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Melissa Perry

Chief Executive Officer Communicare & White Ribbon Australia

Melissa Perry is a passionate advocate for the inclusion, safety and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities across Western Australia. An influential figure in the community services sector, she joined Communicare as Chief Executive Officer in 2014. In 2020 she also became CEO of White Ribbon Australia when Communicare took on custodianship of this movement to eliminate gendered violence.

Over the past eight years, Melissa has successfully led Communicare on a journey to become a contemporary, agile and responsive community service organisation; one that adapts swiftly to create brighter futures for the people it exists to serve and drives long-term, sustainable social reform.

Prior to joining Communicare, Melissa was State Director WA for Mission Australia where she implemented a range of initiatives to support young people and families at risk of homelessness.

From 2002 to 2011, she was Executive Director for Centrecare, consulting as an Executive to the WA Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention to roll out the Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy across Western Australia.

Melissa’s desire to influence key decision makers and drive social change is evident in her active participation on several boards. She is currently a co-opted board member of the Community Employers WA Peak Body, a Member of the Supporting Communities Forum nominated by the Premier of Western Australia since 2019 and was a ministerial appointment to the Board of Landgate in 2019. Since 2017 she has been Chairperson of the Board of National Peak body Jobs Australia and has been a board member since 2015. 

Prior board and committee appointments include the WA CEO Community Sector Roundtable from 2015 to 2018 and the Settlement Council of Australia’s Executive Committee from 2016 to 2019.

Melissa has a Bachelor of Social Work with Victoria University and is now completing her Master of Business Administration.