WDEA Works Committee of Management

DENNIS BARNETT Chair

​SUB COMMITTEES: Finance & Audit Committee, Governance 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.


PATRICIA (TRISH) MCLEAN Vice Chair

SUB COMMITTEES: WDEA Works  (BTS) 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.


CAMERON POWER Treasurer

SUB COMMITTEES: ​Finance and Audit Committee, Risk, Quality, and Compliance 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.


WDEA Works Committee Member Michael Obst

MICHAEL OBST Secretary

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.


WDEA Works Committee Chair Mary Graham

MARY GRAHAM Committee Member

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.


WDEA Works Committee Member Mick White

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.


ANNABEL CUSSEN Committee Member

QUALIFICATION: ​Bachelor Env. Sci.; Dip. Natural Resources; IAP2 Australasia

SUB COMMITTEES: ​Risk, Quality, and Compliance Committee WDEA Training Committee

Annabel comes to WDEA Works with experience in government and not-for-profit, with a foundational background in grants, funding and philanthropy, economic development, community engagement and education.

A natural networker and communicator, Annabel has strong regional networks in the south-west region and strives for collaborative work and outcomes with genuine social impact.

She is the Executive Officer of the Warrnambool-based Fletcher Jones Family Foundations, a Board Member of the Leadership Great South Coast program, and an enthusiastic advocate for inclusive communities that provide opportunities for business, individuals and families.


IAN BURKE Committee Member

QUALIFICATION: ​B.Ec  MBus(Mkt)  PhD

SUB COMMITTEES: ​Risk, Quality, and Compliance Committee WDEA Training Committee

Ian is a professional leader with entrepreneurial drive, planning orientation and a record of success in establishing and growing businesses in private, public and not for profit  arenas.  Ian has sound financial, marketing, general management and change management skills with demonstrated experience in building, motivating and leading teams through the collaborative matching of resources and capabilities to marketplace opportunities.  Ian will enhance the capability of the COM with broad experience in policy formulation and implementation, and a demonstrated commitment to regional and community engagement, and as a published researcher in strategy formulation, strategic alliances, marketing communications and relationship marketing.


ALISON TOOHEY Company Secretary

QUALIFICATIONS: GAICD

CONTACT: P 5561 2579    wdeacom@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.

  • WDEA Works Employment division incorporates both Disability Employment Services and jobactive.
  • Disability Employment Services
  • jobactive