Board of Management

Who We Are

Chairperson - Vicki Tate

Vicki is an experienced social worker having commenced her career with the Department for Community Welfare in 1987 in the West Kimberley.  Vicki has 13 years’ experience working in the area of child protection with vulnerable families in WA. 

Her passion is to work alongside families to empower them to be the best they can be in keeping their children safe.  She has a strong commitment to social justice to ensure all is done to keep families together to build stronger communities.

Vicki transitioned into WA Health in 2015 and is currently Head of Department Social Work at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Treasurer -
Allison Leonard

Allison holds a Bachelor degree in Business and is a qualified CPA with 20 years experience.  Her career has encompassed manufacturing, the public sector and the non-for-profit-sector. 

Allison is the Executive General manager of Corporate Support for Anglicare WA.  Her portfolio covers finance, IT, Human Resources, OH&S, facilities, corporate administration, quality and risk, op shops, and insurance.  Allison is also a board member of the WACOSS Finance Committee.

Secretary - Carol Hunter-Lange

Sharon Davies

Sharon Davis is a Jaru woman with strong cultural links to the East Kimberley and have lived and worked in Wadjak country for over 30 years.  Her career began in a variety of roles and positions within government and non-government sector around legal, social welfare and education.  She is a qualified educator with a passion for creating ongoing learning opportunities within organisations.  Sharon has worked as an Aboriginal Practice Leader;  she has been involved in practice development in the Aboriginal Early Years, and with policy and practice development within Aboriginal Education.  She has also been the Senior Advocate with Fin WA, and is now the Principal Aboriginal Consultant with the Ombudsman Western Australia.

Sharon is empathetic and passionate that working alongside Aboriginal and communities is pivotal to ensuring better outcomes for children, families and communities.  She is committed to delivering a quality service whereby support and advocacy ensures parents and families have a voice within the complex machinery of government processes and decision-making.  The process is just as important as the outcome – if the process is an inclusive one, then the outcome is more likely to be understood.

Katie Frances-Vice Chairperson

Renna is an Aboriginal mother of four beautiful girls, born in NSW, living in WA for twenty-five years.

She became involved with the Department after the birth of her third child, over fifteen years ago. Over the following ten years, while battling with the Department, she became involved in some research and spoke at conferences regarding removal of babies from their mothers. This work, alongside others, and the dedication of a collective of passionate advocates and parents, saw the birth of Fin WA.

She is currently studying Social Work at University, and works part time as a lived experience educator/advisor.

 

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