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The WA Alliance Partners

The WAAEH partners, known as the WA Alliance Partners, are a group of motivated CEOs, executives and community leaders committed to ending homelessness. As a collective impact alliance, the partners play a governance role, steering the work and priorities of the Alliance. The Group approves any strategic decisions and is accountable for the delivery of the Strategy. 

An advisory committee, known as the Alliance Steering Committee (ASC), is nominated by the Alliance Partners to provide strategic direction (guidance) and oversight to activities undertaken by the WA Alliance to drive the outcomes of the Strategy. The Steering Committee is made up of members from the Partners Group and must include one representative from the backbone (Shelter WA) and ‘lived experience’ representatives.

We welcome both organisations and individuals to partner with The Alliance to share their expertise and enthusiasm in ending homelessness in Western Australia.  To become a partner of the WA Alliance you simply need to agree to our Charter and email us through a copy of your commitment.

Meet the current members of the Alliance Steering Committee.

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Co-Chair of the Committee, Philippa Boldy, Anglicare

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

Jacqueline Clay, Sisters of St John of God

Jacqueline is the Ministry Initiatives Program Manager for the Sisters of St John of God, with over 20 years’ experience within the community sector both in Western Australia and the UK, supporting social change. Jacqueline manages the Ministry Initiatives program on behalf of the Sisters, enabling partner organisations to provide support to those most in need in our community.

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Co-Chair of the Committee, Allan Connolly, Kommuniti

Allan was happily living the dream when suddenly his 37-year-old wife was diagnosed with cancer and given three months to live. Three years later Allan became homeless with his young daughters. Today, his Lived Experience out of homelessness is helping lead the way in co-designing strategies to end homelessness. He's worked with Joondalup and Wanneroo Councils on their homelessness plans and was responsible for the ABS rough sleeper count on Census night 2021. Allan is the Founder and Managing Director of Kommuniti HQ.

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Reece Davies, YACWA

Reece is a part of the Youth Homelessness Advisory Council at the Youth Affairs Council of WA. They are extremely passionate about human rights and have a strong belief that everyone should be able to have a safe home. Reece's lived experience in youth homelessness is another unique way to help co-design strategies to help end homelessness. Reece is currently studying a double degree of psychology, criminology and justice at Edith Cowan University.

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Prof. Paul Flatau, Centre for Social Impact

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.

Evan Nunn, Accordwest

Evan is the CEO of Accordwest, with Corporate Governance qualifications and over 30 years of experience in leadership. Evan has worked in roles across Not for Profit sectors of Aged Care, Disability and Social Services and has a board role in a Conservation organisation that is helping to save our planet. 

Sandy McKiernan, Youth Affairs Council Western Australia

Sandy McKiernan is an executive with more than 17 years in leadership roles in the NFP sector and was appointed as CEO of the Youth Affairs Council WA in May 2021. With a background in health and community services and a Master of Public Health, Sandy brings extensive experience in community engagement and has unique insights into the challenges and opportunities of managing small and large projects and contracts.Sandy is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held varied board positions and is the current Chairperson for Hello Initiative – a youth justice start-up and is past chairperson of Ishar Multicultural Womens Health Service.

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Michael Piu, St Patrick's Community Support Centre

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 Deputy Chair of Shelter WA and Board Member of WACOSS

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Mark Slattery, RUAH Community Services

I was appointed as the Executive Manager Services at Ruah Community Services in 2019 for Housing and Homelessness, Family Domestic Violence and Mental Health and Wellness. I have over 30 years’ experience in both NfPs and Government position that allows to understand the different aspects of the community sector. I am a strong advocate for people experiencing homelessness and want to end homelessness.

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Chrissie Smith, Vinnies

Chrissie Smith, is currently the Executive Manager of Specialist Community Services for St Vincent De Paul WA a portfolio consisting of Homelessness Services, Mental Health Service and Housing Plus. Chrissie has worked in Community Services for the majority of her working career in various sectors and roles and began her career in the Disability sector, moved to the Aged Care sector completing assessments for individuals living in the community before commencing in the Homelessness Sector where she has worked for the last 12 years in various capacities.

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Kath Snell, Shelter WA

Kath became Shelter WA’s CEO in October 2022. Before that she spent four years as CEO of Volunteer Task Force, and helped drive the merger to become Chorus. Kath moved to CEO of United Way WA in 2017, and developed social engagement programs for those living in disadvantage as part of United Way WA’s offering. She is currently Chair of Orana House, Women’s Refuge.

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Tina Ugle, Noongar Mia Mia

Tina is a proud Noongar Yorga (Women) from Ballardong & Yued with Wadjuk connections. Tina has worked in the Indigenous Housing sector for over 3 decades and is passionate about making a difference and is the Managing Director of Noongar Mia Mia. Tina is committed to building self-determination (nothing for us, without us) and self-management (by us, for us) in the housing and homelessness sectors and growing cultural understanding among the mainstream organisations.  Tina will continue to look for innovative ways to alleviate the pressure and crisis experienced by far too many of our community members and their families.

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