Collaborative Lead Group
The role of the Collaborative Lead Group is to hold the vision for the Alliance and drive the strategic direction of the Alliance. The Group approves any strategic decision and is accountable for delivery of the Strategy. It appoints the nine-member Advisory Group.
Debra is the Chief Executive Officer of Ruah Community Services, and has been serving in the role since 2016. Prior to this she held the Chief Executive Officer position at Hope Community Services, and Director of Organisational Development at St John of God Subiaco.
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Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare WA and has over 25 years’ experience across a range of human services. In October 2021 Mark was elected as President of WACOSS and is currently a Board Member of Anglicare Australia and Homelessness Australia. Mark was the Chairperson of Shelter WA between 2015 and 2019 and is the Co-convenor of the Home Stretch WA Campaign.
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.
Susan has been the CEO of Vinnies WA since 2017. Prior to this she was CEO of Cancer Council WA for 15 years and previously the Executive Director of the State Emergency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue. In Executive and senior leadership positions for close to 30 years, she has led transformational change in a range of organisations resulting in significant and sustainable organisational growth and mission outcomes.
Sam is a qualified CPA and MBA 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 community where everyone has a safe and secure place to call home.
Daniel Morrison is a Noongar/Yamitji man from Perth Western Australia. He’s a family man with a partner and two children. Daniel is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Wungening Aboriginal Corporation based in Perth.By growing the organisation and expanding its focus and access Wungening has increased choices for Aboriginal people.
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.
Natalie is the General Manager Community Housing at Housing Choices Western Australia. Prior to this she worked in government and the private sector for over 16 years, advocating social justice issues and built a portfolio of achievements leading strategic service delivery and infrastructure projects, managing high profile, high risk contracts and leading service delivery teams.
Jo is the Western Australian State Director for National not-for-profit organisation Mission Australia. Prior to joining Mission Australia, Jo has an extensive background in leading and delivering community services in all three tiers of Government as well as the Corporate sector both in metropolitan and regional settings.
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Leanne is the General Manager Community Services of Centrecare Incorporated, which delivers a diverse range of social services to WA. Leanne oversees service delivery including homelessness and housing support, assessment and referral service, Entrypoint Perth, individual, relationship and family counselling. Leanne is a Director of Family Relationship Services Australia, Child and Family Alliance of WA, Family Court of WA Reference Group and 100 Families WA Project.
Sandy McKiernan is an executive with more than fifteen years in leadership roles in the NFP sector and was appointed as CEO of the Youth Affairs Council WA in May 2021. Previous to this, Sandy held the position of Executive Manager Specialist Community Services – at Vinnies WA, managing a large team across Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health portfolios.
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.
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.
Sue is CEO of St John of God Social Outreach, part of St John of God Health Care (one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare operators in Australia), and oversees the provision of free or low cost mental health, homelessness and capacity development services in 52 community-based locations across Australia and the Asia Pacific, predominantly funded by St John of God Health Care. She has significant community services and health management experience, and has previously held a clinical and senior leadership positions in WA and QLD.
Jennie has worked in the Community Services Sector for more than 25 years predominantly with Children, Youth and Families as well as the Disability and Mental Health sectors. Jennie was previously the State Director for Life Without Barriers and the Executive Director for Service Delivery at YMCA WA. Jennie has considerable Executive management experience and has sat on a number of key Community Sector Boards. Jennie brings a strong values and person – centred approach and is passionate in supporting vulnerable people to become active members of their community.
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.
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.
Michael Chester initially joined Uniting to bring focus to the transition of disability and mental health services to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). His role then expanded to provide leadership across all operational teams, to facilitate the delivery of person-centred community services. He is Co-Chief Executive Officer at Uniting WA.
An experienced leader in the not-for-profit sector with a wealth of experience in senior management, organisational transformation, business acumen and community development. For over four years Amanda was Chief Executive Officer at Uniting WA.
Elise Jorgensen is Regional Leader for Community Services at Mission Australia. She shares in the commitment of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness and has worked towards this goal with tenacity across her career. Elise has been involved in efforts to systemically address community attitudes including her involvement with the WA Anti-Poverty Week Committee to destigmatise homelessness and raise awareness of campaigns such as “Raising the Rate”.
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.
Kathleen Gregory AM
Kathleen has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and has been actively involved with community housing since 1995. She was the founding Chief Executive of Foundation Housing and came from one of the merging associations, Eastern Metro Community Housing.