WDEA Works Committee of Management
MARY GRAHAM Chair
SUB COMMITTEES: Finance Committee, Governance Committee
QUALIFICATION: PHD Economics, M. Comm., B.EC., Dip. Ec., Dip. Ed
Having trained as an economist, Mary moved into secondary teaching, then followed into post-secondary and tertiary education, spending more than 20 years teaching undergraduate economics. Mary also undertook research across a broad range of subjects, including the teaching of economics, income distribution, business sustainability and the environmental impacts of agriculture. Since retiring from university, she has taken up the administration of the family business which uses WDEA Works to source employees.
PATRICIA (TRISH) MCLEAN Vice Chair
SUB COMMITTEES: WDEA Works Training Committee, Governance Committee
QUALIFICATION: Dip. Business Management, Dip. OH&S, Cert IV Business Administration, Cert IV Frontline Management
Trish is passionate about improving lifestyles and opportunities for people with a disability, particularly those living in her home community of Heywood. Trish has six years of experience working with Warrnambool-based disability support agency Mpower. Prior to this, Trish worked as a licensee and owner of small hotels in South Australia and Victoria, experiencing first-hand the services of WDEA Works in placing employees in her own workplace. Trish has a burning passion for the community and helping others. She also has a long association with Heywood Rural Health, and other groups and initiatives around her local area.
DENNIS BARNETT Treasurer
SUB COMMITTEES: Finance Committee, Risk Quality and Compliance Committee, WDEA Works Training Committee
QUALIFICATION: B. Business (Accounting), B. Information Technology
Dennis has always been passionate about community, from his volunteer role in the CFA, to judging the Bendigo Business Excellence Awards, and running free soccer clinics for Bendigo-based disability service providers. As part of his role as a chartered accountant, Dennis regularly provides advice to a diverse range of businesses, including the health and disability sectors and many not-for-profit organisations.
SUB COMMITTEES: Governance Committee, Risk, Quality, and Compliance Committee
QUALIFICATION: BA, BSc, GCert PPM, GAICD, MIWA
Kellie has worked for governments, not-for-profits, and run her own consultancy covering the education, health, and community sectors. Kellie has also held a number of volunteer roles, including Chairperson of Lifeline South West Victoria, and President of the Merrivale Primary School Council. Throughout her working life, she has had a focus on vulnerable communities, engagement, and cross-sectoral partnerships. Kellie is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, JMW’s Leader of the Future Program, and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
MICHAEL OBST Committee Member
SUB COMMITTEES: Finance Committee, WDEA Works Training Committee
QUALIFICATION: LL.B (Hons), BE (Hons), GDLP
Michael is a Warrnambool-raised lawyer whose involvement in the Committee of Management is driven by an interest in “giving back” to the community in which he grew up. He particularly values the social connectedness and sense of purpose that work and employment provides to people with disabilities, and says he is proud to help grow an organisation which delivers these benefits for the local community.
SUB COMMITTEES: Risk, Quality, and Compliance Committee Governance Committee
QUALIFICATION: MBA, GAICD, CPA
Cameron is the Chief Financial Officer of BSL (Brotherhood of St. Laurence), which is focused on creating an Australia free from poverty. Previously, Cameron was the Chief Financial Officer of the Humanitarian division of Australian Red Cross. Whilst in this position, Cameron was responsible for the development of strategic foundations around financial sustainability, property master plan and risk management.
Prior to his role as CFO at Red Cross Humanitarian division, Cameron was a senior manager at the Red Cross Blood Service (now Lifeblood) where he implemented multiple systems and processes to help enable the Blood Service to become a world class and leading edge organisation.
Cameron is a fellow of the CPA, holds a Master of Business Administration, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a passionate humanitarian, Cameron is focused on helping WDEA achieve its vision to create strong communities that support individuals, families, and local businesses.
MICK WHITE Committee Member
SUB COMMITTEES: Finance Committee, Risk, Quality, and Compliance Committee
Mick initially joined WDEA Works at its inception in 1989 as a disability employment consultant. He was one of three founding employees, and after a short period of time, Mick was appointed CEO of WDEA Works.
Mick worked tirelessly within the local community growing WDEA works from a small Warrnambool based disability employment agency, to one of the leading providers of Disability Employment and Job Network Services in Victoria and South Australia.
Mick retired in 2017 and has continued to be involved in community initiatives in the Allansford community. He serves as Chair of the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club, and a Committee Member of Warrnambool & District Community Hospice. Mick returns to WDEA as a Committee Member in 2020.
CONTACT: P 5561 2579 AlisonToohey@wdeaworks.org.au
Alison joined WDEA Works in 2019, bringing with her experience in policy development, board governance, and compliance from a history of work within the utilities industry.
With a history in information governance and business analysis, she draws on this wide skillset to support the organisation in delivering on strategic objectives.
Alison engages in the community with involvement in a Victorian Policy Development Group supporting the state arm of Business and Professional Women Australia.
As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she uses her insight into director duties to support and guide the Committee of Management in its operation and compliance requirements.