The role of the Steering 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 Steering 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.
Philippa Boldy | Co-Chair
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.
Allan Connolly | Co-Chair
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leah is Manager of Tenant Engagement and Capacity Building at Housing Choices where she is responsible for ensuring tenant voices are heard and used to influence service delivery. She has over 30 years’ experience in the homelessness sector including frontline services, consultancy, information systems, and collective impact projects. She is internationally accredited in Housing First training and is passionate about using Housing First and other evidence-based approaches to end homelessness.
Stefaan is the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Youth Affairs Council of WA. He is a systemic advocate who is passionate about putting the human rights of young people at the core of policy making. Stefaan is strongly focused on efforts to shift community attitudes towards housing as a human right rather than purely as an economic asset and has extensive experience advocating to embed this into systems design.
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.
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.
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.