Meet the WCS Board Members for 2018/19. Our Board guides the strategic direction and welcomes comments, complaints and suggestions about the services we provide.
ChairpersonMember since 2015. Chairperson since 2016. Jennifer is a management consultant with over 19 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, shared services and outsourcing, and she has designed and implemented programs for greater public sector efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
Deputy ChairpersonDeputy Chairperson since 2015. Lora is a corporate and commercial lawyer with 20 years 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 recently completed an MBA (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management.
TreasurerTreasurer since 2016. Brett is a management consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in Financial Management, Human Resource Management and Corporate Services delivery. He brings a wealth of knowledge and contemporary experience. Brett’s consulting experience has been predominantly in the Public Sector arena across both Financial and Human Resource competencies, which has drawn him to a number of critical reform programmes across Government.
MemberMember since 2012. Bhavana holds a Masters in Developmental Psychology. Having worked as a Behavioural Child Psychologist for many years she recognises the importance of the role of non-government agencies in the family and the community. She has worked across government and, as a consultant, across the not-for-profit sector with organisations like the Ford Foundation. Currently she holds the position of Director in a federal agency. Her expertise includes social policy and strategy development, brokering partnerships in the delivery of key social policies and integrated community development and innovation.
MemberMember since 2016. Michael is an owner of MLC Advice Canberra, a local financial planning firm. He also runs a specialist practice in governance and dispute resolution. 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.
MemberMember since 2016. Glenn is a technology consultant with 25 years’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.
MemberAs an experienced Early Childhood Lecturer, Teacher and Advocate, Carolyn sees an incredible value in fostering and nurturing a strong community focus within programs and services that support families, young children and those who are vulnerable. Her professional and academic focus lies in early childhood teacher education and creating inclusive and supportive learning environments that champion the voices of children and their families. Carolyn is currently working towards a Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling. Carolyn is a Lecturer and the National Course Coordinator for undergraduate early childhood teacher education programs at the Australian Catholic University.
MemberMember since 2017. Sebastian is a Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University and Senior Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University. His PhD studies focused on mental health and accountability - trying to tell if what we are doing is really helping people. Sebastian worked with staff at Woden Community Service to prepare a case study looking at the impact of the NDIS on Woden's psychosocial services. Sebastian is keen to contribute to the development of community services that make it possible for people to live well in the community.
Dr. Alison Oakleigh
MemberDr Alison Oakleigh brings a range of skills and experience to the WCS board. These include her 20+ years in study and in work as an Occupational Therapist; a lecturer and teacher into the ANU Crawford School of Policy and Governance and CIT’s Aged Care and Disability Studies courses; and her research into the relationships between community organisations and governments. Alison’s connections to WCS are both current as well as historical including as a guardian and sister of a long-standing WCS client (currently, as an adult), as an employee (previously, as a teenager) and even as a service user (even more previously, as a toddler). Alison has a particular interest in exploring how people with profound intellectual disability 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.
Sarah has been advising on complex human services programs for over 10 years across local, state and commonwealth government, both in Australia in internationally. She specialises in service model design and implementation in Child Protection, Out of Home Care and Disability. Sarah is passionate about improving the lives of people in our communities through good policy and service system design and by collaborating and engaging with people. Sarah is a born and bred Canberran and loves the city and its strong sense of community.
Becoming a Board Member
Membership of the Woden Community Service Board of Directors is open to residents of or workers in the ACT.
To become a board member, you must be a member of the WCS Association (the right of membership is determined by the Board).
If you're interested in becoming a member of Woden Community Service, please complete an application form.