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Our Board

Zoe Henham (Chairperson)

I joined the Board in July 2018.  I began my career in 1995 as a chartered accountant in Australia before moving into the field of Human Resources in London. In 2004, I moved to Hong Kong where I worked as a global Human Resources executive in the investment baking sector. In addition to almost 20-year global career in Human Resources I have extensive not-for-profit experience. I was actively involved as a board member of The Womens Foundation in Hong Kong. I relocated to Perth in Late 2017 and was delighted to be appointed to the WLSWA board in mid 2018. I am incredibly passionate about diversity, inclusion, equality, justice and empowerment especially as it relates to women and girls. I am proud to support WLSWA achieve their vision of ensuring justice, empowerment and safety for women and their children.

Lizzie Thelwell (Deputy Chairperson)

I joined the WLSWA Board in January 2017. I have worked in the public relations field across private, not-for-profit and government sectors for over ten years. I recently worked in healthcare with  responsibility for the communications and public relations at a major private hospital. My work spans the areas of PR, media relations, content marketing, event management, digital communications and community relations. I joined the Board to help support the fantastic work of the WLSWA in giving vulnerable West Australian women access to vital legal services, making our communities safer and happier places in which to live.

 Darelle Pola (Treasurer)

I joined the WLSWA Board in November 2017.  I am a qualified Accountant with over 20 years’ commercial experience in Accounting, Administration and Project Management.  More recently I have developed my expertise in Systems Accounting and Business Excellence and am currently employed with Metso Australia Ltd as their Business Systems Manager.  I joined the WLSWA Board to support the great work the organisation does in empowering women.  I feel grateful for the opportunity to support the organisation in providing essential services and the right to justice.

 Nicola Ashford (Secretary)

I joined the Board in October 2017.  I am a family lawyer working at Culshaw Miller Lawyers in Perth.  I started my involvement with WLSWA as a volunteer in the evening clinic before becoming a Board member in 2017.  As a family lawyer I am well aware of the great need for the services WLSWA provides the community.  I am very proud and grateful to be able to make a contribution to such valuable and important work.

Karen Brown (Ordinary Member)

I joined the Board in early 2015.   I am the National Director for Perth-based strategic communications consultancy, Cannings Purple. The firm provides tailored strategies and high-level communication programs to a diverse client base across media, government, investor, employee and community audiences.  I have previously worked in the media and held senior roles in both State and Federal politics.  I am also a Director at Rural Health West, Rural Workforce Australia, Edge Employment Solutions and a Board Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.  I joined the WLSWA Board as my long-standing commitment to women’s issues and social justice strongly aligned with WLSWA’s mission.

Donna Charlesworth (Ordinary Member)

I joined the WLSWA Board in September 2016.  I am a lawyer at Clayton Utz specialising in construction and major projects. Clayton Utz assists WLSWA with Criminal Injuries Compensation applications on a pro bono basis and I supervise each of those pro bono matters. I joined the Board because I wanted to become more involved in supporting the WLSWA and the fantastic role it plays in supporting disadvantaged women in WA by improving their access to justice.

Eduardo Farate (Ordinary Member)

I joined the WLSWA Board in October 2017.  I am currently the Principal Policy and Planning Officer, Cultural Diversity, for the Department of Communities.  I have previously worked as a Family Court Counsellor at the Family Court of Western Australia, and as a counsellor in private practice.  I hold a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and have a keen interest in multicultural issues, as demonstrated by my PhD research and previous Masters of Social Work (2000) research.  Joining the board of the WLSWA gave me an opportunity to support the critical work that this organisation undertakes with women in WA, including those of cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Marnie Williams (Ordinary Member)

I joined the WLSWA Board in early 2015 acting as secretary until 2016, deputy chair until 2017 and taking over as Chairperson in early 2017 until mid 2018.  Since joining the Board I have transitioned from working in the refugee sector as a trauma counsellor, to working as a lawyer for the Aboriginal Family Law Service.  My areas of work are family law, child protection and criminal injuries compensation for victims of family violence.  I currently live in Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region, enjoying the change of scenery that comes with rural and remote work.

The latest news & insights

Vacancies on the WLSWA Board (3)

2 April 2019 News

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from experienced and committed people with a commitment to achieving justice, empowerment and safety for some of Western Australia’s most vulnerable women. Our current Board membership is 8. We have one vacancy, but an increase in Board size to 11 when constitutional changes take effect will create an additional two vacancies. If you …

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2017-2018 Annual Report

28 November 2018 News

At its annual general meeting on Thursday 15 November, WLCWA launched is annual report for the 2017-2018 year.  This report showcases the outstanding work carried out during the preceding year by the dedicated staff and volunteers of WLCWA. WLCWA Annual Report 2017-18

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