WDEA Works Committee of Management

MARY GRAHAM Chair

SUB COMMITTEES​Finance, Audit, and Risk Management, Governance

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

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, Audit, and Risk Management, Governance

​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.

 


KELLIE KING Secretary

SUB COMMITTEES​: Governance

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, Audit, and Risk Management, WDEA Works Training

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.

 

 


TROY WEST Committee Member

​SUB COMMITTEES: Finance, Audit and Risk Management

QUALIFICATION: ​Dip of Community Services, Dip. management, Dip. Financial Planning, Advance Dip. Financial Planning, Dip. Financial Services (Banking  & Finance)

Troy was born and bred in Bendigo before moving to Melbourne where he began his career in the Finance sector in 1996. Troy moved back to Bendigo for family support with a new baby and actively re-engaged with St Luke’s​​ to volunteer his services in their Foster Care Program for coaching and developing Foster Carers as they embark on their new journey.  Troy then decided on a career shift.  He wanted a career that was more in line with his moral compass, and accepted a role as Financial Counsellor with Anglicare Victoria and is no Team Leader of the Financial Counselling and Gamblers Help teams.  Troy also sits on the Board of Regional Academy of Cycling Excellence and the Committee of the Eaglehawk Hockey Club.


CAMERON POWER Committee Member

SUB COMMITTEES: ​

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.


Contact Details:

Company Secretary : Alison Toohey

P 5561 2579     E AlisonToohey@wdeaworks.org.au

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