not-for-profit sector stems from driving community health needs while developing sustainable financial solutions.

clare-mcneillClare McNeill

Clare McNeill has business and legal experience covering corporate and commercial transactions and financing across a range of industries, including infrastructure, energy, resources and transportation. She has worked at Macquarie Bank and at law firm, Allens. Clare is passionate about volunteering and community. She was most recently a director of London based health and social care charity, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust. Inspired by her first directorship experience and the opportunity it gave her to learn about the not-for-profit sector and apply her professional skills to serve the community, Clare looks forward to opportunities to contribute to the Perth community.

Other volunteering includes being a member of the Macquarie Group Foundation’s UK Advisory Committee in 2015 – 2018 and a committee which promoted and fundraised for microfinance charity, Opportunity International (UK) in 2015 – 2016. Clare also spent 2 months volunteering in India and Nepal with the Mary Ward Social Centre in 2014.

courtneyCourtney Koenig

Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Curtin University in the fields of Health Sciences and Public Health, Courtney was accepted into the WA Department of Health Graduate Development Program. This provided Courtney with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the Public Health system and enhance her leadership skills through the completion of a Diploma of Management and continued participation as a peer mentor.

Courtney has been working for the South Metropolitan Health Service for four years in a range of project management positions, currently within Clinical Service Planning and Population Health. Courtney has further developed her skills in project management, stakeholder management and strengthened the importance of team work and partnerships with the community. Courtney has a strong interest in health across the spectrum from primary health through to acute care services. Courtney has volunteered for not-for-profit organisations including; Hepatitis WA and more recently for the Essentials Collective Inc.

curtis-reddellCurtis Reddell

Curtis Reddell is a 29 year old male, from Scarborough, Western Australia, and he always been passionate about giving back to the community.

In 2009, at the age of 18, Curtis began his career in the non-for-profit sector working as a Therapy assistant at MercyCare, whilst studying Occupational Therapy. In 2010 he received the ‘Award of Appreciation’ in recognition of valuable contributions to MercyCare aged care facility. By 2011, Curtis was working for Befriend, another non-for profit organisation, teaching people who were socially isolated how to use technology to increase social fulfillment. In late 2011 Curtis graduated and became an Occupational Therapist for Brightwater Care Group providing rehabilitation services to young adults with brain injuries. By 2016, he was a Senior Occupational Therapist and one year later promoted into the Rehabilitation Coordinator position at Brightwater Oats Street rehabilitation facility.

For the past 6 years Curtis has been a registered volunteer at Brightwater. His volunteering experience involves supporting people with disabilities to attend sporting events. He also volunteers each Saturday during cricket season to support people with disabilities work in a canteen at a grassroots junior cricket club. Following another passion, Curtis plays and volunteers his services at Scarborough Amateur Football Club (SAFC) where he is the Club President.

denise-cahillDenise Cahill

Denise has been an Editor at Community News for more than 10 years currently looking after the Western Suburbs Weekly, Guardian Express and Stirling Times. She has worked at Community News for more than 16 years ago, starting in the Features department and working her way up to Editor. About 10 years ago, Denise wrote a story about an inspiring Cottesloe resident, Susan Saleeba, who was starting a charity in Nakuru, Kenya. The cause really resonated with her. Since then, Denise has developed a strong relationship with Susan and her project, visiting the slums to volunteer five times, the most recent in June this year.

Denise has been on the on the committees of the sporting clubs she has played for over the past 15 years. Firstly for Scarborough Netball Club where she is now a life member and currently on the Scarborough Tennis Club committee.


imogen-daviesImogen Davies

Imogen worked as a speech pathologist and clinical manager for eight years prior to moving into project management to fulfil her passion for service improvement. She holds a graduate certificate in health policy and management, and has significant experience working with diverse stakeholders. Most recently, she has managed a number of large-scale service redesigns and projects with infrastructure aspects for Perth’s South and East Metropolitan Health Services. Imogen has held a special interest in women’s issues since childhood.

In her current work role, she is actively involved in projects aimed at closing the gap, and is one of the inaugural members of the South Metropolitan Health service Aboriginal Health Champions initiative. Imogen’s volunteering experience includes participation in the WA executive branch of Speech Pathology Australia, and raising funds for the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation. She is passionate about improving health outcomes and optimising use of available health resources.

jolene-tanJolene Tan

Jolene is an accomplished strategic thinker with strong experience encompassing analytical, commercial, business development, relationship management, stakeholder engagement and change management roles across the utilities sector. Leveraging knowledge gained from further academic studies in the form of an MBA, this has allowed Jolene to develop a greater depth of understanding regarding the key elements required to ensure a clear strategic vision and successful business outcomes.

Jolene has voluntarily led the AGSM / UNSW Business School Alumni Perth Committee for the past two years. The Committee endeavours to grow and foster the alumni community in Perth by creating value-adding events and networking opportunities to enable alumni past, present and pending to continue to develop their professional skills and build meaningful connections. Given Jolene’s strong sense of community, translating her career developed skills (including a strategic and commercial mindset) into the Not-For-Profit sector presents as a unique personal growth and learning opportunity.

karess-diasKaress Dias

Having been raised in Paraburdoo by community-minded parents, volunteering and community service became a way of life for Karess. Despite moving to ‘the big smoke’ in 2008 for boarding school and staying there for university afterwards, Karess continued to serve the communities she was a part of. During her law degree, Karess volunteered: as a mentor for the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) program and the Notre Dame Mentorship program, for the Notre Dame Volunteer Network and as a volunteer for the On My Feet program.

In addition to these commitments, in 2016, Karess became a member of Soroptimist International Fremantle and established the Young Soroptimist student club at Notre Dame. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement and Karess has both organised and been involved in programs aiming towards the enablement and empowerment of women locally and globally. In 2019, Karess will be President of Soroptimist International Fremantle.

luke-mitchellLuke Mitchell

Luke has over 17 years experience in healthcare. Having graduated with a degree in Medical Imaging, he joined PMH as a graduate Radiographer. It was there he discovered his passion for volunteering in health, working in Club Ado – the hospital retreat for patients on the adolescent ward, while studying his specialty in MRI. After a number of years at PMH, Luke travelled to the UK to work and volunteer abroad. Upon his return he was appointed Chief MIT at the Neuroimaging and Intervention Service of WA and also began his MBA studies.

While seconded to the PCH project, he worked with a number of PwC consultants and was asked to join the firm in 2014 to bring clinical, operational improvement and health strategy experience. He has managed over 20 healthcare projects with PwC in the last 5 years and is extremely interested in assisting the not for profit healthcare sector.

lyndal-bickLyndal Bick

Lyndal Bick is a professional Logistics and Operations Manager. Having served in the Australian Army for over 10 years, Lyndal led Logistics teams in Australia, the Middle East and Asia. The highlight of Lyndal’s service was being deployed as the Platoon Commander of the Movements Coordination team in Afghanistan, where the team as a whole was awarded a Citation from the Governor General of Australia for sustained and outstanding warlike operational service.

After completing a Master of Business Administration (UWA) and a Master of Logistics Management (UNSW), Lyndal transitioned from the Army in 2017 and entered the civilian workforce. Although no longer serving in Defence, Lyndal maintains an interest in serving the community. Lyndal hopes to join a community board, bringing a unique perspective as a young female veteran.


michelle-tanMichelle Tan

Michelle Tan is a driven and enthusiastic engineer. She has worked on a variety of transport projects in Perth, Sydney and Hong Kong, across the rail, ports, and highways spaces, in both technical and project management roles. Michelle has been an active volunteer since her school days and sees volunteer work as a way of giving back to and learning from society. Her contributions in recent years have chiefly been through volunteering with Engineers Without Borders, St John of God Ambulance, the Railway Technical Society of Australasia, and CSIRO.

She was recently appointed to the Engineers Australia Centre of Leadership and Management Board, and she is a member of the City of Canning Sustainability and Environment Advisory Group. Michelle is interested in how she can help these and other governmental and not-for-profit organisations which are focused on inclusion and learning and development.

mithunMithun Parthiban

Mithun Parthiban is currently working as an IT architect at BhpBilliton, and has gathered experience across a number of industries and initiatives prior to this. Mithun holds a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology. He is a certified cloud specialist and has provided solutions to some of the big clients across apac region. Whilst professionally enjoying a job he also tried his hand in entrepreneurship and has a fair bit of experience in small business and start-up culture. He spent his initial years running his family business in India. Upon arriving in Australia, he started his own consulting firm and had a try in the Australian consulting eco system. He has a mix of corporate and small business experience in him. Mithun believes there is no substitute for hard work and has the perseverance to handle tough situations. His adaptive behaviour and resilient nature keeps him motivated.

photo-copyNavneet Kaur

Navneet has over 8 years of experience working in the non for profit sector and currently pursuing her Bachelors in Social Science, majoring in human services. Within her current role as an Area Manager in the disability sector at Mosaic Community Care Inc. responsible for the provision , direction and leadership in all aspects of service delivery including service design, staff management, quality, risk and finances. The varying capacities in which she works has given her the opportunity to combine her genuine passion for developing leaders with her desire to make an impact in the lives of people with disability. Navneet has effectively enhanced the culture in her teams.

Prior to her work in Australia, Navneet pioneered the development of an out of school education centre in India for children who required additional academic support. Today, Navneet continues her commitment to children’s education in India through ongoing financial support.


Nicole Chiam

Nicole Chiam is a Manager with nearly 5 years of client facing experience in the management consulting industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Nicole is known for her authenticity, communication and organisational skills. She has volunteered with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (as it was formerly known) for approximately 18 years. In recent years she has also extended her community involvement to being the Perth charity lead for CanTeen at Deloitte Australia.

Nicole’s interest and passion for philanthropy was initiated from an early age by her parents who suggested she forgo birthday presents and request party guests bring a donation for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation instead. Since then, she has remained committed to her philosophy that anyone living a comfortable healthy life with the time or skills to benefit others in the community should seize that opportunity.

zoe-oneillZoe O’Neill

Zoe is a graduate of UWA (LLB/BA). She is employed as a solicitor at a not-for-profit community legal service as a family and civil solicitor. Zoe has previous legal experience in disability discrimination, welfare rights and arts law. Outside her legal career, Zoe has founded and managed small retail and events businesses.

Zoe is passionate about the NFP and community sector, and is energetically involved with various entities that promote this. She has been engaged with SAIL, RRAN, Amnesty, Share the Dignity and Community Legal Centres Association, as an active member of the Family Law & Domestic Violence Networks. She is a current committee member of the Vic Park Collective; an NFP operating as a liaison between the community and Council engaging in local concerns.

Emerging Leaders in Governance Program – Women only cohort (August – November 2021)

In 2021, we are hosting a second Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP) cohort with support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women and our Community Partners. 

We are opening applications specifically for young women (40 years and under) from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women to participate.  Young women from CaLD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply.  

Click to read the program prospectus here.

The Program runs from August to November. 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 the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women and our Community Partners

Commitment to attending all components of the program is vital. The time commitment is approximately 100 hours including workshops, site visits, a weekend retreat, pre-reading and leadership challenges including a group project.  Read here about what previous graduates had to say about the ELGP.

Applications open on the 16 June 2021 and an information evening (DATE – 15 June 2021) is held to provide those interested with an opportunity to find out more about the program and the responsibilities and opportunities for participants.  If you can’t make the information evening, please read the program prospectus carefully and direct any questions to Alicia Curtis at alicia@alyceum.com.au.

Applications are available here and close on 4 July.

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.

You can read the 2022 Program Prospectus here!

** Application forms for the 2022 program are available from 2 November and will close on 29 November 2021.

The application link will be available here on the 2 November 2021.

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 $500 to demonstrate commitment to the Program. We also encourage applicants to discuss their application with their employee to determine the financial support available to you to contribute to the program cost.  Read here about what previous graduates had to say about the ELGP.

Applications open in November of the year before and an information evening (DATE – 1 November 2021) 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 enrollments 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 in 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.

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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 in 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 ELGP 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 41 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.

Board Opportunities

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.

Board Positions


Accountant – CPA 

Palmerston Association Inc is a leading and respected specialist not for profit provider of alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia. Operating for almost 40 years, Palmerston supports individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drug issues through a range of services including counselling, group and family support, residential rehabilitation and educational initiatives in the community. We are located in Perth metropolitan, Peel, the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia.

The Corporate office is located in Subiaco.

Role Description:
Palmerston is seeking expressions of interest from a certified practising accountant to lend their skills and experience to contribute to the effective governance and financial oversight of the organisation. As a Board member, you will be a Member of the Finance Committee with a view to nominating for the Treasurer once familiar with the business of the organisation.

The primary responsibility of the Board is to guide and monitor the business and affairs of the organisation, including compliance with the organisation’s corporate governance objectives and setting the strategic directions of the organisation.

The Board Members of Palmerston Association will have empathy with the purpose and values of the organisation. They will have the abilities and skills which will be of use in the leadership of the Association and its ongoing growth and development.

Board meetings are held at the Subiaco office on the last Tuesday of each month from 5.15pm – 7.15pm (approx.). Finance Committee meetings are generally held every two months or as needed.

Membership of the Board is of a voluntary capacity.

How to Apply:
Please contact the CEO, Emma Jarvis for initial discussions. T: 6389 6600 or E: ejarvis@palmerston.org.au


My Care My Choice

Board Director

This is a social enterprise supporting aged care, disability and mental health services. New and growing business.

(You may want to chat with the GM about membership too, it starts at around $500 pa and has a good reach for new customers)

They are seeking a new Board Director to become Chairperson.

For more information please download the advertisement.


Anglicare WA

Non Executive Director

Our Vision:
We believe in a just and fair Western Australia where everyone can thrive.

The Role:

Board Members will be expected to have knowledge and expertise in a number (but not all) of the following areas:

Values: Ability to support the Vision, Purpose and Values of Anglicare WA, including its relationship with the Anglican Church.

Governance: Understanding and experience of Governance in general, specifically within the charitable sector.

Sector Knowledge: Understanding of / background in social and community services.

Management: Understanding of contemporary management, preferably as a CEO.

Strategic Thinking: Strategy & Corporate Planning capability and thinking, including Board reporting mechanisms.

Financial: Business Development / Financial Management Experience.

Fundraising: Marketing and Fundraising experience.

Innovation & Technology: Understanding and experience in innovation & technology, including enterprise wide systems and implementations, new technology solutions and innovation practices.

People & Culture: Understanding and experience in strategic people challenges including culture, talent, capability, diversity & inclusion and safety.

The Board of Anglicare WA promotes a working environment that values diversity and inclusion and we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTI and people with a disability. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

How to apply:

To apply, please provide your CV along with an expression of interest outlining your experience in the context of the board competencies to:
Karen Aiesi
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Board Traineeships

None at this time.


Al Louise F 1 - small“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

Board Success

In Januray 2021, 116 Board positions have been attained by ELGP graduates; and 39 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 in 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”

Ashley Dawson
CPA Senior Manager and Southcare Board Director

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“Following the Emerging Leaders in 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

Alumni Network

The Alumni Network is a growing group of 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 has been supported by an Alumni Committee in the past, who have arranged a number of events with leaders such as George Jones, Retired Sundance Chairman and former State Attorney General, Cheryl Edwardes. 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 2021 Spring, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 20172016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 participants and alumni.

The Alumni Open Reference meetings and events are an avenue 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.

Alumni events have included leaders such as George Jones, Retired Sundance Chairman and former State Attorney General, Cheryl Edwardes. 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.

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