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.

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Debra Zanella

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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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.

Kathleen Gregory AM

Kathleen is the former CEO of Foundation Housing. Kathleen has over 25 years experience in the not-for-profit sector and has been actively involved with Community Housing since 1995.

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Mark Glasson

Mark is CEO at Anglicare WA. He has over twenty five years’ experience across a range of human services which includes service delivery to families and individuals, community development, public policy and services to offenders.

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 Rooney

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.

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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.


Daniel Morrison

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 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.


Natalie Sangalli

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.

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Robyn Antenucci

Robyn commenced with Communicare in 2018 as Director of Children and Family Services. She has extensive experience in senior leadership roles across the community and human services sector based in Western Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Jo Sadler

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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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 is the General Manager Community Services of Centrecare Inc, which delivers a diverse range of social services to the WA community and provides 65 programs and over 150,000 community contacts a year. Her involvement in the sector, both paid and voluntary positions spans over 30 years. Leanne has a Bachelor of Social Work, Advanced Certificate in Human Services (Disabilities) and a Graduate Diploma in Housing Management and Policy. Leanne is also a Director of Family Relationship Services Australia.

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Ross Wortham

Ross is responsible for the overall sustainability, success, direction and impact of the organisation and to ensure it delivers on it’s the strategic outcomes. Ross is focused on the best outcomes for young people across the state, through the diverse membership and representation, active policy advice and sound workforce development.

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.

Allan Connolly

Lived Experience

Allan experienced homelessness with his two daughters after the loss of his wife to terminal cancer. He has worked with both Joondalup and Wanneroo councils on their homelessness plans and is a Lived Experience advocate.

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Susan Cantwell

Sue has a broad range of executive experience in the public and not-for-profit Catholic sector, both in metropolitan and regional locations across several states. She leads all of St John of God Health Care’s outreach services.


Emma Landers

Emma manages the operating budgets and set the strategic direction for capital city community service delivery and community development programs, while leading 90 staff across multidisciplinary areas and backgrounds.

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Chris Byrne

Chris has 15 years’ experience in managing and delivering community development and youth services across government and not-for-profit.

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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.