The Team

Meet our dynamic team appointed to drive the work of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness.

David Pearson

Executive Officer

David recognises that ending homelessness is possible and has worked towards this goal in a range of roles in the community, government, university and philanthropic sectors, including currently as the Executive Officer of the WAAEH and the CEO of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH). He is also a senior advisor for the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) and a 2021 Churchill Fellow. 

Michala McMahon

Director of Practice and Improvement

Michala has been working in the homelessness sector for over a decade, most recently responsible for The Zero Project (led by Ruah Community Services) providing backbone support to the Housing First Homelessness Initiative and overarching sector collaboration and homelessness responses in Western Australia. Michala has been helping to lead the State-wide movement to End Homelessness in WA, supported by and aligned with the National and International Advance to Zero Movement and WA’s 10-year strategy.

John Berger

Director of Engagement and Strategic Projects

John has worked in leadership positions in not-for-profits for over the last three decades. It has been noted by many that his leadership and ecosystem thinking have allowed for completely new ways of approaching change in the field of homelessness in a WA context. He is passionate about working with the community, particularly those who are vulnerable and ensuring their voice of lived experience is central to informing change. He was also the inaugural member of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness and held the role of Chair and then Executive Officer until taking up this new role.

Sarah Quinton

Manager Communications and Events

Sarah is a former journalist turned political campaigner, community organiser, media adviser and strategic communications specialist and has worked for Government Ministers and Senators, unions and the not-for-profit sector. Most recently she campaigned for greater funding into community mental health supports managing the Prevent Support Health campaign for the WA Association for Mental Health.