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Board

Our board members are more than just dedicated and passionate – they bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, allowing us to continually improve and innovate. They are committed to advancing our cause and ensuring that everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources.

Jim McGinty

Hon. Jim McGinty

Chairperson

Jim commenced as our Chairperson in April 2018. James (Jim) McGinty was a Labor member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1990 to 2009, representing the district of Fremantle. He was also the Labor Party leader and Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 1996. He served as Attorney-General, in the governments of Carmen Lawrence, Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter.

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Acknowledged as one of Labor’s great reformers, Jim helped achieve the “one vote one value” for the Legislative Assembly, Gay, and Lesbian equality in the laws of WA and provision for surrogacy parenting. He established new institutions including the Corruptions and Crime Commission, the State Administrative Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Miriam D’Souza

Board Member

Miriam D’Souza is a projects and infrastructure lawyer based in Western Australia with over 20 years’ experience advising on major projects. Miriam is a partner at Ashurst.

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Miriam has advised on a wide range of major projects in the infrastructure, mining, waste and water sectors, working for both the private and public sectors. Miriam is particularly passionate about working on Western Australian government projects, having advised the State government on the Fiona Stanley Hospital project, the Perth Children’s hospital project, the development of Elizabeth Quay, the development of the Old Treasury Building and redevelopment of the Perth Museum.

Prior to joining the Communicare board, Miriam had been a long term volunteer of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), forming part of the founding chapter council in WA and sitting on the board of NAWIC for 4 years. Miriam is also a board member of Ruah Legal Services (formerly the Mental Health Law Centre).

Jacqueline Gray

Board Member

Jacqueline is a Senior Finance Executive with over 25 years of experience in multiple industries and managing companies with a global turnover in excess of £500M. She has a successful track record with developing & implementing corporate strategy, building high performance management teams, M&A and post-merger integration.

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Jacqueline is currently serving as CFO for Proteomics International and has held numerous senior management positions with Healthcare of Australia, The Economist Group, BBC Worldwide and Arthur Andersen. Most recently, Jacqueline has been working with several emerging ASX listed companies in the medical technology, SaaS, digital marketing, Ecommerce, retail and renewables sectors. Jacqueline’s list of qualifications qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Edith Cowan University, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia, and Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Kieran Wong

Board Member

Kieran is a co-founder and partner at The Fulcrum Agency, a creative consultancy and social enterprise that leverages community and social outcomes through evidenced-based design, strategy, advocacy, and research. The Fulcrum Agency positions design thinking and community co-production at the forefront of all projects.

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Kieran has over 20 years of private practice experience delivering award-winning urban design and architectural projects across commercial, public, urban design, interiors, education and residential categories, as well as winning the Australian Award for Urban Design and an International Award for Public Participation. His career is grounded in the challenge of bringing equity, social justice, and inclusion to the built environment across Australia.

He is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, and an Industry Partner for the University of Sydney’s Health Habitat Incubator, with both roles focused on housing policy, indigenous housing and settlement planning.

Kieran was the National President of the Association of Consulting Architects and is currently Chair of Shelter WA, the peak body in Western Australia for the community housing and homelessness sectors. Kieran’s work is underpinned by his belief that design matters and the ability of good design to influence positive outcomes, not just for individuals, but for the wider community.

Tania Jeyamohan

Tania Jeyamohan

Board Member

Tania Jeyamohan has been a Board Member of Communicare since 2012. She is a Senior Assistant State Solicitor with the State Solicitor’s Office where she is the lead State dispute resolution lawyer advising on very significant and complex infrastructure projects and contract disputes. She has practiced law in Western Australia for over 20 years and has worked with many top tier and specialist law firms.

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Tania has presented at many legal and industry focussed conferences and seminars and participated as a member of various advisory groups and industry committees. Tania maintains a keen interest in community engagement and relations across her various voluntary roles.

Patrick Dumbell

Patrick Dumbell

Board Member

Patrick joined the Communicare board in 2015. Patrick has held executive General Manager and Chief Information Officer roles and consulted across innovative mid-sized not-for-profit organisations, tech start-ups, government departments and blue chip enterprises including ANZ, CBA, Synergy and Sanofi.

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Patrick works as a freelance management consultant supporting boards and leadership teams to shape and execute business and technology strategies. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration.

Brendan Hodge

Brendan Hodge

Board Member

Brendan joined the Communicare Board in September 2015. Brendan has over 20 years’ experience in public education and is the Associate Principal of Winterfold Primary School in Beaconsfield Western Australia.

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Brendan is a qualified coach, for ambitious school leaders and operates his own coaching business.

Brendan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business and a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University.

Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson

Board Member

Tony joined Communicare’s board in June 2020. Tony is an experienced international executive and Company Director. He is currently a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust, a Commissioner at the Independent Planning Commission, and a non-executive director of ASX listed Cellnet and Peak Resources.

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Before these non-executive appointments, Tony was a Managing Director at HSBC, where he led the organisation’s Natural Resources business, and a Group Executive at SouthGobi Resources, based in Hong Kong.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has been admitted as a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jade Adams

Jade Adams

Board Member

Jade joined Communicare’s board in January 2020. Jade was born and raised in Darwin. Her people are the Yadhiagana/Wuthathi people of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Jade also is of Filipino, Chinese, Malayan and English. The diversity of her background is something of which Jade is very proud.

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Jade has served in many public service roles across Human Services and Community Services, both state and federal, and is currently employed by the Western Australia Department of Communities as a Project Manager.

With experience in Project Management, Strategic Development, Organisation Structural Review, Business Analysis, Policy and frontline Service Delivery, Jade brings to the Communicare Board extensive experience across Community Services, particularly in Housing and Aboriginal outcomes.

Ben Wyatt

Ben Wyatt MLA

Patron

Ben Wyatt, a proud Yamatji man, joined Communicare as our Patron in 2007. He has a Law Degree from the University of Western Australia and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science on a Scholarship where he completed a Master’s Degree.

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As one of Western Australia’s most highly regarded politicians, Ben successfully transitioned to a new career in the top-tier of business on his retirement as State Treasurer and Member for Victoria Park at the 2021 state election. Prior to his retirement, he held a number of ministerial positions and became the first person of Aboriginal heritage to become Treasurer of an Australian Parliament. Ben’s extensive knowledge of public policy, finance, international trade and Indigenous affairs brings valuable insight to his role as Communicare’s Patron.

Prior to politics, Ben was an officer in the Australian Army Reserves and went on to have a career in the legal profession as a barrister and solicitor. In recent years, Ben has taken up roles at Rio Tinto, Woodside Petroleum, the Telethon Kids Institute, the West Coast Eagles and Perth Festival. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Australian Capital Equity.

Executive Leadership

As strong advocates for inclusion and equality, our leadership team champions the cause of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Melissa Perry

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.

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Over the years, Melissa has led Communicare on a journey to become a contemporary, agile and responsive community service organisation; one that adapts to create brighter futures for the people it exists to serve and drives long-term, sustainable social reform. Before 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. Melissa has a Bachelor of Social Work with Victoria University and a Master of Business Administration.

David Cain

David Cain

Executive Director Operations

David has a strong commitment to social justice and advocating for social policy which addresses inequity and unfairness. This is reflected in his record of innovative strategic service design in the areas of family and domestic violence, homelessness, family support, financial counselling, and fathering.

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He has worked in senior positions in government and the community sector and understands the context of both, giving him a unique understanding of how best to shape relationships and outcomes for the community. Before joining Communicare in 2016, David was Executive Manager at Uniting where he led a range of transformational change programs. He also worked in major system change as part of the child protection reform agenda in many roles at the Department for Child Protection. In addition to his role as Communicare’s Executive Director Operations, David is the State Co-chair for Anti-Poverty Week and is on the Board of WACOSS.

David has qualifications in Social Work, Public Sector Management and is a Company Directors Graduate. He has also completed the Cranlanna Executive Colloquium.

Tim Cocks

Tim Cocks

Director Finance, Risk and Infrastructure

Tim is a senior finance and management professional, with more than 25 years’ executive experience as a Chartered Accountant in the not-for-profit, education, mining, property, construction, retail and investment sectors.

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Tim is passionate about delivering corporate strategies and assisting business operations achieve sustainable commercial success. Before joining Communicare, Tim was the Director of Finance and Secretary of Guildford Grammar School. He also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, ABN Group, Gull Group and CBH Group in various management positions. In his current role, he is responsible for all financial, property and risk matters to ensure programs and operations are delivered in line with Communicare’s strategic objectives. He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia a Member of the Finance and Treasury Association and Taxation Institute of Australia.

Stacey Jobson-Hunter

Stacey Jobson-Hunter

Director Youth and Community Services

Stacey joined Communicare in 2019 as a Senior Manager Employment and Education, bringing to the role a wealth of experience she gained while working in senior leadership positions in the UK. Stacey is passionate about the opportunities education and employment bring to people’s lives, particularly those in the community who face obstacles and challenges along the journey.

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Throughout her career, she has thrived on developing high performing teams and programmes, with a focus on continuous improvement to deliver better education and training outcomes for all.

In her current role, Stacey is responsible for the service delivery and development of education, employment and training programmes and services provided by Communicare, both in the Perth metropolitan area and the Mid-West. This includes the Communicare Academy, a Curriculum and Reengagement in Education (CARE) School, providing students with a unique approach to re-engagement in their education journey, focusing on wellbeing and education support. Stacey also oversees a team of Youth Mentors and an Alternative Education Pathways team who are experts in connecting children and young people with specialist support services.

Leah Piper

Leah Piper

Director People and Brand

Leah was appointed to the role of Director People and Brand at Communicare in September 2021. Before that she spent almost four years working at one of WA’s largest disability service providers, Ability WA, starting as the Manager People and Culture, before being appointed General Manager People Strategy in October 2020. Leah has a passion for working with people, supporting them to be their best and empowering teams to create great outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable people.

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Leah’s role at Ability WA took a very client-centred approach, focused on providing people with a disability and their carers with greater choice and flexibility in service delivery, as aligned with the new NDIS model. She has extensive experience in people and brand, strategy and culture transformations within a diversity of workplaces, including the Community and Public Sector Union, NSW Department of Education and Training, BGC Contracting and the City of Wanneroo. Leah is passionate about human resources business partnering and helping customers to achieve their objectives through tailored people strategies.

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Vince Stackpole

Director ICT and Data Integrity

As the Director Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and Data Integrity, Vince says his motivation to come to work each day is the positive impact Communicare has for the people it supports. Despite his work in ICT not being a front-line service, he is deeply passionate about justice, equality, and equity. Vince said Communicare provides him with the freedom to explore other opportunities within the organisation, including the support of First Nations Australians under its Reconciliation Action Plan.

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Vince has been with Communicare since July 2019, starting as ICT Services Manager. He has 30 years’ experience in ICT in Western Australia, workings as a system administrator, account manager, project manager and ICT manager, most recently spending 12 years with Sealanes, now Superior Food Group. He was appointed to the role of Director ICT and Data Integrity in July 2023.

Vince believes that providing seamless support to the Communicare team is the priority for him and his team; to implement solutions to improve the outcomes delivered by staff at Communicare’s front line. ICT is like a good wicket keeper, Vince said. You only notice them if they are not doing a good job. He said his team keeps a low profile, while providing excellent service and identifying opportunities for improved processes to utilise technology to its full potential.

Vince has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, with a double major in Political Science and completed post graduate studies again in Political Science at the University of Western Australia. Away from work, he is the coach of the WA State Blind and Low Vision Cricket Team and a life member of the Applecross Cricket Club and the Brentwood-Booragoon Football Club. He is also a baker extraordinaire, having won prizes for his much-heralded macarons.

Director Family Community Safety Services

Tucker Christou

Director Family Community Safety Services

Tucker is driven by his passion for supporting families and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of women, children and people at risk, so they can live their lives free of violence, abuse and injustice. He leads the development and delivery of innovative service models to break the cycle of inequity and violence. This includes men’s behaviour change programs, family and community support services and working with young people at risk in out of home care.

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A key aspect of Tucker’s role is supporting people who use violence to make different choices by participating in one of Communicare’s many men’s behaviour change programs, including live-in and community-based services. Tucker was appointed as Director Family Community Safety Services in April 2023, after a six-month period as Acting Director. He works across a range of teams in WA, stretching from the Pilbara through to the South-West region, to deliver services in these communities which are ethical, culturally appropriate and evidenced-based.

Since joining Communicare in September 2021 as a Family Safety Services Lead, Tucker has played a leading role in influencing, shaping and developing practise excellence, not only within our organisation, but across the sector as a whole. Across his career in Australia and the UK, he has worked in not-for-profit organisations, justice (prisons), clinical counselling, mental health, child protection and as a critical incident first responder. In addition to this role, he provides clinical supervision to the WA Chapter of the Australian Counselling Association and is on the committee of the Men’s Behaviour Change Network.

In July 2023 he was appointed as Chairperson of the WA Family Law Pathways Network. Tucker is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and the College of Supervisors. He is a Graduate in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling from Glasgow Caledonian University, an Accredited Conflict Mediator and holds a Bachelor of Honours in Accounting and Finance. In his spare time, he likes to indulge his passion for Greek cooking passed down through the generations and spending time with his family, sharing a meal and telling stories. He also volunteers his time to visit people in aged care homes, and in their own homes, who don’t have family or significant friends in their lives.

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Alira Kelly

Director Aboriginal Strategy and Capacity Building

Alira has a passion for community development and supporting Aboriginal communities, with an extensive background working with young people in the justice system and child protection. She also has considerable experience working in government and non-government roles, including in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as a frontline worker, cultural convenor and training facilitator.

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Alira joined Communicare in March 2023 in a newly created leadership role as Director Aboriginal Strategy and Capacity Building, bringing community voice and influence from a grassroots level. Previously she was Senior Executive Officer at the Langford Aboriginal Association. This new role reflects Communicare’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation and enhancing the way it works alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to create a fairer Australia.

Alira is a proud Yamatji woman from Nhanda country, approximately 40 kilometres north of Geraldton, born and raised by her grandparents on Noongar Boodja. Growing up, she inherited a passion she shares with her grandmother to address the concerning rates of Aboriginal children in out of home care and the ongoing mental health issues among First Nations People. Alira sees her role as an incredible opportunity to connect more closely with the great work being done every day by people and organisations to build connections with Aboriginal communities, create bonds, and close the gap. She is a strong, capable, experienced woman, working across all of Communicare’s teams, providing leadership and direction to help realise the organisation’s reconciliation aspirations.

In her spare time, you will find Alira enjoying the company of friends, Elders and family, particularly the little people in her life, including her four children and nieces and nephews. Alira enjoys the beach and cooking for her family and spending time on country where there is no noise.

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