Meet the WCS Board Members for 2021–22.

Our Board guides our strategic direction and welcomes comments, complaints and suggestions about the services we provide.

The elected members forming the 2021–22 WCS Board are:

 

Jennifer Bennett

Chair

BA (Hons) History, Graduate Certificate of Management (Strategy), GAICD
Member since 2014
Chair since 2016

Jennifer is a strategic advisor and management consultant with over 20 years of experience working in Australia and the UK with top tier consulting firms including Deloitte, KPMG, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. She has worked across the private and public sectors in business and IT consulting organisations in Australia and the UK. Her experience has spanned transformational and performance improvement programs, including customer service design, sector efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.

Lora Shaw

Deputy Chair

Commercial Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director, AGSM Executive MBA
Member since 2014
Deputy Chair since 2015

Lora is a corporate and commercial lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, major infrastructure and ICT projects, commercial contracts and government services. She also advises private and public companies, government, and NFPs on corporate governance issues, with a particular focus on information governance (data protection, privacy, intellectual property and ICT). Lora is listed in the Australian Financial Review's "Best Lawyers in Australia" list in the fields of Privacy and Data Security Law, Information Technology Law, Commercial Law and Government Practice. Lora is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed an MBA (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Brett Streatfeild

Treasurer

FCPA, CAHRI, MAICD
Member since 2016
Treasurer since 2016; Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee since 2017

Brett is the Executive Director Corporate for the Australian Pharmacy Council, and prior to this as a management consultant for some 15 years. Brett has 30 years of experience in senior and executive management, corporate and consulting roles, for both the public and private sectors. Brett firmly believes that innovation and productivity uplift is faster, cheaper and more effective when enacted through a calm and deliberate approach, supported by an effective strategy. Brett holds tertiary qualifications in Accounting and Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA), Certified Member of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI), and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Brett is also a qualified Prince2 Practitioner and experienced Agile project leader.

Glenn Powell

Public Officer

AssocDip Engineering (Computer Systems), MAICD
Member since 2016
Public Officer since October 2021

Glenn is a technology consultant with 25 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. He has worked in General Management roles spanning Sales, Finance, Human Resources, and Programme Management in industries as diverse as professional services, construction, logistics and power generation.

Michael Miller

Member

BCom (Banking & Finance), MBus (Commercial Law and Financial Planning), GDipATL, CFP
Member since 2014
Chair of the Governance Committee since 2020

Michael is an owner of Wealth Market Northbourne, a local financial planning firm. Michael has experience as a non-executive director of Diabetes ACT, Care Financial Counselling and as an advisory board member for the University of Canberra Foundation.

Dr. Alison Oakleigh

Member

BAppSci (Occ Thp)(Hons), MPubPol, PhD
Member since 2017

Dr Alison Oakleigh brings a range of skills and experience to the WCS board including her experience as an Occupational Therapist; a lecturer and teacher in tertiary education settings; a policy officer in various social policy areas; and her research into the relationships between community organisations and governments. Alison has a longstanding connection to WCS, as a guardian and sister of one WCS service user and as an aunty to three more WCS service users; as an employee of WCS (many years ago as a teenager); and as a WCS service user (many, many, many years ago, as a baby and toddler). Some of Alison’s earliest memories are wishing her mother would come home early from WCS board meetings! Alison has a particular interest in exploring how people with profound intellectual disabilities can have meaningful input into organisational governance processes and is grateful to the WCS board and staff for welcoming her sister, Susan, as an occasional observer at board meetings. Alison is passionate about social justice and supporting and activating the community to be inclusive for all.

Catherine Campbell

Member

Dip Applied Science (Nursing), RN, MACN
Member since 2021

Catherine has recently retired after 38 years working in the health sector in a variety of nursing roles, predominately in paediatrics and specialising in adolescents, children with complex needs and vulnerable families.
Following 25 years working in the acute hospital setting, Catherine accepted a position in the community setting which saw her establish and participate in the successful cross-directorate School Youth Health Nurse (SYHN) pilot program, aimed at helping young people in the ACT Government high schools have a safe and healthy transition into adulthood. Prior to retiring, Catherine worked as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for both the SYHN program and the Healthcare Access at Schools Program, supporting children with complex or invasive healthcare needs to attend school with support.
Catherine has also been the ACT Member of the National Diabetes in Schools Committee and a Member of the Canteen ACT & NSW Board.

Ranga Parimala

Member

BComm, Grad Dip PSM
Member since 2021

Ranga has over 30 years of experience at all levels of government and private sector, playing some key roles in the developing business and economic policies for resource commodities, agriculture and Indigenous land issues. Ranga has extensive policy and leadership experience combined with strong stakeholder engagement and communication skills, delivering critical business outcomes. Ranga is a long-term Canberra resident and has lived in the Woden area for most of his time in Canberra; he also has a passion for music.

Sasha Posthuma-Grbic

Member

BAppSci (Marine Sci (Hons), Grad Dip Ed
Member since 2021

Sasha is an Executive Teacher with the ACT Education Directorate, working within Flexible Education in the Student Engagement Branch and leading the management of Murrumbidgee School within Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. Her role includes leading a multidisciplinary team to provide personalised education, training and transition support to all young people who come into custody in the ACT. She supports education and transition pathways for all students by liaising with a myriad of stakeholders from varied Directorates, as well as many non-government community services providers. It was here that Sasha’s passion for amplifying the voices of people with lived experience was ignited. Sasha is a fierce advocate for people who society too often underestimates, including people with disability, those deemed ‘vulnerable’ or ‘challenging’, children and young people. Sasha and her daughter are current WCS service users.

Becoming a Board Member

Membership of the Woden Community Service Board of Directors is open to residents of or workers in the ACT, excluding staff members of Woden Community Service Incorporated (WCS).

To become a board member, you must be a member of WCS. A membership application is provided by contacting the Secretary of the Board by email at secretary.board@wcs.org.au

All applications are considered in line with the WCS Constitution by a determination of the Board at the next board meeting.

The WCS Constitution is available here: Constitution WCS Inc ~ 2020.

 

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