Advisory Group

The role of the Advisory Group is submit and receive recommendations from the Collaborative Lead Group on strategic matters and  to provide operational support and oversee the activities of the Alliance Project staff on behalf of the Collaborative Lead Group. The Advisory Group is made up of nine members from the Collaborative Lead Group and must include one representative from the backbone (Shelter WA) and one ‘lived experience’ representative.

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John Berger

WAAEH Executive Officer

John is a social worker with over 30 years experience and was CEO for St Bartholomew’s House Inc. for several years until stepping down from the role in March 2019. John has worked within government in the child protection system and then in the community services sector.

Prof. Paul Flatau

Paul is the Chair in Social Investment and Impact and Director of the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School. Paul has over 60 publications in the fields of economics and social policy and has an excellent track record in applying for and winning external national competitive research grants.

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Michelle Mackenzie

Michelle Mackenzie became Shelter WA's CEO in March 2018. She has a passion for social justice, human rights and working with people, communities and institutions to advocate and deliver more affordable and diverse housing choice. She is passionate about working collaboratively to design and deliver an affordable housing system. 

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Samantha Drury

Sam is a qualified CPA and MBA financial professional with over twenty years’ experience leading teams through change and continuous improvement. Sam has worked in a number of industries, including the public sector, infrastructure, construction, transport, oil & gas, property, haulage and professional accounting practice. After working in the Aged Care industry for a few years, Sam now works at St Bart’s contributing to the journey of working towards a world where everyone has a home.


Michael Piu

Michael is the CEO of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, and has had over 20 years of association with St Patrick’s and the sector. Michael works to break down the stereotypes surrounding homelessness in WA; engaging all sectors of our community including business and government, and advocating the importance of collaboration and engagement in working towards the goal of ending homelessness. Michael has extensive experience in leadership,including currently as Treasurer of Shelter WA and a Board Member of WACOSS.

Tara Le Flohic

Lived Experience

Tara is a former financial counselor, tenant advocate and credit conciliator having worked in NGO and government sectors who holds a Bachelor of Social Science Diploma of Mental Health and Diploma of Counselling. Tara is an ardent campaigner, utilising a human rights framework, for access to safe affordable sustainable secure housing for those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.


Leanne Strommen

Leanne has a Bachelor of Social Work, an Advanced Certificate in Human Services (Disabilities) and a Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Housing Management and Policy. Leanne’s professionalism, managerial skills and extraordinary knowledge of Centrecare, having managed many of the organisation’s programs and locations over 26 years makes her highly suited to the position.

Jonathan Shapiera

Lived Experience

Jonathan spent 2 ½ years living in his car with his son at Rockingham due to financial issues. He is a Lived Experience advocate with a demonstrated history of working public sector, corporate sector, policy and all things in between.

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Philippa Boldy

Philippa is Director of Services at Anglicare WA and has over 20 years of experience in the Western Australian community services sector, focusing on youth work, youth justice, homelessness, community development, outreach & mental health service delivery and leadership.